Russian Language and Society 4 (proficiency)

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.


Completion of the Russian Language and Society 3 (Advanced) course (LN100) or an equivalent command of Russian is required. An interview with the course co-ordinator prior to registration is compulsory. 

Course content

Further advanced (up to proficiency) 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.


30 hours of classes in the MT. 30 hours of classes in the LT. 3 hours of classes in the ST.

Three hours per week, which will feature: (a) interactive topical work; (b) oral practice; (c) grammar and vocabulary work; (d) tutorials; and (e) guided study using IT and web-based materials. Structured activities during reading week

Formative coursework

Students will be required to complete weekly language exercises.

Indicative reading

Terence Wade, A Comprehensive Russian Grammar, Blackwell, 2000; Robert Service, A History of Modern Russia, Penguin, 2009; Geoffrey Hoskins, Russia and the Russians, Harvard University Press, 2003; Richard Sakwa, Russian Politics and Society, Taylor and Francis, 2007; Nicholas Rzhevsky, Cambridge Companion to Modern Russian Culture, Cambridge University Press, 2012; Orlando Figes, Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia, Penguin, 2003; Russian newspapers on the web.


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 57.1
2:1 28.6
2:2 14.3
Third 0
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2015/16: 1

Average class size 2015/16: 1

Capped 2015/16: Yes (16)

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

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