2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
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2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PSCI 256 - Russian Politics: From Dictatorship to Democracy and Back Again

In this introduction to the study of Russian politics, we will explore how a single political party has come to dominate the national stage, while opposition politicians are jailed, human rights are violated, and journalists fall victim to assassins’ bullets. In many ways, Russia appears to be turning back into a dictatorship only 15 years after throwing off seven decades of repressive communist party rule. Why and how has this happened? Through lectures, discussions, and films, we will examine contemporary Russia’s politics, economics, and culture. The course will touch on Russia’s history from 1917 to 1991, but our main focus will be on the contemporary period. (CP)

Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) Designation: GP

Anticipated Terms Offered: Offered every other year