This course covered a large range of topics in Russian culture and history. It provided students with a wonderful overview of many aspects of Russia. This class catered well for students with no Russian language knowledge. The assessment for the course was good, with the major essay having many options to cater to a wide range of interest areas and student strengths. The best aspect of this course was the enthusiasm and attitude of the lecturer, John McNair, who obviously was very passionate about the subject and inspired excitement about the course in students.