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Languages and Culture MA Handbook

Information for MA programmes in Russian Studies; Central and South-East European Studies and Russian and East European Literature and Culture

Welcome

As part of SSEES and UCL, you now have unrivalled access to various resources, for example the excellent UCL and SSEES libraries. 

We also pride ourselves for what goes on outside the classroom – be it the rich programme of high-profile international speakers, conferences, and seminars or various extracurricular opportunities for UCL students. This document provides you with some of the most important information about your time at SSEES.  

Please take your time also to read the SSEES Student Handbook for more details and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Our Masters programmes can be taken either as 1-year full-time study or 2-year part-time study.

In these degrees you will get a unique opportunity to develop expertise in the disciplines of the languages, cultures, history, and politics of Russia and Eastern Europe and to apply this expertise to understanding the social, cultural, and political world around us, developing skills essential for a whole range of future careers, with particular attention focused on the study of the areas with which the School of Slavonic and East European Studies is primarily concerned: the countries of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, and Russia.

Key Dates

Term Dates

First Term                    Monday 23 September 2019 – Friday 13 December 2019

Second Term               Monday 13 January 2020 – Friday 27 March 2020

Third Term                   Monday 27 April 2020 – Friday 12 June 2020

College Reading Weeks are the weeks beginning Monday 4 November 2019 and Monday 17 February 2020.

Christmas

CLOSE – Friday 20 December 2019 at 5.30 pm

RE-OPEN – Thursday 2 January 2020 at 9.00 am

Easter

CLOSE – Wednesday 8 April 2020 at 5.30 pm

RE-OPEN – Wednesday 15 April 2020 at 9.00 am

Bank Holidays

CLOSED – Friday 8 May 2020

CLOSED – Monday 25 May 2020

The UCL Calendar 2019/20

Russian Studies MA Structure

Students undertake and pass, or be condoned in, modules to the value of 180 credits. The pass mark is 50. 

Full-time students must register for 180 credits including the 60-credit Dissertation.

Part-time students must register for 180 credits over the two years, in a balance agreed by the Programme Coordinator. The 60-credit Dissertation is taken in the second year.

Compulsory Modules (90 credits)

SEES0123 - Dissertation (60 credits)

SEES0092 - Dissertation Preparation Programme (0 credits)

This is a multi-disciplinary programme. Nevertheless, students are required to gain a thorough methodological and theoretical grounding in disciplinary study and hence must choose between one of the following three modules:

SEES0047 Literary and Cultural Theory (30 credits)

SEES0052 Historical Methods and Approaches (30 credits)

SEES0116 Political Analysis (15 credits) AND

SEES0117 Political Sociology (15 credits)

Optional Courses (total of 90 credits from options below)

SEES0041 Literatures of Rupture: Modernism in Russia and Eastern Europe (30 credits)

SEES0081 Causes, Consequences and Control: Corruption and Governance (30 credits)

SEES0069 Contemporary Cultural Studies: Between Post-Communism and Post-modernism (30 credits)

SEES0091 Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies (15 credits)

SEEE0014 Contemporary Art and Politics in Russia and Eastern Europe (15 credits)

SEES0064 The Nineteenth-Century Russian Novel (30 credits)

SEES0084 Russian Foreign Policy (30 credits)

SEES0085 Russian Politics (30 credits)

SEES0060 Russian Monarchy: Court Ritual and Political Ideas, 1498-1917 (15 credits)

Theory and Methodology

SEESGE07 Introduction to Hermeneutics: How to Read and Interpret Texts (30 credits)

If not already taken as a compulsory course:

SEES0052 Historical Methods and Approaches (30 credits)

SEES0047 Literary and Cultural Theory (30 credits)

SEES0046 Linguistic Methods (30 credits)

SEES0106 Introduction to Discourse Analysis (15 credits)

SEES0107  Understanding and Analysing Data (15 credits)

SEES0128 Qualitative Methods (15 credits)

MA 30 credit Language Courses - only one of these may be taken

SEES0066 Russian as a New Language (30 credits)

SEES0067 Intermediate Russian (30 credits)

SEES0068 Intermediate Plus: Russian (30 credits) 

SEES0075 Advanced Russian (30 credits)

SEES0076 Advanced Superior : Russian (30 credits)

Subject to approval, optional courses up to the value of 30 credits may be taken from another SSEES MA programme or from another MA programme within UCL (Anthropology, History, European Studies, Comparative Literature, etc).

Russian and East European Literature and Culture MA Structure 

Students undertake and pass, or be condoned in, modules to the value of 180 credits. The pass mark is 50. 

Full-time students must register for 180 credits including the 60-credit Dissertation.

Part-time students must register for 180 credits over the two years, in a balance agreed by the Programme Coordinator. The 60-credit Dissertation is taken in the second year.

Compulsory Modules (90 credits)

SEES0123 - Dissertation (60 credits)

SEES0092 - Dissertation Preparation Programme (0 credits)

SEES0047 - Literary and Cultural Theory (30 credits)

Optional Courses (total of 90 credits from options below)

SEES0064 The Nineteenth-Century Russian Novel (30 credits)

SEES0072 Nabokov and Russian Émigré Literature (30 credits)

SEES0073 The Reflecting Screen: Russian and Soviet Cinema in its Cultural Context, 1896 to the Present (30 credits)

SEES0041 Literatures of Rupture: Modernism in Russia and Eastern Europe (30 credits)

SEES0004 Crossroads of Culture: Language and Identity in The Literatures of Ukraine from Crimea to the Shtetls (30 credits)

SEES0069 Contemporary Cultural Studies: Between Post-Communism and Post-modernism (30 credits)

SEEE0014 Contemporary Art and Politics in Russia and Eastern Europe (15 credits)

SEES0006 Introduction to Hermeneutics: How to Read and Interpret Texts (30 credits)

SEES0046 Linguistic Methods (30 credits)

Language course (30 credits)- only one of the below may be taken:

SEES0066 Russian as a New Language (30 credits)

SEES0067 Intermediate Russian (30 credits)

SEES0068 Intermediate Plus: Russian (30 credits)

SEES0075 Advanced Russian (30 credits)

SEES0076 Advanced Superior: Russian (30 credits)

SEES0028 Bulgarian as a New Language (30 credits)

SEES0029 Czech as a New Language (30 credits)

SEES0038 Estonian as a New Language (30 credits)

SEES0030 Finnish as a New Language (30 credits)

SEES0031 Hungarian as a New Language (30 credits)

SEES0032 Polish as a New Language (30 credits)

SEES0033 Romanian as a New Language (30 credits)

SEES0034 Serbian/Croatian as a New Language (30 credits)

SEES0035 Slovak as a New Language (30 credits)

SEES0037 Ukrainian as a New Language (30 credits)

SEES0019 Intermediate Czech (30 credits)

SEES0021 Intermediate Hungarian (30 credits)

SEES0023 Intermediate Romanian (30 credits)

SEES0022 Intermediate Polish (30 credits)

SEES0024 Intermediate Serbian/Croatian (30 credits)

SEES0027 Intermediate Ukrainian (30 credits)

Subject to approval, optional courses up to the value of 30 credits may be taken from other SSEES MA Programmes or from other UCL MA Programmes. Relevant choiuces might include:

SEES0089 Nations, Identity and Power in Central and Eastern Europe (15 credits)

SEES0060 Russian Monarchy: Court Ritual and Political Ideas, 1498-1917 (15 credits)

View all SSEES MA Modules

LITCG003 Comparative Literary Studies (30 credits)

LITCG006 Apocalypse Literature (30 credits)

TRTPG001 Translation Studies (30 credits)

FRENGF01 Theories and Practices of Film (30 credits)

FILMGG01 Moving Images, Technologies, Forms, Receptions (30 credits)

Central and South-East European Studies MA Structure

Students undertake and pass, or be condoned in, modules to the value of 180 credits. The pass mark is 50. 

Full-time students must register for 180 credits including the 60-credit Dissertation.

Part-time students must register for 180 credits over the two years, in a balance agreed by the Programme Coordinator. The 60-credit Dissertation is taken in the second year.

Compulsory Modules (90 credits)

SEES0123 - Dissertation (60 credits)

SEES0092 - Dissertation Preparation Programme (0 credits)

This is a multi-disciplinary programme. Nevertheless, students are required to gain a thoroigh methodological and theoretical grounding in disciplinary study and hence must choose between ONE of the following three courses:

SEES0047 Literary and Cultural Theory (30 credits)

SEES0052 Historical Methods and Approaches (30 credits)

SEES0116 Political Analysis (15 credits) AND

SEES0117 Political Sociology (15 credits)

Optional Modules (90 credits)

Area-Based Courses

SEES0013 All Quiet on the Eastern Front: Culture, Politics and Everyday Life in Central and Eastern Europe (30 credits)

SEES0015 The Jews in Polish Culture: Beyond Stereotypes (30 credits) 

SEES0014 Central European Modernism (30 credits) 

SEES0090 Cities in Eastern Europe (15 credits)

SEES0069 Contemporary Cultural Studies: Between Post-Communism and Post-modernism (30 credits)

SEES0058 The Crisis Zone: Central Europe 1900-1990 (15 credits)

SEES0088 Ethno-Political Conflict in Central and Eastern Europe (15 credits)

SEES0091 Informal Practices in Post-Communist Societies (15 credits)

SEEE0014 Contemporary Art and Politics in Russia and Eastern Europe (15 credits)

SEES0125 Little Hitlers? Right Radicalism in Central and Eastern Europe, 1900-1945 (15 credits)

SEES0080 The Making of the Modern Ukraine (30 credits)

SEES0053 Metropolis: History of Berlin 1871-1990 (15 credits)

SEES0089 Nations, Identity and Power in Central and Eastern Europe (15 credits)

SEES0099 Baltic Politics and Society (15 credits)

SEES0087 Security, Identity, Polarity: The Contemporary Debates (30 credits)

SEES0050 The Self and the World: Theoretical Approaches to Travel Writing (15 credits)

Theory and Methodology Courses

SEES006 Introduction to Hermeneutics: How to Read and Interpret Texts (30 credits)

SEES0046 Linguistic Methods (30 credits)

SEES0106 Introduction to Discourse Analysis (15 credits)

SEES0107 Understanding and Analysing Data (15 credits)

SEES0128 Qualitative Methods (15 credits)

If not already taken as a compulsory course:

SEES0047 Literary and Cultural Theory (30 credits)

SEES0052 Historical Methods and Approaches (30 credits)

Language course (30 credits)- only one of the below may be taken:

SEES0066 Russian as a New Language (30 credits)

SEES0067 Intermediate Russian (30 credits)

SEES0068 Intermediate Plus: Russian (30 credits)

SEES0075 Advanced Russian (30 credits)

SEES0076 Advanced Superior: Russian (30 credits)

SEES0028 Bulgarian as a New Language (30 credits)

SEES0029 Czech as a New Language (30 credits)

SEES0038 Estonian as a New Language (30 credits)

SEES0030 Finnish as a New Language (30 credits)

SEES0031 Hungarian as a New Language (30 credits)

SEES0032 Polish as a New Language (30 credits)

SEES0033 Romanian as a New Language (30 credits)

SEES0034 Serbian/Croatian as a New Language (30 credits)

SEES0035 Slovak as a New Language (30 credits)

SEES0037 Ukrainian as a New Language (30 credits)

SEES0019 Intermediate Czech (30 credits)

SEES0021 Intermediate Hungarian (30 credits)

SEES0023 Intermediate Romanian (30 credits)

SEES0022 Intermediate Polish (30 credits)

SEES0024 Intermediate Serbian/Croatian (30 credits)

SEES0027 Intermediate Ukrainian (30 credits)

Subject to approval, optional courses up to the value of 30 credits may be taken from another SSEES MA programme or from another MA programme within UCL (Anthropology, History, European Studies, Comparative Literature etc.).

Award Requirement

From 2018/19 any student fully enrolled will be subject to new Progression and Award Requirements including new condonement regulations. Condonement is the system which allows a small amount of failure across the entire degree, provided certain conditions are met.

The condonable range for graduate modules (level 7) is 1.00%-49.99%
The Dissertation is non-condonable. 

In order to be awarded a Taught Masters the student should Pass all modules. A student who does not pass all modules will meet the Progression and Award Requirements if they meet all of the following condonement criteria:

Pass all non-condonable modules, AND
Attain marks in the condonable range in no more than 30 taught credits AND
Pass the remaining taught credits AND
Pass the Dissertation AND
Achieve a credit-weighted mean of at least 50.00% across all credits.
Examination Procedures

The examinations period is provisionally scheduled from the start of Term 3 until the second week of June. Students must be available to attend examinations throughout this entire period. 

All module registrations must be completed on Portico by the end of the second week of teaching. From this point students must not change the registration of Term 1 modules. The registration of Term-2-only modules may be changed until the end of Reading Week of Term 1. 

All students are required to reply to any request, whether from their department or from UCL Registry (via Portico) to confirm their module registration as correct.

The SSEES MA (Umbrella) Board of Examiners decides on the class of degree you receive.

Special Examination Arrangements

Special Examination Arrangements (SEAs) are adjustments to central or departmental written examinations which can be made as a Reasonable Adjustment for students with a disability or longer-term condition or as a form of mitigation for students with shorter-term medical Extenuating Circumstances. This may include, but is not limited to extra time, a separate room, rest breaks and specialist equipment. Students must make an application to use the special examination facilities.

Further information:

Illness and other Extenuating Circumstances

UCL recognises that some students can experience serious difficulties and personal problems which affect their ability to complete an assessment such as a sudden, serious illness or the death of a close relative. Students need to make sure that they notify UCL of any circumstances which are unexpected, significantly disruptive and beyond their control, and which might have a significant impact on their performance at assessment. UCL can then put in place alternative arrangements, such as an extension or a deferral of assessment to a later date.

Longer-term conditions

The Extenuating Circumstances regulations are designed to cover unexpected emergencies; they are not always the best way to help students who might have a longer-term medical or mental health condition or a disability. Although there may be times when it is necessary for such students to use the EC regulations, students should make sure they are aware of, and take advantage of, all the other support mechanisms provided by UCL such as:

Reasonable Adjustments 
Special Examination Arrangements 
Student Disability Services 
Student Psychological Services 
Student Support and Wellbeing

 

Students suffering from exam stress may, if their case is supported by a letter from their GP, be allowed to take exams in a special UCL facility.

It is your responsibility to ensure that all forms are completed in time, that you are correctly entered for the right exams, that your exam is timetabled (watch out – there are often changes between the provisional and final published timetables), that you have let all the relevant people know of any extenuating circumstances, and that you actually turn up to the exam at the right place at the right time.  If you fail to follow these guidelines, then your degree result and opportunity to progress to the next year may be jeopardised.

 Further information:

Extenuating Circumstances Regulations

Grounds for Extenuating Circumstances

Extenuating Circumstances Form

If you wish to be considered for extenuating circumstances, then you should submit a completed extenuating circumstances form supported by medical certificate or other evidence to: ssees-extenuating-circumstances@ucl.ac.uk. This information will be treated in confidence and the results will be decided by the Extenuating Circumstance panel.

Calculation of Degree Classification

For all the above Masters Programmes the final Award is calculated using an Overall Average Mark.  Individual Modules are weighted according to their credited value and the overall mark represents the mean average of the 180 credits undertaken. (Credit-weighted mean average rounded to two decimals.)

Numerical Marking SchemeLetter Grade Marking Scheme 
Distinction

A weighted mark greater or equal to 69.5% 

OR

A weighted mark greater or equal to 68.5% AND Modules of at least 70.00% in at least 50% of the credits. 

Merit

A weighted mark greater or equal to 59.5% 

OR

A weighted mark greater or equal to 58.5% AND Modules of at least 60.00% in at least 50% of the credits. 

PassMeets Award Requirements. 

If a Student does not meet the above requirements they will be considered for an interim Qualification if they meet the required learning outcomes and credits. Please see the Academic Manual for more details. 

Consequences of Failure of a Module

Students who obtain a mark below the condoned mark range will be required to re-enter that examination at the next normal occasion. Students with no (EC) Extenuating Circumstances will be permitted one re-assessment oppurtunity.

Students awarded the degree or who have passed a module will not be permitted to repeat assessment of that module.