|Course Title||History for the Youth in Russia. Controversy of Government, Scholars and Public. XVIII-XX centuries|
|Institution||Tula State Pedagogical University|
The course focuses on the concepts of history which have been addressed to the young people, forming their historical consciousness and values. It is not a narrative of historical events, but rather an interpretation of the ways Russian youth has been taught the history of its own country. History has a particular role in the transmission of cultural heritage and in cultivating a sense of national identity. Thus it is quite natural that history education is at present, and was in the past, the arena of controversies and embittered debates. The course intends to give an idea of teaching history as an element of nation-building processes. The motto of my course is "A country is known by the history textbooks it keeps". The primary attention is paid to the Russian experience but in a wide comparative context.
The course is designed for fourth grade students who have passed Russian and World history, Historiography, Philosophy of History and can put the knowledge to use while studying the course.
The task of the course is to provide students with an overview of national consciousness development in the mirror of history textbooks. There are three main forces, which conflict and interact in the arena: Government, Public and Scholars. All of them have been trying to impose their own will on selection of facts, interpretation, arguments. How should we estimate the contribution of parties and the results of interaction? As society, scholarship and political systems have been changing, so have been history textbooks. As the world changes, so do the ways all nations imagine themselves, their achievements, and their place in the international scene. Comparative analysis of the content of history textbooks will promote the critical thinking of students and a better understanding of national identification.
Progress in the course will be evaluated as follows:
Regular attendance and participation is expected. The latter may consist of questions and comments related to the topic of the weekly lectures. The examination will be taken in class: students will have to answer three questions related to the topics discussed during lectures and seminars. The Term Paper (10-15 pages, written at home) should have the critical essay about any modern Russian textbook in history and humanities, evaluation from the point of view of content and concepts, structure, philosophy, political attitudes, historiography etc.
Thematic units of the course: