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University of Exeter

University of Exeter
Department of Russian

Course/Program description


As a student of Russian you will be assigned to a member of staff who will act as you personal tutor throughout the four years of the undergraduate programme. The honours programmes in Russian aim primarily to make you familiar with three areas of modern Russian studies: the contemporary Russian language, Russian literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and Russian history and thought since Peter the Great, with particular emphasis on the period from 1800 to the collapse of the Soviet Union and its consequences.

The language part of the programme includes both written and oral work and is designed to give the student a firm grammatical basis together with considerable emphasis on the contemporary idiom. Regular use is made of Russian Satellite TV broadcasts and films from the Department's extensive video library. For Russian literature you will read the great works of the last two centuries; individual authors are studied in some depth, but the module also aims to present them as part of a broader picture showing the development of the most important literary ideas and movements The aim of the civilisation modules is to acquaint the student with Russia's history and culture as well as to complement the study of Russian literature. .

About theUniversity


Russian has been taught at Exeter since 1960 and has six members of staff two full-time and four part-time, including two native speakers of Russian. They cover between them a wide range of interests embracing many linguistic, literary, historical and cultural aspects of Russia. All members of staff give students individual attention and create a working atmosphere which is academically sound, intellectually stimulating as well as being informal and relaxed.

All students are assigned to a member of staff who acts as their personal/academic tutor throughout the four years of the undergraduate programme.


Address Information:

Address Queens Building, The Queens Drive
Exeter EX4 4QH, England
Tel. No. +44 (0)1392 264310
Fax No. +44 (0) 1392 264300
Courses email W.Oldfield@ex.ac.uk
Course titles
  • Contemporary Russian: Written and Oral (I) -20 credits
  • Contemporary Russian: Written and Oral (II) -25 credits
  • Introduction to Russian History and Culture -15 credits
  • Russian Language for Beginners: Written and Oral 20 credits
  • Russian Language for Beginners: Written and Oral 25 credits
  • Contemporary Russian: Written and Oral (I) 20 credits
  • Contemporary Russian: Written and Oral (II) -25 credits
  • Nineteenth-Century Russian Thinkers and Society 15 credits
  • Nineteenth-Century Lyric Poetry -15 credits
  • The Russian Short Story from Pushkin to Solzhenitsyn -15 credits
  • Gogol and his Russia- 15 credits
  • Chekhov and Russian Drama: from Chekhov to Maiakovskii -15 credits
  • Soviet History, 1917-1991 -15 credits
  • Intermediate Russian Language: Written and Oral (I) -20 credits
  • Intermediate Russian Language: Written and Oral (II)- 25 credits
  • Russian Language, Written -15 credits
  • Russian Language, Oral -15 credits
  • Essay and Comprehension in Russian -15 credits
  • Georgian Language -15 credits
  • Pre-Petrine Russia -15 credits
  • A Special Author: Dostoevsky -15 credits
  • Russian Literature, 1953 to the Present -15 credits
  • Russian Literature, 1917-1953 -15 credits
  • Women Writers in twentieth-century Russian literature -15 credits
  • Dissertation on an approved topic -15 credits
  • Special Topics in Soviet History, 1924-1953- 15 credits
  • St Petersburg- 15 credits
  • Russian Visual Arts, 1896-1936 -15 credits
  • Tales of Mystery and Imagination, 1770-1914
    30 credits
  • Type of course Full-time
    Class size From 5 students per class, up to 24 students per class.
    Length of course 10 weeks and 25 weeks.
    Date of Commencement Start of the academic year, October 1999 etc.
    Accommodation Available
    Student grants/
    financial assistance
    Student grants will no longer be available from October 1999. Student loans are available.
    Admission requirements University applications are processed by UCAS, in most cases, we make offers on the basis of the information on your UCAS form, although some candidates will be asked to come for an interview.
    All degree programmes in Russian are open to beginners as well as to non-beginners.
    National/Overseas
    Students
    118:20
    Men/Women 17 men/ 42 women
    Age range 18 - 62 years.
    Course director Dr C R S Cockrell
    Contact address
    for application
    UCAS, P0 Box 28, Cheltenham, Glos GL5O 35A.


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