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    Do you know what the russian dpt at Durham is like? I can't find it on the league tables;.. :confused:
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    (Original post by Katanaji)
    Do you know what the russian dpt at Durham is like? I can't find it on the league tables;.. :confused:
    It's not in the Times Russian and Slavonic thingy list, which to me suggests that the department might be quite bad.
    The Spanish one isn't supposed to be great and yet it's 5th or something for Iberian Studies, so I'm not sure what's going on there.
    I was thinking of putting Russian as a third language when I apply to Durham but decided against it, if I go I might do it in the second year though. Not sure I like Durham all that much tbh, from what I've seen of the students they seem a bit... odd.
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    I remember the Russians had caught some British spies last year, I think. The ones with the fake rock. I think one of the people was straight out of Durham, so the department can't be that bad if they can churn out people good enough to become spies.
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    All Durham students are odd in the head.
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    fella who helps me with russian did his degree there, and he's like, a smart motherfunker.
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    Oh I'm applying there for Spanish and Russian!
    That's pretty much everything I know about it though (ie nothing).
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    One of my friends started Russian from scratch in first year, then picked up Serbo-Croat this year. She really likes the department...
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    I currently study Russian at Durham and rather enjoy it. Durham doesn't appear on the league tables because of a low rating in the last research assesment exercise 5 years ago.

    At that time, the department had just been downsized from a full "department of slavonic studies" to just a "department of russian." This means it used to give more emphasis to other slavonic languages, such as Czech that it has now stopped teaching, and also to Russian politics and culture and so forth.

    But the core language teaching remains, and the actual language instructors we have here are rather good - especially the lady who teaches Serbo-Croat.

    Research, that is the number and quality of books and articles written by the two Russian lecturers, has sweet FA to do with the quality of teaching as you are mainly taught by dedicated language instructors.

    But if I were applying again for a language at uni, I would check the following: how many contact hours per week do they give you per language?

    This is why the Spanish department at Durham is ****: post A-level, you get only TWO HOURS PER WEEK. It's a ****ing joke. Then they pad out the rest of your course with culture modules. How is that actaully a DEGREE?

    With Russian, on the other hand, we get five hours per week. You might find at Sheffield or Bristol, they get might more - I don't know. Anyway, here people rather enjoy it.
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    Thank you for your replies.
    With the double beginner module I'll get 7 contact hours! (1 lecture and 6 practicals)
    I'd like to upgrade to serbo-croat in year 2...
 
 
 
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