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Course Details

Course Code: IRLS343 Course ID: 3144 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

Explores historic, cultural, economic, and geographic traits that characterize the Russian state and shape the domestic political processes and interstate relations. Critically compares the politics, governments and orientations of post-Soviet states and other regional powers. Surveys contemporary regional issues such as ethnic conflict, nationalism and political-economic reforms, with a particular emphasis on security concerns.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

CO 1: Explain the political transition period in Russia.

CO 2: Apply an understanding of the Russian political transition to the basic pillars of contemporary Russian politics.

CO 3: Evaluate the Russian media’s role in influencing public policy

CO 4: Analyze the distribution of political power in the Russian political system.

CO 5: Deconstruct the structural aspects of the Russian economy.

Forum discussions – 25 percent

Each week, a discussion question is provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to 2 or more classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Progress assignment – 37.5 percent

A 3-4 page essay that requires a thesis and includes research and analysis.

Final assignment – 37.5 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment. The use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

Required Course Textbooks (available through AMU's library):

Pirani, Simon. Change in Putin's Russia: power, money and people. London: Pluto Press, 2010.

Wegren, Stephen K., and Dale R. Herspring, eds., After Putin's Russia: past imperfect, future uncertain (Lanham, MD: Rowman and LIttlefield Publishers, 2010).

Each week in addition to the Required Reading, additional resources may be provided to offer you background information or further understanding the terminology as well as the material for the week. Each week you will be expected to read the Required Reading and review the additional resources.

Book Title:Change in Putin's Russia: Power, Money and People - EBook available via the APUS online library
Author:Simon Pirani
Unit Cost:$33.46
Book Title:After Putin's Russia: Past Imperfect, Future Uncertain - Ebook available via the APUS online library
Author:Wegren, Herspring
Unit Cost:$44.38
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.