Courses in Russian and East European Studies (REES) (Division 468)

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

Why this course? If you want to learn why the countries of East Central Europe have made front page news or understand the historical, cultural, and social roots of the war in the former Yugoslavia, or how one builds democratic institutions after forty years of communism, or examine the rekindling of ethnic sentiments and the introduction of capitalism by expert design, this course on the countries of what used to be called "the East European bloc" is for you. The region has experienced a collision of competing religions, political empires, and social systems while making vast contributions to art, music, film, and literature reflecting the creativity and insights that multicultural encounters and systemic contradictions generate. This course provides a broad overview of the region and exposes students to a wide variety of perspectives. Requirements are: midterm exam, three short essays, and a final exam, as well as attendance at lectures and discussion sections. (M. Kennedy)

405. Topics in Russian and East European Studies. (1-4). (Excl).
Section 001 Environmental Destruction in the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
This course will examine the environmental history of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe and its relationship to politics and health care in this area. Water diversion schemes, misuse of land, disposal of solid and hazardous waste, air pollution, and nuclear accidents all add to the serious problems facing these countries. The origins of these problems, specific cases, and current reform strategies will be considered. This is a lecture course with supplemental A-V presentations and guest lecturers. The class will meet on Tuesday and Thursday, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Room 1040 Dana. (Schecter)

410. Polish Culture. (1). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of two credits.
Section 001 Polish Music: Composers, Art, and Politics, 1944-1994.
This course is designed for those interested in 20th century music and the influence of politics on artistic creativity. The lectures will address trends in Polish music since 1956: the avant-garde of the 1960s, new approaches to the traditions of romanticism and folklore; the works of Lutoslawski, Penderecki, Gorecki, and others. The course will focus on the historical and political culture of the last fifty years, during which time repeated changes in the arts were influenced by politics, the introduction of Soviet socialist-realism, de-Stalinization (the 1956 "Warsaw Autumn"), and, since the mid-1970s, conflicts between the communist government and the Catholic Church. all lectures are free and open to the public. The class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 2-23, 4:00-5:30 p.m., 2011 Modern Languages Building. (D. Gwizdalanka)

490/Soc. 490/Women's Studies 492. Women and Islam: A Sociological Perspective. (3). (Excl).

See Sociology 490. (Goçek)


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