Centenary of the Russian Revolution

Ref: C3840413

How was the Russian Revolution of 1917 made? What was its political impact? How is it relevant today? The making of the revolution: Life in Russian under the Tsar, the 1905 revolution, impact of WW! War. The year 1917 ; the February revolution, Kornilov coup; the October revolution. We will consider the impact of the Revolution; on art and culture; women and oppressed people; as well as the development of Communist Parties in the west. Contemporary debates will be considered; Was it a revolution or a coup? Who was Lenin, Trotsky, and Stalin? Can there be revolution in the world today? Course will include: Visit to the archives of the People's History Museum to examine relevant documents. A guided tour of the galleries at the People's History Museum. Study of materials of the early years of Communist Party in Britain

Additional information about this course

No specific qualifications are necessary to attend this course, just an interest in the subject.

Course aim

A study of the development, impact, and consequences of the Russian Revolution in the centenary year

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Demonstrate a greater understanding of what happened in Russia in 1917
  • Have an appreciation of the impact of the Russian Revolution
  • Demonstrate knowledge of different views about the revolution

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
  • Audi visual presentations. Written material, a preparedness to read the hand outs is required. Web links. Examination of artefacts; banners, posters, leaflets, pamphlets.

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
  • A mid term review. Consultation via email

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
  • Reading the book Ten Days That Shook The World, by John Reed, would give a greater insight and understanding

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Centenary of the Russian Revolution Course Outline


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