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Unit information: Czech Language and Society in 2021/22

Unit name Czech Language and Society
Unit code RUSS10026
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Ms. Nahodilova
Open unit status Not open



Only available for joint honours Czech students

School/department Department of Russian
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This year-long unit, co-taught by native and non-native Czech teachers, aims (a) to develop students' abilities to read the contemporary Czech media for comprehension purposes, (b) to introduce students to some key aspects of Czech society since the fall of Communism from the perspective of both English- and Czech-language materials, and (c) to foster students' ability to find and synthesise information to produce a structured analysis of one of these aspects.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a broad understanding of the key issues affecting contemporary Czech society;
  2. advance and illustrate their reading skills in Czech, appropriate to level C/4;
  3. select and apply key analytical approaches to the primary material being studied;
  4. apply these skills to develop clear written arguments.

Teaching Information

Two seminar hours weekly mixing language-based work – reading, translating, summarising – with teacher input, student presentations and class discussion. The first few weeks of the unit will be devoted mainly to texts in English to be read at home and discussed in class; Czech language work will focus on very short texts – headlines, statistical information, texts adapted for students – gradually building up to longer articles prepared at home for exploitation and discussion in class in the second teaching block.

Assessment Information

1 x 1000-word commentary (30%). Testing ILOs 1-4.

1 x 2000-word essay (70%). Testing ILOs 1-4.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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