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The history of the culture of the countries of the region until 1918 (I) - Russia

General data

Course ID: 3224-D1HISROS
Erasmus code / ISCED: (unknown) / (unknown)
Course title: The history of the culture of the countries of the region until 1918 (I) - Russia
Name in Polish: Historia kultury krajów regionu do 1918 r. (I) - Rosja
Organizational unit: Department of Central and East European Intercultural Studies
Course groups:
ECTS credit allocation (and other scores): 3.00 Basic information on ECTS credits allocation principles:
  • the annual hourly workload of the student’s work required to achieve the expected learning outcomes for a given stage is 1500-1800h, corresponding to 60 ECTS;
  • the student’s weekly hourly workload is 45 h;
  • 1 ECTS point corresponds to 25-30 hours of student work needed to achieve the assumed learning outcomes;
  • weekly student workload necessary to achieve the assumed learning outcomes allows to obtain 1.5 ECTS;
  • work required to pass the course, which has been assigned 3 ECTS, constitutes 10% of the semester student load.
Language: Polish


Short description:

The aim of the classes is to familiarize students with the main problems of the history of culture in Russia against the background of political and social history from the Middle Ages to 1918.

Full description:

The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the main problems of the history of Russian culture against the background of political and social history from the Middle Ages to 1918. Such problems as identity, interactions between cultures, religious aspects, changes in customs and mind, and reflection on the sense of the nation's history will be taken into account.

The student develops his/her research skills, learns to gain knowledge on his/her own, using the support of a research tutor. The following issues will be discussed:

1. Eastern Slavic region until the mid-10th century. East Slavic tribes and their neighbors

2. In the circle of Byzantine culture. The baptism of Rus and its consequences

3. Rus of Kiev during the reigns of Włodzimierz and Jarosław. Power, society, culture

4. Ruthenian lands in the period of the division breakdown. Rus and the Mongols

5. The rise and development of the Grand Duchy of Moscow (14th-16th centuries)

6. "Great Sad": causes and effects

7. From Christian universalism to the imperial idea. The Russian state and society in the 17th century

8. Reforms of Peter I - cultural dimension

9. Socio-political and cultural changes in Russia in the 18th century.

10. Russia in the first quarter of the 19th century. Internal situation and foreign policy

11. "Gray years" of Nicholas I: the state, society, culture

12. Reforms in Russia in the second half of the 19th century. The reign of Alexander II

13. The Russian state and society at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries (until 1914). Revolution 1905-1907.

14. Towards a tragedy. Russia in the First World War

15. Revolutions in Russia in 1917

Student workload:

Participation in classes in the classroom - 30 hours (1 ECTS)

Preparation for classes - 30 hours (1 ECTS)

Preparation for oral examination - 30 hours (1 ECTS)


General textbooks:

Bazylew Ludwik, Wieczorkiewicz Paweł, Historia Rosji, Wrocław-Warszawa-Kraków 2005.

Riasanovsky Nicholas, Steinberg Mark, Historia Rosji, Kraków 2009.


Andrusiewicz A., Dzieje Wielkiej Smuty, Katowice 1999.

Bohun T., Moskwa 1612, Warszawa 2005.

Gumilow L., Od Rusi do Rosji, Warszawa 2004.

Gumilow L., Śladami cywilizacji wielkiego stepu, Warszawa 2004.

Heller M., Historia Imperium Rosyjskiego, Warszawa 2002.

Kroll P., Od ugody Hadziackiej do Cudnowa. Kozaczyzna między Rzecząpospolitą a Moskwą w latach 1658-1660, Warszawa 2008.

Majewski A.A., Moskwa 1617–1618, Warszawa 2006.

Moskwa w rękach Polaków. Pamiętniki dowódców i oficerów garnizonu w Moskwie, M. Kubala, T. Ściężor, Kraków 2005.

Robert Pipes: Rosja Carów. Warszawa 2008.

Polak W., O Kreml i Smoleńszczyznę. Polityka Rzeczypospolitej wobec Moskwy w latach 160–1612, Toruń 1995.

Serczyk W., Iwan IV Groźny, Wrocław 2004, wyd. III.

Serczyk W., Katarzyna II carowa Rosji, Wrocław 1989.

Serczyk W., Kultura rosyjska XVII wieku, Wrocław 1984.

Serczyk W., Piotr I Wielki, Wrocław 2003.

Serczyk W., Początek władców Rosji: Romanowowie, Wrocław 1992.

Sobczak J., Mikołaj II – Ostatni Car Rosji, Warszawa 2009.

Wisner H., Król i car. Rzeczpospolita i Moskwa w XVI i XVII, Warszawa 1995.

Zajączkowski W., Rosja i narody. Ósmy kontynent. Szkic dziejów Eurazji, Warszawa 2009.

Learning outcomes:

After completing the course, the student:


1) knows and understands, to a basic degree, the history of Russia until 1918 and the issues, concepts and historical concepts linking it with Central and Eastern Europe as a region, with particular emphasis on cultural processes and phenomena in the context of social and political changes (K1_W04; Reference to P6S_WG Scope and depth, P6S_WK Context / determinants, effects)

2) knows and understands, to a basic degree, issues related to the development of national and religious, socio-political and economic relations in Russia until 1918 (K1_W06; Reference to P6S_WG Scope and depth, P6S_WK Context / conditions, effects)


3) can search, select, analyze and use the information he needs from various sources (K1_U01; Reference to P6S_UW Using knowledge / solving problems and tasks performed)

4) is able to develop their research skills, independently acquire knowledge, using the support of a research tutor; skillfully formulate thoughts, present the results of research in the form of an oral or written statement (of various types) (K1_U03; Reference to P6S_UW Using knowledge / solving problems and tasks performed)

5) is able, referring to the acquired theoretical and practical knowledge, to use it in typical professional statements on the history of Russia until 1918, as well as their specificity in the global context, to construct them logically, referring to the positions of other participants in these communication situations (K1_U06; Reference to P6S_UW Exploitation of knowledge / problem solved and tasks performed)

[Social competence:]

6) is ready to critically assess his/her knowledge, continuous training and supplementing acquired knowledge (K1_K01; Reference to P6S_KK)

7) is ready to participate in cultural life and use its various forms (K1_K05; Reference to P6S_KR)

Assessment methods and assessment criteria:

The condition for admission to the course credit: attendance (in accordance with the Study Regulations at the University of Warsaw). The student has the right to 2 unexcused absences, each subsequent one requires a justification. The lecturer decides whether to accept the excuse. Exceeding excused and unjustified absences for 50% of classes may be the basis for failing the course. The student is entitled to 2 absences. If there are more than 2 of them, including excused ones, the student should ask the lecturer to determine the form of crediting the material from the classes. Unauthorized absences from the classes within the prescribed period shall result in the loss of the first credit date. The student has the right to make up for absences and take the exam on the re-sit date.

Classes will be conducted in the form of a discussion on the assigned readings or material presented by the teacher in the form of a presentation. Active participation in the discussion means participation in the discussion during at least 50% of the classes.

There will also be a written work (3-6 pp.) or a presentation on a topic assigned by the teacher. The deadline for submitting a written work is the date set by the teacher during the first or second class. People absent from these classes are required to obtain information from the teacher who teaches them.

The oral test will cover knowledge of the material discussed in class during the semester and will include two randomly selected questions from the material discussed in class.

The final mark comprises the following elements:

Active and substantive participation in classes (20%).

Written work or presentation on a topic designated by the teacher (20%).

Oral exam (60%).

(complete answer to the question = 30%, partial = 15%)

Grading system:

0% -49% - 2

50% -60% - 3

61% -70% - 3+

71% -80% - 4

81% -90% - 4+

91% -100% - 5

Additional knowledge - 5+

Classes in period "Winter semester 2023/24" (in progress)

Time span: 2023-10-01 - 2024-01-28
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Type of class:
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Coordinators: Jerzy Grzybowski
Group instructors: Jerzy Grzybowski
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