Russian Life and Culture during the Cold War

Ref: C2228267

What was the life of ordinary people like in the USSR during the Cold War? The Tutor, a university lecturer, born and brought up in the USSR, shares her experience and illustrates her talks with period artefacts from her family archive, video and audio materials. You will make a virtual Trans-Siberian journey, visit a typical Soviet school & attend a lesson in Russian literature. You will learn how Russian people worked, ran families, spent their free time & what they dreamed of. You will discuss Russian cuisine & fashion, Soviet art & pop culture, Russian traditions & Western influences on everyday life. The course invites you to make comparisons with the life in the UK & discuss to what extent Western myths and stereotypes reflected the Soviet reality. You will also learn some basic words in Russian. The course is supplemented with interactive activities, a Reading list & handouts, which will help you revise the material and conduct your own research.

Additional information about this course

Half term date: 18/02/2021

Course aim

The 1st course in the series based on Tutor’s experience of living in the USSR aims to develop a better understanding of Russia, her people & culture during the 1950s-1980s - the period in which the state of modern Russia is heavily grounded.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Develop a better understanding of Russia, her people & culture during the 1950s-1980s.
  • Relate Russia's past to her present for interpreting current affairs.
  • Compare life in the USSR with life in the UK during the Cold War.
  • Use some basic Russian words and phrases.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Your experience of visiting Russia or reading about the country.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Russian Life and Culture during the Cold War

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