LINGUIST List 13.3046

Fri Nov 22 2002

FYI: MA/Diploma in Russian Language and Society

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  1. Dunstan Brown, MA/Diploma in Russian Language and Society

Message 1: MA/Diploma in Russian Language and Society

Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 17:47:04 -0000
From: Dunstan Brown <>
Subject: MA/Diploma in Russian Language and Society

University of Surrey/University of Bath Joint MA/Diploma in Russian
Language and Society

Following receipt of a collaborative development grant from the Higher
Education Funding Council for England, the University of Surrey's School
of Arts and the University of Bath's Department of European Studies and
Modern Languages are, from September 2003, offering a joint one-year
MA/Diploma which uniquely combines intensive study of the Russian
language with an in-depth analysis of socio-political, economic and
cultural developments in Post-communist Russia.

Full- or Part-time study
We offer a one-year MA/Diploma course available on a full or a part-time
basis from two institutions recently rated as being amongst the best UK
universities for their low levels of graduate unemployment.

Research Excellence
The partners have an outstanding research record: the Russian Section at
Surrey and Bath's Department of European Studies and Modern Languages
both scored a 5 in the Government's 2002 Research Assessment Exercise.
The new MA, which is an enhanced version of the existing MA in Russian
currently offered at Surrey, capitalises on complementary scholarly
expertise at each institution.

Study Environment
Students spend the first semester at the University of Surrey in
Guildford, a historic old market town set in beautiful Surrey
countryside, yet only 30 minutes by train from London. The second
semester is spent at Bath, an ancient spa town of Roman origins, the
UK's only World Heritage Site on account of its famous Roman baths and
its superb Georgian architecture, as depicted by Jane Austen.

Continuity between the two semesters is ensured through the use of a
Virtual Learning Environment. The distance learning component of the
programme will be developed further in future years.

The course is suitable both for Graduates with a degree in Russian or
Slavic Studies, and Graduates in other disciplines. There are two
alternative tracks depending on language proficiency:

Track 1: for graduates with a degree in Russian who wish to combine
advanced level language study with learning about Russian society and

Track 2: for graduates without Russian seeking a good working knowledge
of the Russian language and specialised knowledge of Russian society and

Study in Russia
The programme includes a six-week period in Moscow, taking modules in
Russian and Politics taught by academics from the highly rated Moscow
State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO).

We offer a special focus on visual media and the new technologies,
drawing on satellite TV, extensive film holdings and Internet websites.

Programme structure
All students take core modules in Post-communist Russian Society; Film
and the Mass Media; Culture, Gender & Society in Contemporary Russia.

Track 1 students will study Advanced Russian as well as modules selected
from a range covering Specialist Russian-English Translation Skills
(Political, Economic, Legal and Technical), and Russian Business
Language. These modules draw upon the excellent MAs in Translation
Studies run at both Surrey and Bath.

Track 2 students will take a fast-track programme for Russian Beginners
up to approximately A-level standard, including modules in Grammar
Exposition, Writing and Communication Skills, the latter taught by
native speakers of Russian. We use a modern course book which comes with
an interactive CD-ROM.

In addition to the core modules, MA/Diploma candidates can choose from
the following options, some of which are part-taught in Russian:

Advanced Translation
Understanding and Describing Russian (Track 1 only)
Liaison Interpreting (for suitably qualified students only)
Consecutive and Simultaneous Interpreting (for suitably qualified
students only)
English for Political and Business Discourse (for non-native speakers of

European Cinema
Ideology and Literature
Modern Russian Cinema
National Identity and Ethnicity
Politically-Committed European Culture
Politics of Post-communist Russia
The Changing Face of Eastern Europe

Students on both tracks take a postgraduate module on Contemporary
Russian Politics taught in English at Moscow State Institute for
International Relations (MGIMO), in addition to language classes offered
at both levels. The placement is overseen by a University of
Surrey/University of Bath member of staff.

MA students will write a 10-15,000 word dissertation on a topic chosen
to reflect their particular interests. The Diploma qualification is
earned through successful completion of the taught component of the

Entrance Qualifications
A good UK (or equivalent) degree in Russian, the Humanities, or the
Social Sciences.

The Staff Team
The core of the MA/Diploma team consists of the following scholars:

University of Surrey
Professor Greville Corbett: Author of 'Gender' and 'Number', specialist
in Slavic Linguistics.
Professor Peter Barta: Author of 'Bely, Joyce, Döblin', specialist
in Literature, Eastern European Culture, Russian Cinema, the City.
Dr Stephen Hutchings: Author of 'Russian Modernism', specialist in Mass
Media, Religion, Literature, Philosophy.
Dr Graham Roberts: Author of 'The Last Soviet Avant-Garde', specialist
in Russian Film and Literature, Russian Politics, Economics and Society
Dr Dunstan Brown: Author of numerous articles, in journals such as
Language and Journal of Slavic Linguistics, specialist in Russian and
General linguistics, formal and typological approaches to morphology,
Network Morphology

University of Bath
Professor Rosalind Marsh: Author of 'Women and Russian Culture:
projections and self-perceptions' and of 'Literature and History in
Contemporary Russia', specialist in Russian women writers and in
contemporary Russian history, literature and politics.
Dr David Gillespie: Author of 'Early Soviet Cinema' and 'Russian
Cinema', specialist in contemporary Russian film and literature. 
Dr Anne White: Author of 'Destalinization and the House of Culture:
declining state control over leisure in the USSR, Poland and Hungary,
1953-89' and 'Democratization in Russia under Gorbachev, 1985-91: The
Birth of a Voluntary Sector', specialist in Russian Society and
Politics, and in Women and Politics.
Mr Howard White: Author of numerous articles on Russia in 1917, now
specialist in Local Government and Political Leadership in
Post-Communist Russia

Tuition Fees/Support
Tuition fees are subject to review each year. In 2002-2003 the figures
for Surrey are as follows: Home/EC Students: £2,870 (full time);
£1,435 (part time); Overseas Students: £7,380 (full time);
£3,690 (part time) Projected cost of Moscow placement: c.
£1,000 Home students normally rely on a combination of
self-financing and Postgraduate, Professional Studies and Career
Development Loans. They can sometimes apply for prestigious AHRB awards.
Overseas students may be able to apply for funding in their own
countries. There are a few ODASS tuition awards for applicants from
developing countries.

Many postgraduates are housed in self-catering accommodation on, or
close to campus at each university. Help in finding private flats is
given to those not housed in university accommodation. Overseas students
are guaranteed campus accommodation.

Further Information
For further information and application forms, please contact:

Karen Short, Programme Administrator (Surrey)
Department of Linguistic, Cultural and International Studies School of
Arts University of Surrey Guildford GU2 7XH UK

telephone +44 (0)1483 686240
fax +44 (0)1483 876201
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