RUSSIAN 322 - Russia Today
Section: 001 Culture & Identity in a "Multi-national" State
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Russian (RUSSIAN)
Department: LSA Slavic Languages & Literatures
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May not be repeated for credit.
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This course is intended to introduce aspects of Russia today to a general student audience, with special emphasis on contemporary Russia as a “multi-national” country. Throughout the course various features of modern Russia will be examined through such diverse materials as the literature, cinema, and political history of recent years.

Among the many issues which this course intends to raise are: the complexities and contradictions of Russia as a multi-ethnic country (or, as most Russian-speakers would put it, a country of many different “nationalities”); the attempt to recover the past in Russian culture today; the ways we look at the Russians through our own media; the economic and political transformations of Russia, as reflected in culture and everyday life. Particular attention will be paid to the Chechen conflict, its meaning for Russia, and its representation in Russian culture, and to other “hot spots” of ethnic and national content that have emerged in recent years.

There are two informal lectures per week, and a discussion section. Written assignments for the course are: two short papers, three in-class writing assignments, and a weekly journal.

No background in the subject is required.

RUSSIAN 322 - Russia Today
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
Tu 1:00PM - 2:00PM
004 (DIS)
W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 9780195168945
Armageddon averted : the Soviet collapse, 1970-2000, Author: Kotkin, Stephen, 1959-, Publisher: Oxford University Press 2003
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780870032011
Putin's Russia, Author: Shevt?s?ova, Lilii?a? Fedorovn, Publisher: Carnegie Endowment for Interna 2003
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9785717200332
Skunk : a life, Author: Aleshkovskii?, P. (Petr), Publisher: Glas 1997
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780670030668
Homo zapiens, Author: Pelevin, Viktor., Publisher: Viking 2002
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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