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Spring 2012-2013
* SOC 308 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Communism and Beyond: China and Russia

Deborah A. Kaple

This course focuses on the communist experiment in the Soviet Union and China. The first half of the course presents the political, social and economic histories that characterize the USSR's and China's particular path to communism. The second half of the course focuses on the consequences of communism by examining each country's demographics, environment, social structures and so on.

Sample reading list:
Murray Feshbach, Ecocide in the USSR
Robert Service, Stalin, A Biography
Ronald Suny, The Soviet Experiment
Peter Hessler, Oracle Bones
Jung Chang and Jon Halliday, Mao: The Unknown Story
John Pomfret, Chinese Lessons
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 150 pages of reading per week.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 25%
Take Home Final Exam - 35%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Term Paper(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43089 S01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm M W   Friend Center   202   Enrolled:12 Limit:15