Courses in Russian and East European Studies (REES) (Division 468)

301. Directed Reading. Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for a total of 6 credits.

Independent study, under the guidance of a faculty member, of a specialized topic in Russian, Soviet, or East European studies.

395/Hist. 332/Pol. Sci. 395/Slavic 395/Soc. 392. Survey of Russia: The Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the Successor States. (4). (SS). Laboratory fee ($10) required.

REES 395 is an interdisciplinary survey of the states and societies of the region of the former Soviet Union. The course explores the history of this area the formation and development of the Russian Empire before 1917, the Russian Revolution, the construction of the Soviet Union and its institutions, and the crisis of the Soviet system in addition to analyzing the dramatic political and social transformations after 1991. Emphasis is placed on the multinational and multicultural character of the states formed in this region. Lectures are given by specialists in political science, history, sociology, literature, film, music, economics, and anthropology, and introduce students to varied approaches in the study of the region. Readings include recent scholarship, documents, and literature; several films produced in the region will be shown. Requirements: midterm and final exams plus a book review. This course provides an excellent foundation for students considering careers in the new countries of the region and for concentrators in history, political science, Slavic, economics, anthropology, sociology, and Russian and East European Studies. (Rosenberg)
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402. Honors Workshop, Junior. Honors student and junior standing, and permission of REES advisor. (2). (Excl).

Methods workshop highly recommended for juniors of the REES Honors program. It is not available for general enrollment. Must be admitted by REES Honors advisor. Students who do not take it and want to write an Honors thesis their senior year must have a thesis proposal approved by both an individual advisor and the REES honor advisor before the start of the fall term their senior year.

403. Honors Colloquium, Senior. REES 402 or a thesis prospectus accepted (prior to start of fall term of senior year) by REES Honors Advisor and an individual thesis advisor. (1-6). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

The course is required of all senior Honors concentrators in REES and is open only to them. Must be admitted by REES Honors advisor.

405. Topics in Russian and East European Studies. (1-4). (Excl).
Section 001 The Fashioning of Women. (3 credits).
This course addresses a range of interdisciplinary issues regarding fashion as technology of gender. Fashion is taken as not simply self-fashioning, but the fashioning of women's bodies looks and lifestyles. The key themes of the course include: dress codes; clothes as an instrument of power; political implications of fashion; women and consumerism; cultural conceptions of the body; and canons of beauty. The material of the course is based on the history of European costume with a particular emphasis on Russian fashion; it will be interpreted in the context of social history and the codified roles of women in public and private life. The instructor is Olga Vainshtein, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow. (Vainshtein)
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490/Soc. 490/WS 492. Women and Islam: A Sociological Perspective. (3). (Excl).

See Sociology 490. (Göçek)
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