The Russian Revolution 1890-1924

Subject HIST20064 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1.5-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: 8.5 hours per week: total time commitment 102 hours2.5 contact hours/week , 6 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Completion of 12.5 points at first-year in history or one of the Faculty of Arts' Interdisciplinary Foundation (IDF) subjects.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:

131-050 The Russian Revolution 1890-1924 or 131-250; 131-350; 671-380

Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry.
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Prof Stephen Wheatcroft


Stephen Wheatcroft

Subject Overview: This subject examines the nature of late Tsarist society and causes of the revolutions of 1905 and 1917 and how these contributed to the emerging Soviet society. On completion of this subject students should have an improved understanding of the nature of pre-revolutionary Russian society, the causes and consequences of the Russian Revolution, and the nature of early post-revolutionary Soviet society.
  • be able to understand the origins of the Russian state and the nature of Tsarist authority;
  • have an appreciation of the various attempts to reform the system and the difficulties these encountered;
  • appreciate the forces leading to revolution.
Assessment: Two argumentative research essays on comparative themes, each of 2000 words 50% each (one due mid-semester the other due at the end of semester). Hurdle requirement: students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to be pass this subject.
Prescribed Texts:
A subject reader will be available.
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • demonstrate research skills through competent use of the library and other information sources;
  • show critical thinking and analysis through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by determining the strength of an argument;
  • demonstrate understanding of social, ethical and cultural context through the contextualisation of judgements, developing a critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and possibilities and by constructing an argument.
Notes: Formerly available as 131-250/350. Students who have completed 131-250 or 131-350 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (Russian)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: European Studies
History Major
Russian Major

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