French MA

Russian Literature and State Power RUSSIAN4038

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course explores Russian culture from the perspective of its relationship with state power. It prompts students to approach written and visual culture as historically embedded and ideologically driven. Students analyse primary sources from the seventeenth century to the present day using a range of theoretical approaches, including postcolonial theory.


18 x 1hour sessions over both semesters.

Excluded Courses





Individual presentation of 10 minutes  - 30%

Essay (3000 words) - 70%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ Provide students with a broad historical overview of Russian statehood from the formation of the Russian state in the early modern era to the present; 

■ Provide students with a detailed understanding of the major ideologies of statehood addressed in Russian culture, paying particular attention to imperialism;  

■ Provide students with a diversity of theoretical tools and cultural texts to engage critically with Russian ideologies of statehood.  

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Develop coherent, focused and structured arguments about cultural texts, informed by knowledge about statehood in the Russian context; 

■ Summarise and apply important concepts from postcolonial theory and reflect on their relevance to Russian literature and culture; 

■ Articulate ideas both orally and in writing about Russian ideologies of statehood in a theoretically informed and culturally sensitive way. 

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.