Totalitarianism Reborn: Russia, China and New Cold Wars
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- 31 Jul 2023
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Demonstrate an understanding of the evolution of post-1989 China and Russia and their impact on the world.
Compare critically the evolution of the Chinese and Russian political systems.
Conduct secondary source research to establish the scholarly context and the lines of debate surrounding issues of contention in post-1989 Chinese and Russian politics.
Conduct original research, using English-language primary sources, on Chinese and Russian politics
- • The crisis of communism.
- • Russian democratisation and Chinese reform.
- • Nationalism and separatism.
- • Oligarchs and corruption.
- • Human rights and dissent.
- • The contest for Central Asia.
- • Challenge to Western hegemony.
Prerequisites: Students must have completed 60 credit points of Level two subjects. Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed POL4003 (Authoritarian Empires: Russia, China and the Politics of Eurasia) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.
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This subject examines the transformation of Russia and China from the reforms of the 1990s to the restoration of totalitarian controls under Putin and Xi Jinping. By a comparative approach, you will learn about how these states grappled with the legacy of communism, reformed political institutions, transformed their economies, and embarked upon expansionist projects. The course will illuminate the domestic challenges faced by these regimes, such as corruption, civic activism, ethnonationalism, and separatism. It will also pose questions about the significance of their collaboration on the international stage, their competition in Central Asia, and their relationship with the West.
- One 15 minute Tutorial presentation (equivalent to approximately 500 words) The 500 word written version of the paper will be assessed (15%)
- One take-home examination essay (1500 words). To a significant degree, this essay will require students to apply lessons learned from the feedback to the argumentative research essay. (35%)
- One 2000 word Argumentative Research Essay (50%)
Current study term: 30 Jul 23 to 27 Oct 23
Textbook information is pending.