Russian History

Ref: C2420737

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This course presents an outline of Russian history from one autocratic ruler (Peter the Great) to another (Josef Stalin), showing how it was a period of revolutionary change but also of deep continuity. Though Soviet Russia was very different from the Russia of the tsars, there are clear links between the age of Peter and the age of Stalin.

Course aim

The purpose of this course is to provide an outline of Russian history in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries and to enable students to understand the revolutionary changes in the period.

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:

  • understand the major developments in Russian history in this period
  • assess the reasons for the profound revolutionary changes that took place in these two and a half centuries
  • be aware of the deep continuities in Russian history in this period
  • understand the importance of Russia's rise to great power status

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
  • Lectures will be delivered by PowerPoint presentation, reinforced by a class blog. Students will be encouraged to take part in class discussions.

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
  • Students are encouraged to communicate individually through the tutor, either through conversation or through email.

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 History

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Waiting List Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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