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2131495 Patterns of Russian/Soviet Cultural Life, 4 Cp 
Code 2131495  Validity 01.01.2011 -
Name Patterns of Russian/Soviet Cultural Life  Abbreviation VenNeuv 
Credits4 Cp  Date of expiry  
TypeGeneral Studies Subject0250 Russian Language 
ClassStudy Unit  Hours  
Study right   Grading0-5 
Recommended scheduling 
Organisation Foreign Languages and Translation Studies (J) 

Vassili Bouilov 

Learning outcomes 

On completion of the study unit, students will be able to

  • recognise Russian behaviour patterns
  • recognise quotes from popular Russian cinema and use them as part of their oral communication
  • understand the cultural background of phenomena relating to Russia and the Soviet Union

The course comprises two parts:

1)  the forms of Russian and Soviet life and

2) themes related to culture.

The latter includes examples from Russian and Soviet movies, folklore, common beliefs and prejudices. During the course, students will familiarise themselves with a few Soviet movies and learn to recognise the ways of behaviour characteristic for Russians. The course provides students with an opportunity to communicate in Russian.

Modes of study 

There are two modes of study:

a. Lectures (5h), active participation in exercises (15h), and 88 hours of independent work or

b. Book exam. 96 hours of independent work.

Exam literature:

Sergeeva A.N.: Russkie stereotipy povedenija, tradicii, mental'nost' (2006, 320 pp.) or

Beumers B.: A History of Russian Cinema (2009, 328 pp.).

Evaluation criteria 

a) Essay in Russian or English (3­–5 pages). Students can choose the topic according to their interests.

b. Book exam


Vassili Bouilov


2nd or 3rd year

Offering data 

The course requires the student to understand the basics of Russian.



Further information 

Languages of tuition: Russian and English.


Letter (J, K) in front of the name of the course/exam indicates the campus on which teaching or exam takes place: J = Joensuu, K = Kuopio.

Present and future teaching
Functions Name Type Cp Teacher Timetable
Register J: Russian National Profile and Culture in the Cross-Cultural Aspect  Lecture and exercise course  Vassili Bouilov 
16.09.20wed 14.00-16.00
23.09.20wed 14.00-16.00
30.09.20wed 14.00-16.00
14.10.20wed 14.00-16.00
21.10.20wed 14.00-16.00
28.10.20wed 14.00-16.00
04.11.20wed 14.00-16.00
11.11.20wed 14.00-16.00
18.11.20wed 14.00-16.00
25.11.20wed 14.00-16.00

Future exams
No exams