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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : European Languages and Cultures - Russian Studies

Undergraduate Course: The Russian Language Society from Proper use to Propaganda (ELCR10018)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEuropean Languages and Cultures - Russian Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe aim of the course is to provide final year students of Russian Studies with knowledge and understanding of social contexts in which Russian language functions. The course will deal with theoretical and practical questions of language change, the so called ?linguistic liberalization= and experimentation in contemporary Russian culture as well as issues of language attitudes and policies arising from social transformation. In addition, the course will discuss fundamental questions of the role of language and discourse in construction of identity and ideology and introduce students to relevant theories, such as social and communication theories of identity, Critical Discourse Analysis and others. Students will see how nationalist, xenophobic or liberal ideologies have been expressed through the Russian language and will be equipped to critique the Russian theories of >The Language Picture of the World< and the purist theory of >deep and shallow meanings<. They will explore the narrative about the Great and Mighty Russian Language as a cultural myth and finally see how competing versions of post-Soviet Russian identity are being constructed.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Entry to Russian Hons
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesIn order to be eligible to take 4th Year Options, Visiting Students should have the equivalent of at least two years of study at University level of the appropriate language(s) and culture(s).
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Students will:
have understanding of the theoretical concepts such as language norm, language policy, linguistic culture, identity and ideology and others;
understand and explain the social underpinning of certain linguistic phenomena;
be familiar with a number of major theories relevant to questions of Russian language and society;
be able to critically assess these theories, relate them to Russian discursive data and provide an informed analysis;
report on their own research using the synthesis of the above

In addition, students will improve their skills in:
presentation and discussion
essay writing
data analysis
Assessment Information
30% Essay Project; 70% degree exam
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
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Study Abroad Not entered
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KeywordsDELC Russian Language Society
Course organiserDr Lara Ryazanova-Clarke
Tel: (0131 6)50 3668
Course secretaryMrs Jacqueline Barnhart
Tel: (0131 6)50 4026
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