Classic Russian Novels of 19th C - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (50%) , Essay 2 (50%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,563.00
International 2,813.00

The principal aim of this unit is to introduce you to some of the major Russian novels of the 19th century and the political, intellectual and cultural contexts in which those novels were produced. In doing this, the unit has two secondary aims. The first is to enable you to learn something about one of the great non-Western European world cultures, a culture that in the 19th century was deeply divided over its relations with the West. The second is to provide an opportunity for you to engage closely with some of the most profound attempts in fiction to grapple with the fundamental questions about our relation to the conditions of our existence as human individuals and social beings.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. critically analyse and appreciate complex fictional works
  2. understand and think through a range of ethical and existential questions
  3. grasp the relations between literary works and the cultures in which they were produced
  4. put into practice advanced research skills relevant to the study of literature
  5. write and orally communicate effectively
  6. speak with some authority about the Russian novelists of the 19th Century.
  • Essay 1 (50%)
  • Essay 2 (50%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HUM7402 — Classic Russian Novels of the Nineteenth Century
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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to major Russian novels of the 19th century
2Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
3Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground
4Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
5Tolstoy, War and Peace

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Notes From Underground (Vintage Classic)

    By:Fyodor Dostoevsky

    ISBN: 9780099140115


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  • Fathers and Sons: Penguin Pocket Classics

    By:Turgenev, Ivan

    ISBN: 9780241261972


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  • Crime & Punishment (Vintage Classic)

    By:F. M. Dostoevsky & Richard Pev

    ISBN: 9780099981909


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  • War And Peace (Vintage Classic)

    By:Leo Tolstoy & Richard Pevear &

    ISBN: 9780099512240


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