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RU4133   Russian Children's Literature (1900 - 2015)

Academic year(s): 2020-2021

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

Children's books are shaped by the pedagogical and political concerns of adults; as such, they are an excellent introduction to Russian twentieth and twenty-first century cultural policy. We will explore how children's literature mirrors society and aims to influence it. Three main thematic areas will be studied: socially-responsible literature; criminality and reform; classics and curricula. The module will involve close reading and the study of institutions that shape the canon: publishers, schools, censors, libraries, journals, the market, the state, the church, and the Internet. In addition to reading the selected texts, students will research their own material online by reading and presenting on magazines and journals published by the Russian State Children's Library Archive.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Permission of the Russian Honours Adviser

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 seminar and 1 optional surgery hour

Scheduled learning hours: 18

Guided independent study hours: 132

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr E Finer
Module teaching staff: Dr E Finer