Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Languages and Cultures

Russian Upper-Division Courses

100A-100B-100C. Literacy in Russian. (4-4-4) Lecture, three hours. Course 100A or Russian placement test is enforced requisite to 100B; course 100B or Russian placement test is enforced requisite to 100C. For students who speak Russian but have difficulty reading and writing. Focus on improving reading and writing skills, increasing vocabulary, and developing speaking skills required for academic discourse. P/NP or letter grading.

101A-101B-101C. Third-Year Russian. (5-5-5) Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Enforced requisite: course 6 or Russian placement test. Course 101A or Russian placement test is enforced requisite to 101B; course 101B or Russian placement test is enforced requisite to 101C. Advanced grammar, reading, and conversation, with strong multimedia component. P/NP or letter grading.

102A-102B-102C. Topics in Advanced/Superior Russian. (4-4-4) Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 101C or Russian placement test. Course 102A or Russian placement test is enforced requisite to 102B; course 102B or Russian placement test is enforced requisite to 102C. Discussion and composition, with emphasis on vocabulary development and review of selected grammar topics. Readings in fiction and nonfiction, films, and videos, and use of Internet. Each course may be taken independently and may be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

103A-103B-103C. Russian for Native and Near-Native Speakers. (4-4-4) Lecture, three hours. Course 103A is not requisite to 103B, which is not requisite to 103C. Improvement of oral and written language skills, emphasizing correct and diversified use of language and addressing individual grammatical difficulties. May be repeated for credit with topic and/or instructor change. P/NP or letter grading. 103A. Russian National Identity. Readings in literature, philosophy, criticism, film. 103B. Literature and Film. Film adaptations of Russian literature. Readings and screenings. 103C. Special Topics.

107A-107B-107C. Russian for Social and Cultural Studies. (4-4-4) Lecture, three hours. Recommended preparation: third-year Russian. Lectures and readings in Russian. Exploration of texts and media in social sciences and culture, with emphasis on press, television, and Internet. Each course may be taken independently and may be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

108. Russian for Business: Language and Culture. (4) Lecture, three hours. Discussion of economics and business in Russia, language of advertising, business and official correspondence. P/NP or letter grading.

110. Russian Flagship Program Abroad: Intensive Advanced Russian. (12) Lecture, 19 hours. Enforced requisites: courses 101A, 101B, 101C or equivalent coursework as determined by department. Taught in Russian. Designed for students with high proficiency in Russian. Intensive advanced seven-week course in Russian language covering reading, writing, speaking, listening, and grammar. Lectures on Russian history also included. Opportunity to interact with Russian speakers outside of class and serve as volunteers. Part of Russian Flagship Program Abroad. May not be repeated for credit. Offered in summer only. Letter grading.

111A-111B-111C. Russian Flagship Program Abroad: Superior Russian. (5-5-5) Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 110 or equivalent coursework as determined by department. Course 111A is enforced requisite to 111B, which is enforced requisite to 111C. Taught in Russian. Designed for students with advanced proficiency. Development of skills in Russian phonetics, conversation, and grammar. Acquisition of advanced syntactical structures and expansion of lexical repertoire. Emphasis on formal interpersonal and presentational modes. Letter grading.

112A-112B-112C. Russian Flagship Program Abroad: Russian Literature and Culture. (4-4-4) Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 110 or equivalent coursework as determined by department. Course 112A is enforced requisite to 112B, which is enforced requisite to 112C. Taught in Russian. Critical reading, analysis, and discussion of Russian literature, with exposure to Russian cultural and intellectual norms. Readings and essays, with emphasis on formal and academic writing. Letter grading.

113A-113B-113C. Russian Flagship Program Abroad: Professional and Academic Russian and Experiential Learning. (5-5-5) Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 110 or equivalent coursework as determined by department. Course 113A is enforced requisite to 113B, which is enforced requisite to 113C. Taught in Russian. Use of discourse practices (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) to participate effectively in discussions of professional topics and situations outside of course. Opportunity to communicate in Russian in authentic contexts by participating in courses with local students, providing service to community, or interning in one business. Letter grading.

M118. History of Russia, Origins to Rise of Muscovy. (4) (Same as History M127A.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Designed for juniors/seniors. Kievan Russia and its culture, Appanage principalities and towns; Mongol invasion; unification of Russian state by Muscovy, Autocracy and its Servitors; serfdom. P/NP or letter grading.

119. Golden Age and Great Realists. (4) Lecture, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Russian majors are advised to take this course in their sophomore year. Lectures and readings in English. Survey of 19th-century Russian literature (Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov) in its cultural, political, and social contexts. P/NP or letter grading.

120. Literature and Revolution. (4) Lecture, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Russian majors are advised to take this course in their sophomore year. Lectures and readings in English. Major works of the 20th century (Belyi, Pasternak, Bulgakov, Solzhenitsyn, and others) from prerevolutionary avant-garde to the present. P/NP or letter grading.

121. Russian Pop Culture. (5) Lecture, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Lectures and readings in English. Overview of Russian popular culture today, with examination of status of Russia’s classic(al) traditions for artists and audiences working in modern Russia. Death of one tradition and attempts at creation of another lead away from written word into neighboring forms of expression, primarily visual. Consideration of battles of modern storytelling with cinema, television, animation, music videos, and Internet. Letter grading.

122. Siberia. (5) Lecture, three hours. Introductory survey in which current cultural and ecological issues are situated in their geographical and historical background, including analysis of Siberian human geography before first contact with European colonizers and development of modes of interaction among different cultural groups. Reading in English of selection of literary works by well-known 20th-century Siberian writers whose texts serve as locus for closer examination of Siberian regional literary culture and ecological network within which it exists. Letter grading.

C124C. Studies in Russian Literature: Chekhov. (4) (Formerly numbered 124C.) Lecture, three hours. Lectures and readings in English. Survey of short stories, novellas, and major plays (The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard), with discussion of Russian and American productions. Concurrently scheduled with course C224C. P/NP or letter grading.

C124D. Studies in Russian Literature: Dostoevsky. (4) (Formerly numbered 124D.) Lecture, three hours. Lectures and readings in English. In-depth reading of major fictional works such as Crime and Punishment, Notes from the Underground, and The Brothers Karamazov. Concurrently scheduled with course C224D. P/NP or letter grading.

C124G. Studies in Russian Literature: Gogol. (4) (Formerly numbered 124G.) Lecture, three hours. Lectures and readings in English. Short stories, novel Dead Souls, and selected plays. Concurrently scheduled with course C224G. P/NP or letter grading.

C124N. Studies in Russian Literature: Nabokov. (4) Lecture, three hours. Lectures and readings in English. Russian novelist (The Gift), American novelist (Lolita), autobiographer (Speak Memory), and critic. Concurrently scheduled with course C277. P/NP or letter grading.

C124P. Studies in Russian Literature: Pushkin. (4) (Formerly numbered 124P.) Lecture, three hours. Lectures and readings in English. Major works in all genres, including lyric poetry, narrative poems, plays, prose fiction, and selected letters. Concurrently scheduled with course C224P. P/NP or letter grading.

C124T. Studies in Russian Literature: Tolstoy. (4) (Formerly numbered 124T.) Lecture, three hours. Lectures and readings in English. Early and late stories and novellas, excerpts from the diaries and one major novel such as War and Peace or Anna Karenina. Concurrently scheduled with course C224T. P/NP or letter grading.

125. Russian Novel in Its European Setting. (4) Lecture, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Lectures and readings in English. Emphasis on 19th- and 20th-century novelists.

126. Russian Theater: Plays and Performance. (4) Lecture, three hours. Lectures and readings in English. Major Russian plays and living tradition of performance from classical to avant-garde. P/NP or letter grading.

M127. Women in Russian Literature. (4) (Same as Gender Studies M127.) Lecture, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Lectures and readings in English. Introduction to alternative tradition of women’s writings in Russia and Soviet Union. Emphasis on images of women expressed in this tradition as compared with those found in works of contemporary male writers. P/NP or letter grading.

128. Russian Science Fiction. (4) Lecture, three hours. Readings in English. Introduction to Russian science fiction in the 20th century. Emphasis on function of science fiction in development of Russian culture before and after the October Revolution. P/NP or letter grading.

129. Animation and Music Video. (5) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Designed for juniors/seniors. Lectures and readings in English. Humanities have recently passed through so-called visual turn: traditional emphases on language(s) in field have been reconsidered in light of society’s increasingly visual workings. New attitude toward our own changing culture (i.e., toward its future) has equal value if applied retrospectively to multiple cultures of one erstwhile empire. In territory where many tongues or traditions needed to be ironed out, visual often plays special role in social cohesion. Because of past politics and today’s profit-driven events, small fickle forms of visual narrative reflect change and social chance much better than ponderous grandeur of feature-length cinema. Letter grading.

130A-130B-130C. Russian Poetry. (4-4-4) Lecture, three hours. Preparation: third-year Russian recommended. Lectures and readings in Russian. May be repeated for credit with topic and/or instructor change. 130A. Introduction to Analysis of Russian Poetry. Role of biography, cultural subtexts, rhetoric, and form in interpreting poetic texts. 130B. Poetry of Russian Neoclassicism, Romanticism, and Realism. Major works of late 18th and 19th centuries in their historical and cultural contexts. 130C. Russian Poetry in the 20th Century. Major poetic schools from early modernism (symbolism, futurism, acmeism) to contemporary avant-garde.

131. History of Russian Cinema. (4) Lecture, three hours. Overview of most popular art form in world’s largest nation to show how cinema struggled under incipient capitalism in Russia, how moviemaking on other side of world departed from path marked out by Hollywood and London, how films operate as form of nationwide persuasion, relationship between word and image in those acts of persuasion, how even frightening dogma cannot escape importance of audience desire(s), different forms of social existence as refuge from both capitalism and communism, and what values of world’s biggest country are. Role of language in self-definition. Is selfhood verbal or visual matter? P/NP or letter grading.

M132. Comparative Media Studies. (4) (Same as Comparative Literature M132.) Lecture, three hours. History, form, and function of various media. Grounded in political and commercial experience of eastern Europe, comparative investigation of media technologies, today’s burgeoning markets, and yesterday’s tragic abuses. Development of media form(s) and content across various times, places, and cultures, with special attention to Slavic phenomena. Letter grading.

140A-140D. Russian Prose Fiction. (4 each) Lecture, three hours. Preparation: third-year Russian recommended. Lectures and readings in Russian. May be repeated for credit with topic and/or instructor change. P/NP or letter grading. 140A. Introduction to Analysis of Russian Narrative Prose. Close analysis of genre, narrative, and rhetorical strategies and interplay of literature, history, and culture. 140B. Russian Romantic Prose. Karamzin, Pushkin, Gogol, and others. 140C. Great Realists. Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and others. 140D. 20th-Century Modernism.

150. Russian Folk Literature. (4) Lecture, four hours. Lectures and readings in Russian. P/NP or letter grading.

C170. Russian Folklore. (3 to 5) Lecture, three hours. Lectures and readings in English. General introduction to Russian folklore, including survey of genres and related folkloric phenomena. Concurrently scheduled with course C240. P/NP or letter grading.

187A. Advanced Tutorial Instruction in Russian. (2) Tutorial, one hour; laboratory, one hour. Enforced requisite: course 102C or Russian placement test. Tutorial and guided independent study of advanced Russian: advanced conversation, composition, vocabulary development, and review of selected grammar topics. May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.

187B-187M. Advanced Tutorial Instruction in Russian. (2 each) Tutorial, one hour; laboratory, one hour. Preparation: prior course in sequence or Russian placement test. Tutorial and guided independent study of advanced Russian: advanced conversation, composition, vocabulary development, and review of selected grammar topics. May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.

189. Advanced Honors Seminars. (1) Seminar, three hours. Limited to 20 students. Designed as adjunct to undergraduate lecture course. Exploration of topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities and led by lecture course instructor. May be applied toward honors credit for eligible students. Honors content noted on transcript. P/NP or letter grading.

189HC. Honors Contracts. (1) Tutorial, three hours. Limited to students in College Honors Program. Designed as adjunct to upper-division lecture course. Individual study with lecture course instructor to explore topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities. May be repeated for maximum of 4 units. Individual honors contract required. Honors content noted on transcript. Letter grading.

191. Variable Topics Research Seminars: Russian Literature. (4) Seminar, three hours. Requisite: course 6. Reading and discussion of selected authors; culminating seminar paper required. May be repeated for credit with topic and/or instructor change. P/NP or letter grading.