RUSS 140
Crime and Punishment in Russian History Spring 2019 Division I; Writing-Intensive; Cross-listed as RUSS140 / HIST140

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For centuries, people have used crime in Russia and the Russian state’s response to crime as lenses through which to examine Russian history and the Russian experience. This tutorial will follow in this tradition, but will adopt a more critical approach to question how or if crime and deviance can speak to the nature of the Russian state and its relationship to Russian society writ large. To answer this question, we will read a combination of original historical sources and recent scholarship that cover the entirety of Russian history: from the creation of the first legal code in Medieval Muscovy to the publication of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago in 1962 and beyond. By semester’s end, students will have developed an understanding of both the major historical actors and events in Russian criminal and legal history, and the intellectual debates that they sparked among contemporaries and present day scholars alike.
The Class: Type: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3991
Requirements/Evaluation: A student either will write and present orally a 3- to 5-page essay on the assigned readings or will be responsible for offering an oral critique of their partner's work
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: first-year or sophomore standing; juniors or seniors with permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: First-Year Students, and then Sophomores who have not previously taken a 100-level seminar
Distributions: Division I; Writing-Intensive;
Distribution Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under HIST; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under RUSS
Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia;

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