Political Science 271/471 & Russian Studies 271
Russia and Eastern Europe: Politics and International Relations
Spring 1999
Tuesday, 2-4:30

Randall Stone
Office Hours: Weds., 1-3:00
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Harkness Hall 311

Course description: For the small countries of Eastern Europe, politics has long taken place in the shadow of larger actors, and continues to be decisively influenced by events beyond national borders. Meanwhile, the dramatic shifts in international affairs in this century have had their origins in domestic unheavals, often in Russia. This course will survey the politics and international relations of the region during the Cold War, the rise and fall of the Soviet satellite system, the politics of simultaneous political and economic transitions from Communism, and post-Communist international relations.

Requirements: This course is a seminar with a heavy reading load, and students are expected to come to class prepared to discuss the readings. Assignments are as follows:

Grading will be 30% for discussion, 5% for each short paper, 30% for the research paper, and 10% for the presentation of the research paper.

Writing Credit Requirements: In order to qualify for Upper Level Writing Credit, students must
  1. register for PSC 272 W or RST 272 W;
  2. write a substantial (20+ page) research paper instead of the ten-page paper.

Internet Discussion: In addition to class meetings, this course includes an e-mail discussion forum. Registered students are automatically enrolled, and others should speak to the professor. Any message sent to "psc271@uhura.cc.rochester.edu" will automatically be distributed to everyone in the course. If you reply to a message from psc271, the reply will also go to everyone. Students are welcome to use this forum to ask questions, make comments, share information, and generally continue class discussion outside of class. Always check your e-mail before class, since the professor may use this forum to send discussion questions, announcements, and short electronic readings.

Short Paper Topics: Write a critical review, as a social scientist, of the readings assigned for the week. Make a clear argument and defend it with appropriate citations and examples. Above all, be a tough critic. A good social scientist can always find something to criticize. Do NOT summarize the authors' positions, but instead concentrate on your own argument. Please submit all papers in paper form and by e-mail, since some will be distributed electronically.

RFE/RL Reports: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty sends daily reports by e-mail on current political, economic, and business events in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Although this news is sent in digest form, this is one of the richest sources available in English on current events in the region. Subscription is free of charge, and students in the course are expected to subscribe.



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JRL Reports: Johnson's Russia List is the leading free source of news about Russia on the internet. It offers two levels of service: List one (EEUROPE-NEWS), with two or three more selective lists of messages per day, and List Two (EEUROPE-CHANGES), with four or five more comprehensive ones. To subscribe send a message addressed to: listmanager@hookup.net, with the following in the first line of the body of the message: subscribe eeurope-news [or subscribe eeurope-changes].

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