Extraordinary Russian Women

Ref: C2228348

Course 3 presented by a native Russian tutor introduces remarkable Russian women who made a considerable contribution to Russian and World History and Culture. A princess and a diplomat, a terrorist and a poet, an opera singer who sang for Benjamin Britten and a ballerina who made a revolution in ballet. How were their lives, full of hardships and pleasures, excitement and bewildering twists, affected by diverse historical and political contexts? What was extraordinary about the first ladies of the Kremlin? You’ll discover new names and unveil some mysteries about familiar people. The course is supplemented by audio and video materials, a reading list and handouts with interactive tasks. Sheila, a former student: “A course of range and variety, beautifully taught, of relevance to influences of today’s history as well as the past.”

Additional information about this course

Half term date: 17/02/2021

Course aim

To explore the lives of some extraordinary Russian women and their contribution to world history and culture.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • Anyone interested in the Russian history and culture. However, those who completed the Tutor's Courses 1 and 2 in the series on “Russian History and Culture” would have an advantage.

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

  • Explore the contributions made by Russian women to the Russian and World history and culture.
  • Compare famous Russian women’s lives in different historical and political contexts.
  • Develop understanding of the concept of ‘the Soviet woman’.
  • Make parallels with other women around the world.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Just bring your own experience and knowledge of Russian history and culture to share with your fellow students.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

Extraordinary Russian Women


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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
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  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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