Over the past 3 years, the timeline has been populated with student research built from various modalities. Please refer to the 3 separate cohorts below to understand the assignments and learning goals.
In order to focus student research goals, we assigned each student a role (activist, worker, soldier, or peasant) and a limited time period (February-March, April-May, June-July, August-September, October-November). We then gave them a list of books and on-line sites where they could find primary sources for their particular group in their time line. Delimiting the students’ roles and time periods allowed us to gain greater coverage of the reach of the revolution. This group of documents and analysis are not and cannot be considered complete. Rather they represent a best practice of sampling to give both the students involved in the project and later viewers some insights into the complexity of this revolution, in terms of both numbers of actors and variety and complexity of issues.
The next student group was asked to concentrate on the leading events of the Russian Revolution. Students each researched an individual event, incorporating primary and secondary sources that related to the event as well as writing a paper that delved deeper into related issues.
Cohort 3 & 4 - 2012-2013
The third cohort concentrated on analysing a specific document from the point of view of one writer, taking into consideration the writer's perspective on the many conflicts during 1917.