Course Topics

RUS 101, 102: Beginning Russian I, II

Introduction to Russian grammar through reading, writing, listening, and speaking in Russian. The course will focus upon developing speaking and listening comprehension skills with a framework of practical vocabulary and grammatical structures. The student will also gain an appreciation of Russian culture and contemporary life through music and audiovisual materials.

RUS 201, 202: Intermediate Russian

A continuation of the study of Russian grammar. Speaking proficiency will be developed through active class participation. Emphasis will be placed on developing writing skills in Russian and in reading authentic texts. Students will continue developing listening comprehension skills through use of music and audiovisual materials.

FCUL/RUS 241: Russian Culture Through Film

This course will cover 20th-century Russian/Soviet culture and history through the medium of film. We will begin with classics of early Soviet film (including Eisenstein, Vertov, Pudovkin) and then view and discuss classic films of the Stalinist era and WWII (1930s-50s). We will continue with classic films and comedies of the 1960s and 70s. The later 1980's-90's (glasnot, perestroika, and the post-Soviet era) witnessed the emergence of films the revealed difficult social and historical themes. The course will conclude with discussion of film and society in present-day Russia.

FCUL/RUS/WGST 243: Time of Stalin

This course, through the medium of literature and memoirs, focuses on Russia/Soviet Union in the early years after the Bolshevik Revolution (1917) until Gorbachev's glasnost and perestroika. Students will learn about the rise of Stalin, the time of terror and purges at the height of Stalin's regime (mid-1930's), WWII, the "Thaw" after Stalin's death in 1953, and the implications Stalinism has on present-day Russia. We will seek answers to the questions of how Stalin was allowed to rise to power, retain political control, and instigate policies that caused the deaths of approximately 20 million Soviet citizens-many of whom were Bolsheviks and loyal members of the Communist Party. Literary readings include memoirs, poetry, and novels. A significant part of the course concerns the role of women in the Bolshevik Revolution and their fate under Stalinism. Readings and discussion are in English but certain assignments will be completed in Russian.

FCUL/RUS 339: Russia and Scandinavia: Historical and Cultural Ties

FCUL/SCST 339: Peace and Reconciliation Dialog in Norway and the Balkans

FCUL/RUS 341: Russian Life and Culture

A study of the cultural, political, and social institutions that have shaped Russia from the time of Kievan Rus' to the present period. Key historical and philosophical themes will be discussed in reference to art, literature, architecture, music, and Russian Orthodoxy. The course is taught in English and readings are in English, but students will complete certain assignments in Russian.

RUS 345: Conversation and Composition

Emphasis on the development of written and oral expression and mastery of grammar. Reading and listening comprehension will be developed through use of authentic texts (literary and popular press), films, video (news and popular media), and song texts.

FCUL/RUS 451: Masterworks of Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature

A survey of nineteenth-century Russian literature (in translation) from Romanticism to Realism. Reading and discussion of selected works of major Russian authors, including Pushkin, Gogol, Lermontov, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Chekhov. The course is taught in English and readings are in English, but students will complete certain assignments in Russian.

FCUL/RUS 452: Masterworks of Twentieth-Century Russian/Soviet Literature

A survey of twentieth-century Russian/Soviet literature (in translation) from 1900 to the present. Reading and discussion of works by major Russian/Soviet writers, including Gorky, Mayakovsky, Akhmatova, Mandelshtam, Zoshchenko, Pasternak, Solzhenitsyn, Bulgakov. The course is taught in English and readings are in English, but students will complete certain assignments in Russian.