The Collapse of USSR through a witnesses eye

Ref: C2228260

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.

Additional information about this course

Half term date: 14/02/2021

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 beginners and improvers

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?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

- an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. - access to the internet outside of your sessions. - a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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The Collapse of USSR through a witnesses eye

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