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History Explorers (U.S. History)

Friday Spy Day: History Camp

Ms. Coupe, BA, MSLS
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(77)
This is a ongoing class examining Soviet espionage in the United States during the early Cold War. Each class will focus on one spy, their involvement in espionage, and the impact of their actions on American law and history.

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 11
This class is taught in English.
Students will learn about the scale, effects, motives, methods, and personalities involved in Soviet espionage during the early Cold War. Individuals will encompass, law officials, Congressional representatives, Soviet nationals, members of the Communist Party of the United States, and ordinary citizens. Students will learn about these individuals' attraction to, and involvement in, espionage on behalf of the Soviet Union. Entities such as the FBI, the Venona Project, the Manhattan Project, and the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) will be examined as well. 

Themes such as: free speech, right to assembly, and paranoia will be examined in the context of espionage as well; with McCarthyism playing a central role in understanding public sentiment at the time.  

The historical impact and precedent set by discussed individuals, and how this contributed to a fear of Communist infiltration in the early Cold War will be briefly examined in each class session. 

Overall, this course is intended as a fun and thought-provoking glimpse into the underworld of Soviet espionage, and help students understand the early Cold War. 
B.A. in History with a minor in Government and Political Science; my undergraduate thesis offered an in-depth look at the scale and impact of Soviet espionage on the American legal system. 
Homework Offered
Homework is not mandatory for this course. Students are encouraged to engage with provided materials prior to each class session. Likewise, if students have conducted any research on discussed individuals, or have any questions regarding sources, materials, or individuals discussed, they are welcome to share at any time.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
The Instructor provides all applicable materials (i.e: primary sources, further reading, film clips, etc.) via email after each class session. Students are encouraged to engage with materials prior to each class session. 
This class provides an overview of Soviet espionage in the United States. Subject material is intended for mature students, as some of the issues discussed (i.e: World War II, the Soviet Union, Communism, the American Legislative process, etc.) are serious in nature and impact. 

This course is intended to be a casual, light-hearted, albeit thought-provoking, look at the individuals involved in, and events surrounding Soviet espionage. All information provided or discussed will be done so in as non-partisan a manner as possible, without preference for or against any political entity. However, this topic requires maturity of students, as the events discussed may currently impact American life. 

All sources used by the instructor in the formation of each class is available for review upon request. 
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(77)
Hello there! I have a passion for history and I offer AP courses, tutoring, and social clubs in History, Political Science, Philosophy, writing, and literature. I have taught on Outschool for over 3 years, reaching over 200 learners. 

Group Class


1x per week
60 min

Completed by 48 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 14-17
3-15 learners per class

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