Postgraduate taught 

Russian Language PgDip

Russian For Social Scientists (Beginners) CEES5054

  • Academic Session: 2018-19
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course provides students with intensive Russian language tuition over 2 semesters of study. The course is taught to enable students to acquire sufficient linguistic knowledge and translating skill to be able to read social sciences' texts in the original language and to use these in their study of social sciences' disciplines. At the end of the course the students will have attained the necessary competence in Russian in order to use original 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 Studies.

Timetable

Classes will normally be 4 hours per week at times to be arranged.

Assessment

The summative assessment will consist of a two-hour written paper, comprising grammar, comprehension and translation elements (worth 70%), and a short oral examination requiring the reading of a short text and general conversation (worth 30%).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course provides students with intensive Russian language tuition over 2 semesters of study. The course is taught to enable students to acquire sufficient linguistic knowledge and translating skill to be able to read social sciences' texts in the original language and to use these in their study of social sciences' disciplines. At the end of the course the students will have attained the necessary competence in Russian in order to use original 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 Studies.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Students who successfully complete this 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-language social sciences' text;
· conduct an everyday conversation in Russian and give a brief, basic presentation about their research;
· make effective use of dictionaries and other reference sources;
· understand a brief oral presentation in Russian on social sciences' topics.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

none