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Languages and Culture UG Handbook (Russian Studies BA)

Russian Studies BA

  • You must register for exactly 120 credits per year of study;
  • You must have taken and passed 90 credits of Level 6 modules by the end of the final year;
  • You are not permitted to take more than 150 credits of Level 4 modules over the course of your programme;
  • The Year Abroad must be passed

This programme features three tracks which allow for specialisation depending on your interests. You do not have to indicate your choice of track on application to the programme.

    Track A - Literature and Culture
    Track B - Politics and Culture
    Track C - History and Culture

Year One

Compulsory Modules

30 credits in Russian language:

Either (when Russian is ab initio):

    SERS0001 - Comprehension of Russian (Year 1A) (15 Credits)
    SERS0002 - Use of Russian (Year 1A) (15 Credits)

Or (when Russian is post A Level):

    SERS0003 - Comprehension of Russian (Year 1) (15 Credits)
    SERS0004 - Use of Russian (Year 1) (15 Credits)

Track A (Literature and Culture) (75 Credits)

    SERS0008 - Russian Short Fiction from Romanticism to Postmodernism (15 Credits)
    SERS0010 - The Making of Modern Russian Culture (15 Credits)
    SERS0012 - Representations of Russia (15 Credits)
    SERS0014 - Russian Cinema: History, Ideology and Society (15 Credits)
    SEEE0013 – Literature and Memory (15 credits)

Track B (Politics and Culture) (45 Credits)

    SESS0016 - Understanding Politics I: The Big Questions in Contemporary Europe (15 credits)
    SESS0017 - Understanding Politics II: How Politics Works (15 credits)
    SERS0010 - The Making of Modern Russian Culture (15 Credits)

Track C (History and Culture) (45 Credits)

    SEHI0003 - Frontiers of History (30 Credits)
    SEHI0002 - Modern Historiography (15 credits)
    SERS0010 - The Making of Modern Russian Culture (15 Credits)

Optional Modules

Track A  (15 Credits)

    A Level 4 or 5 module (either SEEE**** delivered by SSEES or ELCS**** delivered by SELCS) (15 credits)
    A Level 4 or 5 module from SSEES’s other programme areas, or a Level 4 module from another UCL department (subject to approval).

Track B (45 credits)

At least two and a maximum of three from the following:

    SERS0008 - Russian Short Fiction from Romanticism to Postmodernism (15 Credits)
    SERS0012 - Representations of Russia (15 Credits)
    SERS0014 - Russian Cinema: History, Ideology and Society (15 credits)

A maximum of one from the following:

    A Level 4 or 5 module (either SEEE**** delivered by SSEES or ELCS**** delivered by SELCS) (15 credits)
    A Level 4 or 5 module from SSEES’s other programme areas, or from another UCL department (subject to approval).

Track C Options (30 Credits)

At least one and a maximum of two from the following:

    SERS0008 - Russian Short Fiction from Romanticism to Postmodernism (15 Credits)
    SERS0012 - Representations of Russia (15 Credits)
    SERS0014 - Russian Cinema: History, Ideology and Society (15 credits)

A maximum of one from the following:

    A Level 4 or 5 module (either SEEE**** delivered by SSEES or ELCS**** delivered by SELCS) (15 credits)
    A Level 4 or 5 module from SSEES’s other programme areas, or from another UCL department (subject to approval).

Year Two

In your second year, you must choose a total of 120 credits

Compulsory Modules

30 credits in Russian language

Either (if you entered as a beginner):
•    SERS0016: Comprehension of Russian (Year 2A) (15 credits)
•    SERS0018: Use of Russian (Year 2A) (15 credits)

Or (if you entered with A Level or equivalent):
•    SERS0020: Comprehension of Russian (Year 2) (15 credits)
•    SERS0022: Use of Russian (Year 2) (15 credits)

Track A (Literature and Culture) (30 Credits)

Either:
SERS0033 - Identities in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature (15 Credits)
OR
SERS0034 - The Petersburg ‘Text’ in Russian Literature and Culture: from Romanticism to Modernism (15 Credits)

SERS0025 - Russian Poetry from Pushkin to Brodsky (15 Credits)

Track B (Politics and Culture) (45 Credits)
Either:
SERS0033 - Identities in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature (15 Credits)
OR
SERS0034 - The Petersburg ‘Text’ in Russian Literature and Culture: from Romanticism to Modernism (15 Credits)

SESS0030 - Russian Politics and Society (15 credits)
SESS0035 – Post-Soviet Politics and Society (15 credits)

Track C (History and Culture) (45 Credits)
Either:
SERS0033 - Identities in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature (15 Credits)
OR
SERS0034 - The Petersburg ‘Text’ in Russian Literature and Culture: from Romanticism to Modernism (15 Credits)

Survey or Thematic modules in History (please see UCL History website) (30 credits)

Optional Modules
Track A (Literature and Culture) Options (60 Credits)
•    A minimum of 15 and a maximum of 60 credits can be chosen from optional Russian culture modules
•    A maximum of 45 credits can be chosen from Interdepartmental Level 5 modules (either SEEE**** delivered by SSEES or ELCS**** delivered by SELCS)
•    A maximum of 15 credits can be chosen from Level 5 modules in SSEES’s programme areas, or a Level 5 module from another UCL department (subject to approval). Please make sure that you have the prerequisite if one is stated.

Track B (Politics and Culture) Options (45 Credits)
•    the 45 credits can be chosen from optional Level 5/6 Russian culture modules or Level 5 Politics modules in any combination
•    A maximum of 15 credits may be chosen from Level 5 modules (either SEEE**** delivered by SSEES or ELCS**** delivered by SELCS)
•    A maximum of 15 credits may be chosen from Level 5 modules in SSEES’s other programme areas, or a Level 5 module from another UCL department (subject to approval). Please make sure that you have the prerequisite if one is stated.

Track C (History and Culture) Options (45 Credits)
•    the 45 credits can be chosen from optional Level 5/6 Russian culture modules or Survey/Thematic History modules in any combination
•    A maximum of 15 credits may be chosen from Level 5 modules (either SEEE**** delivered by SSEES or ELCS**** delivered by SELCS)
•    A maximum of 15 credits may be taken from Level 5 modules in SSEES’s other programme areas, or a Level 5 module from another UCL department (subject to approval).

Year Abroad

Your third year is spent abroad at an institution in Russia, taking 120 credits. You will normally spend this year studying at a university, but alternatives, such as work placements, may be possible. Further details are contained in the Year Abroad Handbook.

Year Four

By the end of Year 4 you need to have taken a minimum of 90 credits in Level 6 modules over Years 2 and 4 together.

Compulsory Modules
•    SERS0037 - Comprehension of Russian (Year 4) (15 Credits)
•    SERS0039 - Use of Russian (Year 4) (15 Credits)

Optional Modules
Track A (Literature and Culture) Options (90 Credits)
•    A minimum of 60 and a maximum of 90 credits from optional Level 6 Russian culture modules
•    A maximum of 30 credits from Level 5/6 modules (either SEEE**** delivered by SSEES or ELCS**** delivered by SELCS)
•    A maximum of 15 credits from Level 5/6 modules in SSEES’s other programme areas, or a Level 5/6 module from another UCL department (subject to approval).

Track B (Politics and Culture) Options (90 Credits)
•    A minimum of 60 and a maximum of 90 credits from optional Level 6 Russian culture or Politics modules
•    A maximum of 30 credits from Level 5/6 modules (either SEEE**** delivered by SSEES or ELCS**** delivered by SELCS)
•    A maximum of 15 credits from Level 5/6 modules in SSEES’s other programme areas, or a Level 5/6 module from another UCL department (subject to approval).

Track C (History and Culture) Options (30 Credits)
•    A minimum of 60 and a maximum of 90 credits from optional Level 6 Russian culture or History modules delivered by UCL History
•    A maximum of 30 credits from Level 5/6 modules (either SEEE**** delivered by SSEES or ELCS**** delivered by SELCS)
•    A maximum of 15 credits from Level 5/6 modules in SSEES’s other programme areas, or a Level 5/6 module from another UCL department (subject to approval)