Russian 4

Subject RUSS20005 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 4-hours. 2 x 1-hour seminars and 2 x 1-hour practicals per week.
Total Time Commitment:

Total of 170 hours.


Russian 3 or Russian Language and Culture 2A or equivalent.

Subject Code(s): RUSS020004



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

RUSS20005 Russian Language and Culture 2B

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request 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 of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr Robert Lagerberg


Subject Overview:

The overall goal of this intermediate Russian subject is to enable students to move from the private to the public sphere of discourse so that they begin to engage with more sophisticated cultural and social topics in listening, reading, writing and speaking. Students will encounter visual and printed texts that allow them to view multiple perspectives and genres in both written and oral forms (literarture, film and information texts). Instead of the traditional approach to language instruction that is structured around a sequence of grammatical topics, this subject relies on the texts themselves to provide the textual, informational and lexico-grammatical features that serve as the basis for developing students' language abilities. The subject's emphasis on improving students' ability to narrate, compare and contrast, express opinions and establish causal relationships in speaking and writing lays the groundwork for the historical texts used in Russian 5 and 6.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this subject, students will:

  • be able to interpret and synthesize information from texts of intermediate difficulty about the self, other people and places from a variety of audio-visual media;
  • be able to engage with Russian literature (short story) in the original;
  • be able to start to develop a more advanced vocabulary from a range of communicative situations;
  • be able to use more advanced grammatical and syntactic structures of Russian;
  • have developed an openness to the world and an awareness of cultural and historical contexts;
  • be able to find information from various sources, including dictionary, library and the internet;
  • have become familiar with Russian cultural traditions and practices, and to appreciate regional diversity;
  • be able to develop a differentiated and informed understanding of self and other and of cross-cultural exchange;
  • be able to apprehend and appreciate features of the interaction of language and identity
  • A written assignment due in week 3 [10%]
  • A written assignment due in week 5 [10%]
  • A written assignment due in week 7 [10%]
  • A written assignment due in week 9 [10%]
  • A written assignment due in week 11 [10%]
  • A final exam during the exam period [50%]

This subject has the following hurdle requirements:

  • Regular participation in tutorials is required with a minimum of 75% attendance.
  • All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day and in-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:


materials provided by department

Recommended Texts:


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.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • acquire more advanced skills necessary for future research (library, internet, cross-references etc.)
  • gain sophisticated analytical tools for understanding the system of language;
  • acquire foundation in intercultural communication practices;
  • acquire written communication skills through writing and seminar discussion;
  • show attention to detail through preparation and writing;
  • acquire time management and planning skills through managing and organising workloads for regular (weekly) assignment completion;
  • acquire public speaking skills through tutorial and seminar discussion and class presentations.
  • to develop the ability to reflect on their language learning process and on linguistic and cultural differences of the target language and cultures.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Russian
Related Breadth Track(s): Russian - Entry Point 1

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