Daniel Clarke Waugh
Development of Russia from earliest times to the reign of Peter the Great. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 443.
The course covers the history of medieval and early modern Russia and Ukraine from approximately the 9th century to ca. 1700. It explores the evolution of political institutions and society and places considerable emphasis on cultural development. Apart from content, students will learn techniques of critiquing conflicting historiography and primary sources in order to understand the processes by which historians reach conclusions. Note that the web page for the course listed here is for the 2002 version, not that which will be offered in autumn 2003. However the new version of the course will be similar. Also note that the course is taught in conjunction with Russ 321, sharing the same lectures, with some overlap in readings but with different writing assignments and separate discussion.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
lecture course with one day a week discussion section; some on-line discussion.
Critical thinking and writing skills appropriate to an upper division undergaduate course. Comfort in accessing course materials on line and in participating in online discussion. Does not hurt to have had one or two previous history courses, even at an introductory level and especially if they pertain to medieval history. However, that is not required. Students should come into the course willing to challenge themselves with difficult material and do a substantial amount of work.
Class assignments and grading
Half a dozen essays spaced fairly evenly throughout the quarter and based on a fairly demanding amount of assigned reading. Apart from the takehome essay midterm and final, the other essays are presented in draft, receive instructor and peer feedback, and then rewritten before they are graded.
In the first instance grading based on written work, with some bonus for class participation.