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Russian Studies

Courses Offered: Fall 2003

RUSS 1001. Russian Level I (3) Lab work. P: No previous study of Russian or placement in RUSS 1001 by Russian placement test. First of four-course sequence. Intensive training in basic skills of writing, reading, speaking, and understanding Russian.

RUSS 1003. Russian Level III
(3) P: RUSS 1002 or placement in 1003 by Russian placement test. Third of four-course sequence. All language skills strengthened. Introduction to texts which enhance study of Russian in cultural context.

RUSS 2120. Introduction to Russian Culture
(3) (GE:HU) (F) Taught in English. No knowledge of Russian required. May not count toward foreign language requirement. Introduction to the most significant achievements of Russian culture in their socio-historical context through study and discussion of important literary texts and other cultural elements.

RUSS 2700. Special Topics. Contact Dr. Murenina or Dr. Henning for details.

POLS 3236. The Soviet Successor States (3) (GE:SO) Political structures, institutions, and processes of eastern European states of former Soviet Union, Particularly Russia and Ukraine. Legacies of communism and current political, economic, and social transformations.

HIST 3550. History of Russia to 1917 (3) (F) (GE:SO) Rise of the Russian state, from the migration of Slavic tribes to the formation of the Soviet Union. Emphasis on the land, peoples, government and policy.

ANTH 4000. Special topics: Cultures of Europe. 1-1:50 MWF Instructor: Jami Leibowitz. "Take a journey through Europe as we rediscover a continent we think we know. Topical issues such as family, gender, nationalism, religion and folklore will be discussed for a variety of counties / regions throughout Europe with a particular emphasis on Eastern Europe."


Courses Offered: Spring 2004

RUSS 1002. Russian Level II (3) Lab work. P: RUSS 1001 or placement in 1002 by Russian placement test. Second of four-course sequence. Further intensive training in basic skills of Russian language. TTH 12:30-1:45 GC 1025 Dr. Elena Murenina.

RUSS 1004. Russian Level IV (3) P: RUSS 1003 or placement in 1004 by Russian placement test. Fourth of four-course sequence. Emphasis on speaking and understanding written and spoken Russian. TTH 2:00-3:15 GC 3321 Dr. Elena Murenina.

RUSS 2221. Twentieth Century Russian Literature in Translation (3) (GE:HU) Taught in English. No knowledge of Russian required. May not satisfy a foreign language requirement. Literature and culture of Russia and the Soviet Union during twentieth century through reading and discussion of significant texts in translation. TTH 11:00-12:15 GC 2011 Dr. Elena Murenina.

RUSS 2700. Special Topics. Contact Dr. Murenina or Dr. Henning for details.

ECON 3323-002/-299. Economic Transition in Russia. P: ECON 2113 or ECON 2133. Analysis of the Soviet command economy and the problems of its transformation to a modern market economy in Russia TTH 3:30 -4:45 Brewster C-301 Dr. Richard Ericson.

HIST 5470. History of Soviet Russia since 1917. Russian Revolutions of 1917 and the rise of the Soviet Union to superpower status. MWF 10-10:50 Brewster B 204. Dr. Victoria Frede.

HNRS 2116.
Russian and Soviet Film
Dr. Elena Murenina W 2:00pm to 5:00pm GC 2011
A great opportunity to watch some of the best Russian movies of all times. "Of all the arts, cinema is the most important," wrote Lenin. Since before the Bolshevik Revolution, film has affirmed Russia's place in world culture, not only through the technical skill of its famous filmmakers, but also through the beauty and emotional power of their images. It has played an important role in the establishment of a Russian national identity throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. This course will concentrate on masterpieces of Russian and Soviet cinema from the Silent Era through the present. We will consider the works of the greatest Russian and Soviet filmmakers, some of whom are virtually unknown in the United States: S. Eisenstein, S. Tarkovsky, N. Mikhalkov, S. Paradzhanov, D. Abuladze, A. Sokurov. Students will learn how to analyze films as visual texts and to understand them in their historical, cultural, political, and esthetic contexts. The course will consider the basic elements of film analysis as well as both Russian and Soviet film theory in comparison with Hollywood productions. Screenings will be preceded by presentations and followed by class discussions. Students will be expected to write several reaction papers and short essays on film topics of their choice.


Courses Offered: Summer 2004

INTL 1000 (SSI) Introduction to International Studies. INTL 1000 (Introduction to International Studies) will meet in an intensive two-week session beginning May 18. The class will meet for 3 hours per day 8-11 am every day. The course is on globalization issues. The unique feature of the class is that we are teaching it through the global classroom with students from Saratov State University in Saratov, Russia. Even more unique, the instructor, Dr. Dan Masters, will be in Ekaterinburg, Russia, teaching the course. So this will be a three-way audio-visual link up between Urals Academy (Ekaterinburg) Saratov State University and ECU. Enrollment is limited to 10-14.