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2018/19 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SLAV1103 Text and Context: Introduction to Russian Literature

20 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Ilya Yablokov
Email: i.yablokov@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Module replaces

SLAV 1003, 1004, 1005, 1006

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module introduces students to the notion of the central role played by Russian literature in reflecting, shaping and challenging society, from the Golden Age of the 19th Century through to the last days of the Soviet Union.A range of representative literary texts and genres will be examined, in order to provide students with an overview of the most prominent authors and literary movements of the last two centuries.

Objectives

This module introduces students to the notion of the central role played by Russian literature in reflecting, shaping and challenging society, from the Golden Age of the 19th Century through to the last days of the Soviet Union.

A range of representative literary texts and genres will be examined, in order to provide students with an overview of the most prominent authors and literary movements of the last two centuries.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module the student will:
- have an acquaintance with selected works of the most prominent Russian authors
- understand the historical events shaping Russia over the last two centuries and the role played by literature in those events
- be familiar with a variety of literary genres.

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- conduct analysis of literary texts to reveal their major themes and generic belongings;
- demonstrate an understanding of the dialogue between the text and its historical, political and cultural context;
- demonstrate the ability to engage critically with primary and secondary resources;
- show basic research skills, including the retrieval of information, the organisation of material and the evaluation of its importance.


Syllabus

A series of weekly lectures will introduce students to key texts, authors and literary genres alongside an overview of Russian history, progressing from Pushkin, the father of Russian literature, through to late Soviet writers.

Key issues of literary analysis will be discussed in fortnightly seminars.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Workshop11.001.00
Lecture201.0020.00
Seminar101.0010.00
Private study hours169.00
Total Contact hours31.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Preparation per lecture and seminar: 30 x 3 hours = 90 hours
- Essay preparation: 39 hours
- Exam revision: 38 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- 1 x 750 word essay = not formerly assessed (due in week 6 of semester 1)
- 1 x 1,500 word essay = 50% (due in January exam period).

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1,500 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 24/04/2018

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