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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.
Course Policies and Procedures
The text for the course is Nicholas Riasanovsky and Mark Steinberg, A History of Russia, 8th ed. (Oxford University Press, 2011, ISBN 9780195341973). 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 the ELI 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 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 grades are based on the following point scale:
Make sure that you check the very, very IMPORTANT Explanation of Assignments and Grading and the list of course aids. IMPORTANT: To earn a grade of A, B, C or D, you must complete all required assignments and the two exams and earn the required number of points in the course.
Plagiarism, Cheating and Student Conduct
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.
Submitting Assignments and Contacting Your Instructor
You must submit all of your assignments and extra credit through Blackboard according to the Submitting Assignments and Using Email in Your ELI 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. When you have any questions about the course or your assignments, 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.
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, or the midterm exam, late, but the maximum point value will then be reduced by one-half. You may not take a required final exam late.
Any student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments or accommodation is encouraged to contact a counselor for disability services. Contact information can be found online on the college web page. For additional information, please contact an ELI counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.323.2425. 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. All information is kept confidential.
Links to Course Assignment SchedulesFor summer 2017, 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 registration to verify the specific section of the course that you signed up for. You can always finish faster than your course schedule.
You are expected to make regular and steady progress completing your assignments and exams on time. Please check your Blackboard gradebook for your grades. 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 a grade based upon the work that you have submitted. Usually that is an "F."
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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