Russian Studies first year modules

Compulsory modules

Russian Core Advanced or Beginners I and II (20 credits + 20 credits)

Our core modules, offering increased contact hours, will provide you with an introduction to the knowledge and skills you need to become a Birmingham Languages Graduate. You will have the opportunity to explore the key ideas that have shaped the Russian-speaking world: the key cultural movements, the social, political, and historical phenomena, and the linguistic issues. You will do all this through the medium of Russian, and using the latest technology, to develop your understanding and expertise within the language, so that you increase your ability to express complex ideas and conduct challenging conversations. We will also work to develop your critical thinking and study methods skills, so that you can engage with the breadth and depth of Russian studies in future years.

Optional modules

(20 credits each)

Contemporary Russian and East European Politics

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Cultural Politics of Russia & East Europe

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19th Century Russian Literature

In the first Semester students study Russian novels written in the period 1825-1862. They learn about the contexts in which the novels were written and study the specific literary characteristics of each work and its contribution to development of the genre. Students give presentations on specific aspects of the novels. In the second Semester, students study Russian novels written in the period 1863-1900. Individual works are considered in the context of key themes including the superfluous man, the Westerniser/Slavophile debate, social reform, the "woman question". Works in other genres are considered where appropriate.

International Politics and Security in Russia and Eurasia

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