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). (LR).
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. 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 Literatuare 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). (LR).
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 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]

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). (LR).
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. 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). (LR).
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 spacial 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 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). (LR).
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. 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: Rosengrant, FOCUS ON 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 quizzes in class and compositions written at home. (Milman)

402. Fourth-Year Russian. Russian 401. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 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] (Milman)

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)

419. Russian Stylistics. Russian 402 or 403 or equivalent. (3). (Excl).
This is a course in practical stylistics. The emphasis is on structure and word usage. Written exercises, provided in a course pack, deal with such questions as when to use ETO, how to express indefiniteness, presence, existence, limitation etc.; questions of synonymity and shades of meaning are discussed in the course of reading selected materials (also provided) as well as in the weekly translations (English into Russian and vice versa). There is a midterm examination and a final. (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)

352. Introduction to Russian Literature. Russian 351. (3). (Excl).
This is an introduction to Russian poetry. Selected readings from the anthology of Obolensky. Class discussions, three (3) essays on major poets plus weekly oral presentations of a poem of the student's choice (at least twice per term per student). There is also a final examination. (Humesky)

450. Twentieth-Century Russian Literature. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (HU).
A historical introduction to Russian literature since 1921 presented on the basis of a critical analysis of shorter prose masterpieces by Bulgakov, Bunin, Il'f and Petrov, Mandelstam, Nabokov, Olesha, Pasternak, Platonov, Shklovsky, Aleksei Tolstoy, Tynyanov, and Zoshchenko. Knowledge of Russian not required. Midterm paper and final take-home examination. (Ronen)

452/RC Hums. 452. Survey of Russian Literature. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (HU).
This course is a continuation of Russian 451 and provides a survey of Russian literature from 1870 to 1900. It gives an account of the major developments in Russian prose, poetry and drama of this period, concentrating on the novels of Tolstoy (Anna Karenina ) and Dostoevsky (The Brothers Karamazov), on the stories of Leskov and Turgenev, and on the stories and plays of Anton Chekhov. Individual works are examined in detail, and are studied in the context of the social and political climate in which they were written. All reading is in English. Two papers, midterm and final examination. Cost:2 WL:3 (Bartlett)

464. Tolstoy. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (Excl).
This course provides a detailed examination of the life and works of Leo Tolstoy. It covers his entire literary output as a writer, focussing on his novels (including War and Peace and Anna Karenina), plays, stories and other writings. These works will be analysed in terms of their style and content and assessed against the literary, political and social background in which they were written. All reading is in English. Two papers, a midterm and final examination. Cost:1 WL:3 (Bartlett)

466. Gogol. A knowledge of Russian or permission of instructor is required. (3). (Excl).
This course studies the prose fiction and plays of Nikolai Gogol, especially within the context of the history of Russian literature and literary criticism. A reading knowledge of Russian is assumed but students with no knowledge of Russian may participate by special arrangement with the instructor. Cost:1 (Titunik)

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 Acmiest 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)

482. Ten Masterpieces of Russian Literature. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (2). (Excl).
See Russian 450. (Ronen)

495. Cultural Renaissance in USSR or Age of Disillusion? (1). (Excl).
Section 001. USSR: Renaissance.
One credit mini-course taught (in English) by three leading figures from the Soviet cultural scene (a novelist, a critic, and an editor), addressing broad questions of contemporary culture in Russia and the Soviet Union. The course will examine the transformation of literature, journals, newspapers, and the electronic media over the last two years, and will address the complete reassessment of cultural values and criteria in this period. Each of the lecturers has been an active participant in cultural processes since the very beginning of perestroika, and (unlike many other such figures) each has remained significant in the newly-emerging independent and transformed cultures of the Soviet Union. Assignments include most recently translated journalism and fiction. No prior knowledge of the subject necessary; all readings available in English. Six two-hour round table discussions over two weeks. One ten page paper is required. Course coordinated and papers graded by UM faculty. Cost:1 WL:3 (Makin)

Courses in Armenian (Division 474)

172/Armenian 172. First-Year Armenian. Slavic Ling. 171. (4). (LR).
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] (Toumajan)

272/Armenian 272. Second-Year Armenian. Slavic Ling. 271. (4). (LR).
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] (Toumajan)

Courses in Czech (Division 355)

142. First-Year Czech. Czech 141 or equivalent. (4). (LR).
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 on specific topics according to the student's needs and qualifications. Knowledge of Czech through Czech 142 is required. Cost:1 (Toman)

Courses in Polish (Division 447)


122. First-Year Polish. Polish 121. (4). (LR).
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 hour a week in the lab. Grading is based on five minute vocabulary quizzes and five 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). (LR).
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] (Witkowski)

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] (Zechenter)


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] (Carpenter)

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


252. Second-Year Ukrainian. Ukrainian 251. (4). (LR).
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. (Andrushkiw)

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)


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 few years. 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 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 Yugoslave 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. Cost:2 (Eagle)

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

423. Central European Prose, 1948-1985. (3). (Excl).
Section 001: Romanian Literature, 19th and 20th Centuries.
A survey of prose written in Romania in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Although geographically Romania is not exactly a central European country, its culture contains many features that are common to that area. Course will deal with the development of the short story and the novel in Romanian literature, mainly focusing on the literary activity of such classics as Ion Creanga, I.L.Caragiale, I.Slavici, L.Rebreanu, M.Sadoveanu, Mircea Eliade, whose works are available in English translation. Lectures will be followed by discussions. Students will be required to write a 10-15 page paper at the end of term. (Harsanyi)

490. Culture and Politics in the Soviet Union Today. (1). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of two credits.
Section 001. Soviet Women: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.
The proposed mini-course will address the most serious questions in the lives of Soviet women from the 1917 Revolution to the present day collapse of the Soviet Union. It will also deal with a universal dilemma of 20th century life the question of women's equality and the perception of this issue in the Soviet Union today. Through newspapers, live media broadcasts and literary journals, students will become familiar with the work of the most popular Soviet women writers, such as Tatiana Tolstaya, Ludmila Petrushevskaya, Svetlana Vasileniko and others. The course will include a panel discussion with Soviet and ex-Soviet women. Guest lecturers will be featured. The course will be of interest to undergraduate and graduate students in the Center for Russian and East European Studies, Slavic Department and Women's Studies. The course will be conducted in English; there will be reading assignments and a ten page paper. (Milman)

Courses in Macedonian

162. First Year Macedonian. Macedonian 161. (4). (LR).
The objectives of this course are to enable the students to understand, speak, read, and write modern literary Macedonian. Contemporary literature texts, articles, visual, and audio materials are used with a communicative approach in a relaxed atmosphere. Approximately 4 hours homework is assigned weekly. Grading is based on overall class performance, quizzes, and a final exam. Cost:1 WL:4 (Stefanova)

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