Search | Directories | Reference Tools
UW Home > Discover UW > Student Guide > Course Catalog 

Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

Matthew J. Ouimet
SIS 440
Seattle Campus

History of Communism

Communism from its origins in Bolshevik faction of Russian social democracy to the present, treating the development of the ideology, the various communist parties, and the communist states. Recommended: two history or politics of Europe courses. Offered: jointly with HSTEU 440.

Class description

This course is a history of the Communist movement beginning with its origins in 19th century Marxism and coming down to the present-day transition to market socialism and/or liberal capitalism. It will give particular attention to the victory ofBolshevism in Russia, formation of the Communist International, and the spread of communist governments to China, Eastern Europe, and the Third World. Wrapping up the course will be a look at the process of transition toward liberal market principles after 1989.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

There are two options for undergraduates. Option one involves taking a midterm and a final along with two book reports roughly five pages in length. Option two involves writing eight 3-4 page essays on topics assigned in the syllabus. These will be based on primary documents assigned in class readings. Class meetings will include lectures and discussion.

Recommended preparation

Two courses in modern European history or politics.

Class assignments and grading

See above.

See above.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 01/15/1999