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Honours Russian (60 credits)

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

Program Requirements

The Honours Russian program is for students intending to pursue graduate studies or advanced careers in the field. Students must complete 60 credits in the program, and according to Faculty regulations, Honours students must maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.00 and maintain a minimum program GPA of 3.00.

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

Students who have acquired language competency elsewhere will replace lower-level courses with upper-level courses. A total of 6 credits may be taken in courses offered by other departments in the Faculty; these are listed at the end of this section. Students are particularly encouraged to select from LLC course offerings.

For admission into the Honours program and approval of all course selections, students must regularly consult with an academic adviser in the Department.

Honours students, according to Faculty regulations, also must complete at least a minor concentration (18 credits) in another academic unit.

Group A: Required Courses (12 credits)

  • RUSS 452 Advanced Russian Language and Syntax 1 (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Prose composition, translation, essay writing. An introduction to Russian stylistics.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: RUSS 415 and RUSS 416 or equivalent or permission of the department

  • RUSS 453 Advanced Russian Language and Syntax 2 (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Prose composition, translation, essay writing. An introduction to Russian stylistics.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: RUSS 452 or equivalent

  • RUSS 490 Honours Seminar 01 (3 credits) *

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : This course is intended to allow students to bring together their knowledge of the general area of Russian & Slavic Studies and produce a synthesis appropriate to their level of development. The major exercise will consist of the writing of a research paper displaying their competence.

    Terms: Fall 2020, Winter 2021

    Instructors: Berman, Anna (Fall) Parts, Lyudmila (Winter)

    • Fall or Winter

    • Prerequisite: Permission of the Department

    • Restriction: Honours or Joint Honours in Russian and Slavic Studies

  • RUSS 491 Honours Seminar 02 (3 credits) *

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : This course is intended to allow students to bring together their knowledge of the general area of Russian & Slavic Studies and produce a synthesis appropriate to their level of development. The major exercise will consist of the writing of a research paper displaying their competence.

    Terms: Winter 2021

    Instructors: Beraha, Laura A (Winter)

* 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.

Complementary Courses (48 credits)

Group B: Russian Language

0 - 24 credits to be chosen from:

  • RUSS 210 Elementary Russian Language 1 (3 credits)

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

    Overview

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

    Terms: Fall 2020

    Instructors: Pratt, Daniel; Ivanova, Maria; Land, Kaylin; Zdun, Izabela (Fall)

    • Fall

  • RUSS 211 Elementary Russian Language 2 (3 credits)

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

    Overview

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

    Terms: Winter 2021

    Instructors: Pratt, Daniel; Ivanova, Maria; Zdun, Izabela; FitzPatrick, Margaret (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: RUSS 210 or equivalent

  • RUSS 215 Elementary Russian Language Intensive 1 (6 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : An intensive introduction to the Russian language which covers the first year of the normal level, i.e. RUSS 210/RUSS 211 in one semester. The basic grammatical structures are covered.

    Terms: Winter 2021, Summer 2021

    Instructors: Ivanova, Maria (Winter)

    • Fall

    • Restriction: Not open to students who are taking or have taken RUSS 210, RUSS 211 or equivalent

  • RUSS 310 Intermediate Russian Language 1 (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Reading, translation, conversation.

    Terms: Fall 2020

    Instructors: Kadyrbekova, Zora; Ivanova, Maria (Fall)

  • RUSS 311 Intermediate Russian Language 2 (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Reading, translation, conversation.

    Terms: Winter 2021

    Instructors: Kadyrbekova, Zora; Ivanova, Maria (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: RUSS 310 or equivalent

    • Restriction: Not open to students who are taking or have taken RUSS 316

  • RUSS 316 Intermediate Russian Language Intensive 2 (6 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Continuing the Intensive program of RUSS 215 this course covers the second year of the normal level, i.e. RUSS 310/RUSS 311, in one semester. The basic grammatical structures are covered.

    Terms: Fall 2020

    Instructors: Ivanova, Maria (Fall)

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: RUSS 215 or equivalent

    • Restriction: Requires departmental approval

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken RUSS 310, RUSS 311 or are taking RUSS 311

  • RUSS 400 Advanced Russian Language 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,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 2020

    Instructors: Kadyrbekova, Zora; Ivanova, Maria (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,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 2021

    Instructors: Kadyrbekova, Zora; Ivanova, Maria (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: RUSS 400 or equivalent

    • Given in Russian

  • RUSS 415 Advanced Russian Language Intensive 1 (6 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Continuing the Intensive program of RUSS 215 and RUSS 316, students will complete their study of the fundamental structure of modern literary Russian, including the morphology and syntax of the nominal and verbal systems.

    Terms: Winter 2021

    Instructors: Ivanova, Maria (Winter)

  • RUSS 416 Advanced Russian Language Intensive 2 (6 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Continuing the Intensive program of RUSS 215/RUSS 316, students will complete their study of the fundamental structure of modern literary Russian, including the morphology and syntax of the nominal and verbal systems. Besides developing an oral facility in the language, this course introduces the student to the study of literature by analysing literary texts of prerevolutionary and Soviet Russia to see the use and verbal systems, syntax, stylistic levels, historical changes.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: RUSS 415

    • Requires departmental approval

Note: Students entering this program with previous knowledge of or exposure to Russian may, with permission of the Department, replace this group with selections from Group C or D.

Group C: 200 level

9 - 12 credits to be chosen from:

  • RUSS 213 Introduction to Soviet Film (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : This course aims to familiarize undergraduates with the topics, figures, and concerns of Soviet film history. Students will watch and analyze films by Soviet directors including Sergei Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov, Andrei Tarkovsky, Sergei Parajanov, Kira Muratova, Larisa Shepitko, and many others in the context of their historical periods, movements, and writings. Students will learn to analyze images and cinematic techniques, as well as assess their historical, ideological, and cultural significance.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    • Offered in English.

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

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,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: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Given in English

    • Restriction: Permission of the instructor

  • RUSS 218 Russian Literature and Revolution (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : The dramatic developments in Russian literature of the 20th century, from revolution, through conformity, to the ironies and anxieties of the post-Soviet era. Comrades, iconoclasts, absurdists, proletarians and aesthetes; the Gulag, the literary café, the music of the spheres, the crumbling Russian village; the reforging of humanity and the rediscovery of tradition.

    Terms: Fall 2020

    Instructors: Beraha, Laura A (Fall)

    • Fall or 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,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : The Golden Age of Russian literature: from Pushkin, Lermontov, and Gogol to the first works of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. This course traces the rise of a coherent literary tradition in Russia, exploring authors’ relationships to the burgeoning tradition and to their historical and cultural context.

    Terms: Fall 2020

    Instructors: Pratt, Daniel (Fall)

    • Fall

    • Given in English

  • RUSS 224 Russian 19th Century: Literary Giants 2 (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : This course explores the masterpieces of late nineteenth-century Russian literature. From psychological realism and the novel of ideas to the rise of the great short story; Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Leskov, and Chekhov.

    Terms: Winter 2021

    Instructors: Berman, Anna (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Given in English

  • RUSS 229 Introduction to Russian Folklore (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : An introduction to Russian folklore and folk belief: "dual-faith," traditional mentality, fairy tales, calendar rituals, folk songs, witches, healers and house spirits. The course will explore classic approaches to folklore studies as well as the influence of folk culture on Russian "high art."

    Terms: Winter 2021

    Instructors: Pratt, Daniel (Winter)

    • Taught in English

Group D: 300 and 400 level

12 - 33 credits to be chosen from:

  • RUSS 327 Reading Russian Poetry (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Introduction to Russia's major poets and bards of the 19th and 20th centuries. Selected works from Pushkin to Brodsky and 20th century bards will be read in Russian.

    Terms: Fall 2020

    Instructors: Ivanova, Maria (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: RUSS 316 or equivalent, or permission of the department.

    • Texts to be read in the original Russian, analysis and discussion to be conducted in English and/or Russian.

  • RUSS 328 Readings in Russian (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,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 2021

    Instructors: Parts, Lyudmila (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: RUSS 316 or equivalent, or permission of the Department.

    • Texts to be read in the original Russian; analysis and discussion to be conducted in English and/or Russian.

  • RUSS 330 Chekhov without Borders (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Chekhov’s short stories and plays. The genre of the short story and its relationship to realist, modernist, and postmodernist aesthetics. Chekhov’s influence in Russia and abroad.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Course will be given in English.

  • RUSS 333 Petersburg: City of Myth (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : In Russian culture, the two major cities, Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, represent the two sides of Russian culture: its past in Orthodoxy and Russianness and its future in European culture and internationalism. The culture of Saint-Petersburg both reflects the city and redefines the meaning of the city for the future. This class will examine Russian culture within the context of the city itself, providing students with a holistic look at an embedded culture.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: Previous course work in Russian literature, film, or history is highly recommended.

    • Readings and class discussions in English.

  • RUSS 337 Vladimir Nabokov (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Cross sampling of short stories and major novels by Vladimir Nabokov; his life-long love affair with language and "aesthetic bliss"; his flouting of convention from Russia's Silver Age to post-McCarthy America. Lolita in and beyond the Russian context.

    Terms: Winter 2021

    Instructors: Beraha, Laura A (Winter)

    • Given in English.

  • RUSS 340 Russian Short Story (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Russian stories that encompass the major aesthetic and thematic concerns of the short story genre. Recurrent themes of language's power and limits, of childhood and old age, of art and sexuality, and of cultural, individual, and artistic memory.

    Terms: Fall 2020

    Instructors: Parts, Lyudmila (Fall)

  • RUSS 347 Late and Post-Soviet Culture (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : The re-invention of Russian culture in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Featuring Soviet beatniks, dissidents, and cultural iconoclasts; covering pop-culture, Pepsi and PR, perestroika, and the encounter with Western postmodernism. In literature, the emergence of 'new’ voices (women’s prose, émigré writers), new or newly rediscovered genres (detective fiction, sci-fi, bard or sung poetry, the essay). In the visual arts, points of contact, overlap and competition with film, conceptualist or concrete poetry, installations, memes). For over two and a half centuries, Russian literature was seen as the cornerstone of cultural identity and national pride. How does it confront today the challenges of a post-literary age and, tenuously, post-Soviet age?

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

  • RUSS 357 Leo Tolstoy (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : An in-depth exploration of the literature and thought of Leo Tolstoy. This course will cover his major works of fiction as well as non-fiction essays, diary entries, and letters, with the majority of the semester devoted to his great masterpiece, War and Peace.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

  • RUSS 358 Fyodor Dostoevsky (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : An in-depth study of the writing and thought of Fyodor Dostoevsky. Through reading Dostoevsky's major novels as well as some of his short fiction and journalism in the context of his times, this course will explore Dostoevsky's contributions to literature and philosophy.

    Terms: Fall 2020

    Instructors: Parts, Lyudmila (Fall)

    • Taught in English

  • RUSS 365 Supernatural and Absurd in Russian Literature (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Themes of absurd, bizarre, surreal, supernatural, and fantastic in works by Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Kharms, Bulgakov, Petrushevskaia, Pelevin, and others. Focus on the Russian literary imagination and the historical and political conflicts which haunt it. Theories of the gothic, fantastic, and absurd.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

  • RUSS 369 Narrative and Memory in Russian Culture (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Exploration of literary and cinematic representations of the themes of memory, trauma, nostalgia, family history, and war in modern Russian culture. Exploration of narrative approaches to war and trauma, their effects on cultural identity, Post-Soviet nostalgia, family and childhood, and related subjects.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

  • RUSS 381 Russia's Utopia Complex (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : From Zamiatin's We (1921), and Dostoevskii's "Grand Inquisitor" (1880), an examination of the Russian creation of and imprint on the dystopian genre. From prototypes in Russian romanticism and folklore, to dissident masterpieces of the Stalinist era, to sci-fi as rediscovered in the post-Soviet experience. Literature, film, and beyond.

    Terms: Fall 2020

    Instructors: Beraha, Laura A (Fall)

    • Offered in English.

    • Prerequisite(s): A 200-level course in literature or culture, in Russian or in the European or Asian traditions.

  • RUSS 382 Russian Opera (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : This course traces the development of the Russian opera tradition from the mid-nineteenth century to the 1950s. It explores opera's role in Russia's quest for national identity and its place in musical, literary, and political life, as well as responses to European opera trends. No knowledge of music theory required.

    Terms: Winter 2021

    Instructors: Berman, Anna (Winter)

    • Taught in English.

  • RUSS 385 Russian Drama: from Pushkin to Chekhov (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,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 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    • Fall

    • At least 2 courses in literature and/or cultural studies.

  • RUSS 390 Special Topics in Russian (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,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: Fall 2020

    Instructors: Berman, Anna (Fall)

    • Fall

  • RUSS 397 Tarkovsky: Cinema and Philosophy (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Considered by many critics to be one of the greatest directors of all time, Tarkovsky directed such luminary films as Ivan’s Childhood (1962), Andrei Rublev (1966), Solaris (1972), Mirror (1975), and Stalker (1979). Since their first appearance, these films have challenged viewers with their deep philosophical questions and stunning visual style. This course equips students with the tools necessary to understand and interpret these films including a basis in film theory and Soviet history.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: One of the following RUSS 213, ENGL 277, FILM 279 or equivalent

    • Readings in English, screenings with English subtitles.

  • RUSS 398 Soviet Women Filmmakers (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Dedicated to the study of under-represented female directors in Soviet cinema, particularly the films of Kira Muratova and Larisa Shepitko. The work of these two directors is nothing short of stunning; in many ways, it surpasses that of their most well-known contemporary - Andrei Tarkovsky. Explores the ways in which these films represent gender, sexuality, and women's issues in the Soviet Union.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: One of the following RUSS 213, ENGL 277, FILM 279 or equivalent

    • Readings in English, films with English subtitles.

  • RUSS 427 Russian Fin de Siècle (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Russian poetry, prose, drama, book design and the visual arts from the Silver Age to WWI, from Chekhov to Blok and Belyi. The crisis of realism, decadence, symbolism, and its waning traced through the eternal feminine, the devil, the city, poetry as pure creation, and millennial crisis. Not open to students who have taken or are taking RUSS 465.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    • Course offered in English.

    • Prerequisite(s): At least 2 courses (6 credits) in literature and/or cultural studies.

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken RUSS 465.

  • RUSS 428 Russian Avantgarde (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : Russian poetry, prose, drama, the manifesto, street festivals and the explosion of experiment in the visual arts from WW1 to 1930. The avant-garde anticipates, transcends, responds and then succumbs to revolution.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    • Prerequisite(s): At least 2 courses (6 credits) in literature and/or cultural studies.

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken RUSS 466.

  • RUSS 430 High Stalinist Culture 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,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: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken RUSS 510

    • Given in English

  • RUSS 440 Russia and Its Others (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : In-depth historical approach to cultural construction of Russian national identity and to the concept of the Other as a condition of self-representation: East, West, America, class enemies, dissidents, ethnic and sexual minorities, etc. Introduction to theoretical tools for approaching issues of national identity, alterity, (post)colonialism, exoticism, and orientalism. Not open to students who have taken RUSS 475 in 201301.

    Terms: Winter 2021

    Instructors: Parts, Lyudmila (Winter)

    • Prerequisite(s): At least 2 literature/cultural studies courses at the 200 or 300 level; or permission of the Department.

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken RUSS 475 in 201301.

  • RUSS 454 Narratives of Desire (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Russian (Arts) : An exploration of desire as it was narrativized in Russian literature 1860-1900. The course draws on comparative examples from European literature as well as various theoretical approaches for conceptualizing love and desire.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    • Prerequisite(s): At least two literature courses at the 200 or 300 level or permission of the department.

  • RUSS 470 Individual Reading Course (3 credits) *

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

    Overview

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

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

  • RUSS 475 Special Topics in Russ Culture (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,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: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

  • RUSS 500 Special Topics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,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: Fall 2020, Winter 2021

    Instructors: Berman, Anna (Fall) Beraha, Laura A (Winter)

    • Given in English

    • Prerequisite: Permission of Department

* 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.

Group E: LLC and Faculty of Arts

0 - 6 credits to be chosen from the following or their equivalent:

  • 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 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: ECON 208 and ECON 209 or those listed under Prerequisites above

  • HIST 216 Introduction to Russian History (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    History : The longue durée of Russian history from its origins in Kievan Rus and the Rurik dynasty, through the Romanov dynasty, the Soviet period, and post-Soviet developments.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken HIST 236.

  • 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 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

  • HIST 306 East Central Europe, 1944-2004 (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: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

  • 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: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

  • HIST 316 History of the Russian Empire (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    History : History of the Russian empire from its formal proclamation by Peter the Great to its eventual collapse in 1917; the rise of the Romanov dynasty, imperial conquest, and the dynamics of imperial Russian society, and the revolutions of 1905 and 1917.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

  • HIST 326 History of the Soviet Union (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    History : The history of the Soviet Union from 1917-1991, examining its origins in the collapse of autocracy, early Soviet utopianism, the rise of Stalin, the Second World War, Khrushchev’s reforms, the Cold War and the decline and eventual collapse of the USSR, as well as its legacies in the post-Soviet period.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

  • HIST 406 Topics: Russian History (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    History : Examination of a selected topic in Russian history from the reign of Peter the Great to the present time.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: A prior course in Russian or European history

  • HIST 576D1 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: Fall 2020

    Instructors: Ironside, Kristy (Fall)

  • HIST 576D2 Seminar: Topics in Russian History (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    History : See HIST 576D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2021

    Instructors: Ironside, Kristy (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: HIST 576D1

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both HIST 576D1 and HIST 576D2 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 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

  • 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 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 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: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    • 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: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    • 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 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Note: 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.

Students are particularly encouraged to select from the growing options available under the LLC course offerings; these are subject to Departmental approval.

Faculty of Arts—2020-2021 (last updated Mar. 27, 2020) (disclaimer)
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