Fall 2017

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
RUSS 101-01 Elementary Russian
Instructor: Alla Zaytseva, Alyssa DeBlasio
Course Description:
An intensive study of the fundamentals of Russian grammar, with an emphasis on the development of reading, writing, speaking, and understanding skills. Short stories and songs will supplement the text.
0830:MTWRF   BOSLER 211
RUSS 101-02 Elementary Russian
Instructor: Alla Zaytseva, Alyssa DeBlasio
Course Description:
An intensive study of the fundamentals of Russian grammar, with an emphasis on the development of reading, writing, speaking, and understanding skills. Short stories and songs will supplement the text.
0930:MTWRF   BOSLER 211
RUSS 201-01 Intermediate Russian
Instructor: Alyssa DeBlasio
Course Description:
Advanced grammar review incorporating controlled reading and composition. Emphasis on speaking competence continued through oral reports and conversational topics. Prerequisite: 102 or the equivalent. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.
1030:MTWRF   BOSLER 211
RUSS 231-01 Russian for Discussion
Instructor: Alla Zaytseva
Course Description:
Practice in the techniques and patterns of everyday conversation, especially as these reflect different cultural orientation. Reading and discussion of short works by well-known Russian authors. Prerequisite: 202 or the equivalent.
1230:MWF   BOSLER 222
RUSS 253-01 Autocracy, Uprisings, and Daily Life in Medieval and Imperial Russia
Instructor: Karl Qualls
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 253-01. An examination of the early formation of multi-ethnic clans into a large multinational empire. The course explores state formation, the role of women, church power, the arts, nationality conflict and figures such as Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, and Catherine the Great.
0900:TR   DENNY 203
RUSS 260-01 War and Peace in Russian Literature and Film
Instructor: Elena Duzs
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FLST 210-03.In this course, students will examine the Russian experience of war through film, short stories, diaries, and poetry. The range of wars and conflicts considered in this course include Russia's 19th century conquest in the Muslim Caucasus, the brutal Civil War immediately after the 1917 Revolution, Russia's war with Finland, the Soviet-Afghan War and the two fairly recent Chechen wars. There will be a special focus on the representations of WWII, in which the Soviet Union triumphed at the cost of 26 million deaths, and which continues to occupy the public consciousness today, through commemoration in personal and state rituals. Based on their analysis of these works, students will discuss and write on issues of heroism and glory, national identity and concepts of the other, conflict and harmony, war and peace. The topic of war will serve as a window onto Russian and Soviet culture. Films and literary works for the course include "Trial on the Road" (German'), "The Cuckoo" (Rogozhkin), "Prisoner of the Mountains" (Bodrov), "The Ninth Company" (Bondarchuk), as well Tolstoy's "Hadji Murat," Babel's "Red Cavalry," Platonov's "The Return," Alexievich's "War's Unwomanly Face" and a selection of poems.
1500:MR   BOSLER 222
RUSS 335-01 Popular Culture and New Media
Instructor: Alla Zaytseva
Course Description:
This course will examine one or several elements and/or genres in Russian popular culture, including folk tales, detective novels, anecdotes, film, television, music, the Internet, and new media. Students will practice close reading and analysis of authentic texts through the study of analytic genres specific to these fields in Russia and the US. Prerequisite: 231, 232 or equivalent.
1030:MWF   BOSLER 222
RUSS 500-01 Russian Phonetics & Phonology
Instructor: Alyssa DeBlasio
Course Description: