Slavic Spring Courses

Spring 2023 Tentative Russian & Slavic Course Offering Descriptions 

RUSS 3. Elementary Russian.

Continuation of Russian 2. Comprehensive introduction to Russian. Focus on developing basic communicative skills (speaking, listening comprehension, reading, writing) within the framework of contemporary Russian culture. Students acquire a basic grammatical framework for further language study. Audio, visual, and web-based materials included.

RUSS 6. Intermediate Russian.

Continuation of Russian 5. Focuses on developing fluency, expanding vocabulary, and acquiring basic reading and writing skills. Comprehensive review of basic Russian grammar; introduction to participles and verbal adverbs. Audio, video, and web-based materials are an integral part of the course.

RUSS 101F. Advanced Russian.

Larry McLellan

Continued development of oral and written fluency. Special attention to development of reading skills through a variety of texts related to Russian culture. Systematic review of advanced grammar. Compositions, translations, and oral presentations required. Periodic screenings of Russian films.

RUSS 122: Russian Novella

Sven Spieker

In Russian literature the novella is a genre quite distinct from the short story and the novel. All major writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries created important works in this form, so that a vast field for exploration and examination exists for such a genre course. Taught in Russian.


SLAV 130A: The Avant-garde of Russia

Margarita Delcheva

The Russian Avantgarde in its European context. The avantgarde and the revolution of 1917. Analysis of key figures and movements within the Russian Avantgarde. Taught in English.

SLAV 152C: Ideology and Representation

Katia McClain

How does the representation of the "enemy" during a conflict influence our attitudes toward that conflict? An examination of the images of the opponent in literature, film and journalism. special emphasis on Eastern Europe.


SLAV 181B/C LIT 181B: Special Topics in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies: Ukrainian Cinema and Culture

Sasha Razor

This seminar explores the history of Ukrainian cinema and culture from the early 20th century to the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian War, examining how it relates to the broader political, social, regional, and cultural contexts.