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BA Politics and Russian / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Russian Language 4

Unit code RUSS51040
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Russian & E. European Studies
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course unit consolidates knowledge of the fundamentals of Russian grammar (such as case and aspect); considers more advanced issues (such as gerunds and participles); develops the active command of spoken Russian. Classes are complemented by a range of independent language learning activities delivered via Blackboard.


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
RUSS51030 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Pre-requisite RUSS20010

Not available as a free choice unit. If the level is appropriate, however, the convenor may admit an external student.

Available on which programme(s)?

Single Honours, all Joint Honours programmes with Russian and all other programs with a Minor in Russian. 


  • To attract students who will benefit from studying a modern foreign language.
  • To prepare students for their   period of residence abroad in Russia.
  • To widen participation within the body of students studying Russian.
  • To contribute to society through the development of   knowledge about   different   cultural customs and traditions and   multiculturalism.



Oral Topics:


Grammar Topics:

  •  Participles.
  •  Gerunds.
  •  Numerals.
  •  Impersonal constructions.

Teaching and learning methods

Three per week (integrating the study of grammar, translation, reading  and oral practice/discussion), supplemented by independent study in the Language Centre and a range of exercises delivered via Blackboard.

Extensive resources will be available on Blackboard. These will include copies of slides and handouts used in classes; required homework translation exercises; and supplementary materials and on-line tests   to aid students in preparing for assessment.


Assessment task


Weighting within unit

1. Continuous assessment of class work, consisting of   four  in-class grammar Progress   tests (two in each Semester);


30 min each







2. Continuous assessment in oral classes, consisting   of two Progress Tests (one   in each Semester);  

30 min each



3. Oral examination, held at the end of Semester 2;

15 min



4. Written examination, held at the end of Semester 2.

2 hours



Knowledge and understanding

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Handle grammatical structures appropriate to the level of study (formation and usage of gerunds [verbal adverbs]; formation and usage of active and passive participles [verbal adjectives]; short-form participles and adjectives; numbers; impersonal constructions)
  • Read and translate authentic Russian-language texts on topics such as the mass media; the Russian government and Russian politics; and economics and business.
  • Communicate in written form and orally on a range of complex topics (such as the Russian mass media, Russians today and everyday life in Russia, politics and business).

Intellectual skills

During this course students will deal with:

  • Problem solving.
  • Synthesis and analysis of data and information.
  • Critical reflection and evaluation.

Practical skills

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Use electronic and online resources.
  • Improve communication and negotiation skills.
  • Speak, read and write in Russian.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

By the end of this course students will be able to improve their:

  • Computer Literacy.
  • Teamwork.
  • Time Management.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Capacity to analyse and make critical judgement.
Oral communication
Ability to speak a modern foreign language. Ability to express ideas clearly and confidently in public
Written communication
Ability to express oneself clearly in writing.
Ability to maintain independence of thought. Ability to use discipline-specific knowledge (language, culture, traditions and customs) in everyday situations and to become a valuable member of multicultural team /society. Capacity for self-appraisal, reflection and time management.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Oral assessment/presentation 100%

Feedback methods

  • In-class tests.   All individual comments   (based on in-class tests results) as well as generic feedback to a class will be given during the lesson following the in-class test.  
  • Oral classes. Students will receive oral feedback during oral sessions as well as written comments on their prepared written topics.

After the final oral exam at the end of the year, special feedback forms will be available for all students upon request.

Recommended reading


Set texts:

Andrei Bogomolov and Marita Nummikoski, News from Russia: Language, Life and Russian Media (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2005)

Reference Grammars:
Derek Offord, Modern Russian: An Advanced Grammar Course (London: Bristol Classical Press, 1997)

Terence Wade, A Comprehensive Russian Grammar (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2000)

Dual-Language Dictionaries:
The Oxford Russian-English, English-Russian Dictionary (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998)

E. M. Mednikova & Iu. D. Apresian (eds.), New English-Russian Dictionary (Moscow: Russkii Iazyk Publishers, 1993)

Single-Language Dictionaries:
S. Ozhegov, Slovar’ russkogo iazyka (Moscow: Russkii Iazyk Publishers, 2000)

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 33
Independent study hours
Independent study 167

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Elena Simms Unit coordinator

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