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Minor Concentration Russian Culture (18 credits)

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

Program Requirements

The Minor Concentration Russian Culture is designed primarily as an adjunct to area studies and/or programs in the humanities or social sciences. As there are no Russian language requirements, this program may not be expanded to the Major Concentration Russian.

There are no prerequisites for Russian (RUSS) courses in the program. For pre/corequisites and availability of Anthropology (ANTH), Economics (ECON), History (HIST), Jewish Studies (JWST), Political Science (POLI) and Sociology (SOCI) courses, students should consult the offering department and Class Schedule.

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

18 credits selected with the following specifications:

12 credits from Group A
6 credits from Group B

Group A

Revision, July 2012. Start of revision.

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 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 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.

Revision, July 2012. End of revision.

Group B

6 credits from:

  • ANTH 303 Ethnographies of Post-socialism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Anthropology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Anthropology : Understanding postsocialism through engagement with ethnography that explores how markets interact with political rule, social forms, and the production of cultural values across different geographies and histories. This course focuses primarily on the former Soviet Union, East Germany, and China.

    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
    • Prerequisites: ANTH 202 and one other 200-level anthropology course, U2 standing or above, or permission of instructor.
  • ECON 331 Economic Development: Russia and USSR (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : Introduction to Russian and former Soviet economic development, structure, planning, management and performance. The former Soviet economy, attempted reforms, and the collapse of the U.S.S.R.

    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.

    • Prerequisites: ECON 208 and ECON 209 or those listed under Prerequisites above
  • HIST 216 History of Russia to 1801 (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : A survey of Russian history, from the origin of the Slavs to the establishment of the Kievan State, the coming of the Mongols, the emergence of Muscovy, and the rise of the Russian Empire.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Valentin Boss (Fall)

  • HIST 226 East Central and Southeastern Europe in 20th Century (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : Introductory survey of east central and southeastern European history from the twilight of nineteenth-century imperialism to the most recent expansion of the European Union. Consideration will be given to the two world wars and their consequences; nationalism, fascism, and socialism; and the revolutions of 1989.

    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.

  • HIST 236 Russia from 1801 to 1991 (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : A history of Russia from 1801 to 1991.

    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.

  • HIST 306 East Central Europe Since 1944 (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : An examination of important problems in the postwar history of east central Europe. Topics include: the establishment of Communist regimes; Stalinism and de-Stalinization; everyday life under Communism; the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, the Prague Spring, and Solidarity; political opposition; culture; and the revolutions of 1989.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Judith Szapor (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: HIST 215 or HIST 226 or permission of instructor
  • HIST 312 Hist of Consumption in Canada (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : History of consumption in Canada since 1600 in relation to subsistence and the early market; modern class and gender relationships; conceptions of citizenship.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Elsbeth Anne Heaman (Winter)

    • Prerequisite(s): HIST 202 or HIST 203 or permission of instructor.
  • HIST 313 Habsburg Monarchy, 1618-1918 (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : History of the central European Habsburg Monarchy from its consolidation in the Thirty Years' War to its demise in the Great War. Topics include: counter-Reformation and the baroque, enlightened absolutism, the partitions of Poland, the revolutions of 1848, the rise of nationalism, and fin-de-siècle society and culture.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: James Krapfl (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: A course in European history or permission of instructor.
  • HIST 316 Russia: Revolutions 1905 and 1917 (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : Reform and Revolutions: a comparison of the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and of the Tsarist Empire and Provisional Government in 1917, with some discussion of the reforms that anticipated each cataclysm.

    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.

    • Prerequisite: A course in Russian, Soviet or European history
  • HIST 326 Russia from 1905 to Present (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : 20th Century Russia, with particular attention to the rise and fall of the Soviet regime, Gorbachev's Perestroika, and the problems and accomplishments of post-Soviet society under Yeltsin and Putin.

    Terms: Winter 2013

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

    • Prerequisite: one 200-level course in History or political theory
  • HIST 406 Petrine and Catherinian Russia (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : The transformation of Russian society by Peter the Great and the problems and achievements of Russia's Golden Age under the enlightened despotism of Catherine II and of her son.

    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.

    • Prerequisite: A prior course in Russian or European history
  • HIST 446 Russian Thought to 1825 (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : From the schism in the Orthodox Church to the year of the Decembrist insurrection, this course aims to acquaint those unable to read Russian with the writings and ideas that have helped to shape the social and political consciousness of modern Russia. Emphasis on thinkers whose attitudes defined Russia's perception of the West, with some discussion of the broader impact of major European luminaries on the Russian culture. the sequel to this course is HIST 456.

    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.

    • Prerequisite: HIST 216, or a course in European intellectual history, or consent of instructor
  • HIST 456 Russian Intellectual History 1825-1917 (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : Sequel to HIST 446, from the year of the Decembrist insurrection to the Bolshevik Revolution. Discussion of the Russian influence on European and American intellectuals in the 19th century.

    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.

    • Prerequisite: HIST 236 or a course in European intellectual history, or consent of instructor
  • HIST 476D1 Seminar: Topics in Russian History (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : Topics in Russian history. Topic varies by year.

    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.

    • Students must register for both HIST 476D1 and HIST 476D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both HIST 476D1 and HIST 476D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • HIST 476D2 Seminar: Topics in Russian History (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : See HISP 476D1 for course description.

    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.

    • Prerequisite: HIST 476D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both HIST 476D1 and HIST 476D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • JWST 303 The Soviet Jewish Experience (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : Sovietization both fueled the modernization of Russian Jewry and contributed to its eventual suppression. This experience will be examined from two perspectives: history and literature. The interrelationship between culture and politics and the effects of ideology and censorship on literature will be 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.

    • Readings in English
  • POLI 329 Russian and Soviet Politics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : This course explores the institutions of the Soviet system and pressures to reform this system. Examines specific changes made to the system through democratization and market reform. Compares these changes to similar transitions in other countries to assess possible twists in Russian's political future.

    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.

    • Prerequisite: POLI 211, POLI 212, or written consent of instructor; Soviet history helpful but not required
    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developed Areas.
  • POLI 331 Politics in East Central Europe (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : Analysis of recent dramatic changes in East Central Europe in light of the historical development and current structure of these states, their relationship to their societies, with emphasis on diversity and its sources.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Maria Popova (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: Some prior related course i.e. Comparative Politics or East European History or written consent of the instructor. Recommended POLI 329.
  • POLI 419 Transitions from Communism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : Selected problems facing the Post-Soviet world. Themes include: new political institutions, parties, and groups; economic reform; social problems; ideological changes; the rise of ethnonationalism; linkages with the West.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Maria Popova (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: One 200- or 300-level course in Comparative Politics required or written permission of the instructor; a Political Science, History or Sociology course on the USSR or Eastern Europe after WW II strongly recommended.
    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developed Areas.
  • SOCI 455 Post-Socialist Societies (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : The demise of Communist Party rule between 1989 - 1991 throughout Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. The societal implications (e.g. class formation, gender relations, nationalism, corruption, religious freedom) of these dramatic economic and political changes.

    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.

    • Prerequisite: SOCI 210.
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