Our degrees are designed to provide both academic excellence and vocational development – a balance that is highly sought after by employers in today's intellectual and professional industries. The degrees are flexible, allowing you to specialise as you progress, culminating in a final-year dissertation (in-depth research into a topic of your choice).
Within our Department of Modern Languages, Russian Studies is a small team of dedicated and experienced teaching and research staff (including native-speakers). This friendly community allows staff and students to work together to create an intellectually stimulating and enjoyable environment in which you can achieve your full potential. Beginners study in Russia for four weeks in Year 1 to rapidly progress their language skills. All students spend a year abroad.
In addition, you will join the highly regarded Department of Political Science and International Studies which has long-established strengths in all areas of the discipline. As well as benefiting from world-leading expertise you can join activities that are designed to complement and enrich your studies. Activities include student conferences; Research Assistance Scheme (students are paired with staff to assist in specific research tasks); simulation exercises using real cases; and research visits to local and national places of interest.
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.
Russian: 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 including Outlines of Russian History, Nineteenth or Twentieth Century Russian Literature and Twentieth Century Russian Politics.
International Relations: You receive a thorough grounding in the study of international relations, with particular emphasis on the major approaches to the discipline and core issues such as conflict, war, peace, security, international and regional organisations, and international law. You also take a number of complementary courses in the Department of Political Science and International Studies, and options offered elsewhere.
Russian: In addition to language classes, you will choose from a variety of Russian Studies modules including Cultural Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe, Contemporary Russian and East European Politics, Russia in Revolution 1900–1936, International Politics and Security in Russia and Eurasia, and Nineteenth / Twentieth Century Russian Literature.
You may also have the option of studying Beginner’s Polish.
International Relations: The second-year core course further develops your understanding of the discipline, introducing many new perspectives on international relations. As such, it is designed to develop your knowledge and theoretical understanding of this dynamic and changing field. In the second year you can also take a number of related courses within the Department of Political Science and International Studies.
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. There may also be the opportunity to spend a semester in Krakow, Poland.
Russian: In addition to core modules, you can choose from a variety of modules including Advanced Cultural Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe, Advanced Contemporary Russian and East European Politics, Business Russian, Additional Russian (English-Russian translation and Russian-English aural translation), The Russian Economy: from Plan to Market, Russian Political and Intellectual Thought from 1950 to 1989, Advanced International Politics and Security in Russia and Eurasia, and Russia in the Modern World. 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.
International Relations: In the final year you may take a range of options. These include subjects such as Power in Britain, Twentieth Century Political Thought, Political Economy of the EU, Contemporary US Foreign and Security Policy, International Ethics, European Security, Critical Security Studies and Advanced Modern Asia.
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