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. [Cost:2] [WL:4]

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, expand their vocabulary and learn 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. [Cost:2] [WL:4]

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. [Cost:3] [WL:4]

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. [Cost:3] [WL:4]

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. [Cost:3] [WL:4]

302. Third-Year Russian. Russian 301. No credit granted to those who have completed 303. (4). (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: Academy of Sciences, Moscow). 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. [Cost:1] [WL:2,3] 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)

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

Russian 401 is offered during the Fall Term and Russian 402 is offered 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, particles and verbal adverbs. Progress is checked by examinations and term papers. [Cost:1] [WL:2,3] (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). [Cost:2] [WL:3] (Milman)

414. Business Russian. Russian 402 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

This course is planned for advanced Russian students (fourth year or above) who are oriented toward economics, politics, or business. In particular, this would target seniors seeking experience in international business and graduate students in the Center for Russian and East European Studies Master's Degree program (or in various departments, who either wish to get a Ph.D in economics, political science or history). The course will focus upon the vocabulary and locations of commercial and political Russian, both oral and written. Students will be expected to learn the format and jargon for various types of business communication, and students will have a chance to improve their reading skills while working on numerous articles in political Russian. Quizzes and examinations will be given as appropriate, both written and oral. (Milman)

416. Analysis of Contemporary Spoken Russian. Russian 415. (3). (Excl).

This course is a continuation of Russian 415. The course will provide an analysis of selected features of modern spoken Russian, as illustrated in Soviet plays and prose work. There will be numerous discussions by the students, exclusively in Russian, under critical directory of a native speaker. All required and supplementary reading is to be from contemporary source materials in the Russian language. This course is designed to provide special advanced training in conversational Russian for students beyond Russian 401-402. [WL:3] (Milman)

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

This course deals with "literary" stylistics. This term the focus will be on small or marginal genres in the 20th century Russian prose, such as feuilleton, "miniature story," ironic prose," sketch etc. Lectures, discussions and all the readings will be in Russian. Some of the authors we shall read are Ilf and Petrov, Likhodeev, Krivin, Solzhenitsyn, and Sinjavsky. Five essays on the literary stylistics of the authors and genres studied. [Cost:1] [WL:3] (Humesky)


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

A survey of Russian literature in the Soviet period, including major works of Soviet and émigré prose and verse. Among the authors examined are Bulgakov, Tsvetaeva, Akhmatova, Pasternak, Solzhenitsyn, and recent Novel laureate Brodsky. Individual texts are examined in detail, and placed within the context of general literary, historical, and political developments. The course will conclude with an examination of the developments in Soviet literary life under Gorbachev. No background in the subject is expected. Three lectures a week. Midterm and final examinations; one paper. [Cost:2] [WL:3] (Makin)

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

This course, a continuation of Russian 451, gives an account of some of the major developments in Russian prose and drama in the last third of the nineteenth century. While particular attention is given to questions of literary analysis, individual works are studied in the context of history and politics of the period, and against the background of general currents of literature. Tolstoi's ANNA KARENINA, Dostoevskii's BROTHERS KARAMAZOV, and the major plays and prose of Chekhov are among the works studied. Class discussion is encouraged. There are two take-home examinations and a take-home final. A paper is required of graduates, Russian concentrators, and RC students. Optional for others. A knowledge of Russian is not required. [Cost:2] [WL:3] (Makin)

457. Russian Drama from Ostrovsky to the Present. Thorough knowledge of Russian. (3). (Excl).

Major dramatic works of the 19th and 20th centuries will be studied against the general cultural and literary background as well as the Russian theatrical tradition. Lectures, discussions, and readings will be in Russian. Three written hourly examinations and a final. All the reading materials are available at the Graduate Library and will be put on reserve at the UGLi. (Humesky)

472. Modern Russian Poetry. A knowledge of Russian is required. (3). (Excl).

An analysis of the place of poetry in modern Russian literature and culture. Basic principles of Acmeist and Futurist poetics. Modernism, tradition, and individual achievement are discussed. Detailed analysis of selected poems by Annenskij, Kuzmin, Xodasevic, Xlebnikov, Gumilev, Axmatova, Mandelstam, Pasternak, Cvetaeva, Majakovskij, and Esenin. A retrospective evaluation of their literary and historical significance, aesthetic merits, and influence upon modern critical thought and literary, linguistic and semiotic scholarship. Reading knowledge or Russian is required. [Cost:1] (Ronen)

Courses in Armenian (Division 474)

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

This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of Armenian. Reading, writing and speaking are equally emphasized. Homework assignments and listening to tapes on a regular basis, frequent short tests and a final examination are required. Overall performance throughout the year/term and in the final examination, and compliance with requirements will determine the grade. (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)

418/Armenian 418. The Post-Genocide Literature of the Armenian Dispersion. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

See Armenian 418. (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. [Cost:1] [WL:2] (Brodska)

480. Supervised Czech Reading. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). 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. [Cost:1] (Toman)

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

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. All readings are in English. [Cost:2] (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 FIRST YEAR POLISH by Oscar Swen. [Cost:1] [WL:4] (Carpenter)

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. [Cost:1] [WL:4]


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

This is a continuation of Polish 425, although there is no prerequisite. The course covers the period from mid-nineteenth century until the present. It surveys the development of Polish nineteenth and twentieth century 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 translations. Can NOT be taken as tutorial. [Cost:2] [WL:3] (Carpenter)

432. Topics in Polish Literature. Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate students. A knowledge of Polish is not required. (2). (Excl). May be elected for credit for a total of 6 hours.

Section 001 MODERN POLISH NOVEL. The course will examine the twentieth-century novel in Poland both in terms of themes and narrative techniques. It will concentrate on the problems of relationship between fiction and reality on the one hand, and the narrator and author on the other. The evolution of the Polish novel will be examined in the context of West European and Russian twentieth-century fiction. Readings will range from the naturalistic and modernistic novels of Young Poland to the expressionistic and mythopoetic novels of Bruno Schulz, the catastrophist fiction of St.I.Witkiewicz, and the existentialist novels of Witold Gombrowicz. Knowledge of Polish not required. [Cost:2] [WL:3] (Carpenter)

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. [Cost:1] [WL:2,3] (Karanovic)

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

A continuation of 231, with emphasis on developing skills in reading, writing, and speaking. [Cost:1] [WL:2,3] (Karanovic)

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 subject matter covered is dependent upon the preparation and interest of the individual student. Texts range from belles-lettres (short stories, novels) through journalism and history. [Cost:1] [WL:2] (Karanovic)

Courses in Ukrainian (Division 474)

152. First-Year Ukrainian. Ukrainian 151. (4). (FL).

Further study of basic morphology and syntax, singular and plural of nouns, adjectives and pronouns (the complete case system), verbs of motion, prefixation, numerals. Acquisition of new vocabulary, development of reading, writing and speaking skills. Textbook: MODERN UKRAINIAN by Assya Humesky, supplemented by INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTION (Ohio State University Slavic Papers, #25, #26). Quizzes, midterm and final. [Cost:2] [WL:5 This course is never closed] (Rowenchuk)

252. Second-Year Ukrainian. Ukrainian 251. (4). (FL).

Further grammar review, lengthier compositions, continued reading of current periodicals and excerpts from literature. Weekly conversation hour and one to two oral presentations. Exams and final five-page composition in Ukrainian. (Rowenchuk)

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). [Cost:1] [WL:3] (Humesky)

Slavic Linguistics, Literary Theory, Film, and Surveys(Division 474)

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

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

See REES 396. (Szporluk)

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