Teaching rationale and relationship

Lectures cover key topics in the module and the Russian language seminars will introduce students to how to read basic primary source materials in Russian. Both modes of delivery (lectures and seminars) are geared to the assessments: lecture materials deal with topics rehearsed in the essay and seminars are tested by the in-class language tests (semesters 1 and 2) and, indirectly, in students’ encounter with and analysis of primary sources as tested in the essay.

Teaching methods

Teaching Activities

Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities Lecture 18 1:00 18:00 N/A
Guided Independent Study Directed research and reading 164 1:00 164:00 N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities Small group teaching 18 1:00 18:00 Two or three seminar groups, each meeting with module leader for an hour a week
Total 200:00

Module aims

For MUS3003, the module aims to

  • familiarise students with musical practices engaged by a range of actors in the Soviet Union
  • familiarise students with the key debates that raged, internally and externally, around music and music making in the Soviet Union;
  • introduce the range of musics deemed appropriate or inappropriate by the Soviet authorities;
  • introduce and analyse the boarder historical and cultural contexts in which the Soviet authorities and other cultural actors operated
  • introduce students to the Cyrillic alphabet
  • introduce students to basic features of the Russian language

for MUS2003, the module aims to

  • familiarise students with musical practices engaged by a range of actors in the Soviet Union
  • introduce the range of musics deemed appropriate or inappropriate by the Soviet authorities;
  • introduce students to the Cyrillic alphabet
  • introduce students to basic features of the Russian language

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This module introduces students, at an advanced level, to the range of musical practices engaged in by the peoples of the Soviet Union (1917-1989). The module aims to give students a clear sense of how Soviet authorities and state-sanctioned ideologies and policies intervened in and shaped Soviet musical cultures, how the peoples of the Soviet Union responded musically to those interventions. The module will cover ‘classical’ (Shostakovich, Prokoviev, Myaskovky and so on), popular (bard musics, rock and singer-songwriters) and folk musics (from all over the Soviet ‘nations), offering both a broad survey of Soviet musics and some detailed engagement with key pieces and practices. The module will also introduce students to theories of totalitarianism, political theories of the left and the critical scholarly literature of Soviet culture more broadly. In addition, the module aims to introduce students to the basic elements of the Russian language (alphabet, basic vocabulary and syntax).