In this course you will be provided with lectures on Russian history from 1856 to the present day, with discussion of important aspects of Russian cultural development, especially during the Soviet period. You will participate in small group discussions and interact with the instructor. This course emphasizes the major historical and cultural developments of the Soviet era, and which have the greatest bearing upon work or ministry among Russian speakers. Course work includes a reading schedule, written assignments and projects, in-class participation in discussions, and mid-term and final examinations. Although this course has no prerequisites, completion of RUS 4300 is recommended.