20 Years On: The Kursk Submarine Disaster

Vladimir Putin became acting President of the Russian Federation on December 31, 1999, but did not formally assume office until May 7, 2000. Three months later, he faced one of the first great crises of his presidency: the sinking of the Russian nuclear submarine ‘Kursk’ in the Barents Sea, which led to the death of all 118 personnel onboard. In this course, we will examine the causes and consequences of this naval tragedy, as well as the impact that this event had upon the subsequent direction of Putin’s presidency, on the Russian people, and on the international reputation of Russia.


This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet connection, microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Ramsay Flynn, Cry From The Deep: The Submarine Disaster That Riveted The World And Put The Russian Government To The Ultimate Test (New York, NY, USA: HarperCollins, 2004)


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Overview of the Russian nuclear submarine ‘Kursk’.
  • Analysis of the ‘Kursk’ submarine disaster.
  • The impact of the ‘Kursk’ disaster on Putin’s presidency, Russia, and the world.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand basic facts about the construction and purpose of the ‘Kursk’ submarine.
  2. Comprehend the significance of the ‘Kursk’ submarine disaster.
  3. Appreciate the impact of the ‘Kursk’ disaster on Putin’s presidency, Russia, and the world.
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