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Undergraduate | LTU-POL3INR | 2024

Totalitarianism Reborn: Russia, China and New Cold Wars

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Entry requirements
Prior study needed
12 weeks

Start dates

  • 29 July 2024
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Totalitarianism Reborn: Russia, China and New Cold Wars

About this subject

  • On successful completion you will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of the evolution of post-1989 China and Russia and their impact on the world
    2. Compare critically the evolution of the Chinese and Russian political systems
    3. 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
    4. Conduct original research, using English-language primary sources, on Chinese and Russian politics

Entry requirements


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.

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

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