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Russian Culture Through Film (RUSS30005)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeRUSS30005
Semester 2
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This subject offers an introduction to Russian culture through film from the 1920s and the films of Eisenstein up to the present. The subject will cover representations of social change and the interpretation of cultural identities in Russian film through the main historical periods including: the Russian Revolution of 1917, the years of Stalin and the ‘thaw’ in the 1960s, the Second World War, the years of stagnation (1970s in the USSR), the era of glasnost, perestroika and the breakdown of the USSR, and the post-Soviet era.
On completion of the subject students should be able to analyse the social and cultural processes represented in selected films from the periods studied, demonstrate an awareness of critical approaches to Russian film, and communicate the results of their research and analysis in both oral and written forms.

The subject will be taught and assessed in Russian. Prior experience in Film Studies is neither assumed nor required.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • have gained an appreciation of academic Russian through the confident use of sophisticated oral and written Russian at level B2/C1 of the Common European Framework for Languages;
  • have gained a broad understanding of critical approaches to Russian film as well as of general research and analytical skills;
  • be able to reflect on their identity as a developing multicultural person and as a global citizen through the analysis of the social and cultural processes represented in selected films from the period studied;
  • have learned to do self-directed small research projects in the field of Russian Studies and to locate pertinent research literature in both Russian and English;
  • have made wide use of learning and research technologies in Russian and English.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically, as demonstrated through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussion and class presentations;
  • have developed written communication through essay and assignment preparation and writing;
  • have developed public speaking and confidence in self-expression through tutorial participation and class presentations;
  • be bale to demonstrate attention to detail through close reading and textual analysis, essay preparation and writing;
  • have developed time management and planning through managing and organizing workloads for essay and assignment completion.

Last updated: 11 October 2019