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

Undergraduate Course: The Great Russian Novel (Ordinary) (ELCR09002)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course facilitates a critical engagement with the Russian novel of the 19th century. In 19th century Russia, the novel, both as an art form and an expression of the human condition reached as extraordinary level of development within a very short space of time. Whilst the remarkable works of fiction produced in this period form a unique picture of a society in a period of rapid change and flux, they are much more than this - they belong rightly to world literature and they have long been regarded as amongst the finest in their genre as well as pushing further the boundaries of the genre.

Following the brief 'Golden Age' of Pushkin and his gifted contemporaries, there emerged in rapid succession the disparate and remarkable talents of Gogol, Turgenev, Goncharov, Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. The course will study selected works by these authors while paying particular attention to how in the absence of recognizable civil institutions in Russia, the novel and its associated body of literary polemics became the focal point for a debate about the whole range of human experience. Emphasis will be given to the role of the writer, the novels' reflection on development of Russian society and the place of Russia in the world.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements BA/Ordinary students and Visiting Student. Students should attend classes alongside ELCR10002
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)
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
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 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course is assessed by coursework consisting of one essay of approximately 2500 words (30%) and the final exam (70%)
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Learning Outcomes
-By the end of the course students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the artistic, philosophical and socio-political characteristics of the Russian realist novel.
They will also be expected to show the ability:
-to recognise and acknowledge the complexity of the subject
-to show a good understanding of and apply competently complex conceptual frameworks
-to construct coherent arguments which demonstrate an awareness of the problems posed by the texts/ issues which they are studying
-to demonstrate a high level of expression in both written and oral presentations
-to demonstrate the mastery of relevant technical terminology and research methods
-to carry out personal research under the guidance of the tutor and offer evidence of research initiative
-to offer alternative perspectives, identify and accommodate ambiguities and show an awareness of nuance
-to develop original ideas
-to demonstrate an awareness of the research agenda relating to the topic.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Alexandra Smith
Tel: (0131 6)51 1381
Course secretaryMiss Helene Thomsen
Tel: (0131 6)50 6949
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