RUSS3002/6002 Reading Russian for Academic Purposes I is an online reading course regularly offered in the School of Language Studies in first semester and followed in second semester RUSS3003/6003 Reading Russian for Academic Purposes II. It is an introductory course and no prior knowledge of Russian is required.
In 2012, it is also being offered as a spring session intensive course from 29 October to 30 November, taking 5 weeks instead of the usual 13, and is followed by a written examination. It is a 6 unit course and can be taken for credit towards a BA degree. The course would normally be expected to take up to 100 hours of study, depending on the student’s ability and previous knowledge of Russian or another language. The student will learn the Cyrillic (Russian) alphabet, and will start to acquire an understanding of basic grammatical structures and a basic vocabulary.
Russia is the largest country on the planet. It has played a major role in world history and politics as the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union and now the Russian Federation. Russian is an official language of the United Nations, the lingua franca of all fifteen republics of the former USSR, and still a major language in Eastern Europe. It is the language of Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov and many other writers of world renown. It is also an important language of science, of scholarship and the arts.
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