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

Undergraduate Course: The Golden and Silver Ages of Russian Literature (1820-1920s) (ELCR08006)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe Russian literature course introduces students to a range of literary texts by the recognised literary "greats" from the nineteenth and twentieth century, such as Pushkin, Gogol, Chekhov, Bunin and others. One aim of the course is to give students an opportunity to appreciate the aesthetic and humanist qualities that have traditionally been valued in Russian literature. The social and historical context of these works will also be considered. Lectures will aim to give overviews of literary movements such as Romanticism, Realism, Modernism and provide close readings of texts on the syllabus.

Course aims:

To provide an introduction to the advanced study of Russian literature of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth century;
To develop understanding of the key historical events and developments of the period, of the various literary genres studied;
To enable students to develop certain transferable skills:
in study and research;
in analysis, in criticism and evaluation;
in oral and written communication;
in presentation.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs texts
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  64
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 150 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) coursework - 50%
degree examination - 50%
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. By the end of the course students should have gained an appreciation of the main political, philosophical and thematic issues in Russian 19th-early 20th c. literature
  2. developed their ability to engage critically with primary and secondary sources;
  3. developed their ability to engage critically with the material;
  4. developed their ability to produce coherent analytical text in essays and exam conditions;
  5. understood the importance of working in a tutorial group, including preparation and contribution.
Reading List
Our reading list is published at this link:
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsDELC Russian 2 Lit
Course organiserDr Alexandra Smith
Tel: (0131 6)51 1381
Course secretaryMiss Julie Gifford
Tel: (0131 6)50 4026
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