This is the HIS 241 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:
Please check Canvas course syllabus for more information about purchasing your books.
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 earliest times to about 1900 and introduces students to the developments of medieval and imperial Russia. Students will examine the major themes and issues that have defined Russia's 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 schedules
For summer 2021, this is the course schedule.
For spring 2021, this is the course schedule.
For fall 2020, 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 Canvas 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.
You must submit all of your assignments and extra credit through Canvas. 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 Canvas 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.
Canvas is used to support the course.
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 Canvas. If you have any communication problems, please contact Professor Charles Evans, firstname.lastname@example.org, professor of history at the Loudoun campus.
Plagiarism, cheating and student conduct
NOVA does not tolerate academic dishonesty. See the information on the Canvas course syllabus (also known as the college's Academic Integrity Policy).
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.
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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