Panorama of Russian History and Culture

Ref: C3742987

Russian history and culture developed on different lines from that of Western Europe. The early period saw the emergence of a rich folk culture and a unique style of Church architecture. From about 1750 onwards, however, a distinctly Russian culture started to emerge, this leading to a galaxy of brilliant Russian writers such as Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and composers such as Glinka, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Musorgsky, Tchaikovsky. The subsequent Soviet Period (1917-1995) saw many new developments, a major part being played by film (Eisenstein), literature (Pasternak, Solzhenitsyn) and Music (Shostakovich, Prokofiev). The purpose of this course is to discuss the many different facets of Russian history and culture, illustrated with CDs and DVDs all of which serve to portray a culture of extraordinary beauty and richness.

Course aim

To provide a survey of Russian history and culture from 988 A.D. to the present day, including art, architecture, literature and music, richly illustrated with audio/visual materials,.

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:

  • A greater understanding of Russian history and culture.
  • An understanding of Russian folk music and sacred music.
  • An acquaintance with great Russian writers such as Pushkin, Lermontov, Dostoevsky, Chekhov and Tolstoy
  • An understanding of the importance of the Russian Revolution and its consequences.
  • A greater knowledge of the music of Russian ballet, including the Ballets Russes, Stravinsky and Prokofiev.

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

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
  • A reading list will be given out at the beginning of the course.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • 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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Panorama of Russian History and Culture


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