Syllabus for History, Culture, and Society of Russia and the Soviet Union

Rysslands och Sovjetunionens historia, kultur och samhälle


  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 2EU000
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Eurasian Studies A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2019-01-24
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Autumn 2019
  • Entry requirements: Enrolment in the Master Programme in Russian and Eurasian Studies.
  • Responsible department: Department of Informatics and Media
  • This course has been discontinued.

Learning outcomes

After the course the student should be able to:
Knowledge and understanding

  • independently be able to demonstrate from a critical, scholarly perspective an understanding of the problems and issues that are central to historical research regarding the post-Soviet region;
  • demonstrate an understanding of history, culture and societal developments during the Tsarist, Soviet, and post-Soviet periods.
Competence and skills
  • independently analyse and compare texts related to developments in history, society, and culture during the Tsarist, Soviet, and post-Soviet periods, both orally and in writing;
  • plan, implement, and present (orally and in writing) small research assignments.
Judgement and approach
  • critically assess and problematise different perspectives on historical phenomena and processes that are presented in the course literature;
  • critically reflect upon the views and uses of history in present-day Russia and the post-Soviet region.


The course is comprised of two main parts. In the first part, the course will examine the historical developments in Tsarist Russia, the Soviet Union, and the Russian Federation from medieval times to the present, focusing on central problems and themes. In the second part, a comparative reading of texts from different historical periods will analyse central themes and issues in the developments of society and culture in the region from a variety of perspectives. The assigned readings will also provide an opportunity to discuss methodological issues related to the disciplines of history and cultural studies.


Instruction is in the form of lectures and seminars.

The language of instruction is English. Depending on the language proficiency of individual students, occasional readings in Russian may be used in the second part of the course.


The course is examined by active participation in seminars, oral presentations, and written assignments.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator or a decision by the department's working group for study matters.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2019

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Kivelson, Valerie A.; Suny, Ronald Grigor Russia's empires

    New York: Oxford University Press, [2017]

    Find in the library


Compendium of seminar readings.