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Title
Section
Instructor
Term
Credits
Requirements
REES 301 — Directed Reading
Section 001, IND

WN 2007
Credits: 1 — 3
Other: INDEPENDENT

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

Advisory Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

REES 396 — Survey of East Central Europe
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Kennedy,Michael D; homepage

WN 2007
Credits: 4
Reqs: SS

Credit Exclusions: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in REES 397.

An interdisciplinary survey of the people, history, politics, government, economy, social institutions, literature, and arts of the communist and post-communist states of Eastern Europe and their relations with the rest of the world. Lectures and discussions.

REES 401 — Senior Seminar in Russian and East European Studies
Section 001, SEM

Instructor: Rosenberg,William G

WN 2007
Credits: 4

Content varies from term to term, depending on instructor's and students' interests. This course enables concentrators in Russian and East European Studies to use their language skills and broad interdisciplinary preparation in a research course.

Advisory Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

REES 402 — Honors Workshop, Junior
Section 001, IND

WN 2007
Credits: 2
Other: Honors

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 of their senior year.

Advisory Prerequisite: Honors student and junior standing, and permission of REES advisor.

REES 403 — Honors Colloquium, Senior
Section 001, IND

WN 2007
Credits: 1 — 6
Other: Honors

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

Advisory Prerequisite: 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. permission of instructor.

REES 405 — Topics in Russian and East European Studies
Section 001, LEC
Ethnicity & Violence in the Former Yugoslavia. Course meets March 8-29. (Drop/Add deadline=Mar. 14).

Instructor: Eagle,Herbert J; homepage

WN 2007
Credits: 1
Other: Minicourse

The minicourse will examine the political, economic, social and psychological factors which led to the shocking ethnic violence in former Yugoslavia in the 1990s (conflict involving Serbs, Croats, Bosnian Moslems, Albanians and Macedonians) through discussion and analysis of narrative and documentary films and accompanying historical readings. Evaluation of students' work will be based on class participation and one short paper due at semester's end.

REES 405 — Topics in Russian and East European Studies
Section 002, LEC
Music Literature and Politics. The Unbearable Lightness of Czech Arts & Politics. 1 credit. Course meets Jan 11-Feb 15. (Drop/Add deadline=Jan. 24).

Instructor: Stary,Martin

WN 2007
Credits: 1
Other: Minicourse

The course focuses on the ways music was being manifested in literary arts and to what extent both music and literature influenced political events and shaped cultural environment under the communist regime in post war Czechoslovakia (with the main stress on 1970s & 80s). Relevant historical events will be discussed. This will be a multimedia course. Literary excerpts will be studied, related music listened to, and also some movie samples watched and debated. The topics include, among others:

  • Milan Kundera's Joke: Dialogue between the Novel and Kundera's ambivalent approach to folk music;
  • Václav Havel, 'Literature from the Boiler Rooms' & Rebellion of Underground Music (Plastic People of the Universe);
  • Josef Škvorecký, the role of 68 Publishers & Ubiquitous Jazz Element in development of Škvorecký's characters;
  • Song writers, folk singers and the importance of their 'Song Poetry' in forming young generation's minds and in keeping older generation straight (Karel Kryl, Jaroslav Hutka, Jaromír Nohavica, et al.);
  • Czech poets and specific uses of their poetry in Czech Art Rock and Rhythm & Blues scene (Josef Kainar, Václav Hrabe, Pavel Srut, Petr Skoumal, et al.);
  • Bohumil Hrabal, Czech Jazz Section and the unique role of Jazz Music in crushing communist ideology.

REES 405 — Topics in Russian and East European Studies
Section 003, SEM
Modern Islamic Movements

Instructor: Knysh,Alexander D

WN 2007
Credits: 3

This course examines the rise and evolution of Islamic political movements in different areas of the Muslim world. After a brief introduction to Islam as a religious, cultural, and political tradition, the course will focus the phenomenon of so-called political Islam and political movements associated with it. The course will address their historical roots and ideological underpinnings. While the ideological premises shared by most Islamic movements are important, the course will also highlight the distinctive political and social strategies and agendas deployed by the participants in such movements in different regions. Special consideration will be given to the role of the political and social environments in which modern Islamic movements rise and evolve and which give them their distinct character. In addition to readings, course materials include recent films, lectures by guest speakers with expertise in different regional manifestations of political Islam, and a visit to an Islamic center in the Detroit Metro area.

Prerequisites: Students are expected to have a modicum of knowledge of Middle Eastern, Russian/Soviet and South Asian history and of Islamic religion.

Format: The coordinator of the course will lead discussions of reading assignments and moderate guest-speaker presentations in a seminar-like format.

REES 405 — Topics in Russian and East European Studies
Section 004, REC
Russia and its 'Easts'

Instructor: Northrop,Douglas Taylor; homepage

WN 2007
Credits: 3

This topical seminar explores an important theme in tsarist Russian and Soviet history. The focus is on issues of race, ethnicity, and nationality — on the macro level of state politics, discourse, and economic, social, and cultural policy as well as on the micro level of lived social experience and personal identity. Students will work extensively with a wide variety of primary documents (in translation) and will use the lens of Soviet history to consider general technical and conceptual problems of historical analysis. Topics to be addressed include: the nature of "nationhood"; continuities and the lack thereof in tsarist and Soviet policies towards non-Russian groups; historiographical debates over the character of such policies; distinctions among non-Russian groups; the problem of studying groups without "voices" of their own; the role of ethnicity and nationality in the disintegration of the USSR; and the role of Russian nationalism.

REES 410 — Polish Culture
Section 001, SEM
Rock Kills Communism: Dismantling of the Totalitarian State in Poland. 1 credit. March 7 — April 11. (Drop/Add deadline=Mar. 13).

Instructor: Westwalewicz,Piotr Antoni; homepage

WN 2007
Credits: 1
Other: Minicourse

Rock music was the primary factor in the process of defeating totalitarianism in Poland — argued Franciszek Walicki, one of the prominent veterans of Polish pop music, during a conference on rock and politics in Gdańsk in 2000.

Did Polish popular culture destroy the very foundations of Communism? Or did the decline of Communism allow the increasingly critical voices of prominent cabaret artists, pop musicians and cartoonists to express the sentiments of the population?

A study of Polish popular culture in the 1970's and 1980's, the last two decades of the Communist rule in Poland and other Central and Eastern European countries. Humor, music, political and social commentary by such icons of Polish counterculture as Młynarski, Grzeskowiak, Chyła, Mleczko, Olewicz, Hołdys, Mogielnicki, Ciechowski, and others. A detailed analysis of texts, drawings, performances and films documenting the gradual collapse of the Communist control of all aspects of life.

Grading will be based on attendance, participation, and short reflection papers.

All required readings will be contained in a course pack.

No knowledge of Polish language and culture necessary.

REES 795 — Research Seminar in Russian and East European Studies
Section 001, SEM

Instructor: Rosenberg,William G

WN 2007
Credits: 3

A research seminar on topics in Russian and East European Studies.

Advisory Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.

REES 801 — Directed Reading
Section 001, IND

WN 2007
Credits: 1 — 3

Designed for individual students who have an interest in a specific topic (usually that has stemmed from a previous course). An individual instructor must agree to direct such a reading, and the requirements are specified when approval is granted.

Advisory Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.

 
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