Workshop: 1917 The Russian Revolution: events and propaganda

Ref: C2338264

The centenary of the Russian Revolution occurs this year. Different views have emerged about what happened and why. The causes of the Revolution are vital to understanding what occurred and the complex events of 1917 including the downfall of the Romanovs. The events of 1917 are still debated today amongst historians. Battleship Potemkin has much to tell us of how propaganda has effected the way events can be portrayed. Also understanding cartoons forms part of this workshop.

Course aim

The course is intended to introduce students to the causes and events of the Russian Revolution of 1917. Propaganda related to causation and events will be examined.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Understanding of the events of 1917
  • Evaluate the role of propaganda
  • Identify the main causes of the revolution
  • Critical appreciation of the Battleship Potemkin

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

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Workshop: 1917 The Russian Revolution: events and propaganda


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