Russian Tsars – Online

Are you intrigued by the mystique of the last Russian tsar family and would like to know more about it? Are you curious to learn more about the Russian tsars, their influence, wealth and dynasty? Would you like to know more about the general political, cultural and social background surrounding the last Russian tsar family? Then this course is the right course for you. We will be tackling the Russian tsar dynasty with special emphasis on the last Russian tsar family and the events surrounding its demise. We will be looking at documents such as diaries, letters and visual documents to get to know the tsars.
The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class.

Who is this course for

This course is for everyone interested to learn more about the dynasty of Russian tsars. It is perfect for students who would like to know more about the political and social influence of Russian tsars, their connections with the other royalties, their cultural influence, wealth etc. We will be looking into the line of Russian tsars, but will mostly focus on the last Russian tsar family and the socio-political circumstances of the time. We will also address some of the mystique of the last Tsar family.

No prior knowledge of the topic will be assumed so you will be able to take part in the course if you are new to the subject or if you have some previous knowledge - all are welcome!

What does this course cover

The course will cover an overview of the whole line of Russian tsars with a particular focus on the last six tsars beginning with Alexander II. The course will cover political, social and cultural circumstances of the time. We will be looking into the last Russian tsar's family in particular, the socio-political background of the time, the ruling of the last tsar and the relationships with the rest of the royal family and abroad. We will also learn about the revolution. To better understand the topic, we will go through a lot of documents and visual material together.
By the end of the course, students should be able to name and identify the last six Russian tsar families, understand their world-wide influence and have a clear understanding of the circumstances surrounding the last tsar family.

What will it be like

The course will be run online using Zoom for the live class sessions and either the Moodle page for the course or some other system for the distribution of the electronic resources for the session sitting alongside this. Although there will be some adjustments that need to be made for the online version of this course, we will aim to keep the experience as close as possible to that of a face to face course taught in the Centre.
There will be a mix of interactive PowerPoint lecturing, incorporating visual material as well as a range of student activities. These include interactive activities, reading material, evaluating visual material, pair and group work and analysis of material.

Your progress will be assessed via displayed understanding of the lectured topic, via successful completion of interactive activities and independent assignments and via participation in group discussions.

What else do you need to buy or do

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quite and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

You do not need to but any additional texts for the course and handouts, activities and audio-visual material will be available to you outside of class sessions via the Moodle page for the course.

What this course could lead to

This course could lead to other history courses such as Revolt and revolution.

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