History of Soviet Russia
I. Course Prefix/Number: HIS 260
Course Name: History of Soviet Russia
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
B. Describe the ethnic, cultural, and political diversity of Soviet Russia and interpret its historical consequences.
C. Explain the religious, social, economic, and political ideas that emerged in Soviet Russia during the period covered.
D. Evaluate major religious, literary, and philosophical works produced during the period.
E. Analyze the relationship between historical events and contemporary issues in the region.
F. Evaluate conflicting interpretations of the history of Soviet Russia.
G. Analyze primary and secondary sources pertaining to the period covered.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
B. Bolshevism: Origins and Doctrines
C. The March Revolution
D. The Bolshevik Revolution
E. Civil War, Armed Intervention and War Communism, 1918-1921
F. NEP, 1921-1928
G. Stalinism Triumphant, 1929-1941
H. The Great Patriotic War, 1941-1945
I. Reconstruction and the Cold War, 1945-1953
J. Krushchev to Chernienko
K. Party and State
L. Planned Economy
M. Culture and Education
N. Peaceful Coexistence
P. Gorbachev and the Impact of Perestoika and Glasnost
Q. Dissolution and its Aftermath
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
A. Read a standard textbook, as well as research materials.
B. Write outside of class the equivalent of 12-14 double-spaced typed pages, in the form of a term paper, summaries of Journal articles, short research papers, and/or other kinds of writing.
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Students will also be evaluated on a combination of written assignments and in- and out-of-class assignments.
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.