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Thursday, January 9, 2014

High School Online Classes: History and Culture of Imperial Russia with Professor Carol

UPDATE: Now available as a recorded, independent-learning course through our Unlimited Access program (click).

We are so excited to announce that Professor Carol is returning to Homeschool Connections for another semester. If you didn't get the opportunity to take her art and music appreciation course last semester, you really missed out. You can't help but catch her enthusiasm for discovering other cultures and delving deep into their art, music, and literature.

Starting in February, we are embarking on a journey to Imperial Russia with Professor Carol as our guide. We hope you'll be able to join us!

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Class dates: Mondays, February 10 to May 5, 2014
Total classes: 12 live classes plus additional recorded classes
Starting time: 5:30 PM Eastern (4:30 Central; 3:30 Mountain; 2:30 Pacific)
Duration: 1 hour
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9 - 12
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester history or fine arts
Fee: $140 for all 12 live, interactive classes and recorded lectures.
Instructor: Dr. Carol Reynolds (Professor Carol)
Course description: Beginning with ancient Russia and the medieval princes, we’ll study the major developments that shaped Imperial Russia through the Bolshevik Revolution. We’ll cover the roots of Russian Christianity, the effect of European influence, and the primary cultural and military development under the Riurik and Romanov tsars. We’ll examine architecture, folk art, music, and the key contributions of Russian authors Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoi. We will also study factors that led to the fall of the Romanov tsars and the rise of the Bolsheviks, And we'll end with a look at the arts and culture in the early Soviet period.
Taught in an interactive weekly webinar, the course requires the viewing of a one-hour pre-recorded class session with Professor Carol in preparation for the webinar.
The course also will feature a number of video sequences filmed by Professor Carol on location(!) in Russia.

Course outline (week by week):
Russia and the West
Orthodoxy in Music, Art, and Architecture
Riuriks: The First Russian Dynasty
Time of Troubles and the Early Romanovs (incl. Peter the Great)
The Tsarinas and a Changing Russia
Catherine the Great
Napoleonic Russia
Russia’s Strongest Voice: Pushkin
The Golden Age of Russian
Russian Realism
Final Flowering of Imperial Russia
The End of Imperial Russia & Revolution

Course materials: Land of the Firebird by Susanne Massie [Hearttree Press], 1980. Used and new copies (paperback and hard copy) are available at (the used prices are pretty good).

Homework: In addition to the required pre-recorded class session in preparation of the weekly webinar, each unit contains a homework assignment that reinforces and expands the class sessions. These assignments are rich in visual images, music, and clips from historical documentaries. Approximate time needed to devote to the assignments: 2 hours/week. Students should also allot 1-2 hours weekly for reading in Land of the Firebird.
Tests: Midterm and a final exam.

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