Famous Women in Russian History

Ref: C2225636

The course introduces some remarkable Russian women who made a considerable contribution to the Russian and world history and culture. A princess and a diplomat, a revolutionary and a poet, a scientist and a ballet dancer, a gymnast and an astronaut - each of them had an unusual life, full of hardships and pleasures, excitement and bewildering twists. How similar and different were those women? How were their lives affected by diverse historical and political contexts? What was extraordinary about the Soviet woman, in particular? You will discover new names and unveil some mysteries in the lives of familiar personalities. The course is supplemented by audio and video materials, a reading list and handouts with interactive tasks.

Course aim

To explore the lives of some famous Russian women and their contribution to world history and culture.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Anyone interested in the Russian history and culture. However, those who completed Parts 1 and 2 of the Course “Russians and the Russian Culture” would have an advantage.

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

  • Explore the contribution of some famous Russian women to the Russian and world history and culture.
  • Compare Russian women’s lives in different historical and political contexts.
  • Develop understanding of the concept of ‘the Soviet woman’.

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 be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • The course reading list is provided. Students are welcome to share their own experience and artefacts related to the Russian history and culture.

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
  • Students might consider doing an A-level course on Russian history.

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Famous Women in Russian History


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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