Graduates from the Russian Studies and History of Art degree will acquire knowledge and understanding of:
- The target language (spoken and written);
- The target literature past and present;
- The history and culture of the target country or countries;
- meanings of art work and the ways they were and, continue to be, interpreted.
- Political, social and economic issues related to the target country or countries.
- understanding of the role of the past and its study in the shaping of class, ethnic, gender, national and other identities with current, sometimes sensitive relevance.
Acquisition of 1 and 2 is through classes, tutorials and regular coursework. Additional support is provided through access to the facilities for language learning in the Language and Humanities Centre and to recommended materials on the Web. The period abroad in the 3rd year provides total immersion in the target language and culture.
Acquisition of 3-7 is through a combination of lectures/classes and tutorials in Years 1 and 2, and subsequently developed through small-group teaching in Year 4.
Throughout, students are encouraged to undertake independent readings to supplement and consolidate what is being taught/learnt and to broaden their individual knowledge and understanding of the subject.
Testing and consolidation of the knowledge base is through a combination of unseen written examinations, essays, seminar presentations, seminar performance, document commentaries, projects, seminar diaries and a dissertation.