Russian Language & Culture 1A

Subject RUSS10001 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 x 1-hour lectures and 1 x 1-hour tutorial per week.
Total Time Commitment: 4 contact hours/week, 4 additional hours. Total of 8 hours per week
Prerequisites: none
Corequisites: none
Recommended Background Knowledge: none
Non Allowed Subjects: none
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.

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Subject Overview:

This is a beginners subject covering all areas of the language, ie. reading, writing, aural comprehension and oral skills. This subject covers the basic grammatical system of Russian, teaches students to translate simple texts from Russian into English and vice versa, and should provide students with an active knowledge of around 500 words and a passive knowledge of a further 200 words (all from the textbook). The subject should enable students to conduct elementary conversation on a limited number of basic topics (eg. family, studies) and introduces students to Russian society and culture.

  • Be able to demonstrate control of the basic grammatical system of Russian.
  • Be able to translate simple texts from Russian into English and vice versa without a dictionary.
  • Be able to demonstrate an active knowledge of around 500 words and a passive knowledge of a further 200 words (all from the textbook).
  • Be able to conduct conversation and write compositions on a limited number of basic topics (e.g. family, studies).
  • Gain a good knowledge of the phonetic system of Russian.
  • Gain an introductory knowledge of Russian culture.
Assessment: Regular written assignments 50% (throughout the semester) and a written exam 50% (at the end of semester).
Prescribed Texts:
  • The New Penguin Russian Course (N.J. Brown)
Recommended Texts:

"Natashas" Dance: A Cultural History of Russia (Orlando Figes)

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:
  • Be able to study independently.
  • Be able to apply theoretical knowledge for practical purposes.
  • Be able to commit to memory large amounts of information.
  • Be able to understand and use more effectively the structure of their own language.
  • Be able to work and communicate in a group environment.
  • Be able to express ideas clearly in both written and oral form.
Notes: Previously available as Beginners Russian B. Students who have completed Beginners Russian A or B are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (Russian)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Russian
Russian Major

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