This course introduces students to the history, politics, and international context of Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union. The course focuses most closely on the political processes in Russia and other countries of post-communist Eurasia after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. We consider issues related to domestic politics, state-society relations, ethnic conflict, economic processes, and foreign policy. Students are also given a chance to become familiar with the comparative method through a writing assignment that asks to compare an outcome of student’s choice cross-nationally or temporally.

All class activities will be held synchronously, with recordings made available afterwards. You will need a computer with a webcam, an internet connection and Zoom software installed.

This is a 4-unit course. It is expected that students in this class will devote at least twelve (12) hours a week (including in-class time) on average.

This course fulfills the Regional Focus (CPRF) requirement of the college.