Russia in Revolution the USSR and after

Ref: C2227775

Russia of the Tsars, and the Soviet Union that replaced it after the 1917 Revolutions, covered one-sixth of the world's land surface. Why was backward Tsarist Russia the first to embark on the “socialist experiment”? How did the USSR survive economic and political isolation? What led to its collapse? From Lenin to Putin – the course assesses the Soviet Union that replaced the Russia of the Tsars, and post-Soviet Russia: • The problems of Tsarist Russia and the First World War; the Russian Revolutions of 1917 • The Communist regime - Brest Litovsk Treaty, Civil War, War Communism, the New Economic Policy • The rise of Stalin; Stalin's revolution; collectivisation; Five Year Plans; totalitarian control; the Great Patriotic War • Stalin and the Cold War; Stalin's successors from Khrushchev to Brezhnev • Gorbachev and the fall of the USSR; Russia from Yeltsin to Putin; Russia today

Course aim

The course examines why this most backward of the Great Powers was the first to embark on the "socialist experiment", the reasons for the fall of the USSR, and subsequent developments in post-Soviet Russia.

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
  • The course is for anyone who is interested in Russia. Some background knowledge of earlier Russian history would be an advantage but is not essential. Whilst the course will involve some detailed study, no special study skills are required.

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

  • Indicate reasons for the collapse of Tsarist Russia
  • Show how the Bolsheviks came to power in Russia
  • Explain how the USSR was able to survive isolation
  • Suggest reasons for the fall of the USSR
  • Assess Russia's place in the world today

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.
  • 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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

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

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 is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Russian language courses. Further research and reading using local libraries and record offices, e.g. connections between Russia and East Anglia through the ages.

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Russia in Revolution the USSR and after

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 declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions
  • I declare that the address I have provided is correct and that I will provide evidence of this and my eligibility to live and work in the UK

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