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PLT3340 - Contemporary Russia: Identities, transformations and conflicts

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader(s): Peter Lentini


Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)
Prato Trimester 2 2009 (Day)


This subject examines some of the key developments and processes in Russian politics since the beginning of the Putin era. It addresses the strengths and weaknesses of Russia's political institutions and political parties, Russia's struggle to define a coherent sense of national identity, its role in global affairs and its attempts to resolve tensions arising from new social inequalities, combat corruption, organized crime and domestic and international terrorism.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able: to develop an understanding of the political, historical and social contexts in which contemporary Russia finds itself; to enhance their analytical skills and critical thinking in relation to major concepts, theories, events and processes pertaining to Russia's transition from communist party rule; to strengthen their conceptual and empirical knowledge of regime change, social problems and institution building in contemporary conditions; to continue the development of critical skills and an ability to communicate effectively; specifically to: develop a topic for investigation; familiarise themselves with a wide range of sources; recognise and be able to present a logically-ordered argument.

In addition, third-year students should be able to demonstrate they can conduct original research into a topic of their own choice.


Written work: 60%
Class tests: 40%

Contact hours

1 two hour seminar per week.


None. However, successful completion of PLT2340 is advisable

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