Slavic Languages and Literatures

Courses in Russian (Division 466)


101. First-Year Russian. No credit granted to those who have completed 103 or 111. (4). (FL).

In this course the student is introduced to the basics of Russian pronunciation and grammar. The course begins with an intensive study of the Russian sound system and orthographic rules (the alphabet and correct spelling). Students spend an average of 1.5 hours a day working in the language lab in the first few weeks of the course. After the basics of pronunciation and spelling are mastered, the course turns to the basics of the Russian grammar and the nature of the homework shifts. Now students spend two hours each week in the language lab, but do an average of 1 1.5 hours a night writing exercises. By the end of the term class is conducted entirely in Russian. The class is supplemented by video shows and slide shows. This class, just as Russian 102, 201, and 202 has evening exams. Students who intend to concentrate in Russian Language and Literature or in Russian and East European Studies might consider taking the intensive class, Russian 103.

102. First-Year Russian, Continued. Russian 101 or equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed 103, 111, or 112. (4). (FL).

In this course, the sequel to Russian 101, students complete their survey of Russian grammar, expanding their vocabulary and learning to express themselves in Russian about topics of interest including Russian and Soviet history and culture. The class is conducted entirely in Russian and is supplemented by video shows and slide shows. Students are expected to spend at least two hours a week listening to tapes in the language lab and to complete 1-1.5 hours of written homework every night. This course entails three hourly exams which are given in the evening over the course of the term.

103. First-Year Intensive Russian. No credit granted to those who have completed 101, 102, 111, or 112. (10). (FL).

This course meets ten hours a week and covers the material of Russian 101 and 102 in just one term, preparing students to continue their study of Russian on second year level in the Winter Term. (Students may then choose to continue in the intensive course, or change to the normally paced four-credit course). Students are expected to spend at least four hours a week in the language lab listening to tapes and to complete two-four hours of written homework every night. This course is particularly recommended for those students considering a concentration in Russian language and literature or Russian and East European Studies.

112. Special Reading Course, Continued. Russian 111 or equivalent. Credit is not granted for Russian 112 and Russian 102 or 103 without departmental permission. No credit granted to those who have completed 201, 202, or 203. (4). (Excl).

This is a tutorial course in which students improve their reading knowledge of Russian in their specific fields and improve their rate of translation to the level required for the doctoral language requirement. Russian 112 may not be used to satisfy the LSA foreign language requirement. (Mersereau)

201. Second-Year Russian. Russian 102 or 103 or equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed 111, 112, or 203. (4). (FL).

This course reviews and expands grammatical concepts first covered during the First-Year Russian (101 and 102) courses, focusing on verbal aspect, declension, and the verbs of placement. The course also emphasizes speaking and listening skills: classes are conducted in Russian. Students are expected to complete 8-12 hours of homework per week.

202. Second-Year Russian, Continued. Russian 201 or equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed 111, 112, or 203. (4). (FL).

This course assumes students' knowledge of the fundamentals of Russian grammar, and involves a comprehensive study of the declension of numbers, the use of verbs of motion (with and without spatial prefixes), the formation and usage of participles and gerunds. Students read and write texts of increasing complexity, discussing Russian and Soviet history, culture and other topics of interest. The course is conducted in Russian and requires 8-12 hours of homework per week

203. Second-Year Intensive Russian. Russian 102 or 103 or equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed 201 or 202. (10). (FL).

An intensive course meeting ten hours a week, this course covers in one term the material which is usually covered in two terms in 201 and 202. Special emphasis is placed on speaking, comprehension, and vocabulary building. The course is conducted in Russian and is especially recommended for students who intend to concentrate in Russian Language and Literature or in Russian and East European Studies. Students should expect to do two-four hours of homework a night.

302. Third-Year Russian. Russian 301. No credit granted to those who have completed 303. (4). (N.Excl).

Third year Russian, 302, is a continuation of Russian 301, or it can be taken with permission from the instructor. It covers the following: (1) a review of Russian grammar (book: EXERCISES by the University of Michigan); (2) readings in Russian culture and literature; and (3) modern conversational Russian (book: SPEAKING RUSSIAN by Khavronina). It is a recitation course and students are asked to participate in class discussions. Students are evaluated on the basis of review grammar quizzes in class, translations, and compositions written at home.

352. Introduction to Russian Literature. Russian 351. (3). (Excl).

This course, a continuation of Russian 351, introduces further aspects of Russian literature and literary criticism, and develops linguistic skills. It aims to increase vocabulary, improve reading skills, and enable students to write fluently in Russian, while providing an introduction to Russian literary history and critical methodology. Students are required to read, in Russian, various selections of Russian poetry and prose. Classes are conducted in Russian, with regular discussions. Weekly essays, a midterm and a final are required. Longer and more demanding texts are read in 352 than in 351, and an initial fluency in reading is expected. (Milman)

402. Fourth-Year Russian. Russian 401. No credit granted to those who have completed 403. (4). (N.Excl).

Russian 401 is offered during the Fall Term and Russian 402 during the Winter Term of every academic year. Prerequisites: three years of Russian (minimum). Work in class and in the language lab covers the following: advanced Russian phonetics, reading of various texts, compositions and oral reports. Work in grammar covers Russian verbal prefixes and aspects, a review of the verbs of motion, participles and verbal adverbs. Progress is checked by examinations and term papers. (Section 001 Milman; Sections 002-003 - Challis)

410/Educ. D437. Teaching of Russian. Permission of instructor. (2). (Excl).

Required for teaching assistants and instructors of Russian. This course provides a broad range of data, theory and techniques designed to make Russian teaching as effective as possible. Specific topics include: the A-L method and other theoretical approaches; how to improve student's pronunciation; types of drills and exercises (oral and written); teaching aids and specialized reference works; tips on maintaining student interest, etc. The course will be conducted in quasi-seminar fashion, but with a final exam. Each member will also give periodic demonstrations of teaching methods. Several guest lecturers will be featured. Text: Nelson Brooks, LANGUAGE AND LANGUAGE LEARNING. THEORY AND PRACTICE (any edition).

420. Russian Stylistics. Russian 402 or 403 or equivalent. (3). (N.Excl).

Investigation of stylistic features (choice of words, tropes, symbols, imagery, characterization and composition devices as related to thematics) of a particular literary school, movement, or author. Short essays involving stylistic analysis. A course conducted in Russian. (Humesky)


450. Twentieth-Century Russian Literature. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (HU).

Major artistic achievements and historically significant events in Russian poetry and prose in the Soviet Union and in exile since 1930. (Ronen)

452/RC Hums. 452. Survey of Russian Literature. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (HU).

See RC Humanities 452. (Mersereau)

Courses in Armenian (Division 474)

172/Armenian 172. First-Year Armenian. Slavic Ling. 171. (4). (FL).

Assuming no prior exposure to the language, first-year Armenian aims at establishing the reading, writing, and speaking skills. Class time is spent on explaining grammar, reading, oral translation and guided conversation. Frequent short homework assignments and listening to tapes which parallel the textbook. Grade is based on homework, classroom participation and three hour-exams. (Bardakjian)

272/Armenian 272. Second-Year Armenian. Slavic Ling. 271. (4). (FL).

Second year Armenian constitutes the third and fourth term of the four-term sequence in Western Armenian. It aims at improving the student's reading, writing, and speaking skills. Guided classroom conversation, daily readings, occasional short essays. Time permitting, brief introduction to Eastern Armenian through simple readings. Grade is based on classroom participation, homework and one to two hour exams. (Bardakjian)

Courses in Czech (Division 355)

142. First-Year Czech. Czech 141 or equivalent. (4). (FL).

This course is a continuation of Czech 141 with emphasis on the development of reading and speaking skills in target language. Students with previous knowledge of any other Slavic language may inquire at the Slavic Department Office for enrollment in this course. (Kajlik)

480. Supervised Czech Reading. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (HU). May be elected for credit twice.

Selected readings in Czech literature on specific topics according to the student's needs and qualifications. Knowledge of Czech through Czech 142 is required. All readings are in both English and Czech. (Toman)

484. Modern Czech Literature. (3). (HU).

The course covers major points in Czech literary history from the late 18th century until present times. Authors and schools are studied both within the particular Czech context as well as under a broader comparative perspective. Recent and contemporary literary developments are stressed. Reading knowledge of Czech is recommended but not required. (Toman)

Courses in Polish (Division 447)


122. First-Year Polish. Polish 121. (4). (FL).

Assuming no prior knowledge of the language, First-Year Polish aims at establishing the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Class-time is spent on explaining grammar, reading and guided conversation. Homework consists of studying new vocabulary, memorizing structures, writing exercises, and spending one or two hours a week in the lab working on pronunciation. Grading is based on ten minute vocabulary quizzes and thirty minute grammar tests given every week, class participation and a final exam. The text for the course is BEGINNING POLISH by Alexander M. Schenker. Polish 121 covers units 1 through 13, Polish 122 (2nd term) covers units 14 through 25. (Piekarski)

222. Second-Year Polish. Polish 221. (4). (FL).

This course builds on work done in 121-122, First-Year Polish, and assumes a good knowledge of the grammatical structure of the language. Emphasis is placed first on reading Polish and second on developing increased competence in speaking and writing. (Witkowski)


426. Polish Literature in English. (3). (HU).

This is a continuation of Polish 425, although there is no prerequisite. The course surveys the development of Polish literature in terms of individual authors and major literary movements. Individual critical analyses of texts required. A knowledge of Polish is NOT required. All readings in English translation. Can NOT be taken as tutorial. (Najder)

Courses in Serbo-Croatian (Division 473)

132. First-Year Serbo-Croatian. Serbo-Croatian 131. (4). (FL).

An introduction to the grammar of the principal literary language of Yugoslavia, with exercises in reading, writing and speaking, including drill in the language laboratory.

232. Second-Year Serbo-Croatian. Serbo-Croatian 231. (4). (FL).

A continuation of 231, with emphasis on developing skills in reading, writing, and speaking.

439. Directed Reading of Serbo-Croatian Literature. Permission of instructor. (2). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for credit twice.

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for extensive reading in Serbo-Croatian of a variety of materials at an advanced level. The amount and type of subject matter covered is dependent upon preparation and interest of the individual student. Texts range from BELLES-LETTRES (short stories, novels) through journalism and history.

Courses in Ukrainian (Division 474)

421. Directed Reading in Ukrainian Literature. Open to non-concentrators. A knowledge of Ukrainian is not required. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of 8 credits.

Reading can be done in English or in Ukrainian. Plan of study is worked out with each student on an individual basis. Hourly discussion sessions are held once a week and a number of written essays are assigned per term (one for each credit earned).

Slavic Literatures and Cultures: Surveys and Comparative Courses

312/RC Hums. 312. Central European Cinema. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (HU).

DESCRIPTION: Cinema has played a crucial critical role in the socialist countries of Central Europe during the last three decades. Depending on the specifics of the political history of the particular country, certain periods (1966-68 in Czechoslovakia; the late 1960's and early 1970's in Yugoslavia; the late 1970's in Poland to 1981; and Hungary throughout the 1980's) have been particularly "open." The best cinema of these periods presents a remarkably frank and rich portrait of these societies often more critical than would be allowed in journalistic prose or in literature. The course will address the possibilities of film language as they have revealed themselves in the specific social, political, cultural, and ideological context of Central Europe. Among the topics covered will be the Czech New Wave (Kadar, Klos, Menzel, Forman); the Polish New Wave (Polanski, Wajda) with its symbolist and surrealist tendencies; the Yugoslav New Wave, in particular Dusan Makavejev's collage of fiction film, documentary and pseudo-documentary. The course does not require any special background or knowledge of Eastern European languages. Instructional methods will consist of brief introductory lectures, screenings of films, and intensive discussion and analysis in class. Student evaluation will be on the basis of class discussion and three short papers. (Eagle)

396/Hist. 333/Econ. 396/Pol. Sci. 396/Soc. 393/REES 396. Survey of Eastern Europe. (4). (SS).

See REES 396. (Meyer)

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