Russian Personalities with Gerald Brooke

Ref: C3126620

During the course of four sessions we shall look at eight or so historical figures who have made a significant impact on Russian history and culture during the five centuries of her existence as a unitary state. Amongst them will be those who ruled or exercised power, but there will also be some who dared to confront it or chose to serve it. There will be some whose work enriched the cultural and spiritual fabric of the nation. Scientists, saints, scholars, soldiers, seers and scullions. Some like the writer, Mikhail Bulgakov, you will know, at least by repute. Of others, like the Archpriest Avaakum, you may not even have heard. As we shall see, they all played their part in the building of Russia.

Course aim

Through the medium of the lives and work of the subjects of study to deepen the students' knowledge of Russian history and culture.

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:

  • to provide a brief assessment of the individuals studied
  • to set the individual in their outline historical context
  • To provide a brief description of Russian state structures before the revolution of 1917
  • to provide a brief outline of Russian state structures after 1917
  • to draw outline but meaningful comparisons between the two periods

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • 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 is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

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Russian Personalities with Gerald Brooke

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