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History: Communist Dictators (Mao Zedong, Fidel Castro, Kim Il-Sung)

In this three-class course, we will examine the lives of Mao Zedong, Fidel Castro, and Kim II-Sung
Melanie Wiancko
929 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 9 learners
50 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 3 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Pacific Time

Mon Oct 17

Oct 17 - Oct 31 (3 weeks)
7pm - 7:50pm
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Class Experience

I have an undergraduate degree in History and a Bachelor of Education with special qualifications in History. I have specifically taken courses regarding dictators and totalitarian leadership to help better understand the roles of dictators in countries. I am willing to answer any questions prior to the course about what students can expect if they are concerned about the sensitivity of the topic.
50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
These dictators are each responsible for crimes resulting in human suffering and death. These topics will not extensively be examined as the focus is on the dictators but there will be mention of these events. When discussing these events in class, I will be using factual based information such as statistics and primary documents to help the students understand the experiences of those who lived during these times. If you have specific questions, please do not hesitate to reach out and ask.
'The Twentieth Century and Beyond: A Global History' - Goff, Moss, Terry, Upshur, Schroeder
'Dictators' including 'Fidel Castro: Cuba Part 1 and 2', 'Mao Zedong China: Part 1 and 2', 'Kim Il-Sung North Korea: Part 1 and 2' - by Parcast
'Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea' by Barbara Demick
'The Origins of Totalitarianism' by Hannah Arendt 
'Mao Cult: Rhetoric and Ritual in China's Cultural Revolution' by Daniel Leese
'The Cleanest Race: How North Koreas See Themselves and Why It Matters' by Brian Reynolds Myers


Melanie WianckoCertified Educator
929 total reviews
782 completed classes

About Me

Hello Outschool families,

My name is Melanie Wiancko, but you can call me Mrs. Mel! I am a Canadian teacher who loves solving puzzles, hiking, jogging, reading, and playing games! I hope to offer courses that spark your interest in history,... 
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