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BA Politics and Russian / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Russian Language 5

Unit code RUSS51050
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Russian & E. European Studies
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course aims to develop competence and accuracy in written and spoken Russian; to further reading, writing and translation skills; to consolidate knowledge of Russian grammar and to consider more advanced grammatical issues; and to increase awareness of current Russian usage in a variety of stylistic registers.


Pre-requisite : Completion of year abroad or permission of course leader.

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



  • To further develop students’ linguistic skills after their period of residence abroad in Russia.
  • To focus on both Russian language and the contemporary Russian cultural and social context.
  • 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 :

  • During oral classes students will speak about social and political issues in modern Russia. They will discuss youth in Russia and Britain, will compare different educational systems, will become familiar with the countries’ demographic situation and will learn about Russian attitudes toward ecological problems.

Grammar Revision:

  • Passive and Active Voice.
  • Sequence of tenses.
  • Participles.
  • Word order.
  • Infinitive Construction.
  • English Gerund.

Teaching and learning methods

Translation and writing skills will be developed with the help of regular homework assignments, some of which do not count towards the final course mark but will help students to gauge their progress in preparation for summative assessment.

Oral/aural skills will be developed through a parallel series of practical classes and work assignments to be undertaken by students in their own time in the Language Centre.

Extensive resources will be available via Blackboard. These will include copies of handouts and PowerPoint presentations used in class; required homework exercises; links to online language learning and translation resources and to required and recommended readings (where appropriate).

Knowledge and understanding

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Handle grammatical structures appropriate to the level of study;
  • Apply advanced comprehension and translation skills to a variety of texts/grammatical points
  • Communicate in written form and orally on a variety of topics

Intellectual skills

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

Practical skills


  • Use library, 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 judgements.
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

Assessment task


Weighting within unit

1. One progress test in Written Russian held in Semester 1.

2. In-class presentation in Semester 2.

3. Oral examination, taken at the end of Semester 2.

4. Final examination on English to Russian Translation and Composition in Russian, taken during the May-June examination period.

50 min


10 min

15 min


2 hours








Feedback methods

English to Russian translation and Composition in Russian:
 - Individual (including formative marks) and general feedback on assignments, combined with in-class analysis of typical errors and difficulties.
 - Individual written feedback on the in-class Progress Tests (end of Semester 1).

Oral practice.

 - Individual corrections and recommendations based on in-class activities.
 - Individual written feedback on the in-class Oral presentation (Semester 2).

Recommended reading

  • Terence Wade, A Comprehensive Russian Grammar (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2000)
  • Derek Offord, Modern Russian: An Advanced Grammar Course (London: Bristol Classical Press, 1997)
  • E. Vasilenko, A. Yegorova, E. Lamm, Russian Verb Aspects (Moscow: Russkii Iazyk Publishers, 1988)
  • I. S. Ivanova, L. M. Karamysheva, T. F. Kupriianov, M. G. Miroshnikova, Sintaksis (Moscow: Russkii Iazyk Publishers, 1998)

    Students will also need 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) 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 11
Tutorials 11
Independent study hours
Independent study 178

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Elizaveta Langley Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Contact Hours:

4 hours per week (2 hours of writing in Russian (English to Russian Translation and Composition in Russian) and 2 hours of oral practice

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