The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
In the first year of a Joint Honours degree programme study is split equally between the two disciplines. Following this you have the option to alter the balance of your study, meaning that you could change to a major-minor weighting. In your final year you have the option to maintain your second-year balance, switch your major subject to your other discipline or revert to an equal balance. If you wish, you can maintain an equal balance throughout your degree. This flexibility allows you to tailor the course throughout your degree programme, once you have had the time and experience to consider where your strengths and interests lie. The list of modules below are based on studying half of your modules (60 credits) in History and half in Russian Studies (60 credits).
History: You will study modules spanning the early medieval to late modern periods and be provided with the basic knowledge and skills to study history.
You can choose two out of five introductory survey modules, Discovering the Middle Ages, Making of the Modern World 1500-1850, Living in the Middle Ages, Making of the Contemporary World: Modern History 1815-200, War and Society (20 credits each per module), one in the Autumn Term and one in the Spring Term, which explore fundamental themes and issues focused on key periods and indicate the kinds of questions historians explore and some of the methods they employ in answering them. You will also study Practising History (A): Skills in History (Autumn term) and Practising History (B): Approaches to History (Spring term), which look more closely at the techniques of the historian and at the nature and evolution of key historical debates.
Russian: No prior knowledge of the Russian language is necessary to enter our programmes. In the first and second years, students are divided into groups according to whether they are beginners or have an A level or equivalent in Russian. Students with AS level Russian are placed in the advanced group and given extra tutorial support to catch up, while students with GCSE Russian will normally be placed in the beginners’ group.
At the end of the first year, beginners travel to the city of Petrozavodsk in Russia for an intensive four week language programme, for which many of the costs are covered by the University.
In addition, students choose from a variety of Russian Studies modules.
History: You engage in a Group Research module in the Autumn Term and extend your historical knowledge through a subject-specific module chosen from a wide range available from Option B in the Spring Term.You can then choose one of the following 20 credit modules: History in Theory and Practice, Research Methods (Dissertation Preparation) (please note this module must be studied if a History 40 credit dissertation is to be taken in the final year) and may also be able to take a Professional Skills module (please note that places on this module are limited).
Russian: In addition to more advanced language classes you can choose from a variety of Russian Studies modules. You may also have the option of studying Beginner’s Polish.
You can choose to spend your year abroad in various locations including Moscow, St Petersburg, Yaroslavl, Petrozavodsk, Tver and Volgograd, spending either two semesters in one place or splitting them between two different places, for instance a semester in Moscow and a semester in Tver. If you are studying Russian with another language, your year abroad can be split between Russia and a country where they speak the other language being studied ). There is also the opportunity to spend a semester in Krakow, Poland under the ERASMUS scheme.
History: The fourth year represents the culmination of undergraduate study and the final stage of your transition to an independent learner. You hone your historical skills in Advanced Option A or Advanced Option B and you also undertake an in-depth Special Subject module, which is chosen from a variety of available subjects. Students can substitute an Advanced Option for a Joint Honours History dissertation (20 credits).
Russian: In addition to core and language modules, you can choose from a variety of optional modules. You also write an extended essay or dissertation on a Russian Studies topic of your choosing. In addition, modules in Ukrainian and Polish languages may be offered.