Russian for Social Scientists Intermediate Semester 2 CEES5076

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course dovetails with the second semester of the Russian for Social Scientists (Intermediate) course (CEES5055), and is specifically designed for students who complete the equivalent first semester of CEES5055 at our partner university (University of Tartu). It builds up on the initial knowledge which students receive in the semester-one module (whether taken at the University of Glasgow or the University of Tartu), focusing on grammar and information retrieval skills, ability to express yourself in Russian, general and subject-related vocabulary and Russian realia


Classroom teaching: 4 hours x 11 weeks = 44 hours

Note: students enrolled on this course should be taught alongside students on the CEES5055 course

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

The students are required to have completed an initial, one-semester (20 credits) course of intermediate Russian. Usually this will be from the University of Tartu, our partner institution. However, other students can be considered for entry if they have completed a similar course at another institution. Students should have an existing grasp of Russian grammar, and have already developed basic listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in Russian.


Recommended Entry Requirements

Equivalent of 20 credits in intermediate Russian at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

Excluded Courses






1. End-of-course written examination: There will be one two-hour written examination at the end of the year which will test translation, comprehension and writing skills. The end-of-course examination is worth 70% of the overall mark.
Oral examination: there will be an oral examination at the end of the year of approximately 20 minutes? duration which will test comprehension and speaking skills. Students will be required to give a presentation in Russian on their research. The oral examination is worth 30% of the overall mark.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course provides students with intensive Russian language tuition over 1 semester. The course is taught to enable students to enhance the basic skills they have developed through entry-level courses. In so doing they will acquire sufficient linguistic knowledge and translating skill to be able to read social sciences' texts of an intermediate standard in the original language and to use these in their study of social sciences' disciplines. They will also develop the requisite oral and aural skills to deal with more complex situations in Russian. In addition they will have acquired sufficient writing skills to be able to provide a considered account of their research. At the end of the course the students will have attained the necessary competence in Russian in order to use original intermediate level language sources competently with the help of a dictionary, so that they can undertake more advanced research programmes or employment in the field of Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:

Read and translate standard social sciences' texts with the aid of a dictionary
Write a full summary in English of a Russian social sciences' text
Conduct conversations in Russian and give a presentation about their research
Make effective use of dictionaries and other reference sources
Understand oral presentations in Russian of social sciences' topics

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.