What is the course about?
The course is about the life, thought, and historical situation of Vladimir Lenin. As leader of the Bolsheviks, Lenin successfully led the October Revolution, establishing a radical government that overthrew centuries of Tsarist rule. While providing a historical grounding in Lenin's life and times, this course focuses on the revolutionary ideas of Lenin. Through the study of Lenin's thought, the course will seek to establish how Lenin conceived of revolution: its necessity, its organisation, and its practical actions.
What will we cover?
- Lenin's life
- An introduction to Russia in the early twentieth century
- Lenin on the State
- Lenin on the Vanguard Party
- Lenin and Revolutionary Theory
- The October Revolution and its consequences.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Give a general account of Lenin's life
- Explain elements of early twentieth century Russian history
- Describe elements of Lenin's thought on the state, the party, and revolutionary politics.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and no particular skills will be needed. As with most of our courses, intellectual curiosity and a willingness to be open to new ideas is more important than any skills or knowledge.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The class will be a mix of tutor presentation, discussion, and group work. Audiovisual media may be used, and there may be (short) readings to be done in class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no extra costs. Please bring a pen and paper or electronic device on which to make notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please check out our range of politics and history courses on our website. You may be particularly interested in our Russian history courses.