Courses

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Spring 2022- Slavic Department Courses

Courses in Polish

Spring 2022 Polish Courses
Course NameDay & TimeInstructor
PLSH-002: First-Level Polish IIMWF 12:00–12:50 PMIwona Sadowska
PLSH-102: Second-Level Polish IIMWF 9:00–9:50 AMIwona Sadowska

Courses in Russian

Spring 2022 Courses Taught in Russian
Course NameDay & TimeInstructor
RUSS 011: First-Level Russian IMTWRF 2:00 PM + F 1:00 PMSvetlana Moser and Iwona
Sadowska
RUSS 012: First-Level Russian IIMTWRF 11:00 AM + F 12:00 PM

MTWRF 3:00 PM + F 2:00 PM
Elena Boudovskaia and
Anna Pechnikova

Svetlana Moser and Iwona
Sadowska
RUSS 111: Second-Level Russian IMTWRF 10:00 AM + F 11:00 AMElena Boudovskaia and
Anna Pechnikova
RUSS 112: Second-Level Russian IIMTWRF 12:00 PM + F 11:00 AMElena Boudovskaia and Jill
Neuendorf
RUSS 211: Third-Level Russian IMTWRF 2:00 PM + F 3:00 PM

MW 12:30–1:45 PM
Olga Meerson
RUSS 214: Russia(n) in Context

(A continuation of RUSS-213). This course focuses on developing students’ oral and reading proficiency and inter-cultural competence. It incorporates a review of grammar covered in the first two levels. A variety of materials, including selections from Russian literature and contemporary press, as well as films and TV broadcasts will be employed to introduce topics of discussion and enhance the students’ ability to converse on daily topics and debate cultural, political and social issues in Russian life today.
TR 3:30–4:45 PMJill Neuendorf
RUSS 356: Russian Through Culture

This course develops students’ Russian language skills by reading, watching, analyzing, and discussing authentic cultural documents. We will read great (short) works of literature in the original Russian, watch classic Russian and Soviet films, analyze contemporary cultural trends and historical movements, and even annotate a few recent Russian music videos. Students will not only sharpen their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in Russian, they will engage with a broad survey of important Russian culture. They will develop the intercultural sensitivity and understanding they need for careers or further study in Russia or the Russophone world.
TR 12:30–1:45Bradley Gorski
RUSS 358: The Russian Internet

This course will study Russian Internet as a unique phenomenon with its own cultural status, history, ethical codes, and even grammatical rules. Students will get acquainted with the major literary and scholarly magazines, fiction and non-fiction libraries, and collections of films and music. They will learn to navigate Russian sites and identify reliable information sources. We will discuss the issues of intellectual property and censorship on the Internet, and study the peculiarities of Russian social networks, Internet memes and myths. The course is taught in Russian and expects students to do substantial research of Russian web-space. (HALC)
MW 3:30–4:45Milla Fedorova
RUSS 398: Professional Russian II

Designed for graduate students in CERES and MSFS who will be using Russian in their professional lives, this course aims to enhance the participants’ command of the language in both the oral and written forms. The course will focus on the preparation, delivery and discussion of oral presentations and written essays on topics related to the students’ professional interests. Topics will range from international relations, politics and economics to Russian literature and popular culture.
MW 5:00–6:15 PMElena Boudovskai
RUSS 495: Sixth-Level Russian

The goal of this course is to develop participants’ professional command of Russian speech in oral and written forms. Special attention will be paid to the grammatical and lexical precision of the ideas and opinions on sophisticated professional topics. The focus is of this course is on the preparation, delivery, and discussion of oral presentations and written essays on topics related to participants’ professional interests. Topics will range from the fields of international relations, economics and politics, to Russian and Soviet culture and literature.
TR 5:00–6:15 PMJill Neuendorf

Courses in English

Spring 2022 Courses Taught in English
Course NameDay & TimeInstructor
RUSS 116: Russia A-Z II

This one-credit course is a survey of major topics in Russian culture from its beginnings to the present. It will acquaint students with various issues and fields of inquiry in Russian language, literature, linguistics and culture and help provide the necessary background for further study, both in the U.S. and in the Russian Federation. It is also intended as an introductory course for interested students with little or no background in these subject areas. The course will be team-taught by members of the Department of Slavic Languages and will be primarily in lecture format. In the final three classes of the semester, a professor will be reporting on his or her individual research. All lectures and readings are in English. (No prerequisites. Students need not have taken Russia A to Z I.)
R 2:00–2:50 PMIrina Denischenko, Milla Fedorova, Bradley Gorski, Olga Meerson
RUSS 411: Russian Literature Fights Xenophobia

The course will address various ways the poetics of Russian Fiction address prejudices—head on. First, they are put in the foreground as the motifs in the plots—e.g., motifs of racism or othering/ de-othering the Other in Russia’s Imperial Islamic invasions and government of territories; the motif of objectifying prisoners or women, or pre-assigning gender roles and functions in family/society, or that of religious sects and schismatics in Russia, the latter motif, including anti-Semitism, although it involves aspects of racism and cultural / linguistic Xenophobia as well. (HALC, DIV-Global)
MW 2:00–3:15 PMOlga Meerson
WGST 351: Women & Resistance in Russia

What is the nature of resistance? How can resistance be distinguished from civil disobedience, dissent, and revolt? Does female resistance differ from masculinist paradigms of opposition to power? Structured in reverse chronological order, this course first considers Putin-era manifestations of women’s resistance in Russia, including performance art, journalism, and political activism. We then investigate the genealogy of these contemporary protests in underground activism of the late Soviet period, in women’s involvement in WWII, and in the Bolshevik sexual revolution of the 1920s. Next, we turn to figures of resistance in pre-Revolutionary Russia, from female terrorists to medieval saints. Students engage with a broad range of cultural artifacts, including historical texts, literature, zines, journalistic work, visual art, film, in an effort to create historical narratives in light of missing sources. The final project invites students to grapple with issues raised in this course by curating a museum exhibit. No knowledge of Russian required. (DIV-Global)
TR 3:30–4:45 PMIrina Denischenko

Russian

Language Learning 

RUSS-011 Intensive First-Level Russian I
Professors E. BoudovskaiaG. MihaychukM. Morris, J. Neuendorf, and I. Sadowska

RUSS-012 Intensive First-Level Russian II
Professors E. BoudovskaiaM. MorrisJ. Neuendorf, and I. Sadowska

RUSS-111 Intensive Second-Level Russian I
Professors E. BoudovskaiaG. Mihaychuk, and J. Neuendorf

RUSS-112 Intensive Second-Level Russian II
Professors E. BoudovskaiaG. Mihaychuk, and J. Neuendorf

Upper-Division Courses

RUSS-211 Third-Level Russian
Professor O. Meerson

RUSS-213 Russia(n) in Context I
Professors S. Grenier and G. Mihaychuk

RUSS-214 Russia(n) in Context II
Professor S. Grenier

RUSS-301 Tutorial: Russian
Staff

RUSS-355 Fourth-Level Russian
Professor L. Fedorova

RUSS-397 Professional Russian I
Professor O. Meerson

RUSS-398 Professional Russian II
Professor E. Boudovskaia

RUSS-400 Tutorial: Senior Honors Thesis
Staff

RUSS-494 Sixth-Level Russian
Professor J. Neuendorf

RUSS-495 Sixth Level Russian II
Professor J. Neuendorf

Literature and Culture (Taught in English)

RUSS-115 Russia A-Z I
Professors D. AndrewsL. FedorovaS. GrenierO. MeersonG. Mihaychuk, and M. Morris

RUSS-116 Russia A-Z II
Professors D. AndrewsL. FedorovaS. GrenierO. MeersonG. Mihaychuk, and M. Morris

RUSS-372 Modernism in Russian Literature
Professor G. Mihaychuk

RUSS-380 Terrorism and Ethnic Strife in Russian Literature
Professor O. Meerson

RUSS-441 Tolstoy: Literature of Love and Life
Professor M. Morris

RUSS-450 Literature of the Other Europe
Professors G. Mihaychuk and I. Sadowska

RUSS-451 Family and Its Demons in the 19th-Century Russian and English Novel
Professor S. Grenier

RUSS-463 Dostoevsky
Professor O. Meerson

RUSS-466 Chekhov: Simple Deception
Professor G. Mihaychuk

RUSS-473 19th-Century Heroines and Antiheroes
Professor O. Meerson

RUSS-478 Literature of Prison and Exile/Twentieth-Century Russian Literature
Professor L. Fedorova

RUSS-481 19th-Century Russian Literature: The Crisis Within
Professor M. Morris

RUSS-486 Madness and Madmen in Russian Literature
Professor M. Morris

RUSS-487 Imaginary Worlds in Literature and Film
Professor L. Fedorova

WRIT-015-01 Writing and Culture Seminar
Professor G. Mihaychuk

WRIT-015-02 Writing and Culture Seminar
Professor M. Morris

Literature and Culture (Taught in Russian)

RUSS-358 Russian Internet
Professor L. Fedorova

RUSS-367 Translating the Untranslatable
Professor O. Meerson

RUSS-455 Russia(n) in Cinema
Professor L. Fedorova

RUSS-461 Pushkin: Eugene Onegin
Professor S. Grenier

RUSS-462 Chekhov: Prose and Drama
Professor G. Mihaychuk

RUSS-464 Tolstoy: Anna Karenina
Professor S. Grenier

RUSS-465 Poetry Inside Out
Professor O. Meerson

RUSS-492 Master and Margarita
Professor L. Fedorova

Russian Linguistics

RUSS-393 Russian Phonology
Professor D. Andrews

RUSS-491 History of the Russian Language
Professor D. Andrews

Polish

PLSH-001 Beginning Polish I
Professor I. Sadowska

PLSH-002 Beginning Polish II
Professor I. Sadowska

PLSH-101 Intermediate Polish I
Professor I. Sadowska

PLSH-102 Intermediate Polish II
Professor I. Sadowska

PLSH-397 Tutorial: Professional Polish I
Professor I. Sadowska

PLSH-398 Tutorial: Professional Polish II
Professor I. Sadowska

PLSH-399 Tutorial: Advanced Oral and Written Polish I
Professor I. Sadowska

PLSH-400 Tutorial: Advanced Oral and Written Polish II
Professor I. Sadowska

Ukrainian

UKRN-301 Tutorial: Beginning Ukrainian I
Professor G. Mihaychuk

UKRN-302 Tutorial: Beginning Ukrainian II
Professor G. Mihaychuk

UKRN-303 Tutorial: Intermediate Ukrainian I
Professor G. Mihaychuk

UKRN-304 Tutorial: Intermediate Ukrainian II
Professor G. Mihaychuk

UKRN-397 Tutorial: Professional Ukrainian I
Professor G. Mihaychuk

UKRN-398 Tutorial: Professional Ukrainian II
Professor G. Mihaychuk