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Unit information: Contemporary Russia through the Media in 2013/14

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Unit name Contemporary Russia through the Media
Unit code RUSS10034
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Mrs. Velichko
Open unit status Open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of Russian
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

This unit, taught by a Russian native speaker, provides students with A-Level Russian or equivalent the opportunity to explore in depth aspects of contemporary Russia through the media. These aspects will be chosen in consultation with students, but might include the media in Russia, rich and poor in Russia, Russia and democracy, Russia’s relations with its neighbours, Russia and terrorism, Moscow, Petersburg and the regions etc. Through presentations and written work, students will compare and contrast the perceptions of Russia in its own and in overseas media, coming to a greater understanding of the issues affecting Russia today and how the media reflects them.

Students will have a more in-depth familiarity with the Russian media and with the preoccupations of contemporary Russian society as they are reflected in its media. They will have developed their passive understanding of the language of the contemporary media. They will have developed their oral and written presentation skills through the preparation and delivery of extended pieces of work, exploring the treatment of a particular issue in the media.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will have a more in-depth familiarity with the Russian media and with the preoccupations of contemporary Russian society as they are reflected in its media. They will have developed their passive understanding of the language of the contemporary media. They will have developed their oral and written presentation skills through the preparation and delivery of extended pieces of work, exploring the treatment of a particular issue in the media.

Teaching details

1 x weekly seminar. Students will be required to do a substantial amount of advanced preparation and reading for each class.

Assessment Details

2000 word dissertation 100%

Reading and References

Offord, D, and Gogolitsyna, N., Using Russian: A Guide to Contemporary Usage, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Beumers, B., Pop culture Russia!: Media, Arts, and Lifestyle, ABC-Clio Inc 2005. Zassoursky, I., Media and Power in Post-Soviet Russia, M.E.Sharpe, 2003 White, Nijole, The New Russia: Readings on Russian Culture, Bristol Classical Press, 2000.

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