The Collapse of the USSR

Ref: C2227788

This course is a sequel to Course 1 “Russian Life & Culture during the Cold War”. It is based on the Tutor’s personal experience of living in the USSR during ‘perestroika’ and the USSR collapse. Illustrated with period artefacts, audio and video materials, the course explores some key events in the economic, political and cultural life, including national independence movements, and the ways they affected lives of ordinary Soviet people, with the focus on the Baltic States. Students are encourage to discuss current affairs related to Russia in the light of her recent past. Each session is supplemented by handouts with optional interactive tasks and a reading list.

Course aim

You will compare the life of ordinary people in the Soviet and post-Soviet periods and identify the key causes of the collapse of the USSR. This course will help you develop a better understanding of current affairs related to 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.
  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • 1. Compare and contrast the life in the Soviet and post-Soviet periods.
  • 2. Identify the key factors that caused the collapse of the USSR.
  • 3. Explore some effects of the collapse of the USSR on life of ordinary Russian people.
  • 4. Relate the recent past of Russia to her present for better understanding of current affairs.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will receive handouts with quizzes for your homework as well as links to online supplementary materials.

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

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 also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • 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 or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Other courses of Marina Burrell on Russian History, Culture and Music: 1) Russian Life and Culture during the Cold War through the Witness's Eyes. 3) Famous Russian Women in World History and Culture. 4) The Soul of Russian Music with a Native Russian.

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The Collapse of the USSR

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

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