Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject examines the emergence of Russia and China as authoritarian great powers and regional hegemons during the past quarter century. By a comparative approach, students will learn about how these states grappled with the legacy of communism, laid new ideological foundations, reformed political institutions, transformed their economies, and embarked upon expansionist projects. The course will illuminate the domestic challenges faced by these regimes, such as corruption, civic activism, ethnonationalism, and separatism. It will also pose questions about the significance of their collaboration on the international stage, their competition in Central Asia, and their relationship with the West.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRobert Horvath

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesEssay, Exam Essay, Tutorial Presentation.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of any second year Politics subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. An understanding of the evolution of post-1989 China and Russia and their impact on the world
02. Ability to compare critically the evolution of the Chinese and Russian political systems
03. Ability to conduct secondary source research to establish the scholarly context and the lines of debate surrounding issues of contention in post-1989 Chinese and Russian politics
04. Ability to conduct original research, using English-language primary sources, on Chinese and Russian politics

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRobert Horvath

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
Twelve 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.

TutorialWeek: 30 - 42
Twelve 1.00 hour tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 15 minute Tutorial presentation (equivalent to approximately 500 words)The 500 word written version of the paper will be assessed

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

One 2000 word Argumentative Research Essay

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

One take-home examination essay (1500 words)To a significant degree, this essay will require students to apply lessons learned from the feedback to the argumentative research essay.

N/AOther written examIndividualNo35 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4