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SLAV3104 Fyodor Dostoevsky: Artist and Prophet

20 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Dr Sarah Hudspith
Email: S.F.Hudspith@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Module replaces

SLAV3030 Dostoevsky 1, SLAV3031 Dostoevsky 2

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module studies in depth the writings and ideas of one of the greatest authors of the 19th century, in order to understand his perspective on society, morality and aesthetics both within Russia and beyond. Students will gain a thorough understanding of Dosteovsky's ideas of Russianness and of the nature of Russian culture, and become familiar with Dostoevsky's creative technique and the artistic form of his novels.

Objectives

To study in depth the writings and ideas of one of the greatest authors of the 19th century, in order to understand his perspective on society, morality and aesthetics both within Russia and beyond.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module the student will:
- have a detailed knowledge of representative works by Dostoevsky
- have a thorough understanding of his ideas of Russianness and of the nature of Russian culture
- be familiar with Dostoevsky's creative technique and the artistic form of his novels.

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- conduct analysis of texts
- engage in critical debate around issues of society, morality and aesthetics
- demonstrate the capacity for independent thought and judgement
- show advanced research skills.


Syllabus

The course will consist of a small number of introductory lectures setting the context of 19th century Russian literature and culture, followed by weekly seminars in which key works will be discussed in detail.

Texts may vary from year to year but will typically include:
- The House of the Dead
- Crime and Punishment
- The Idiot
- The Devils
- The Brothers Karamazov.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture31.003.00
Seminar171.0017.00
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Preparation per class (reading set texts, background reading): 20 x 4 hours = 80 hours
- Essay preparation: 2 x 50 hours = 100 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Students' contributions in seminar discussions
- Staff are available outside class in their Office Hours for further guidance
- The first assessed essay will provide feedback on progress midway through the module.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,000 words50.00
Essay3,000 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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 09:25:39

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