Module Catalogue 2019/20

HIS3134 : The Great Patriotic War and its Aftermath

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Robert Dale
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

N/A

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

This module seeks to explore the Social, Economic, Political and Cultural history of the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945), and the late Stalinist period (1945-1953). The Soviet Union’s victory in 1945, after the catastrophic defeats of 1941 and 1942, was one of the most remarkable turnarounds in a society’s military efforts and war effort in modern history. However, the Great Patriotic War was won at a terrible economic and social cost. Approximately 27 million Soviet citizens died during the war, and vast swathes of Soviet territory, including some of its most economically advanced regions lay in ruins. This module examines how the Great Patriotic War was won, the ways in which waging modern industrialised warfare transformed Soviet Stalinism, and the lasting effects of the war on late Stalinist society. The module will examine both the effects of the war on high politics, government and the planned economy, as well as the lives of ‘ordinary’ citizens. The seminars will explore the wide and vibrant recent scholarship of the war and the immediate postwar period, as well as a variety of primary documents, including official reports, visual propaganda, memoirs, letters, literature and statistics.

The module aims are:
1) For students to have a detailed knowledge and understanding of the history of the Soviet war effort and the reconstruction of Soviet society from the start of the war in June 1941 through to Stalin’s death in March 1953.
2) For students to have an in depth understanding of the historiographical debates surrounding the political, economic, social and cultural history of the Soviet war effort and the reconstruction of Soviet society.
3) For students to consider to what extent the experience of the Great Patriotic War relaunched the Soviet project.
4) For students to conduct research using primary sources (including visual sources, documents in translation from Russian, and materials originally produced in English) and to bring that primary research to bear on historiographical debates.
5) To improve students' skills in analysing and interpreting a range of Soviet primary sources from across the period.

Outline Of Syllabus

Outline syllabus, intended as a guide only: week-by-week topics might be slightly different to the following:
1.Introductions to the Great Patriotic War and Key Historiographical Debates
2.Stalinism at War – The Course of the War and Changes to the Soviet Political Order
3.Why did Stalin’s soldiers fight? – The Soviet Frontline Experience / The Partisan War
4.The Soviet Home Front and the Mobilization of Soviet Society
5. The Soviet Gulag at War and in its Aftermath
6.Soviet Propaganda, Public Culture and Popular Opinion during the War / The Russian Orthodox Church 7. The Siege of Leningrad and its Aftermath
8. Occupation and its Aftermath: Restoring Soviet Power during and after the Great Patriotic War.
9. Gender Lines: Femininity, Masculinity and the Family in the Wake of War.
10.Postwar Reconstruction: Urban and Rural Comparisons
11.Making Sense of War: The Great Patriotic War, Memory, Monuments and Commemoration
12.Revisions Session and Surgery Hours.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Students will acquire an in-depth knowledge and understanding of:
• The Soviet war effort on both the frontlines and the home front
• The social, economic, political and cultural history of the period 1941 to 1953
• The effects of war, violence and total mobilization upon Stalinism as a political system and society
• The ways in which the Great Patriotic War shaped the late Stalinist period.
• A familiarity with and the ability to critically analyse a wide range of primary evidence.

The module will encourage students to explore histories of the Great Patriotic War and the late Stalinist period which move beyond military histories, to explore wider themes such as social and cultural change, reconstruction, gender and memory, and the far reaching effects of war upon whole societies.
Students will also:
• develop their own ideas, arguments and responses to key debates in the historiography of this period
• improve their ability to formulate and present historical arguments in the light of primary sources and secondary literature.
• develop a critical appreciation of the history and historiography of the Great Patriotic War and late Stalinism.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this module will have developed their independent research and critical reasoning and computing skills. Students will learn to interpret a wide range of primary sources, and be able to comment on their provenance, content, significance, perspective, reliability and their relationship to other sources. Seminars will encourage students to develop their presentations skills, and express complicated historical ideas coherently to their peers, via oral presentations and the production of supporting handouts. Students will develop the ability to digest large volumes of primary and secondary evidence, so of which may be contradictory, and to argue clearly and concisely on both paper and in the seminar room. In addition they will improve technical skills including note taking, bibliographic skills, and computing literacy. The module will also develop student’s capacity to argue clearly and consistently on the basis of evidence in written and oral form.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion551:0055:001/3 of independent study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading551:0055:001/3 of independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Revision lecture
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching113:0033:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery12:002:00Surgery hours
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study541:0054:001/3 of independent study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Seminars are designed to encourage students to engage directly with a wide range of primary and secondary source materials, and to raise and discuss the issues that these present for themselves.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1801A75N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M25An essay of 2,000 words (including footnotes but excluding bibliography)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation1MStudents will deliver a presentation on a prearranged theme, providing a written handout to accompany & structure the presentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Exams test acquisition of a clear general knowledge of the subject plus the ability to think and analyse a problem quickly, to select from and to apply both the general knowledge and detailed knowledge of aspects of the subject to new questions, problem-solving skills, adaptability, the ability to work unaided and to write clearly and concisely.

Documentary commentary exercises and examinations test knowledge and understanding of the texts set for the module. The ability to compare and contrast related source texts on a common subject. The ability to expound and criticize a textual extract lucidly, succinctly and with relevance in a relatively brief space, and, in an exam, under pressure of time.

Seminar preparation will help students to develop the skills required to select, prioritise and interpret a wealth of evidence and then use this evidence to support their arguments. All students will deliver a presentation on a prearranged theme, and provide a written handout to accompany and structure that presentation.

Work submitted during the delivery of the module forms a means of determining student progress.

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

This module can be made available to Erasmus students only with the agreement of the Head of Subject and of the Module Leader. This option must be discussed in person at the beginning of your exchange period. No restrictions apply to study-abroad, exchange and Loyola students.
All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:

Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Exam only:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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