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, 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 (Milman)

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 continue 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 (Milman)

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.

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 (Milman)

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 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 requires 8-12 hours of homework per week. Cost:3 WL:4 (Milman)

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. Text: Russian, Stage Two, by C. Martin and I. Sokolova. 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) plus one term of fourth level class. 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 (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. 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)

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/University Courses 176. Russia Today. (3). (HU).

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. 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, and journals required. Cost:2 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 WL:1 (Makin)

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

An introduction to the major masterpieces of Russian prose and drama written in the second half of the nineteenth century. Texts to be studied include Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, Tolstoy's Anna Karenina and the major plays and short stories of Chekhov. Individual works are analyzed and assessed in terms of the social, political and artistic climate in which they were written. Class discussion encouraged. All reading is in English. Two papers, midterm and final examination. Cost:2 WL:3 (Bartlett)

463. Chekhov. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (Excl).

In this course we will be examining the entire literary career of Anton Chekhov, beginning with the comic newspaper sketches he wrote to support his family while studying medicine, and ending with the major stories and plays now acknowledged as classics of their genre. There will be a special emphasis on Chekhov's best-known short prose and plays (including The Lady with A Dog, Ward Number 6, The Kiss, The Seagull and The Cherry Orchard), and a discussion of their lasting influence on European and American writers. Works will be discussed in the context of the cultural climate of Russia at the turn of the century. Chekhov's involvement with Stanislavsky and the Russian theatrical world will also be analyzed. This course should appeal to anyone with an interest in the modern short story or twentieth-century drama and theater, and is taught informally, with discussion from students encouraged. All reading is in English. Cost:2 WL:1 (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 preferred but students with no knowledge of Russian can be accomodated. 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, Kuzman, 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 of Russian is required. Cost:1 (Ronen)

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

The subject this year will be Russian picaresque comedy, fantasy and science fiction in the 20th century. Novels, short stories and plays by Aleksei Tolstoy, Bulgakov, Ilf & Petrov, Maiakovsky, Babel, Nabokov, and others. Lectures and discussion. Knowledge of Russian not required. Midterm reports and final paper. (Ronen)

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

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 (Westwalewicz)

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)

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. Cost:1 WL:3

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 the former Yugoslavia, with exercises in reading, writing and speaking, including drill in the language laboratory. Cost:1 WL:3 (Stolz)

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

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

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 (Stolz)

Courses in Ukrainian (Division 494)

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. (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)


221/University Courses 175. Ukraine, Armenia and the Baltics: Culture and Ethnicity in the Other Europe. (3). (HU).

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)

240/University Courses 177. Introduction to Slavic Folklore. (3). (HU).

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)

312/RC Hums. 312. Central European Cinema. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (HU).
Section 001 Sexuality, Gender Politics and Feminism in East European Cinema.
Filmmakers in Eastern Europe faced censorship over much of the past four decades, but sexuality and gender relations were treated with surprising frankness and incisiveness. Sexual impulses became a widely used metaphor for a broader endorsement of individuality and freedom (in the Hungarian film Time Stands Still, high school students respond to their restrictive society by seeking adventure in sex and rock music). Power relations within marriage cause the explosions in Roman Polanski's Knife in the Water. The repressed situation of women, not only in the nation's political and economic life, but also within traditional relationships, is central in Makavejev's Love Affair and Milos Forman's Loves of a Blonde. The course will conclude with a study of films by Central Europe's leading feminist filmmakers Classes will be devoted to discussion of the films and the issues they raise. Evaluation of students, work will be based on class discussion and three (5-7 page) papers. Cost:2 WL:1 (Eagle)

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

See REES 396. (Gitelman)

490. Culture and Politics in Russia Today. (1). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of four credits.
Section 001 Contemporary Russian Literature.
The unprecedented speed of events in Russian history during the past two to three years requires us to view the term "contemporary" in a very literal manner. The course will consider writing in Russia in the most recent times and will study authors, publications and processes in literary life that emerged during the last year and a half; phenomena which are in the center of the public attention today. This course is designed to acquaint students with recent cultural phenomena in Russian prose and poetry, and literary periodicals. The works will be read primarily in English translation, but there will be discussion of linguistic changes in recent Russian literature, such as youth slang, commercial slang, alternative Russian literary languages and contemporary speech. Attention will be given to cultural conflicts arising from the disappearance of former 'soviet' values and traditions, and the rise of a 'post-soviet' consciousness of readers and authors. The course will be presented by lecturers now active in the contemporary Russian cultural process: Yuri Miloslavsky, a member of the Russian Writers' Union, who is also a correspondent of the weekly Moscow News, as well as a well-known writer of prose (currently at the University of Michigan) and Michael Aizenberg, the eminent critic, poet and theoretician of post modernism in Russia. A term paper is expected. (Miloskavsky)

Section 002 Shostakovich and the Evils of Totalitarianism: Russian Culture Under Stalin. This one-credit course has been designed to tie in with the U-M Shostakovich festival taking place in January 1994. It offers a unique opportunity to explore the life and works of one of the great composers of the twentieth century. More generally, since Shostakovich was also one of the most fascinating cultural and political figures of his time, the course offers an opportunity to investigate the relationship between art and society under a totalitarian regime. Students may attend a selection of events including: performances of Shostakovich's 15 string quartets by the world-renowned Borodin Quartet, pre-concert talks and other lectures on Shostakovich, a major interdisciplinary conference on Shostakovich and his age, an exhibition of Russian art and screenings of films with scores by Shostakovich (see UMS advance publicity for more information). Course requirements: One paper on an aspect of Russian culture at the time of Shostakovich (1906-75). Cost:1 WL:3 (Bartlett)


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 Thomson's A Textbook of Modern Western Armenian and a course pack. Cost:1 (Bardakjian)

372/Armenian 372. Third-Year Armenian. Armenian 371. (3). (Excl).

Third-Year Armenian is designed for students who have successfully completed two years of college Armenian or who have attained equivalent skills elsewhere. The chief goals of the course are increased fluency in spoken Armenian and strengthened skills in reading and composition.

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