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2017/18 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Russian A

Programme code:BA-RUSSIAN/AUCAS code:R710
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr James Wilson Contact address:j.a.wilson@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 480

Entry requirements:

For entry requirements for this course please visit www.leeds.ac.uk/coursefinder

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Languages and Related Studies

Programme specification:

The programme will:
- form part of Leeds' excellent range of choices for students offered alongside the University's portfolio of Joint Honours programmes with Russian;
- offer an excellent variety of aspects of Russian and Slavonic culture;
- foster deep language learning and the development of active language skills;
- enable the study of subjects ranging from the more traditional literature and cultural history courses to such innovative and topical courses, praised by recent external examiners, as 'The Encounter between Orthodoxy and Islam', Post-Communist / Postmodernist Identities' and 'Russian Media';
- require students to spend a year in Moscow on a specially designed course, so as to develop their linguistic competence, cultural awareness and broaden their horizons;
- enable the students to develop important transferable skills for today's graduate market, whilst tailoring the content of the programme to their own interests;
- promote and develop critical and analytical skills, foster in the student the ability to direct their own learning and work independently.


Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

In Level 1 students must study 120-125 credits. Candidates will be required to pass a minimum of 100 credits, including those for which a pass is required for progression, in order to qualify for this award and/or progress to the compulsory Year Abroad.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SLAV1101Core Russian Language 1
Pre-requisite for: SLAV9001
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SLAV1103Text and Context: Introduction to Russian Literature20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SLAV1104From Icons to iPods: Approaches to Russian Culture20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits from the following optional modules:

MODL1050Introduction to Audio-Visual Culture20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL1060Language: Structure and Sound20 creditsSemester 1
MODL1070World Histories20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL1090Intercultural Competence: Theory and Application20 creditsSemester 2
MODL1100Politics, Culture and Society20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL1150Worlds of Literature20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL1401Discourse, Culture and Identity20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SLAV1102Developing Russian Language 120 creditsNot running in 201718
SLAV1110Introduction to Russian Folklore: Fairy Tales and Cultural Practice20 creditsSemester 2
SLAV1111Beginners Czech20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

As part of your induction to academic work, and in order to provide you with additional support in key areas of your programme, students are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to undertake the following 5-credit Study Skills module. This module resides above the required 120 credits students take in Level 1 and as such it is not compulsory, but it draws together key guidance that augments provision elsewhere.

MODL1500LCS Academic Essentials5 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

Candidates will be required to study up to 40 credits of discovery modules, which may be taken from the list of optional modules above, or from other areas.


Year 2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Students will spend their second year in Russia.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SLAV9001Year Abroad
Pre-requisite for: SLAV2101, SLAV2103
120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2


Year 3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

In Level 2 students must study 120 credits.

In order to be eligible for an Honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at level 3).

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory module:

SLAV2101Core Russian Language 2
Pre-requisite for: SLAV3101, SLAV3103
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study between 60 and 80 credits from the following optional modules:

FOAR2000Research Placement20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SLAV2103Applied Russian Language 220 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SLAV2105Ideology and Imagination: Prose Literature in 19th Century Russia20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SLAV2107Not by Bread Alone: Everyday Culture under the Soviet Regime20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SLAV2109Postcommunist / Postmodernist Identities20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SLAV2111The Sounds of Russian20 creditsNot running in 201718

- FOAR2000 can only be counted as a Russian module if the project undertaken relates to Russian and you have sought prior approval of the Programme Manager.
- Not all modules will be available every year.

Discovery modules:

Candidates will be required to study between 20 and 40 credits of discovery modules to take their total number of enrolled credits to 120.


Year 4 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

In Level 3 students must study 120 credits. Finalists may only take level 1 modules which are listed as discovery skills modules (skd) and only to the value of 20 credits.

In order to be eligible for an Honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at level 3).

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SLAV3101Core Russian Language 320 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates are required to study ONE of the following Final Year Project modules.

MODL3300Final Year Project: Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3310Final Year Project: Extended Essay20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3320Final Year Project: Translation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3340Final Year Project: Extended Translation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3350Final Year Project: Digital Documentary40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates will be required to study at least 40 credits from the following optional modules:

SLAV3104Fyodor Dostoevsky: Artist and Prophet20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SLAV3112Gender Identity in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia20 creditsNot running in 201718
SLAV3113Russian (New) Media20 creditsNot running in 201718
SLAV3114Russian Advanced Translation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SLAV3116Imagining the Post-Soviet Realm: Popular Culture and Representation of Russia and the Newly Independent States since 199120 creditsNot running in 201718
SLAV3124Out of the frying pan into the fire: Russian society from perestroika to the Crimean annexation (1985-2015)20 creditsSemester 1

Not all modules will be available each year.

Discovery modules:

Candidates will be required to study between 20 and 40 credits of discovery modules to take their total number of enrolled credits to 120.

Last updated: 11/08/2017

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