This is the HIS 242 course syllabus (home page). On this page, you will find important information about the course and the links to the course assignment schedules.
The text for the course is Nicholas Riasanovsky and Mark Steinberg, A History of Russia, 9th ed. (Oxford University Press, 2019, ISBN 9780190645588). Earlier editions of this textbook cover much of the same material but lack coverage of Russian events over the last twenty years. If you wish, you can read my Explanation of why I choose this text.
There are two short paperbacks required:
You may also choose to read Lawrence Scott Sheets, 8 Pieces of Empire (Crown Publishers, ISBN 978-0-307-39582-5; any edition is acceptable).
Please check the NOVA Online bookstore website for information on purchasing/renting your textbooks (new or used). If you wish to purchase your books in person, then you will have to travel to the Alexandria bookstore.
If you are wondering whether you must buy the textbook, then please watch this short video.
General course purpose
This course reviews the history of Russia from about 1900 to the present and introduces students to the developments of Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. Students will examine the major themes and issues that have defined Russia's recent past and also study some Russian cultural achievements in areas such as art, architecture, music, theater, dance, literature and philosophy.
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to::
Although there are no formal prerequisites for this course, please consider:
Course drop, withdrawal and incomplete policies
Course grades are based on the following point scale:
Make sure that you check the very IMPORTANT Explanation of Assignments and Grading, which has information about grading in the course. There are Special Course Grading Requirements that you must meet to successfully pass the course.
Links to course assignment schedulesFor summer 2018, this is the course schedule:
Each week of your schedule will list the course units and assignments that you are required to complete that week. Each course unit will list what you are required to read and submit for that unit. Each unit will also usually have some extra material that you may look at and some possible extra credit work that you can complete. Please make sure that you check out all the linked information for each course unit.
Please make sure that you double-check your official course registration to verify the specific section of the course that you signed up for.
You are expected to make regular and steady course progress by completing your assignments and exams on time. Please check your Blackboard gradebook for your grades and feedback. You can always finish faster than your course schedule. Once you begin this course, it is your responsibility to withdraw. If you do not withdraw and if you do not finish your course assignments, then you will receive an "F."
Be sure to check out the list of available course aids.
There are specific assignment deadlines in this course, and these are listed on the course schedule. You may submit any of the course required assignments late, but the maximum point value will then be reduced by one-half. You may not take a required midterm or final exam late.
You must submit all of your assignments and extra credit through Blackboard. See the Submitting Assignments in Your NOVA Online History Course instructions. (No more than one item per calendar day will be accepted.) Feedback on your work will be posted to the Blackboard gradebook, usually within 24-48 hours. You should follow the same directions if you are resubmitting an assignment.
When you have any questions about the course or your assignments or when you want to send a draft of an assignment for informal feedback, please contact your instructor by email using your student email account.
Blackboard is used to support the course. Please review the information on Using Blackboard for instructions on assignment submission, online discussions, exams and your gradebook.
Contacting your instructor
Find your instructor's name and contact information at the top of this page and also when you log into your course on Blackboard. If you have any communication problems, please contact Professor Charles Evans, firstname.lastname@example.org, professor and assistant dean of history at the Loudoun campus.
Plagiarism, cheating and student conduct
NOVA does not tolerate academic dishonesty. As outlined in more detail in The Student Handbook, academic dishonesty can include, but is not limited to, cheating on an exam or quiz and submitting work that is not your own (plagiarism). Because faculty members share a responsibility for a student’s education and the value of a NOVA degree, they seek to prevent unethical behavior and, when necessary, respond to infringements of academic integrity. Penalties can include a failing grade on an assignment, a failing grade in the course, suspension, or expulsion from the college. Procedures for disciplinary measures and appeals are outlined in the NOVA Student Handbook.
Please make sure that you read the course policy on plagiarism and cheating. You are expected to abide by the student conduct provisions of the college's student handbook, and it is expected that you will be courteous in all conversations and assignments in this course.
Disabilities and accommodation
NOVA is committed to ensuring all students have an opportunity to pursue a college education regardless of the presence or absence of a disability. Information on NOVA’s Disability Support Services, including how to reach a Disability Services Counselor, can be found at www.nvcc.edu/disability-services/index.html. If you have a MoA, then it must be presented to your instructor during unit 1 of the course so that any accommodations can be worked out.
During your time at NOVA, you may experience challenges including struggles with academics, finances, or your personal well-being. NOVA has support resources available. Please visit http://www.nvcc.edu/novacares if you are seeking resources and support or if you are worried about a friend or classmate
Students receiving financial aid are expected to attend and complete all classes. Withdrawing from a class can dramatically impact your financial aid status and may require repayment. To understand the impact of withdrawing from a course please review pages 13-17 of the Financial Aid Handbook.
Information on what to do in case of an emergency can be found on NOVA’s Office of Emergency Planning and Management (OEPM) website at www.nvcc.edu/emergency.
Writing in the course
Proper grammar, spelling and style are an inherent part of each assignment in this course, and please check Charlie's History Writing Center for more information about specific writing style expectations. (You can also watch the short YouTube video about the center.)
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