Fall 2020

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
RUSS 101-01 Elementary Russian
Instructor: Elena Duzs, Iza Savenkova
Course Description:
All class meetings will be synchronous; in addition to meeting with Prof. Duzs (Monday, Wendesday, Friday) and Prof. Savenkova (Tuesday and Thursday), students will have a weekly conversation practice with Irina Filippova, Moscow based Dickinson-in-Moscow coordinator (TBA). Assignments and review materials will be posted on Moodle. 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   DIST
RUSS 101-02 Elementary Russian
Instructor: Iza Savenkova, Elena Duzs
Course Description:
All class meetings will be synchronous; in addition to meetings with Prof. Duzs (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) and Prof. Savenkova (Tuesday and Friday), students will have a weekly conversation practice with Irina Filippova, Moscow based Dickinson-in-Moscow director (TBA). Assignments and review materials will be posted on Moodle. 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   DIST
RUSS 201-01 Intermediate Russian
Instructor: Alyssa DeBlasio
Course Description:
We will be meeting synchronously for all meetings. 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   DIST
RUSS 201-02 Intermediate Russian
Instructor: Alyssa DeBlasio
Course Description:
We will be meeting synchronously for all meetings. 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   DIST
RUSS 230-01 Advanced Russian for Heritage Speakers
Instructor: Irina Filippova
Course Description:
The course is designed for heritage learners who have had little or no formal training in their native language and who desire to improve their reading, writing, and formal communicative skills. Basic rules of orthography and advanced grammar will be reviewed. Texts will be drawn from contemporary Russian press, movie scripts, and fiction. Prerequisite: placement by department. Offered every two years.
1330:MW  
RUSS 231-01 Russian for Discussion
Instructor: Iza Savenkova
Course Description:
We are meeting three times per week on Zoom. Our Moscow coordinator and language instructor, Irina Filippova, will be assisting me. The course will be held completely synchronously. 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.
0930:MWF   DIST
RUSS 231-02 Russian for Discussion
Instructor: Iza Savenkova
Course Description:
We are meeting three times per week on Zoom. Our Moscow coordinator and language instructor, Irina Filippova, will be assisting me. The course will be held completely synchronously. 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.
0930:MWF   DIST
RUSS 242-01 War and Peace in Russian Literature and Film
Instructor: Elena Duzs
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FMST 210-01.Biweekly "meetings" will be held synchronously; students will view assigned films independently. There will be short lectures(including several guest lectures), student presentations and student-led discussions of films and literary pieces. The topic of war serves as a window into Russian and Soviet culture. Wars horrorsfrom Napoleons invasion of 1812 to the debacle in Afghanistan in the 1970s and 1980shave left a deep imprint on the Russian national psyche. This course approaches the Russian experience of war through films, short stories, diaries, and poetry. Special focus is placed on representations of the Second World War, resulting in 26 million Russian casualties. Films and literary works may include, The Tale of Igor's Campaign, Gogols Taras Bulba, Tolstoy's Hadji Murat, Babel's Red Cavalry, Ginzburg's Blockade Diary, and Alexievich's Zinky Boys, as well as a selection of war poems; and such films as Ivans Childhood (Tarkovsky), The Cranes are Flying (Kalatozov), The Cuckoo (Rogozhkin), Prisoner of the Mountains (Bodrov), and The Ninth Company (Bondarchuk). Guest lectures by experts in the field supplement class discussions.Taught in English.
1900:W   DIST
1330:MR   DIST
RUSS 254-01 Revolution, War, and Daily Life in Modern Russia
Instructor: Karl Qualls
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 254-01. This course explores Russia's attempts to forge modernity since the late 19th century. Students will explore the rise of socialism and communism, centralization of nearly all aspects of life (arts, politics, economics, and even sexual relations), and opposition to the terror regime's attempts to remake life and the post-Soviet state's attempts to overcome Russia's past.
1130:MWF   DIST
RUSS 271-01 Russian Through Art
Instructor: Elena Duzs
Course Description:
Students will improve their oral communication skills in Russian by discussing art, ranging from classic works of Russian painting to contemporary pieces and movements. Special emphasis will be placed on expanding students descriptive vocabulary and their ability to speak at length about a particular piece: to describe it, to explain it, and to express how it might make the viewer feel. Students planning on spending a semester/year in Russia will appreciate this introduction to artworks that they will see in person during their time abroad. Taught in Russian.Intended for students at the 231 level or above. This multi-media survey course introduces students to masterpieces of Russian architecture, painting, theater, and cinematography. It is designed to enhance students' knowledge of the artistic and spiritual aspects of Russian culture, as well as to provide insights into traditions, lifestyle, and the psychology of Russian people. Visits to art museums and theater performances are required. Taught in English or Russian, or a mix of both.
1700:M   DIST
RUSS 335-01 Popular Culture and New Media
Instructor: Alyssa DeBlasio, Iza Savenkova
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FMST 220-02.We will be meeting three times per week on Zoom. 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.
1230:MWF   DIST