RUSSIAN 231 - Russian Culture and Society: An Introduction
Section: 001
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Russian (RUSSIAN)
Department: LSA Slavic Languages & Literatures
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This interdisciplinary course provides an introduction to Russian culture and seeks to acquaint students with the major achievements of Russian art, music, literature, architecture, and cinema. Students will be introduced to the most interesting aspects of Russian history, religious mind, social consciousness, and daily life. Examining the evolution of Russian culture from the 10th century to the present day, we study major masterpieces of Russian fiction and Russian primary chronicles (in excerpts), Russian icons and architecture, the so called 'Russian style' in fine arts, the basic writings of the Slavophiles and the Westernizers, as well as classics of Russian cinema. We will trace how the most important social, intellectual, and religious issues of Russian culture have been changing throughout Russian history. The course is taught with the aid of multimedia visual and audio presentations. Topics include reform and stagnation, violence and repentance, utopia and modernity. The course is designed to appeal to students with no background in Russian studies, and to those thinking about becoming Russian concentrators. No knowledge of Russian is required. Participation in class discussions, four quizzes, and final.

RUSSIAN 231 - Russian Culture and Society: An Introduction
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001 (LEC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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