Graduates from the Russian Studies and Philosophy 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;
- Political, social and economic issues related to the target country or countries.
- the problems, theories and arguments of the main areas of philosophy, specifically: metaphysics, epistemology, logic, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and moral philosophy.
- the views and arguments of some of the most important philosophers of the past, including: Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant and Mill.
- the works of historical philosophers not simply as self-contained bodies of doctrine but as attempts to solve the real philosophical problems.
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.