Russian Language and Society 1 (beginner)

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Olga Sobolev TW3 6.01A


Available as an outside option to all undergraduate and General Course students. Students can take this course in any year of their studies following approval from the teacher responsible and subject to their own programme regulations.


No previous knowledge of Russian is required; students with limited prior knowledge may be considered for the course subject to an interview with the course co-ordinator.

Course content

Beginners to intermediate study of the Russian language within the framework of social sciences and culture. In a dynamic and communicative way the course develops all four language skills (i.e. speaking, listening, reading and writing) through individual and group work, topical discussions, authentic and web-based multi-media materials. The focus is on accuracy as well as communication that advance students’ language competence, transferable skills and cultural awareness.


60 hours of classes in the MT. 60 hours of classes in the LT. 6 hours of classes in the ST.

Six hours per week, which will feature: (a) interactive topic work; (b) oral classes; (c) grammar classes; (d) tutorials; and (e) guided study using Language Showroom, IT and web-based materials. Students should note that the timetable will be held extremely flexible to accommodate students from all departments. Please contact the teacher responsible if you would like to follow this language course. Structured activities during the reading week

Formative coursework

Students will be required to complete weekly language exercises.

Indicative reading

Svetlana Le Fleming and Susan Kay, Colloquial Russian, Routledge, 2010/2015; Sarah Smyth and Elena Crosby, Rus’, A Comprehensive Course in Russian, Cambridge University Press, 2002.


Exam (60%, duration: 3 hours) in the main exam period.
Oral examination (20%) in the LT.
Continuous assessment (20%) in the MT and LT.

Student performance results

(2013/14 - 2015/16 combined)

Classification % of students
First 62.5
2:1 25
2:2 4.2
Third 0
Fail 8.3

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2015/16: 9

Average class size 2015/16: 10

Capped 2015/16: Yes (12)

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills