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2005/06 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SLAV3017 Leo Tolstoy 1: War and Peace in the works of Tolstoy

10 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Dr Sarah Hudspith

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2005/06

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of the requisite number of modules in Russian Level 1 (including at least language A).

This module is approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the works of Leo Tolstoy;
- engage with and critically analyse Tolstoy's views on war and violence, and account for the changes in these views over his lifetime;
- demonstrate an acquaintance with Tolstoy scholarship through further reading;
- demonstrate sound analytical and discursive skills both orally and in writing.


This module focuses on the development in Tolstoy's views on war and violence, by examining three works from different periods in his life. The centrepiece of the module is the epic novel War and Peace, which will be studied in depth. This is to be contrasted with the earlier short sketch, Sevastopol in December, and with the later didactic essay The Law of Love and the Law of Violence. Background information on other relevant works by Tolstoy and on the historical context will be provided in lectures; seminar discussions will draw out the key themes and develop critical thinking. The module will include a workshop on the use of secondary literature. Assessment will be by two 1500 word essays.

Teaching methods

Lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Methods of assessment

Two essays of approx. 1500 words each.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 26/04/2007


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