The Russian Revolution: A Century On - Hammering the Square Peg Home!

Ref: C3125374

Just over a hundred years ago a small group of revolutionaries overthrew the Romanov dynasty and seized power in Russia in the name of the theories of Karl Marx. We shall consider their tactics, their achievements and the fate of some of their adherents, their enemies and unfortunates who seemed to be getting in the way. Who better survived the encounter: Marx or “Eternal Russia”?

Course aim

To provide a perspective on the substance of the Russian revolutions of 1917 and their historical legacy.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Outline facts of Russian revolutions of 1917
  • Outlines of Marxist revolutionary theory
  • Social consequences of revolutions for the development of former Russian Empire
  • Socio-political consequences for the world at large.

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

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

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • A notebook and pen

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Robert Service "A History of Modern Russia" Penguin

What can I do next?

  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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The Russian Revolution: A Century On - Hammering the Square Peg Home!


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