Winter 2022 Tentative Russian & Slavic Course Offering Descriptions
RUSS 2. Elementary Russian.
Continuation of Russian 1. Comprehensive introduction to Russian. Focus on developing basic communicative skills (speaking, listening comprehension, reading, writing) within the framework of contemporary Russian culture. Students acquire a basic grammatical framework for further language study. Audio, visual, and web-based materials included.
RUSS 5. Intermediate Russian.
Continuation of Russian 4. Focuses on developing fluency, expanding vocabulary, and acquiring basic reading and writing skills. Comprehensive review of basic Russian grammar; introduction to participles and verbal adverbs. Audio, video, and web-based materials are an integral part of the course.
RUSS 101B. Advanced Russian.
Continued development of oral and written fluency. Special attention to development of reading skills through a variety of texts related to Russian culture. Systematic review of advanced grammar. Compositions, translations, and oral presentations required. Periodic screenings of Russian films.
SLAV 130C/ ARTHI 144C. Contemporary Art in Eastern Europe.
Study of central intellectual and aesthetic trends in the late Soviet period and in contemporary post-Soviet Russia and Eastern Europe. Analysis of literary texts and the visual arts. Taught in English.
SLAV 168: Russian Philosophy & Political Thought
Study of key thinkers and philosophers whose ideas have shaped Russian politics and cultural history, from early Russian civilization to the present day. Taught in English.
SLAV 175A/ C LIT 175A: Eurasian Literature, Armenian Literature.
Examines literature and culture from a region or regions situated at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, such as Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan), the Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and parts of Southern Russia), or other cultural crossroads in Eurasia. It thus departs from a historic focus on western regions to accommodate the richness and diversity of literature and culture in Eurasia. Topics will vary by instructor. Topics may include: "Armenian Literature," "Literatures of Central Asia," or "Literatures of the Caucasus." Taught in English.