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Major Concentration Russian (36 credits)

Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures     Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Program Requirements

Enrolment in courses above the 200 level is by permission of the Department only.

By arrangement with the Department and subject to University approval, transfer credits will be accepted from Department-approved exchange/immersion programs.

Required Courses (18 credits)

The required courses are designed to give students a basic working knowledge of Russian. Students who can demonstrate to the Department that they have acquired the equivalent competence elsewhere will replace these credits with courses chosen from the complementary course lists.

  • RUSS 210 Elementary Russian Language 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Reading, grammar, translation, oral practice.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Zaure Kadyrbekova (Fall)

    • Fall
  • RUSS 211 Elementary Russian Language 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Russian Language; continuation of RUSS 210.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Izabela Zdun (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: RUSS 210 or equivalent
  • RUSS 310 Intermediate Russian Language 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Reading, translation, conversation.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Vladimir Ivantsov (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: RUSS 210 and RUSS 211 or equivalent
    • Restriction: Not open to students who are taking RUSS 316
  • RUSS 311 Intermediate Russian Language 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Reading, translation, conversation.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Vladimir Ivantsov (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: RUSS 310 or equivalent
    • Restriction: Not open to students who are taking or have taken RUSS 316
  • RUSS 400 Advanced Russian Language 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Advanced practical Russian grammar and composition. May include reading a variety of texts and media from classical to contemporary (literature, newspapers, TV, film, etc.).

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Zaure Kadyrbekova (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: RUSS 310 and RUSS 311 or equivalent or permission of the Department
    • Given in Russian
  • RUSS 401 Advanced Russian Language 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Advanced practical Russian grammar and composition. May include reading a variety of texts and media from classical to contemporary (literature, newspapers, TV, film, etc.).

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Zaure Kadyrbekova (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: RUSS 400 or equivalent
    • Given in Russian

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

18 credits selected from two lists.

12 credits from:

  • RUSS 217 Russia's Eternal Questions (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Exploration of cultural archetypes defining continuity and change from Peter the Great to the present; the Russian national identity, double-faith, Western and Slovophile influences, Mother Russia, superfluous men and the Eternal Feminine, anarchism, the avant-garde, Stalinism. Recurring themes traced in literature, art, film, music, pop culture and the applied arts.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Laura A Beraha (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Given in English
    • Restriction: Permission of the instructor
  • RUSS 218 Russian Literature in Revolution (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : The Russian twentieth-century literary dynamic up to the watershed of Stalin's death (1953). Carving out cultural territory against ideological polemics, revolutionary versus traditional values, the explosion of avant-garde experimentation under mounting critical conformism as reflected in major works and authors (Mayakovsky, Babel, Bulgakov, Platonov and others).

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall or Winter
    • Prerequisite: None, but some background in Russian 20C history is helpful
    • Given in English
  • RUSS 219 Russian Literature in Recovery (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Rediscovering the Russian literary heritage, both traditional and avant-garde, after Stalin's death (1953). The Thaw, Soviet beatniks, Solzhenitsyn-style dissidents against cultural iconoclasts, the challenge and decline of perestroika, raising the literary Iron Curtain to include women writers, émigrés, Western influence and the angst of pluralism.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: None, but some background in Russian 20C history is helpful
    • Given in English
  • RUSS 223 Russian 19th Century: Literary Giants 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Russian literature from Pushkin and Gogol to early Dostoevsky. More than a sequence of representative works featuring superfluous men, fallen women and other literary types, it is a coherent tradition developing in a dialogue with itself and its historical and cultural context.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Anna Berman (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Given in English
  • RUSS 224 Russian 19th Century: Literary Giants 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Russian literature in transition between the Age of the Novel and Symbolism. From Turgenev's and Tolstoy's psychological realism to Dostoevsky's fantastic realism; from Chekhov's breaking genre rules of the short story and the drama to Bely's experimental prose.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Lyudmila Parts (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Given in English
  • RUSS 300 Russian for Heritage Speakers 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : For native speakers of Russian who have not had full academic instruction in the language. Focus on grammatical structure and syntax, the formalities of written Russian and appreciation of the language's stylistic diversity. Multi- media approach including excerpts from literary works, current newspapers, television news broadcasts, films and cartoons.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: Permission of the Department
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken RUSS 210, RUSS 211, RUSS 215, RUSS 310, RUSS 311 and RUSS 316.
    • Given in Russian
  • RUSS 301 Russian for Heritage Speakers 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : For native speakers of Russian who have not had full academic instruction in the language. Focus on complex grammatical structures, syntax, and stylistically differentiated uses of vocabulary in written and spoken Russian. Multi-media approach including excerpts from literary works, current newspapers, Internet sources, and films.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Given in Russian
    • Prerequisites: RUSS 300 or permission of the instructor
    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken Russ 210,211,215,310,311 and 316
  • RUSS 327 Outlines of Russian Literature (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Texts of the 19th and 20th Century Russian literature and culture will be read and discussed in Russian.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Anna Berman (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: RUSS 215 or equivalent, or permission of the department
    • The course will be conducted in Russian.
  • RUSS 328 Outlines 19th Century Russian Literature: Russian Realism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : A general introduction to Russian prose, poetry and drama in the 19th Century. Selected texts will be read in the original and discussed.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Anna Berman (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: RUSS 327 or permission of the Department.
    • The course will be conducted to some extent in Russian
  • RUSS 330 Outlines of Russian Literature, 20th Century (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Selected texts of the 20th Century will be discussed.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Lyudmila Parts (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Course will be given in English.
  • RUSS 331 Introduction to Soviet Russian Literature after WWII (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Selected texts will be read in the original and discussed.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: RUSS 330 or equivalent.
    • The course will be given mainly in Russian

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  • RUSS 385 Russian Drama (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Masterpieces of the Russian stage in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; the emergence of a uniquely Russian dramatic sensitivity against prevailing European trends; the literary word in a public, political and/or avant-garde forum.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: Permission of the Department
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken RUSS 410,411.
  • RUSS 390 Special Topics in Russian (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Exploration of a significant author, trend, theme or theory in modern Russian culture, including but not limited to the interface between literary works, the graphic and performing arts, ideology and national identity.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Laura A Beraha (Winter)

    • Fall
  • RUSS 430 High Stalinist Culture 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Novels, films, art, architecture, pageantry, rhetoric and routine of the Stalinist 1930s-40s, including socialist realism as an aesthetic doctrine, utopian blueprint, target of parody, amalgam of a submerged avant-garde and state-controlled pop culture, precursor of the postmodernist simulacrum, self-proclaimed international style and/or uniquely Russian 20th-century project.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Laura A Beraha (Fall)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken RUSS 510
    • Given in English
  • RUSS 450 Reading the 20th Century (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : A century of upheaval; the tug of war between iconoclasts (the avant-garde, the dissidents, the postmodernists) and the traditionalists (neo-realism, socialist realism). Major trends, polemics, authors and milestones; literature as the fulcrum of change and the conscience of the age.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken RUSS 451
    • Given in Russian
  • RUSS 458 Development Russian Novel before Turgenev (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : The development of the Russian novel before Turgenev. Reading texts will be chosen from the prose works of Karamzin, Bestuzhev, Pushkin, Lermontov, and Gogol.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: RUSS 415 and RUSS 416 or equivalent or permission of the Department
    • Given in Russian
  • RUSS 468 The Age of Pushkin (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Examination of the major trends and concerns of the first third of the nineteenth century; the flowering of poetry and prose inspired by Pushkin and his contemporaries.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: RUSS 315 and 316 or equivalent or permission of the instructor
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken RUSS 469
  • RUSS 470 Individual Reading Course (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Supervised reading under the direction of a member of staff.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Laura A Beraha (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
  • RUSS 471 Independent Research (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Supervised research under the direction of a member of staff.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall or Winter
    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
  • RUSS 475 Special Topics in Russ Culture (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Examination of a significant author, trend, theme or theory in modern Russian culture, including but not limited to the interface between literary works, the graphic and performing arts, ideology and national identity.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Lyudmila Parts (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
  • RUSS 500 Special Topics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Focus on a critical theme, author or work, as determined by the current research interests of faculty and visiting faculty.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Given in English
    • Prerequisite: Permission of Department
  • RUSS 585 Woman in Russian Culture (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Representation of and the discourse on woman by women in Russian literature and cultural thought from medieval times to the present. Topics include the age of Empresses, the salon, Decembrist wives; the Eternal Feminine, fallen woman, new woman, the rise of women's prose in post-Soviet Russia.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

* Note: Students must submit project proposals to their departmental adviser by March 15th or November 15th of the preceding term for individual reading and independent research courses.

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Faculty of Arts—2012-2013 (last updated Dec. 20, 2012) (disclaimer)