Russian 5

Subject RUSS30001 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-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 4 or Russian Language and Culture 2B or equivalent.

Subject Code(s): RUSS20005



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

RUSS20006 Russian 5; RUSS30001 Russian Language and Culture 3A

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:

This subject is designed to provide students with a thorough exposure to pre-20th-century historical and social issues in Russia. Drawing on the dual meaning of the Russian word istorija (i.e., history and story), the theme-oriented instructional units emphasise personal and public stories in Russian history, while connecting oral narratives with written narratives. Students improve their ability to narrate, compare and contrast and establish causal relationships in speaking and writing. Through the integration of all modalities, this course promotes accuracy, fluency and complexity in language use. The development of advanced reading and writing is considered the primary means for expanding students’ language abilities at this stage of language instruction. In this theme-based subject, students gain background knowledge about public events in pre-20th-century Russian history and then read and view personal narratives about these events for the purposes of examining the intersection of the public and private spheres of contemporary Russian society. The texts themselves provide the textual, informational, and lexico-grammatical features that serve as the basis for developing students’ abilities as advanced learners of Russian.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this subject, students will:

  • be able to interpret and analyse written texts and public genres of a moderate to high level of complexity from Russian 19th-century literature and history texts;
  • be able to engage with and discuss Russian films based on 19th-century works of literature;
  • be able to deploy more specialised vocabulary and complex linguistic and grammatical structures to express opinions and feelings as well as to summarise the opinions of others;
  • be able to use analytical and expository language to produce written discourse about historical topics;
  • have developed research skills to find information from various sources, including dictionary, library and the internet
  • A 500 word written assignment due in week 3 [12.5%]
  • A 500 word written assignment due in week 6 [12.5%]
  • A 500 word written assignment due in week 9 [12.5%]
  • 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:

N.Moshchinskaia, Russkaia Kultura: Dialog So Vremenem; Russkiiiazyk, Moscow 2013

Other texts will be provided by the department. Students should also regularly consult a good history of Russia written in English, such as G. Hosking, Russia and the Russians: a History, Cambridge Mass., 2001.

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 critically analyse 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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