Russia of the Tsars

Ref: C2224441

At its height, the Russia of the Tsars covered one-sixth of the world's land surface. This course examines Tsarist Russia from its origins and why autocratic rule persisted. • Introduction to Russia’s landscape and people • Tsarist Russia from its origins • Muscovy to Peter the Great and Catherine the Great • Russia in the 19th century; from reaction to the beginnings of modernisation • The problems of Tsarist Russia and the reasons for its collapse

Course aim

The origins of Russia and its dynamic history, from Muscovy to the last tsar, Nicholas II.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The course is for anyone who is interested in Russia. No previous knowledge of the subject is required. Whilst the course will involve some detailed study, no special study skills are required.

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

  • Indicate reasons for the unique characteristics of Russian historical culture.
  • Explain the origins of serfdom in Russia.
  • Suggest reasons for the persistence of autocratic rule in Russia.
  • Indicate reasons for the collapse of Tsarist Russia.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • Individual reading and research are encouraged.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • You will be encouraged to contribute to discussion and the tutor will provide opportunities for you to judge your own understanding and progress.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing other than an interest in Russia and Russian matters, and pen and paper for taking notes.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Individual reading is encouraged and a range of books will be made available for you to borrow. There is insufficient room on this form to include a recommended reading list but a list is available from your branch.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Russian language courses. Further research and reading using local libraries and records offices, e.g. connections between Russia and East Anglia through the ages.

Download full course outline

Russia of the Tsars Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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