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Russian in Practice


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme who have passed Russian 1 Beginners and Russian 2 Pre-Intermediate. If students have not yet passed Russian 3 Intermediate, they are expected to follow that course alongside the Russian in Practice course.


This course puts into action the linguistic and cultural knowledge and skills students acquired in their language acquisition courses. Students will apply their knowledge of Russian to authentic texts related to International Studies.

Using a thematic case-study approach, students will practice finding and analysing Russian data from a variety of primary source bases. They will then create a portfolio of usable Russian primary source data on a topic of their choice, providing analysis and evaluation of these sources in a final research report.

Course objectives

By the end of the course, students will be able to locate written and spoken Russian materials that can serve as data or reference for a (research) project in International Studies.

Students will analyse spoken and written Russian texts of appropriate level. They will be able to summarise, paraphrase, and evaluate these texts in English.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Seminars are held every week. Attending all seminar sessions is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your lecturer in advance. Being absent at more than three of the sessions will result in a lowering of your final grade by 0,5 point for each session missed after the first three sessions.

Assessment method


  • Research Proposal

  • Presentation

  • Peer Review

  • Portfolio/Research Report


Partial grade Weighing
Research Proposal 10%
Presentation 30%
Peer Review 10%
Portfolio/Research Report 50%

End Grade

To successfully complete the course, please take note that the End Grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of all assessment components.


If you fail this course, you can resubmit an improved version of your research report (50% of the final grade). In case of resubmission of the research report (insufficient final grade only) the final grade for the research report will be lowered as a consequence of the longer process of completion. The deadline for resubmission is 10 working days after receiving the grade for the research report.

The exact arrangements with regards to the format and timing of the Midterm assignment can be found in the course syllabus on Brightspace.

Retaking a passing grade

Retaking a passing grade is not possible for this course.

Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2023 – 2024.

Exam review and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organised.

Reading list

Reading materials will be made available on Brightspace.


General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website.



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