A Russian Journey

Ref: C2224465

This course is an introduction to Russia, the land, its people and culture. We shall look at topics such as geography, history, art, music, language and religion, all in a historical context.

Course aim

This course provides an introduction to Russia and the Russian people. We shall be looking at examples of Russian music, art, history, religion and culture.

Who is the course for?

- No skills or experience needed

What topics will this course cover

- 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

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

1) Describe basic features of the Russian land, people and their culture 2) Interpret national themes in Russian music 3) Classify several types of Russian folk art products  4) Identify the letters of the Cyrillic alphabet  5) Examine basic characteristics of the Russian Orthodox Church and the art of the icon  

How will I know I'm making progress?

- 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

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

- Nothing else is needed - All materials will be provided - A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Reading and information sources

- No pre reading or pre course work is required

What could the course lead to?

- 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 - Read books on Russia, follow the news for current affairs in Russia, look up information about Russia on the Internet, listen to music by Russian composers on Classic FM or BBC Radio 4, visit museums for Russian art exhibitions.

Download full course outline

A Russian Journey 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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