RUSS 354: Contemporary Post-Soviet Life

RUSS 354-001: Cntmpry Post-Soviet Life
(Fall 2024)

03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW

West Building 1001

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Section Information for Fall 2024

In this course, we will explore the “fall of communism” and how the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe have transformed since 1989. What exactly happened in the late 1980s and specifically in 1989 and 1991? Why did the Soviet Union end? We then turn to the ways that people have sought to survive and create new cultural and political practices within the market relations, commodification, and nationalisms in the post-Soviet era. We will explore a wide range of topics, including nationalism, politics, oligarchs, environmentalism, violence, vampires, workers, gender, the self, religion, vacation houses, misinformation, memory of the socialist past, socialism today, and Russia’s war in Ukraine. We will compare experiences across post-Soviet space: Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union (including Central Asia and the Baltics), Cuba, and Nicaragua. We will also consider the United States as part of post-Soviet life and what that means for the United States and Russia today. 

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Social life, art, economics, education, view of life, and personal aspirations of Russian citizen today. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Mason Core (All)
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Recommended Prerequisite: 54 hours or Permission of Instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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