A Riddle, Wrapped in a Mystery, inside an Enigma: Teaching Post-Socialist Transformation to UK Students in Moscow

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Abstract

In the 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, teaching post-socialist transition to undergraduate students has become increasingly challenging. This paper relates the development, planning and operation of a fieldwork module in Moscow, for Year Three geography undergraduates. It argues that 'on-street' teaching and imaginative use of visual sources can partially overcome the linguistic drawbacks of fieldwork in this context. It supports the utility of fieldwork for teaching post-socialist transformation, but stresses the need for local knowledge and contacts, linguistic ability on the part of module staff, and careful planning, to overcome anticipated and unexpected challenges.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-282
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Geography in Higher Education
Volume34
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

Keywords

  • reflection, post-socialist transformation, Fieldwork, experiential learning, linking research and teaching