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Unit information: Introduction to Russian Literature in 2021/22

Unit name Introduction to Russian Literature
Unit code RUSS10037
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Sutton-Mattocks
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Russian
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit aims to introduce some major figures and themes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature through the study of classic verse and short stories by about eight leading writers. Classes will focus on close analysis of paradigmatic texts as a means of illustrating the more general themes, preoccupations and techniques of the author concerned, while discussion will also place these themes, preoccupations and techniques in the broader context of the development of modern Russian short fiction and poetry and in their socio-historical context.

Formative: Additionally, students will be required to submit a plan, thesis
statement and annotated bibliography in advance of writing the essay. This
will be assessed formatively of which students are required to pass.

Intended Learning Outcomes

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

1. demonstrate a sound understanding of the historical development of modern Russian short fiction
and poetry within the context of literary, cultural, and social history;
2. identify and interpret the themes and approaches of a number of Russian writers;
3. select and apply key analytical approaches to verse and prose text;
4. advance and illustrate their reading skills in Russian, appropriate to level C/4;
5. formulate an independent research topic on Russian literature, making
appropriate use of library and digital resources.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous sessions and asynchronous activities, including seminars, lectures, and collaborative as well as self-directed learning opportunities supported by tutor consultation.

Assessment Information

1 x 1,500 word commentary exercise (50%), testing ILOs 2-4

1 x 1,500 word essay (50%), testing ILOs 1-5


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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.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.