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  • Governors State University College of Arts and Sciences
    Division of Liberal Arts
    RUSSIA IN THE 20th CENTURY
    HIST 567, Fall 2011, 3 Credits
    Tuesdays 4:30-7:20, Room E1581
    Professor David Hamilton Golland



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    Online Course Guide



    Description & Objectives: (Top)
    Topics include the fall of czarism, the Communist Revolution, the Stalin era, World War II, the Cold War, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the contemporary history of the Russian people.

    No prerequisites required.

    Note: although this course is described in the catalogue as "available as a correspondence course only," this course will be taught in the classroom.


    Expected Student Outcomes: (Top)
    In this course, students will:Assessment:
    Be able to reason causes and consequences of major historical events in modern Russian history and offer critical thinking interpretations.Annotated bibliography
    Understand the arguments that Marxists and their detractors employed in the 19th and 20th centuries and the impact these arguments had on Russian and world history; express critical reading and critical thinking skills; describe the conditions faced by the Russian people during the eras of the 20th century; and analyze the effects of Stalinism on the historical development of the Societ Union and its impact on the Russian people.Text questions; participation
    Use Modern Language Association (MLA) citation style accurately and consistently.Plagiarism quiz
    Research the work of seven historians, and analyze primary source documents.Library activity
    Become familiar with the critique of primary sources by other authors.Book review



    Required Texts, with minimum and maximum prices at Amazon.Com as of June 29, 2011: (Top)
    BookMin.Max.
    Ronald Suny, The Soviet Experiment: Russia, the USSR, and the Successor States (NY: Oxford University Press, 2010)$33.57$50.97
    Hiroaki Kuromiya, Stalin: Profiles in Power (London: Longman, 2005)$9.67$30.35
    Sheila Fitzpatrick and Yuri Slezkine, Eds., In the Shadow of Revolution: Life Stories of Russian Women from 1917 to the Second World War (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000)$3.37$35.26
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich$3.79$8.71
    Eugenia Ginzburg, Journey Into the Whirlwind (NY: Mariner Books, 2002)$4.50$10.88
    Stephen Kotkin, Armageddon Averted: The Soviet Collapse, 1970-2000 (NY: Oxford University Press, 2008)$3.49$10.26
    Total Cost$58.39$146.43



    Course Components: (Top)
    There are six components to this course:
    ComponentGraduate WeightUndergraduate Weight
    Text Questions10%10%
    Plagiarism Quiz5%5%
    Participation25%30%
    Library Activity25%30%
    Annotated Bibliography25%25%
    Book Review10%10% (extra credit)
    Total100%110%


    Explanation of Course Components:

    Text Questions. No later than 24 hours before each class (i.e. by 4:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon) each student must post two questions based on the reading assignment for that week. The questions should be the starting point for class discussion, and should not be about the text per se but should be stimulated by the assignment--a genuine quest for further knowledge inspired by the homework.

    Plagiarism Quiz. This brief quiz will be based on "Avoiding Plagiarism," which can be found below. Students must take the quiz at the University of Indiana School of Education Plagiarism Test Site. Successful completion of the test will result in a certificate, which you should print, complete and sign, and leave in my faculty mailbox (in the CAS office) by 4:30 on September 27 (or hand it to me earlier).

    Participation. Students are expected to attend every class and be prepared to actively engage in discussion of the assigned reading.

    The Library Activity is the equivalent of a midterm exam. It is due on Thursday, October 27, at 7:20 p.m. There are two sections to this assignment. The first section is about historians. The second section is about primary sources. For the first section, write a minimum of 100 words each on the importance of each historian's work to the scholarship on Russian history. These historians are those whose work we are reading: Ronald Suny, Hiroaki Kuromiya, Sheila Fitzpatrick, Yuri Slezkine, Lewis Siegelbaum, Andrei Sokolov, and Stephen Kotkin (the other authors are not historians). Graduate students will write on all seven historians; undergraduates will choose three. For the second section, you will choose individual stories from In the Shadow of Revolution, then answer the following questions, with a minimum of 100 words per story: 1. Why did you choose this story? 2. What new insights did this story give you on life in the Soviet Union? Graduate students will choose seven stories; undergraduates will choose three.

    The Annotated bibliography comprises the first component of the final exam for graduate students and the entire final exam for undergraduates. It is due 24 hours before the last class, i.e. Monday, November 28, at 4:30 pm. The annotated bibliography must include a paragraph on each of the course's books. Each paragraph must begin with standard bibliographical information (author or editor's name, title, location of publication, publisher name, year published, and number of pages) as well as a brief synopsis of the book. Please note: failure to submit the annotated bibliography by the deadline will be the equivalent of being "absent from the final exam," and will result in a grade of "Incomplete" for the class if the student would otherwise pass the course, and a grade of "F" if the student otherwise would not pass the course.

    The Book Review comprises the second component of the final exam for graduate students; it is extra credit for undergraduates. it is due 48 hours after the final class date, i.e. Thursday, December 1, at 7:20 p.m. Students may review any of the required books for the course. Reviews should be 2-3 pages in length and briefly explain the purpose and scope of the work, note the work's strengths and weaknesses, and discuss the importance of the work to the field. An example of a scholarly historical review can be found here. Please note: graduate students failing to submit the review by the deadline will be the equivalent of being "absent from the final exam," and will result in a grade of "Incomplete" for the class if the student would otherwise pass the course, and a grade of "F" if the student otherwise would not pass the course.

    The mathematical scores will strictly translate into letter grades as follows:
    90 or higher: A
    80 or higher: B
    70 or higher: C
    60 or higher: D
    Less than 60: F

    Note: all students will receive the exact grade they have earned, and grades will NOT be rounded up. For example, a student with a mathematical score of 89.999 will receive a B; a student with a mathematical score of 59.999 will receive an F.


    Schedule of Assignments: (Top)
    Remember that text questions are due 24 hours before each class.
    Class DateRead
    August 30Ronald Suny, Introduction and Part I
    September 6Suny, Part II
    September 13Hiroaki Kuromiya, all
    September 20Suny, Part III
    September 27Eugenia Ginzburg pages 3-208
    October 4Finish Ginzburg
    October 11Alexander Solzhenitsyn, all
    October 18No homework. In class: Watch Burnt by the Sun.
    October 25Suny, Part IV
    November 1Discussion of completed and upcoming assignments
    No reading due today
    November 8Suny, Part V
    November 15Stephen Kotkin, all
    November 29tba



    Other Important Dates: (Top)
    September 27Plagiarism quiz due today.
    October 27Library Activity Due 7:20 pm.
    November 1Last day to withdraw without penalty
    November 22Class cancelled
    November 28Annotated bibliography due 4:30 pm.
    December 1Book review due 7:20 pm.



    Classroom Etiquette: (Top)
    This is a graduate course and students are expected to comport themselves in the professional manner of graduate students, which is akin to behavior standards in the workplace. Please remember to silence your phones and pagers and put them away for the class (except for times when their use is appropriate).


    Avoiding Plagiarism by Good Paraphrasing, Quoting and Documentation(Top)
    From Prof. Timothy C. Gsell
    Give credit to your sources, because they deserve it. Many students inadvertently plagiarize the intellectual work of others, and run the risk of receiving an F. It is easy to plagiarize, especially with all the information on the web! Simply fail to give credit where credit is due, and you are a plagiarist. That is all there is to it. But how can one know when credit is due, you ask? Read this carefully:

    Document your source if you paraphrase or quote. Failure to do so is an act of plagiarism, even if it is innocent. It is easy to plagiarize even though one does not intend to steal another’s work. Therefore, it is very important to understand the essentials of paraphrasing and quoting discussed below.

    If in doubt, consult a handbook on good writing or contact me. I strongly recommend this if your are not sure about documenting written material. The following quotes are from the Prentice-Hall Handbook for Writers, 10th edition. Chapter 45 (The Research Paper). But there are other good handbooks with similar words of wisdom:
  • A paraphrase is a restatement of the source material in your own words, syntax, and style but preserving the tone of the original…. and of approximately the same length (not as summary). A paraphrase uses the original author’s idea and presents it in your own language. Since in paraphrasing you borrowing someone’s thoughts, you must document the source when you use the paraphrase in your paper (page 470).
  • A direct quotation records exactly the words of the original source (as well as the exact punctuation and even any spelling errors). Like summaries and paraphrases, direct quotations require citations in your paper crediting the source from which you copied them. In general, use direct quotations only for particularly telling phrases or for information that must be rendered exactly as you found it (page 470).
  • Plagiarism consists of passing off ideas, opinions, conclusions, facts, words (intellectual property) of another as your own. Plagiarism is dishonest and carries penalties not only in academic environments but in all professions, as well as copyright law (page 470).
  • Long word-for-word quotations are rarely appropriate to a paper or particularly to a lab report. Use of all or most of a single sentence or an apt figure of speech without acknowledgment from another source is also dishonest and considered plagiarism (page 470).
  • Even if you acknowledge the source in a citation, you are still plagiarizing when you incorporate in your work faultily paraphrased or summarized material from another author in which you follow almost exactly the original’s sentence patterns and phrasing. Paraphrasing and summarizing require that you fully digest an author’s ideas and interpretations and restate them in your own words. It is not enough simply to modify the original author’s sentences slightly, to change a word here and there (page 472).
  • A research report or paper loaded with quotations or consisting of long quotations stitched loosely together with brief comments will almost always be an unsatisfactory paper (page 474).
  • Make use of paraphrases and summaries instead of quotations in most cases where sources are cited. Frequently, the point can be made better in your own words, with proper citations, than in the words of the original (page 474)

    Take the plagiarism quiz now!


    Wikipedia Research Policy, by Prof. Alan Liu (Top)
    Click HERE for the article.


    Writing Center (Top)
    In that writing assignments are weighted heavily in this class, students are encouraged, but not required to attend the Writing Center for assistance in completing the writing assignments. In- depth individual assistance with research papers or any other writing for classes is available through the Writing Center. For one-on-one help, please call 708.534.4508 to make an appointment. On-site tutoring is available by appointment only. The Writing Center desk in the Library offers students the opportunity to ask questions dealing with the research assignments. Click on www.govst.edu/owl to find writing help at home. You may submit a copy of your paper for revision suggestions, obtain information about virtual appointments, and find sources for help with research writing as well as sources for general writing help, including grammar resources.


    Counseling Center (Top)
    The Counseling Center of the Academic Resource Center at Governors State University (GSU) has a staff of experienced professionals who provide a variety of counseling services for GSU undergraduate and graduate students. The counselors support and adhere to the professional, ethical, and legal standards as described by the American Psychological Association, as well as other professional organizations. Our mission is to contribute to the overall quality of campus life for students, and to support the academic endeavors of our students. The Counseling Center is located in the Academic Resource Center, B1215. Office hours are Monday–Thursday 8:30 a.m.–7 p.m. and Fridays 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. For personal counseling, contact Katherine Helm, 708.235.7334. For academic counseling, call 708.534.4508.


    Services for Students with Disabilities: (Top)
    GSU is committed to providing all students equal access to all university programs and facilities. Students who have a documented physical, psychological, or learning disability and need academic accommodations, must register with Access Services for Students with Disabilities (ASSD). Please contact the Coordinator of ASSD in Room B1201 in person; by e-mail, assd@govst.edu; or by calling 708.235.3968. If you are already registered, please contact your instructor privately regarding your academic accommodations.


    Contact Information: (Top)
    Professor David Hamilton Golland
    Division of Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Sciences
    Governors State University
    Office Location: E2586 (E2543 after construction)
    E-mail: dgolland@govst.edu


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    Content Credit: Much of the content of this syllabus has been adapted from Elizabeth Johnson, Ph.D., "HIST545 VA Course Syllabus," available at the GSU website.

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    Last Updated 16 December 2011 (DHG)