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Spring 2010

Russian Language

Ukrainian Language

Polish Language

Introductory and Survey Courses, Conducted in English

Intermediate and Advanced Seminars, Conducted in English

Intermediate and Advanced Seminars, Conducted in Russian

Courses for Students Who Speak Russian at Home

Graduate Level Courses

Courses Offered Through CLPS


Russian Language

RUSS002 Elementary Russian II
Prerequisite: RUSS 001 or placement exam

001 MTWRF 11am - 12pm Walker
002 MTWRF 3 - 4pm Oleinichenko
See "Courses Offered Through CLPS" below for additional times.

Continuation of RUSS001. Further work developing basic language skills using exciting authentic materials about life in present-day Russia. At the conclusion of the course, students will be prepared to negotiate most basic communication needs in Russia (getting around town, ordering a meal, buying goods and services, polite conversation about topics of interest) and to comprehend most texts and spoken material at a basic level.

RUSS004 Intermediate Russian II
Prior language study required
Prerequisite: RUSS 003 or placement exam

001 MW 10am - 11pm, TR 9:30am - 10:30am Walker
002 MTWR 5 - 6pm Oleinichenko
See "Courses Offered Through CLPS" below for additional times.

A continuation of RUSS003. This course will further develop your ability to use the Russian language in the context of everyday situations (including relationships, travel and geography, leisure activities) and also through reading and discussion of elementary facts about Russian history, excerpts from classic literature and the contemporary press and film excerpts. At the end of the course you will be able to negotiate most daily situations, to comprehend most spoken and written Russian, to state and defend your point of view. Successful completion of the course prepares students to satisfy the language competency requirement.

RUSS312 Advanced Conversation & Composition II
Prior language study required
Prerequisite: RUSS311 or placement exam

MWF 12 -1pm Korshunova

Primary emphasis on speaking, writing, and listening. Development of advanced conversational skills needed to carry a discussion or to deliver a complex narrative. This course will be based on a wide variety of topics from everyday life to the discussion of political and cultural events. Russian culture and history surveyed briefly. Materials include Russian TV broadcast, newspapers, Internet, selected short stories by contemporary Russian writers. Offered each spring.

RUSS361 Literacy in Russian II
Prior language experience required

MWF 10 -11am Korshunova

This course is a continuation of RUSS360. In some cases, students who did not take RUSS360 but have basic reading and writing skills may be permitted to enroll with the instructor's permission. Students who complete RUSS361 with a passing grade will satisfy the Penn Language Requirement.

RUSS409 Politics of Russian History
Conducted in Russian
Prerequisite(s): RUSS 312 or placement exam

TR 1:30 - 3pm Platt

This course continues developing students’ advanced skills in Russian. Since the breakup of the Soviet Union twenty years ago, Russians have been intensively “re-digesting” their history. Both the more distant past (the era of princes, tsars and emperors) and the recent past (the times of communist leaders Lenin and Stalin) have gained new meanings in light of the post-Soviet transformation of Russian politics. What is the meaning of Russia’s religious heritage in the twenty-first century? What is the nature of Russia’s relationship to Europe? Was Stalin’s murderous suppression of millions a fair price for the modernization of Russia into the Soviet superpower? Who in the present day should bear the guilt for Soviet-era abuses and war crimes? These are some of the questions we will study, by means of examinations of contemporary Russian journalism, literature and film. All class discussions and primary sources will be in Russian. Some secondary readings will be in English.

RUSS508 Advanced Russian for Business
Prerequisite: any 400-level course, or comparable language competence

TR 1:30 - 3pm Bourlatskaya

This advanced language course focuses on developing effective oral and written communication skills for working in a Russian-speaking business environment. Students will discuss major aspects of Russian business today and learn about various Russian companies using material from the current Russian business press. In addition, students will be engaged in a number of creative projects, such as business negotiation simulations, and simulation of creating a company in Russia.

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Ukrainian Language

SLAV593 Intermediate Ukrainian II
Offered through Penn Language Center

MW 5 - 7pm Rudnytzky L

SLAV595 Advanced Ukrainian II
Offered through Penn Language Center
Prior Language Experience Required

MW 7 - 8:30pm Rudnytzky L

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Polish Language

SLAV504 Intermediate Polish II
Offered through Penn Language Center

MW 6 - 8pm Wolski-Moskoff

SLAV506 Polish for Heritage Speakers II
Offered through Penn Language Center

MW 4 - 5:30pm Wolski-Moskoff

Continuation of SLAV505.

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Introductory and Survey Courses, Conducted in English

RUSS155 Russian Literature after 1870
All readings and lectures in English
Arts and Letters Sector (All Classes)
Cross-Cultural Analysis (Class of '10 and after)

TR 1:30 - 3pm Walker

Perhaps nowhere in the world of letters do fiction, history, utopia, and apocalypse collide to more fantastic effect than they do in twentieth-century Russian literature. In this course we will familiarize ourselves with some of the major writers published in Russian from the turn of the last century to the 1990s (a time-frame in which Russia experiences two revolutions, two world wars, a workers’ paradise and more than one total collapse of society), and above all we will examine how their works contend with the hell and promise of what we call modernity. Readings will include novels, short stories and poems by Chekhov, Bely, Babel, Zamyatin, Nabokov, Bulgakov, Akhmatova, Mandelstam, Platonov, Erofeev, Tolstaya and others. All lectures and readings will be in English.                Syllabus

RUSS165 Russian and Eastern European Film II
All readings and lectures in English
Distribution III, Arts & Letters (Class of '09 and prior)
Cross-listing: CINE265; SLAV165

MW 2 - 3:30pm Todorov

The purpose of this course is to present the Russian and East European contribution to world cinema in terms of film theory, experimentation with the cinematic language, and social and political reflex. We discuss major themes and issues such as: the invention of montage, the means of visual propaganda and the cinematic component to the communist cultural revolutions, party ideology and practices of social engineering, cinematic response to the emergence of the totalitarian state in Russia and its subsequent installation in Eastern Europe after World War II; repression, resistance and conformity under such a system; legal and illegal desires; the nature of the authoritarian personality, the mind and the body of homo sovieticus; sexual and political transgression; treason and disgrace; public degradation and individual redemption; the profane and the sublime ends of human suffering and humiliation; the unmasking of the official "truth" as a general lie.

RUSS187 Portraits of Soviet Society: Literature, Film , Drama
All readings and lectures in English
Cross-listing: HIST046

TR 10:30am - 12pm Platt

This course covers 20C Russian cultural and social history. Each week-long unit is organized around a medium-length film, text or set of texts (novella, play, memoir, set of short stories) which opens up a single “scene” of social history—work, village, apartment, war, Gulag, and so on. Each of these cultural texts is ac­companied by a set of supplementary materials—historical readings, paintings, cultural-analytical readings, excerpts from other literary works, etc. The object of the course is to understand the social codes and rituals that informed twentieth-century Soviet life, and to apply this knowledge in interpreting literary texts, other cultural objects, and even historical and social documents (letters, memoranda, etc.). We will attempt to understand social history and cultural inter­pretation as separate disciplines—yet also as disciplines that can inform one another. In short: we will read the social history through culture, and read cultural works against the social history.

RUSS197 Madness and Madmen in Russian Culture
All readings and lectures in English
Humanities and Social Sciences Sector (New Curriculum Only)
Cross-listing: COML197

MW 2 - 3:30pm Vinitsky

This course will explore the theme of madness in Russian literature and arts from the medieval period through the October Revolution of 1917. The discussion will include formative masterpieces by Russian writers (Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, and Bulgakov), painters (Repin, Vrubel, Filonov), composers (Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, and Stravinsky), and film-directors (Protazanov, Eisenstein), as well as non-fictional documents such as Russian medical, judicial, political, and philosophical treatises and essays on madness.

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Intermediate and Advanced Seminars, Conducted in English

RUSS275 Russian History in Film
All readings and lectures in English
Distribution III, Arts & Letters (Class of '09 and prior)
Cross-Cultural Analysis (Class of '10 and after)
Cross-listing: CINE275

MW 3:30 - 5pm Todorov

This course draws on fictional, dramatic and cinematic representations of Russian history based on Russian as well as non-Russian sources and interpretations. The analysis targets major modes of imagining, such as narrating, showing and reenacting historical events, personae and epochs justified by different, historically mutating ideological postulates and forms of national self-consciousness. Common stereotypes of picturing Russia from "foreign" perspectives draw special attention. The discussion involves the following themes and outstanding figures: the mighty autocrats Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, and Catherine the Great; the tragic ruler Boris Godunov; the brazen rebel and royal impostor Pugachev; the notorious Rasputin, his uncanny powers, sex-appeal, and court machinations; Lenin and the October Revolution; images of war; times of construction and times of collapse of the Soviet Colossus.

RUSS430 Ethnic Conflict in Film
All readings and lectures in English
Distribution II, History & Tradition (Class of '09 and Prior)
Cross-Cultural Analysis (Class of '10 and after)
Cross-listing: CINE365
Offered through CLPS

M 5:30 - 8:30pm Todorov

Forms a part of the CLPS Masters in Liberal Arts Program. This course studies the cinematic representation of civil wars, ethnic conflicts, nationalistic doctrines, and genocidal policies. The focus is on the violent developments that took place in Russia and on the Balkans after the collapse of the Soviet Bloc and were conditioned by the new geopolitical dynamics that the fall of communism had already created. We study media broadcasts, documentaries, feature films representing the Eastern, as well as the Western perspective. The films include masterpieces such as "Time of the Gypsies", "Underground", "Prisoner of the Mountains", "Before the Rain", "Behind Enemy Lines", and others.

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Intermediate and Advanced Seminars, Conducted in Russian

RUSS409 Politics of Russian History
Conducted in Russian
Prerequisite(s): RUSS 312 or placement exam

TR 1:30 - 3pm Platt

This course continues developing students’ advanced skills in Russian. Since the breakup of the Soviet Union twenty years ago, Russians have been intensively “re-digesting” their history. Both the more distant past (the era of princes, tsars and emperors) and the recent past (the times of communist leaders Lenin and Stalin) have gained new meanings in light of the post-Soviet transformation of Russian politics. What is the meaning of Russia’s religious heritage in the twenty-first century? What is the nature of Russia’s relationship to Europe? Was Stalin’s murderous suppression of millions a fair price for the modernization of Russia into the Soviet superpower? Who in the present day should bear the guilt for Soviet-era abuses and war crimes? These are some of the questions we will study, by means of examinations of contemporary Russian journalism, literature and film. All class discussions and primary sources will be in Russian. Some secondary readings will be in English.

RUSS508 Advanced Russian for Business
Prerequisite: any 400-level course, or comparable language competence

TR 1:30 - 3pm Bourlatskaya

This advanced language course focuses on developing effective oral and written communication skills for working in a Russian-speaking business environment. Students will discuss major aspects of Russian business today and learn about various Russian companies using material from the current Russian business press. In addition, students will be engaged in a number of creative projects, such as business negotiation simulations, and simulation of creating a company in Russia.

 

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Courses for Students Who Speak Russian at Home

RUSS361 Literacy in Russian II
Prior language experience required

MWF 10 -11am Korshunova

This course is a continuation of RUSS360. In some cases, students who did not take RUSS360 but have basic reading and writing skills may be permitted to enroll with the instructor's permission. Students who complete RUSS361 with a passing grade will satisfy the Penn Language Requirement.

RUSS508 Advanced Russian for Business
Prerequisite: any 400-level course, or comparable language competence

TR 1:30 - 3pm Bourlatskaya

This advanced language course focuses on developing effective oral and written communication skills for working in a Russian-speaking business environment. Students will discuss major aspects of Russian business today and learn about various Russian companies using material from the current Russian business press. In addition, students will be engaged in a number of creative projects, such as business negotiation simulations, and simulation of creating a company in Russia.

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Courses Offered Through CLPS

RUSS002 Elementary Russian II
Non-CLPS Students need permission from CLPS. Prerequisite: RUSS 001 or placement exam.

MW 6:30 - 9pm Oleinichenko L

Continuation of RUSS001. Further work developing basic language skills using exciting authentic materials about life in present-day Russia. At the conclusion of the course, students will be prepared to negotiate most basic communication needs in Russia (getting around town, ordering a meal, buying goods and services, polite conversation about topics of interest) and to comprehend most texts and spoken material at a basic level.

RUSS004 Intermediate Russian II
Non-CLPS Students need permission from CLPS. Prerequisite: RUSS003 or placement exam.

TR 5 - 7pm Oleinichenko L

A continuation of RUSS003. This course will further develop your ability to use the Russian language in the context of everyday situations (including relationships, travel and geography, leisure activities) and also through reading and discussion of elementary facts about Russian history, excerpts from classic literature and the contemporary press and film excerpts. At the end of the course you will be able to negotiate most daily situations, to comprehend most spoken and written Russian, to state and defend your point of view. Successful completion of the course prepares students to satisfy the language competency requirement.

RUSS430 Ethnic Conflict in Film
All readings and lectures in English. Cross-listing: CINE430

M 5:30 - 8:30pm Todorov

Forms a part of the CGS Masters in Liberal Arts Program. This course studies the cinematic representation of civil wars, ethnic conflicts, nationalistic doctrines, and genocidal policies. The focus is on the violent developments that took place in Russia and on the Balkans after the collapse of the Soviet Bloc and were conditioned by the new geopolitical dynamics that the fall of communism had already created. We study media broadcasts, documentaries, feature films representing the Eastern, as well as the Western perspective. The films include masterpieces such as "Time of the Gypsies", "Underground", "Prisoner of the Mountains", "Before the Rain", "Behind Enemy Lines", and others.

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