Students will become familiar with the major political, social, cultural, and economic aspects of the Soviet Union and the post-Soviet successor states. They will also explore and analyze such concepts as ideology, totalitarianism, and socialism.
Students will develop the ability to pose historical questions and answer those questions through a variety of analytical lenses. They will also learn how to establish connections between events, movements, and ideas for the time period covered in the course and to apply their knowledge of history to the world around them.
Effective Historical Research
Students will improve their analytical skills by interrogating and integrating various primary and secondary sources and placing them within broad historical narratives.
Students will learn how to craft plausible historical arguments and convey their arguments and evidence through a clear and succinct writing style.