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Programme code 43222
Field of study Language and Culture Studies, Native Language Studies and Language Programmes
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Obtainable degree Bachelor of Humanities in Philology
Access to further studies Access to Master Study Programmes or Second-level Professional Higher Education Study Programmes designed for studies after the awarding of Bakalaura grāds (Bachelor`s degree)
Programme director Nataļja Šroma
Credits 120 KP or 180 ECTS
Study duration full-time
6 Semesters
Tuition fee starting Autumn semester, 2019 Tuition fee per year - 2000 EUR for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens, permanent residence permit holders and their family members
Tuition fee per year - 2750 EUR for other country citizens
Number of students accepted each year Autumn semester 2019
State -funded study places- 30
Autumn semester 2019
Study places for tuition fee - 20
Minimum number of students - 25
Start of studies Autumn 2020

Please note! Only EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and EU long-term resident status holders can compete for a state-financed study place.

Language of instruction Latvian, Russian
Annotation

The BA programme in Russian Philology offers to its students the possibility to acquire the Russian language, literature, culture and folklore with the help of the qualified native speakers. The students are free to choose, depending on their personal interests, the courses in three main areas of studies: literary studies, linguistics, criticism and public journalism.

The module of linguistics offers a Slavonic language (Czech or Polish), courses of the Russian as a foreign language (for graduates of Latvian schools), translation theory and practise, etc.

The module of literary studies offers the courses about various genres and writers (F.Dostoyevsky, A.Blok, M. Bulgakov) of the Russian literature, Slavonic mythology, stage and film adaptations of the Russian novel, etc.

The module of criticism and public journalism offers the practical courses in public journalism, creation and editing of various types of texts (from advertisements to fiction) with the emphasis on the improvement of one’s style.

The students of the programme, using Erasmus and Erasmus+, can experience the study process in more than 20 universities across Europe and Russia – Tallinn, Vilnius, Krakow, Prague, Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Barcelona, Milan, and other universities. The students of the programme can improve their knowledge of the Czech and Polish languages, participating in language courses and schools in Poland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia. 

 

Aim and tasks of the study programme

The goals of the BA programme in Russian Philology are the following:

  • to secure for students the possibility to become acquainted with the modern and historical humanitarian heritage of the Russian world, as well as with its meaning in the world’s heritage;
  • to acquire the Russian language, literature, culture; to train the qualified, competitive professionals in the sphere of Russian philology, and to secure the competences appropriate for the BA level of studies in order to make the students qualified to continue the studies in the humanitarian MA programmes. 

The tasks of the BA programme in Russian Philology are the following:

  • to make students interested in Russian philology, elaborating the courses in basic areas of study – literary studies and linguistics – with the courses in criticism and public journalism;
  • to broaden students’ opportunities at the job market, providing the possibility to learn alongside Russian one more Slavic language and a foreign language;
  • to motivate students to continue the studies in the MA programmes in Russian Philology.
Learning outcomes of the study programme

Knowledge

  • demonstrate the characteristic basic and specific knowledge of the Slavic and Russian linguistics and history of literature, as well as the critical understanding of this knowledge;
  • demonstrate the understanding of the most important concepts and ideas in the Slavic and Russian linguistics and history of literature

Abilities

  • conduct, using the acquired theoretical fundamentals and skills, the innovative or research work, as well as formulate, analytically describe, explain and discuss with professionals and non-professionals information, problems and their solutions in the Slavic and Russian linguistics and history of literature;
  • independently structure their learning process, using the acquired knowledge for professional self-development;
  • show the scholarly approach towards the problem-solution process; undertake responsibility and initiative, working independently, as a part of a team or leading the team’s work; can make decisions and offer creative solutions in the changing circumstances

Competences

  • independently acquire, choose and analyze information that is used in solving the problems in the Slavic and Russian linguistics and history of literature;
  • evaluate the influence of their professional activity on the environment and society.
Job opportunities

The graduates of the programme can work in newspapers and magazines, publishing houses, schools, TV and radio, touristic agencies, embassies, etc.

Information about the professional activities of the graduates:

Aleksejs Gusevs - www.facebook.com/OtkrytyjVopros/timeline


 

Admission requirements

Secondary education


Admission requirements for Latvian students

 

General rules (here)

 

Competition criteria for persons with an obtained secondary education on year 2004 and onwards:


CE in Latvian

CE in English or CE in French, or CE in German

CE in Maths

final average grade in Russian and Russian literature or final grade in Russian as a foreign language


Competition criteria for persons with an obtained secondary education up to year 2004 (not included) as well as persons who have obtained their secondary education abroad and persons with special needs:

   

final average grade in Latvian and Literature

final grade in English or in French, or in German

final average grade in Russian and Russian literature or final grade in Russian as a foreign language

final average grade in certain subjects


Preferential claims: open Russian (native) and Russian literature Olympiad 1st to 3rd  place winners in year 2019; Latvian state Russian (foreign) Olympiad degree 1 – 3 winners in year 2020; Latvian state student scientific conference Foreign Linguistics and Foreign Literature Science and History section Russian sub-section degree 1 – 3 winners in years 2019 and 2020


Admission requirements for international students


General secondary high school diploma;

English language proficiency

Russian language proficiency


Enrolment criteria (for students competing for the state-financed study place)


1.The grade in English (15%);

2.The grade in Russian (50%);

2. Grade point average (20%);

3. A certificate of the Latvian language (15%).


Please note! Only EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and EU long-term resident status holders can compete for a state-financed study place.

 

Admission formulas


Russian Philology   120
Mandatory part   76
UL Undergraduate Module   10
Ķīmi1059 Civil protection Test 1
Filz1010 Philosophy Exam 2
LitZ1080 Introduction to Academic Studies and Research Exam 4
Filz2007 History of Culture and Cultural Studies Exam 2
Valo1568 Basics of the Latvian Scientific Language and Terminology Exam 2
VidZ1032 Environment protection Exam 1
Mandatory part   56
LitZ1023 History of Russian Literature of the 18th Century Exam 2
LitZ2064 History of Russian Literature of the 19th Century II Exam 3
LitZ2063 History of Russian Literature of the Turn of the 19 and 20 Centuries Exam 3
LitZ1026 History of Russian Literature of the 19th Century I Exam 3
LitZ3134 Russian Literature of XX Century Exam 3
LitZ2172 Introduction to Criticism and Social Journalism Exam 3
LitZ1029 Introduction to the Literary Studies Exam 3
Valo1357 Introduction to Linguistics Exam 3
Folk1010 Russian Folklore Exam 2
LitZ5187 Cross-Cultural Studies of the Russian Literature Exam 2
Valo3471 Russian and Latvian Language Contacts Exam 2
Valo2532 History of the Russian Language Exam 2
LitZ1091 Russian Medieval Literature Exam 2
Valo2249 Course Paper Coursework/project 2
Valo2250 Latin Exam 2
LitZ3135 Modern Russian Literature Exam 2
Valo2781 Modern Russian Language Lexicology Exam 3
Valo1356 Theoretical Phonetics of Modern Russian Exam 2
Valo2422 Theoretical Grammar of Modern Russian I (Morphology) Exam 3
Valo3157 Theoretical Grammar of the Modern Russian II (syntax) Exam 3
Valo2780 Word Formation of Modern Russian Exam 2
LitZ2065 The Poetics Exam 2
Valo2407 Text Theory Exam 2
Final examination   10
Valo3156 Bachelor Paper Bachelor`s Thesis 10
Restricted elective courses   40
Criticism and publicism   40
Mandatory part   36
Valo3158 English Language Exam 4
Valo3246 Language of Fiction Exam 2
LitZ2121 Introduction to Creative Writing Exam 2
SDSK1029 Introduction to Russian Culture Exam 2
LitZ1999 Introduction to Russian Literature Exam 2
LitZ2141 Introduction to Literary Criticism Exam 2
LitZ3136 Literature of the Russian Emigration Exam 2
LitZ2142 History of Russian Social Journalism I Exam 2
LitZ3082 History of Russian Social Journalism II Exam 2
Valo3161 Stylistics of the Russian Language Exam 2
Valo1490 Literary Editing Exam 2
LitZ1069 History of World Literature Exam 4
LitZ2073 Problems of Poetics Exam 2
KomZ2115 Radio and Television Journalism Exam 4
Valo6181 Semantics and Pragmatics of Advertisements Exam 2
Valo2710 Rhetoric Exam 2
Valo2419 Basic Speech Techniques Exam 2
Study Courses of Limited Choice   4
LitZ4045 Russian Publishing Houses and Periodicals between 1918 and 1940 in the Republic of Latvia Exam 2
LitZ3113 Poetics of the Modern Russian Drama Exam 2
SDSK2071 Screening of a Novel Exam 2
KomZ3086 Practicum in advanced journalism Exam 2
Literary criticism   40
Mandatory part   32
LitZ2074 A Russian Novel of the 19th Century Exam 2
LitZ3060 Poetical Vanguard of the XX Century Exam 2
Valo3158 English Language Exam 4
Folk1000 Tradition and Novation of Russian Urban Folklore Exam 2
LitZ4029 A Russian Novel in the 20th Century: From Symbolism to Post-modernism Exam 2
LitZ3066 Russian and Latvian Literary Relationship Exam 2
LitZ1088 Russian and Polish Literary Relationship I Exam 2
LitZ1089 Russian and Polish Literary Relationship II Exam 2
LitZ2189 Latvian Literature for Russian Philology Exam 2
LitZ3064 Analysis of a Literary Work Exam 2
LitZ3130 Modern Russian and Latvian Women Prose Exam 2
LitZ1069 History of World Literature Exam 4
LitZ2073 Problems of Poetics Exam 2
LitZ3163 History of Slavonic Literatures II Exam 2
LitZ1005 Mythology of the Slavs Exam 2
Study Courses of Limited Choice 1   2
LitZ2072 Problems of the Contemporary Comprehension of Gogol's Poetics Exam 2
LitZ3046 Special Course of the Russian Literature I (N.Gogol) Exam 2
Study Courses of Limited Choice 2   2
LitZ2066 F. Dostoyevsky: His Life and Literary Works Exam 2
SDSK2071 Screening of a Novel Exam 2
Study Courses of Limited Choice 3   2
LitZ3013 A. Block and his Contemporaries Exam 2
LitZ2137 Special Course of the Russian Literature II (I. Turgenev) Exam 2
Study Courses of Limited Choice 4   2
LitZ4015 The Poetic Undergound (1950-1980). Exam 2
LitZ3014 D. Samoilov's Creative Work Exam 2
LitZ1086 M.Tsvetaeva's Creative Work in Contextof Russian Literature Exam 2
Linguistics   40
Mandatory part   20
Valo3158 English Language Exam 4
Valo3433 Introduction to Bohemistics and Polonistics Exam 2
Valo3159 History of the Russian Literary Language Exam 2
Valo3062 Contrastive linguistics of Russian and Latvian Exam 2
Valo3160 Linguistic Bases of Teaching of Russian as Foreign Language Exam 4
Valo3161 Stylistics of the Russian Language Exam 2
Valo1887 Translation Training in Slavic Languages Exam 2
Valo3162 Theory and Practice of Translation Exam 2
Slavonic Language 1   4
Valo1368 Slavonic Language I (Polish) Exam 4
Valo1361 Slavonic Language I (Czech) Exam 4
Slavonic Language 2   4
Valo2260 Slavonic Language II (Polish) Exam 4
Valo2262 Slavonic Language II (Czech) Exam 4
Slavonic Language 3   4
Valo2261 Slavonic Language III(Polish) Exam 4
Valo2264 Slavonic Language III (Czech) Exam 4
Slavonic Language 4   2
Valo3165 Slavonic Language IV (Polish) Exam 2
Valo3166 Slavonic Language IV (Czech) Exam 2
Study Courses of Limited Choice 1   2
Valo1362 Russian as Foreign Language I Exam 2
Valo1365 Modern Latvian I Exam 2
Study Courses of Limited Choice 2   2
Valo2108 Introduction to Slavonic Philology Exam 2
Valo2265 Russian as Foreign Language II Exam 2
Valo2266 Modern Latvian Language II Exam 2
Study Courses of Limited Choice 3   2
Valo4095 Phraseology of the Russian Language Exam 2
Valo2531 Old Slavonic Language Exam 2
Elective courses   4
Science sector Linguistics
EKI level 6
Programme practical realization

The following teaching methods are used in the process of teaching: lectures (90 minutes), seminars and practical tutorials. The process of teaching includes various and constantly growing in number independent forms of work: work in groups, regular presentations of independently done tasks. Moreover, the innovative methods are used in the teaching process: the part of the courses is worked out as e-studies (added to the system Moodle).

Rating system

The results of the studies are presented in the 10-grade system. The requirements for awarding credit points as well as the evaluation criteria are stated in the descriptions of the courses. All course of the BA programme in Russia Philology are made public at the web-site of the University of Latvia. The students are informed about the requirements and evaluation criteria during the first lecture. Evaluation criteria are determined by the specific character of the programme:

  • extensive independent work, reading fiction, as well as critical, scholarly and reference literature;
  • students are to create oral and written texts of various genres, being able to analyze and evaluate these texts independently;
  • the level of the oratory (eloquence) and the culture of the language. 

In order to evaluate the results of the studies, revisions are organized: revisions during a semester and the final revisions. This evaluation system secures the control over the results of the studies, as well as the evaluation of students’ works during the semester.  The importance of the evaluation (revision) during semester has grown. The number, type and percentage (of a final mark) of all revisions during a semester are stated in the description of the course. The most frequent types of the revision during a semester are the following:

  • tests (usually 2-3 tests for the course; each test gives 10-20% of the final mark)
  • writen report/essay (20% of the final mark in average)
  • presentations (20% of the final mark in average)
  • evaluation of students’ independent work during seminars (20-40% of the final mark)

In average the revisions during semester (i.e. reports during seminars, written reports and essays, tests, practical works, presentations, accounts of independent tasks, participation in discussions, conspectus, reviews, text analysis, projects, etc) give 60-80% of the final mark.

 

The final revision or examination is a compulsory part of the evaluation. In order to get the permission to pass the examination, each student is to accomplish all positions mentioned in the description of the course, getting all positive marks. In average an examination gives 30% of the final mark. The most frequent types of the final examination are an oral, written or combined examination.

 

The prominent central place in the evaluation system is left for the final revision, which is the defence of a bachelor paper. The evaluation criteria for this course are formulated in the methodological requirements for bachelor paper writing.

Programme price

Yearly programme costs per student correspond to the tuition fee given above.