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2018/19 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SLAV1104 From Icons to iPods: Approaches to Russian Culture

20 creditsClass Size: 60

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

The course provides an introduction to the development of Russian society and culture from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day as exemplified in a variety of media encompassing architecture, painting, music and film. The course will focus on the contexts in which these works emerged, and on their themes to establish the common qualities in representative works from these media in order to appreciate their distinctive Russianness.

Objectives

The course provides an introduction to the development of Russian society and culture from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day as exemplified in a variety of media encompassing architecture, painting, music and film.

The course will focus on the contexts in which these works emerged, and on their themes to establish the common qualities in representative works from these media in order to appreciate their distinctive Russianness.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- display awareness of the major themes and problems in Russian culture of the past two hundred years as exemplified in visual media and music;
- have an understanding of the cultural significance of a number of texts in relation to the most prominent movements in visual arts and music;
- understand the qualities that transcend generic boundaries and the historical context that shaped these qualities.

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- conduct analysis of works in various media (visual art, music and film) to reveal their major themes and generic belongings;
- demonstrate an understanding of how historical, political and cultural context has effected the making of these works;
- engage in critical debate around issues of Russian national identity through visual culture;
- demonstrate the capacity for independent thought and judgement;
- show basic research skills, including the retrieval of information, the organisation of material and the evaluation of its importance.


Syllabus

Through a pattern of weekly lectures and fortnightly seminars, students will study a variety of cultural genres exemplified by key musical and architectural works, films and schools of painting, in chronological progression from the 19th to the 20th century.

Example works may include:
- Moscow / St Petersburg architecture
- the Wanderers school of painting
- Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov
- Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades
- Vrubel The Seated Demon and other paintings
- Protazanov The Queen of Spades
- Rodchenko's posters and industrial designs
- Eisenstein's Ivan the Terrible
- Tarkovsky's Andrei's Childhood, Kabakov's Ten Characters, the birth of Russian rock music.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Workshop11.001.00
Film Screenings22.004.00
Lecture201.0020.00
Seminar101.0010.00
Private study hours165.00
Total Contact hours35.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Preparation per lecture and seminar: 30 x 3 hours = 90 hours
- Essay preparation: 37 hours
- Exam revision: 36 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 word50.00
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: 13/11/2018 09:25:37

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