Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2018. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
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).
- Practising History (A): Skills in History
- Practising History (B): Approaches to History
You will choose one of these modules:
- Discovering the Middle Ages
- Reformation, Rebellion and Revolution: Making of the Modern World 1500-1800
You will also choose one of these modules:
- Living in the Middle Ages
- The Making of the Contemporary World: Modern History c.1800 to the Present
- War and Society
- United States History 1865-2000
History first year detailed module descriptions
Russian: During your first year you will study two compulsory language modules 'Russian Core Advanced or Beginners I and II' and one optional module. You can choose between a range of optional modules including: 'Contemporary Russian and East European Politics', 'Cultural Politics of Russia and East Europe', 19th Century Russian Literature', and 'International Politics and Security in Russia and Eurasia'.
- Group Research
- Option (History)
Choose from one of the following:
- History in Theory and Practice (20 credits)
- Research Methods (20 credits)
- Professional Skills Module (20 credits) - please note: places on this module are limited
History second year detailed module descriptions
Russian: In addition to a compulsory language module 'Russian Language 2', you can choose from a variety of Russian Studies modules.
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.
- Special Subject A+B (20 + 20 credits)
Students can also take an Advanced Option A, an Advanced Option B or a Joint Honours History dissertation for a further 20 credits or two of these modules for a further 40 credits.
If you studied Research Methods (Dissertation Preparation) in year 2 you would normally be expected to do a 40 credit dissertation in History (for 80 credits in total).
History final year detailed module descriptions
Russian: In addition to a compulsory language module 'Russian Language 4', 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.
Joint Honours Flexibility
Every degree programme at the University is divided into 120 credits of study for each year of the programme. In the first year of a Joint Honours programme, you will study 60 credits in each subject as you learn the core elements of the disciplines. We recognise that students on Joint Honours programmes might come to favour one subject slightly more than another. To account for this, we have added more flexibility into the second and final years of our programmes. In the second year, you can stick with the 60-60 split between the two subjects or shift to a 80-40 credit weighting, effectively a major/ minor combination. You can either go back to 60-60 in the final year, maintain the same 80-40 split or reverse the major and the minor and go to a 40-80 weighting.