Courses

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NOTES ABOUT FALL 2020 Russian Studies COURSES

Russian Studies program would like to provide some clarifications so that you can plan your schedule and make any adjustments, as appropriate, when registration re-opens in late July via Sage.

Russian Studies Modes of Instruction:

For a short video introduction of select courses, click the course title below. 

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.

Courses Taught in Russian

Fall 2020 Information: Course will be offered fully remote (synchronous). 

Professor Irina Dubinina

Four class hours and one recitation hour per week.

For students who have had no previous study of Russian. The four-skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) introduction to the Russian language with the focus on developing oral proficiency early on. A systematic presentation of the basic grammar and vocabulary of the language within the context of Russian culture. Usually offered every fall.

Fall 2020 Information: Course will be offered fully remote (synchronous). 

Professor Irina Dubinina

Designed to meet the needs of heritage speakers of Russian who have had little or no formal training in their home language and who want to develop their reading and writing skills. An introduction of the rules of Russian orthography, morphology and syntax with emphasis on developing bilingual competencies and a systematic understanding of the structure of the Russian language. Russian linguistic system is presented in context: readings range from short works of prose fiction to articles from the contemporary Russian press. Usually offered every fall.

RUS 30A: Intermediate Russian I

Fall 2020 Information: Course will be offered fully remote (synchronous). 

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.

For students with some previous study of Russian (RUS 10a and RUS 20b or outside study). Focus on solidifying linguistic performance by creating with the language to produce unrehearsed, meaningful exchanges of information. Refining of structural knowledge and dramatic expansion of vocabulary within the context of Russian culture. Authentic texts and films are used to create context for reviewing and expanding grammar, syntax and vocabulary knowledge. Usually offered every fall.

RUS 150B: Advanced Russian Language Through 20th Century Literature

Fall 2020 Information: Course will be offered fully remote (synchronous). 

Professor Irina Dubinina

Prerequisite (heritage speakers): RUS 29b with a grade of C- or higher, or the equivalent as determined by placement examination. Prerequisite (non-heritage speakers): RUS 40b or the equivalent. Taught in Russian. Course may be repeated for credit with instructor's permission.

A seminar for continuing students of Russian who wish to enhance their proficiency and accuracy in speaking, reading and writing. Focusing on the close study of Russian literature in the original Russian and the development of Russian oral and written language skills needed for the close reading and discussion of literature. Usually offered every second year.

Courses Taught in English

RECS 152A: Russian Science Fiction Literature and Film

Fall 2020 Information: Depending on enrollment, course will either be taught fully remote (synchronous) or hybrid (in-person with option of remote/synchronous).

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.

RECS 154A: The Art of Vladimir Nabokov

Fall 2020 Information: Depending on enrollment, course will either be taught fully remote (synchronous) or hybrid (in-person with option of remote/synchronous).

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.