Handbook

Russian

Year and Campus: 2017

Coordinator

Dr Robert Lagerberg

Email: robertjl@unimelb.edu.au

Contact

Currently enrolled students:

Future students:

Overview:

Russian is one of the world's major international languages: it is spoken by over 140 million people and is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. A knowledge of Russian may increase access to careers in international relations, development studies, business, science and the arts.

The overall objective of the Russian Studies program is to teach students to process information from a wide variety of materials in Russian, both written and spoken, and to produce accounts and discussions of that information in a variety of forms.

The core subjects in Russian are organised in a progressive sequence from Russian 1 through to Russian 6. Entry and exit points are determined by the Russian Program based on the student’s background in the language, placement testing or prerequisites. Students normally progress through the subjects in consecutive order. Mid-year entry is also possible into subjects with even numbers, subject to appropriate prior experience and approval from the head of the Russian program. Accelerated progression is possible on advice from the Russian Program.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete this major will:

  • Interpret a range of different genres relevant in Russian-speaking social and cultural contexts;
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of oral and written formats, comprehending and producing Russian discourse with fluency (relative to entry level) and appreciate its cultural contexts;
  • Specialize in at least one of the three core areas of modern Russian literature, linguistics, and cultural studies;
  • Apply relevant research and analytical skills combined with a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship;
  • Appreciate Russian-speaking cultures in a differentiated and informed way;
  • Engage critically and to constructively in intercultural dialogue as a bicultural and bilingual person and as a global citizen;
  • Independently apply a wide range of learning techniques (in Russian and English) as autonomous, motivated, self-directed and well-organised learners;
  • Act confidently in Russian-speaking milieus and target culture, and work effectively in a cooperative way using Russian and English as media.

Structure & Available Subjects:

Russian

A 100-point major and 75-point minor sequence is available. The sequence is as follows for the Major and Minor:

  • Russian 1 entry point: for students who have very little or no knowledge of Russian.

Students will have their appropriate entry point determined by the Russian Program, based on evidence of prior learning and/or results of a placement test as required. Please refer to the following link for further information: http://arts.unimelb.edu.au/soll/resources/language-placement-testing

Students completing a major in Russian will usually undertake 25 points at level one, 37.5 points at level two and 37.5 points at level three. Students completing a minor will usually undertake 25 points at level one, 25 points at level two and 25 points at level three.

Subject Options:

Russian 1 entry point - Level 1

Students completing a Russian major or minor with a Russian 1 entry point are required to complete the following Level 1 subjects (25 points).


Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
12.50
Semester 2
12.50

Russian 1 entry point - Level 2

Students completing the Russian major with a Russian 1 entry point are required to complete the following subjects and one level two elective (37.5 points). Students completing the Russian minor are only required to complete Russian 3 and Russian 4 (25 points).


Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
12.50
Semester 2
12.50

Russian 1 entry point - Level 3

Students completing the Russian major with a Russian 1 entry point are required to complete the following subjects and one level 3 elective (37.5 points). Students completing the Russian minor are only required to complete Russian 5 and Russian 6 (25 points).


Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
12.50
Semester 2
12.50

Russian: Level 2 Electives

Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2017
12.5

Russian: Level 3 Electives

Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2017
12.5
Links to further information: http://languages-linguistics.unimelb.edu.au/
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts

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