Courses in Russian (Division 466)


101. First-Year Russian. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 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 almost 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 or are enrolled in 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 almost 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]

105. Spoken Russian I. Russian 101 or equivalent; student must be concurrently enrolled in Russian 102. (1). (Excl).

Russian 105, 106, and 107 are designed for students who wish to supplement their work in Russian grammar classes with more conversation practice. The courses meet for one hour per week, and are one credit hour. Students are expected to be prepared to converse on assigned topics. The conversation courses are recommended for those students considering a concentration in Russian, or for students from the Center for Russian and East European Studies. These courses are calibrated to move together with the regular Russian grammar courses, and are limited in size to 15 students, assuring all those interested have the opportunity to speak up in Russian. Generally 105 is appropriate for students in Russian 102, 106 for students in Russian 201, and 107 for students in 202 or even 301. An individual oral evaluation at the beginning of the course, and again at the completion, serves to provide a basis for the final grade. Participation is heavily considered in the final grade. [Cost:1] [WL:3]

106. Spoken Russian II. Russian 102 or equivalent; student must be concurrently enrolled in Russian 201. (1). (Excl).

Conversation practice course for students in Russian 201. See description for Russian 105.

107. Spoken Russian III. Russian 201 or equivalent; student must be concurrently enrolled in Russian 202. (1). (Excl).

Conversation practice course for students in Russian 202. See description for Russian 105.

111. Special Reading Course. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 101, 102, or 103. (4). (Excl).

Course designed for students, graduate or undergraduate, who wish to achieve a READING proficiency in Russian for research purposes. Concentration on rapid acquisition of basic grammar and syntax and on translation from Russian to English. No previous knowledge required. Quizzes and final translation exam. [Cost:1 for required text; Russ-Engl dictionary cost varies widely] (Titunik)

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 or are enrolled in 201, 202, or 203. (4). (Excl).

A tutorial (independent study) course intended as a follow-up to Russian 111. One individual meeting per week with instructor. Student chooses Russian material for translation from his/her own field of interest. Russian 111 or equivalent knowledge required. One final translation exam. [Cost:1 for required text; Russ-Engl dictionary cost varies widely] (Titunik)

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

An intensive course meeting ten hours a week + Language lunch table, this course covers 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 approximately 25-30 hours of homework per week (including language lab assignments). Texts: MAKING PROGRESS IN RUSSIAN, Davis & Opprendek; WORKBOOK TO DAVIS & OPPRENDEK; course pack of supplementary materials available at Kinko's Copies on East Liberty. Recommended is GETTING AROUND TOWN: SITUATIONAL DIALOGUES IN RUSSIAN, Slava Paperno. Students entering 203 should already have been introduced to the entire grammar (especially to all the case endings, singular and plural) and should have completed one of the standard first year textbooks, such as RUSSIAN, RUSSIAN FOR EVERYBODY, BEGINNING RUSSIAN, or RUSSIAN STAGE ONE. Students who have not completed such a textbook in their first year course are best advised to take Russian 102 before beginning the second year course. [Cost:3] [WL:2,3] (Barinova)

302. Third-Year Russian. Russian 301. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 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: Townsend, CONTINUING WITH RUSSIAN); (2) readings in Russian culture and literature; and (3) modern conversational Russian. 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. (Milman)

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

INTRODUCTION TO RUSSIAN POETRY (19TH-20TH CC). Major trends and authors, typical features of Russian poetics. Essays on six poets (Pushkin, Lermontov, Nekrasov, Blok, Esenin, Majakovsky). A midterm and final examination. [Cost:1] [WL:3] (Humesky)

355. Supervised Reading of Russian Literature. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for credit twice.

Students develop a term-long reading and writing project on a topic or topics in Russian literary or linguistic studies, in consultation with a member of the faculty. Readings usually include substantial amounts of Russian. Weekly meetings with the supervisor may be conducted in English or Russian. Writing assignments made according to the number of credit hours elected, but must correspond to the writing expectations of upper-level department courses. [Cost:1] [WL:2 (Makin)

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, teaching for proficiency, 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. Each member will also give periodic demonstrations of teaching methods, and, as a final exam, will be required to teach 1 hr. class. Several guest lecturers will be featured. (Milman)

414. Political Russian. Russian 302 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

The course is planned for advanced Russian students, who are oriented toward economics and politics. In particular juniors and seniors seeking experience in political science or political studies. Emphasis will be placed on the specialized vocabulary of politics and international affairs. The text is POLITICAL RUSSIAN, by Simes and Robin with audio-tapes. Weekly quizzes, final. (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).

The focus this term is on the short story. Some of the authors are Olesha, Babel, Zosheheuko, Plutonov, Teffi, Bunin, Averchenko. Three essays, one midterm, and a final examination. [Cost:1] [WL:3] (Humesky)


222. Culture of the Soviet Union Today. (3). (HU).

An examination of many aspects of the culture of the Soviet Union today; recent fiction, poetry, journalism; film and television; popular- and counter-cultural forms such as rock music, the style and language of the black market and the criminal underground. Problems of ethnicity, religion, private and public life, etc., are explored in terms of their cultural depiction and distortion. Abiding features of Russian culture (such as the privileged role of the writer), and the specific Soviet issues of a multi-ethnic country, the deeply contradictory situation of women, and the phenomenon of Russian culture beyond the Soviet Union are explored. The course aims to explore the many and diverse forms of "culture" within the Soviet Union, and simultaneously to raise questions about the meaning (and relativity) of the term culture in general. Three lectures; discussions encouraged; no background required; three short papers, final exam. [Cost:1] [WL:3] (Makin)

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. 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:4] (Brown)

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 BROTHER'S KARAMAZOV, and the major plays and prose of Chekhov are among the works studied. Class discussion is encouraged. Two papers, midterm and final examinations. Cost:2 WL:3 (Makin)

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

The subject of the course is Russian lyric poetry during the age of Symbolism, with some comparative material on longer narrative poems and verse drama. Reading, translation, and explication of selected poems by Vladimir Solov'ev, Brjusov, Bal'mont, Sologub, Zinaida Gippius, Konevskoj, Dobroljubov, Vladimir Gippius, Blok, Belyj, Vjaceslav Ivanov, Annenskij, Bunin, Komarovskij and Volosin. Knowledge of Russian is required. Translations are to be prepared for every class. There is a final exam. [Cost:1] (Ronen)

482. Ten Masterpieces of Russian Literature. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (2). (Excl).

Readings and analysis of selected shorter prose by Pushkin, Gogol, Lermontov, Turgenev, Len Tolstoy, Chekhov, Bulgakov, Mandelstam, Tynyanov, and Nabokov. Lectures and discussion. Knowledge of Russian not required. Midterm reports and final paper. (Ronen)

492. Senior Honors Course. Approval of departmental Honors Committee. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). 491 and 492 may be elected for a total of 6 credits.

During 492 (the second half of the year-long Honors course) the student produces a draft of a thesis of fifty to one hundred pages on a topic in literary or linguistic studies, and then, in consultation with a thesis supervisor and the Honors adviser, the final version of the thesis. Regular meetings with supervisor, participation in informal seminars, and successful submission of thesis lead to the award of an Honors degree in Russian. An oral defense may be required. [Cost:3] [WL:3] (Makin)

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. [Cost:1] (Bardakjian)

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

This course concentrates on reading Armenian texts with commentaries on grammatical and stylistic points, and an equal emphasis on conversation and frequent written work. Grade is based on performance, attendance and a final examination. The reading material consists of literature appended to Bardakjian's and Thompson's A TEXTBOOK OF MODERN WESTERN ARMENIAN and a course pack. [Cost:1] (Bardakjian)

Courses in Czech (Division 355)

242. Second-Year Czech. Czech 241 or equivalent. (4). (FL).

Continuation of Czech 241. Emphasis on reading, writing and oral skills. Quizzes, tests, language laboratory required; daily preparation essential. (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. After the first month of classes, reading is based on literary texts, including both Polish poetry and prose. Translations are done in a class in order to improve students' knowledge about Polish language, literature and culture as well. 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] (Zechenter)

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 speaking and writing and secondly on reading skills. [Cost:1] [WL:2] (Westwalewicz)

322. Third-Year Polish. Polish 321 or the equivalent. (3). (Excl).

The course is designed to develop reading, writing, and speaking skills. Its particular emphasis is on conversational Polish. Texts cover a wide range from literature, poetry and scholarly essays to newspaper articles, political pamphlets and jokes. Students are evaluated on the basis of bi-weekly tests, oral and written reports, and a final examination. [Cost:2] (Czerminska)


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:3] [WL:3] (Czerminska)

450. Directed Polish Reading. Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

This course is designed for students who wish to read Polish texts in the original. Readings are selected individually by students in consultation with the instructor, and they cover different fields including literature, art, philosophy, journalism, and history. Prerequisite: three years of Polish or equivalent. Students are evaluated on the basis of oral and written reports. No exams. [Cost:2] (Czerminska)

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:3]

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:3]

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:3] (Stolz)


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] (Strychar)

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 role in the countries of East Central Europe (formerly of the Soviet Bloc) during the last three decades. The best films of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Yugoslavia have presented a remarkably frank, rich, and critical portrait of those societies, in many ways foreshadowing the dramatic reforms of the last 18 months. Directors have used the symbolic potential of images (and of composition, lighting, color, camera angle, film stock) to create subtle meanings, to "say" things which otherwise would not have been explicitly allowed. The course will explore the possibilities of film language as used to comment on specific social, political, cultural and ideological issues in Eastern Europe. Among the social topics covered with be the Czech New Wave (Kadar, Menzel, Forman, Chytilova), with its documentary as well as absurdist tendencies; Polish symbolism and surrealism (Polanski, Wajda); the innovative collage of fiction and documentary pioneered by the Yugoslav director Dusan Makevejev; and the politically and socially revelatory Hungarian films of the 1980's. The course does not require any special background or knowledge of languages (all films are subtitled). Instructional methods will consist of introductory lectures for each film, screenings, and intensive 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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