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This capstone subject is designed to provide students with a thorough exposure to the language, society and culture of contemporary Russia.
In the first part of the semester, together with further advanced study of the language and some assessment, students will study and discuss key societal and cultural elements of contemporary Russia. This material will also build on the study of 19th-century cultural history already completed in Russian 5.
In the second part of the semester, on-course assessment will cease, and students will engage in independent project work on a topic of their choice (with the approval of the coordinator). The projects will be put online on the LMS with and be open to discussion from other members of the cohort. The projects will require students to draw on their accumulated knowledge of Russian language and Russian cultural history, and engage in extended research in an area of interest to them (e.g. literature, film, media, philosophy, sport, religion). Instead of an exam, students will submit a written version of their research with a personal reflection, as well as present it to their cohort in a celebratory seminar marking the completion of their undergraduate studies in Russian as a Major.
A checklist of skills learnt in their degree will be put on the LMS, aiding students to articulate the skills they have learnt when applying for jobs and future studies.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Analyse advanced Russian language texts and discuss complex issues at a high level of proficiency in Russian
- Use analytical and expository language to produce written discourse on intellectual topics within a Russian cultural context
- Critically evaluate current cultural and societal issues in contemporary Russian texts, compare them with those of previous periods, and apply them to their own research
- Develop the ability to deploy specialised vocabulary and complex linguistic and grammatical structures in Russian.
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- Have acquired skills for working on and completing a project in a timely manner
- Have acquired advanced computer skills in a second language
- Have acquired more advanced skills necessary for future research (library, internet, cross-references etc.)
- Have gained sophisticated analytical tools for understanding the system of language and culture
- Have acquired foundations in intercultural communication practices
- Have acquired written communication skills through writing and seminar discussion
- Be able to show attention to detail through preparation and writing
- Have acquired time management and planning skills through managing and organising workloads for regular (weekly) assignment completion
- Have acquired public speaking skills through tutorial and seminar discussion and class presentations
- Have developed the ability to critically analyse linguistic and cultural differences of the target language and cultures.
Last updated: 31 January 2024