SLAVIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

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, and do an average of 1-1.5 hours a night writing exercises. The class is supplemented by video shows and slide shows. This class, like 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). (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 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 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

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. Cost:2 WL:4 (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). Course is proficiency oriented. Classwork, homework and lab work include: reading and listening comprehension (films and TV-news included); discussions and reports, compositions. Grammar and phonetics are reviewed in connection with the types of work mentioned above. Midterm and final exams. Cost:3 (Barinova)

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. Cost:2 (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. Cost:2 (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. Cost:2 WL:3 (Milman)

Courses in English

222/University Courses 176. Russia Today. (3). (HU).
Russia Today.
An examination of many aspects of the culture of Russia 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), the specific issues of a multi-ethnic country, the deeply contradictory situation of women, and the phenomenon of Russian culture beyond the country's boundaries are explored. The course aims to explore the many and diverse forms of "culture" within Russia, 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:1 (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).

This course provides a survey of Russian literature from the beginning of the Soviet period to the present day.. Individual texts are analyzed and placed in the context of political and cultural history. Among the writers examined are: Babel', Bulgakov, Platonov, Pasternak, Solzhenitsyn, Sokolov, Erofeev. For the first half of the course the artistic innovations of the 1920s will be contrasted with the totalitarian aesthetics of High Stalinism; while the second half of the course will examine the artistic and ideological currents in Russian literature since the death of Stalin: the so-called "thaws", prison camp literature, "underground" and "unofficial" literature in the Brezhnev period, emigre literature, and, finally, the mosaic of Russian literature in and after the last years of the Soviet empire. Three lectures, with discussion encouraged. No background knowledge required. Two papers, a midterm and a final examination. Cost:2 (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 BROTHER'S KARAMAZOV, and the major plays and prose of Cheknov are among the works studied. Class discussion is encouraged. Two papers, midterm and final examinations. Cost:2 WL:3 (Makin)

Courses in Czech (Division 355)

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

Continuation of Czech 241. Emphasis on reading, writing and oral skills. Quizzes, tests, language laboratory required; daily preparation essential. (Brodska)

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:2 (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:2 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)

Courses in Serbo-Croatian (Division 473)

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

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 (Shishkoff)

Courses in UKRAINIAN (DIVISION 494)

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

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 INIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTION (Ohio State University Slavic Papers, #25, #26). Quizzes, midterm and final. Cost:2 WL:5 This course is never closed (Andrushkiw)

SLAVIC LINGUISTICS, LITERARY THEORY, FILM, AND SURVEYS (DIVISION 474)

221/UC 175. Ukraine, Armenia and the Baltics: Culture and Ethnicity in the Other Europe. (3). (Excl).

The course will present an overview of the cultural history of several European ethnic peoples of the former USSR those of Ukraine, Armenia, and the Baltics. These areas of inter-ethnic contact and conflict underwent many political and territorial transformations and yet retained a strong ethnic identity. Lectures by specialists in the field will highlight the specifics of the cultural development of these peoples against the historical and political background, and will include literature, music and arts, architecture, film and folklore. Three will be two reports (5 to 7 pages each) on a selected topic; each report will be summed up orally for class discussion. The final project will be a paper (10-12 pages) representing research on another selected topic. (Bardakjian, Humesky, Carpenter)

240/UC 177. Introduction to Slavic Folklore. (3). (Excl).

The course aims to give beginning students a background for the study of folklore in general, as well as special insight into the folklore and folklife of the Slavic peoples (including folk art and architecture, "primitive" painting, dress, music, dance, cooking, customs, ritual). Lectures, readings, and discussions will provide an introduction to the varied folklore of the Slavs, who form the largest population of Central and Eastern Europe, encompassing the West Slavs (Poles, Czechs, Slovaks), East Slavs (Russians, Belorussians, Ukrainians), and South Slavs (Slovenes, Croats, Serbs, Macedonians, Bulgarians). Within the wide range of traditional oral verse and prose, primary emphasis will be placed on the epic, ballad, lyric, and folktale including the highly developed vampire tale of the South Slavs. Finally, the course will examine survival and adaptation of folkloric forms in contemporary society. No specialized background required. All reading in English. Short papers, midterm, and final examination. (Stolz)


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

See Russian and Eastern European Studies 396. (Eagle)

490. Culture and Politics in the Soviet Union Today. (1). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of two credits.
Section 001. Women of the Former Soviet Union: 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, and others. The course will include a panel discussion with Soviet and ex-Soviet women and men. 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 5-7 page paper. (Milman)

Courses in Armenian

172/Armenian 172. First-Year Armenian. Armenian 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 (Bardakjian)

272/Armenian 272. Second-Year Armenian. Armenian 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 (Bardakjian)

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:1 (Stefanova)

262. Second-Year Macedonian. Macedonian 261. (4). (LR).

A continuation of Macedonian 261, with increased emphasis upon the development of translation and composition skills alongside audio-lingual drill leading to more advanced conversational ability. Literary texts will be introduced. The course is intended to prepare students for summer, term, and academic-year intensive programs in the Republic of Macedonia (Yugoslavia) or for research using Macedonian materials. Daily homework, hour examination, and a final examination. Cost:2 WL:2


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