Wildlife and History of the Russian Far East with Saxlingham Nethergate WEA

Ref: C2227493

The Russian Far East, bordering north-east China and Korea, is a land of dramatic landscapes, beautiful mixed temperate forests of great biological diversity and magnificent wildlife, notably the Amur tiger and Amur leopard. Discover this unique region and its turbulent history. We will look at the landscape and nature of the Russian Far East and north-east China, a great, temperate rain forest with a dramatic variety of plants, birds and butterflies; the wildlife of the region, a blend of northern and southern mammal species, brown bears, wolves, forest cats and musk deer, red deer, wild pigs and Amur tigers, roe and sika deer and Amur leopards; human impact, native peoples and the Chinese influence; Russian Tsarist and Communist dominion; turbulent history, wars and revolution; Communist rule in Russia and China; Post Soviet Russian Far East; present conservation issues and problems in the Russian Far East and China.

Additional information about this course

No session on 29/10/20

Course aim

The course examines the impact of human settlement in the Russian Far East and evaluates the prospects for conservation of the rich natural heritage of this unique region.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is fully online so you will access it through Canvas, our virtual learning environment, and Zoom, the video conferencing software. You will need a reliable internet connection and access to a computer or internet linked device preferably with camera and microphone.

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

  • Indicate reasons for and explain the diversity and uniqueness of the animal and plant world of the Russian Far East and adjacent regions.
  • Show how the wildlife of the region was affected by successive human migrations.
  • Explain how the USSR protected its wildlife, and indicate changes since 1991.
  • Suggest reasons for the threats faced by the natural world at different stages in the history of the Russian Far East.
  • Assess the reasons why the Russian Far East and the "Manchurian Region" have been a source of political dispute in the 19th and 20th centuries.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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
  • We will email you links to Canvas and Zoom, so please accept these to access the course; the sender will show as "instructure". Without these you will not be able to access the course. It is a good idea to do this well before the course starts so if you have issues you can contact us to let us know.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • You will be able to keep a digital portfolio of your work on WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas.
  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Further research and reading, using local libraries and record offices, e.g. connections between Russia and East Anglia through the ages.

Download full course information sheet

Wildlife and History of the Russian Far East with Saxlingham Nethergate WEA

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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