Fall 2022 Class Schedule
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fall 2022 class Schedule
fall 2022 course descriptions
Polish 208-1 – Intermediate Polish Language & Culture
Intermediate Polish is the first part in a three-quarter sequence designed to continue working on the Polish language and contemporary Polish culture. In this course, students will continue to develop the skills of speaking, listening, writing, and reading through a variety of communicative and content-based activities. Emphasis will be placed on practical communication so that students should be able to function in a variety of authentic situations at an intermediate level by the end of the year. As a complement to the linguistic side of the course, students will gain a greater familiarity with Polish history and culture through varied means, including readings of literary works, articles from contemporary Polish newspapers, and movies.
Russian 101-1 – Elementary Russian
Welcome to Elementary Russian! Elementary Russian 101-1 is the first part in a three-quarter sequence designed to introduce students to the Russian language and contemporary Russian culture. In this course, students will develop the fundamentals of speaking, listening, writing, and reading through a variety of communicative and content-based activities. Emphasis will be placed on practical communication so that students should be able to function in many authentic situations by the end of the quarter!
Russian 102-1 – Intermediate Russian
Welcome to Intermediate Russian! Intermediate Russian 102-1 is the first part in a three-quarter sequence designed to continue working on the Russian language and contemporary Russian culture. In this course, students will continue to develop the skills of speaking, listening, writing, and reading through a variety of communicative and content-based activities. Emphasis will be placed on practical communication so that students should be able to function in many authentic situations at an intermediate level by the end of the year.
Russian 303-1 –Advanced Russian Language and Culture
The course is the first part of a three-quarter sequence designed to push students to more advanced levels focusing on communication, cultural understanding, connections of Russian language and culture with other disciplines (such as history and sociology), as well as comparisons of Russian and American culture and language. It is a combined third- and fourth-year all skills Russian language and culture class. The course includes advanced topics in grammar, a focus on developing discussions and conversational skills and writing, and readings from a range of contemporary Russian writers. Topics come from contemporary Russian everyday society and culture (including gender, family life, work, recreation, museums, etc.) A project on Russian culture(museums, visual art, historical period, etc.) is an integrated part of the curriculum for this course.
SLAVIC 105-6 – First-Year Seminar
Brothels, bathhouses, and backrooms—take a tour through the sexual underworld of Eastern Europe. In Sex and the Slavic World, we uncover the more salacious parts of history that no one asks about, covering the history of sexuality in Eastern Europe from the mid 19th century to the present. We will cover such topics as fin de siècle culture and sexual decadence; the medicalization of sexuality; prostitution and sex-trafficking; sex reform and sexology; the World Wars and sexuality; gender and sexuality under state socialism, and representations of queerness in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. As a First-Year College Seminar, this course will help students further develop critical thinking and writing skills, familiarize them with research methods necessary for writing college-level papers, and help them transition to college life.
SLAVIC 210-2 – Introduction to Russian Literature
In this course, we will examine two of the greatest works of world literature, The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky, and Anna Karenina by Tolstoy, in depth. These two novels raise profound questions and offer challenging answers to the most important issues of life: What gives life meaning, how to understand evil, the nature and kinds of love, the significance of death, faith and despair, how to make ourselves and the world around us better, and the way human minds work. We will see why Tolstoy and Dostoevsky are often considered the greatest psychologists who ever lived and why Russian literature conveys a sense of urgency perhaps unmatched anywhere else in human culture. Students will also learn skills for understanding novels that will make it easier and more rewarding to read great fiction generally.
SLAVIC 367-1 – Russian Film
(Co-listed with RTVF 351-0-21 and CLS 305-0-60)
The course is dedicated to Andrei Tarkovsky, the great Russian filmmaker. Students will watch all major films by Tarkovsky and also by the other world filmmakers who had an impact on him, such as Fellini, Pasolini, Kurosawa, Bergman, Bunuel, et al.
SLAVIC 390 –Literature and Politics in Central and Eastern Europe: Ukraine's Long Fight for Independence
This team-taught interdisciplinary course draws upon the three instructors' research and professional experiences in Ukraine to offer unique perspectives on Ukraine's history, politics, and relations with the Euro-Atlantic community. The course will provide students with an understanding of Ukraine's distinct identity within Europe, its centuries-long struggle with Moscow's domination and denial of that identity, and its current geopolitical importance for both NATO and Russia. The last several weeks of the course will provide context for and examine the events leading up to Russia's February 2022 invasion of Ukraine, which initiated the largest land war in Europe since World War II. As a final project, students will develop policy proposals for how the U.S. and the international community should resolve the most significant geopolitical crisis of the 21st century.
SLAVIC 411-0 – Proseminar -Literary Theory and Philosophy
This course introduces students to a wide range range of theoretical and philosophical approaches to literature, through detailed study of one to two primary texts.
SLAVIC 430-0 – Old Russian Literature
The course is dedicated to the Old Russian literature of the 12th to the 17th centuries. Students will read from all major works of the period.
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