Courses

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Welcome, Russian 10 Beginners!

Welcome, Russian 29!

To view the complete descriptions of the courses that satisfy the requirements for the Russian Studies major or minor, please visit the University Bulletin.

For course times, locations, and additional details, please visit the Schedule of Classes on the University Registrar's website.

Fall 2022 Courses

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RECS 135A: Russian Short Fictions: Where is Justice in This World?

Fall 2022 mode: Instruction for this course will be offered in-person.

Professor Robin Feuer Miller

Open to all students. Conducted in English.

Students may choose to do readings either in English translation or in Russian. Focuses on the great tradition of the short story as practiced by Russian writers and the connection and divisions among them. This genre invites extreme stylistic and narrative experimentation ranging from the comic to the tragic, as well as being a vehicle for striking expressions of complex social, philosophical, and religious themes. Usually offered every second year.


RECS 152A: Russian Science Fiction Literature and Filmcourse poster

Fall 2022 mode: Instruction for this course will be offered in-person.

Professor David Powelstock

Open to all students. Conducted in English. Readings in English.

Examines the Russian science fiction tradition in the context of philosophical, historical, and political developments, with attention to topics such as futurism, science and technology, the perfectibility of humanity, the nature of time, the proximity of the unknown, and otherness. Usually offered every third year.


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RUS 10A: Beginning Russian I

Fall 2022 mode: Instruction for this course will be offered in-person.

Professor Irina Dubinina

Four class hours and one recitation hour per week.

For first-time learners of Russian. This course is an engaging introduction to the Russian language and culture. Students will acquire basic communication skills in Russian by actively speaking, writing, listening, and reading in the language. Learning is enhanced by interactive online learning modules and authentic communicative tasks. Students will also develop a basic understanding of Russian culture and worldview. Active participation is essential.


RUS 30A: Intermediate Russian I

Fall 2022 mode: Instruction for this course will be offered in-person.

Professor Valeriya Kozlovskaya

Prerequisite: RUS 20b with a grade of C- or higher or the equivalent as determined by placement examination. Four class hours and one recitation hour per week.

Students will develop their proficiency in Russian to the intermediate level which will allow them to participate meaningfully in spontaneous spoken or written exchanges and make presentations on a variety of familiar and everyday topics. Students will also continue developing their reading and listening comprehension skills and growing their knowledge of Russian culture. Learning is enhanced by students' participation in a digital story project on a Russian-speaking city of interest. Active participation is essential.
This course is not intended for Russian-English bilinguals; please contact language program director (prof. Dubinina) with questions about placement.


RUS 29A: Russian Language for Russian Speakers

Fall 2022 mode: Instruction for this course will be offered in-person.

Professor Irina Dubinina

One additional hour of recitation required.

For students who grew up speaking Russian at home but have received no or minimal formal education in the language. Students will develop or improve their reading skills, acquire the foundations of writing in Russian, and expand their speaking ability through developing attention to linguistic form and dramatically expanding their vocabulary to include complex topics. Learning is enhanced by interactive online learning modules and authentic communicative tasks. Students will also engage in critical thinking about their bilingualism and multiculturalism. Active participation is essential.


CROSSLISTED COURSES

COML 160A: East European Literature & Film: Art & Life in the Throes of History

Fall 2022 mode: Instruction for this course will be offered in-person.

Professor David Powelstock


HIST 147A: Imperial Russia: From Westernization to Globalization

Fall 2022 mode: Instruction for this course will be offered in-person.

Professor Gregory Freeze


POL 133B: Politics of Russia and the Post Communist World

Fall 2022 mode: Instruction for this course will be offered in-person.

Professor Steven Wilson