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Russian 5 (RUSS30001)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeRUSS30001
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is designed to provide students with a thorough exposure to pre-20th-century historical and social issues in Russia. Drawing on the dual meaning of the Russian word istorija (i.e., history and story), the theme-oriented instructional units emphasise personal and public stories in Russian history, while connecting oral narratives with written narratives. Students improve their ability to narrate, compare and contrast and establish causal relationships in speaking and writing. Through the integration of all modalities, this course promotes accuracy, fluency and complexity in language use. The development of advanced reading and writing is considered the primary means for expanding students’ language abilities at this stage of language instruction. In this theme-based subject, students gain background knowledge about public events in pre-20th-century Russian history and then read and view personal narratives about these events for the purposes of examining the intersection of the public and private spheres of contemporary Russian society. The texts themselves provide the textual, informational, and lexico-grammatical features that serve as the basis for developing students’ abilities as advanced learners of Russian.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to interpret and analyse written texts and public genres of a moderate to high level of complexity from Russian 19th-century literature and history texts;
  • be able to engage with and discuss Russian films based on 19th-century works of literature;
  • be able to deploy more specialised vocabulary and complex linguistic and grammatical structures to express opinions and feelings as well as to summarise the opinions of others;
  • be able to use analytical and expository language to produce written discourse about historical topics;
  • have developed research skills to find information from various sources, including dictionary, library and the internet.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should:

  • 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;
  • 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.

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
RUSS20005 Russian 4
Semester 2



Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
RUSS20006 Russian 5
Semester 1

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Weekly language assignments equivalent to 1000 words (25%);
  • Two essays in Russian due in week 5 and 10 equivalent to 1000 words (25%);
  • Oral (10%) and written (40%) exam equivalent to 2000 words due during the exam period (50%).

Hurdle Requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorRobert Lagerberg
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours48 hours: 2 x 1-hour seminars and 2 x 1-hour practicals per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Additional delivery details

Entry to this subject can be met through completion of:

  • Russian 4; or
  • equivalent

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    N. Volkova, ‘Let’s Improve Our Russian’, Textbook, St. Petersburg, 2014

    Recommended texts and other resources

    G. Hosking, ‘Russia and the Russians: A History’, Cambridge Mass., 2001

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

    Additional information for this subject

    Language Placement Test required

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 21 August 2019