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2016/17 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SLAV3113 Russian (New) Media

20 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Dr Vlad Strukov

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2016/17

Module replaces

SLAV3107 Russian Media

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

- Does freedom of speech exist in Russia? - What does it mean in Russian culture? - Who are the agents of state control? - How do contemporary Russian media operate in the climate of oligarchs? The course offers students conceptual frameworks for thinking through a range of key issues related to Russian media: authorship, censorship, propaganda, and freedom of expression. The course provides a chronological survey of the history of media in Russia as well as a synthetic approach to media studies.The focus will be on Russian media of the past 20 years, emergence and function of new media in Russian culture.


The objectives of this module are:
1) to study the theory of media and its institutions and economics in relation to the issues of media regulation; and
2) to study the practice of media in the USSR and Russia focusing on present day media in Russia.

Learning outcomes
Students will have an understanding of various types of media, forms of media control and regulation; students will acquire knowledge of the history of Russian media and display awareness of the role of media in Russian and Soviet societies; students will have some knowledge of media and new media theory and how media developments are influenced by the processes of globalisation; students will have an understanding of the connection between technological advancements and use of media in Russian culture.

Skills outcomes
Students will be able to conduct independent research and present its results in both written and oral form.

Students will be able to conduct media research (media monitoring, analysis of media content and forms, etc.) and relate to the political, social and cultural context.

Students will be able to engage in critical discussions of various media products; they will be able to differentiate between various forms of media and appreciate their cultural significance.

Students will be able to conduct complex analysis of media texts in relation to certain forms of authorship, distribution, consumption and regulation.


This course will study the history of Soviet / Russian media concentrating on two periods, early Soviet media (appr. 1917-1937) and late Soviet and post-Soviet Russian media (perestroika, glasnost', and in the 1990s), moving on to examine the new media of post 1998.

First, the course will introduce key issues of media studies and will relate them to Russian culture. From the chronological study of Soviet and Russian media, the course will move onto an in-depth study of specific media and pertinent problems.

The course will end with a theoretical overview of media developments in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Teaching methods

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

Private study

- Preparation per seminar: 20 x 3 hours = 60
- Media project preparation: 40
- Essay preparation: 50
- Oral presentation preparation: 25.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students' progress will be monitored on a regular basis and oral and written feedback provided when appropriate.

Students will receive three pieces of individual written feedback that would result from their work on a media project, in-class presentation and research essay.

Students will also receive general feedback that would be displayed on the vle as well as oral group feedback. The feedback will include teh assessment of their performance in class as well of their written work.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,000 words50.00
PresentationVerbal presentation25.00
Project1,000 word media project25.00
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: 22/07/2016


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