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

287/Hist. 287/Armenian Studies 287. Armenian History from Prehistoric Times to the Present. (3). (Excl).

See History 287. (Astourian)

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

In recent years East Central Europe has often been in the news, bringing us both glorious stories about the collapse of the Berlin Wall, and appalling accounts of the war in the former Yugoslavia. This course will help you make sense of the triumph and tragedy of Eastern Europe. We will explore the dramatic events since 1989, and see how new political, economic, social, and cultural norms are being constructed after 40 years of communism. To place recent developments into perspective, we will also survey the history of the region, exploring critically the ethnic tensions, the social and economic underdevelopment, and the rich literary and artistic traditions that have long characterized Eastern Europe. This course will offer a unique opportunity to get an overview of the region from an extraordinarily broad multidisciplinary perspective. Requirements include a midterm and a final exam, three short essays, and attendance at lectures and discussion sections. (B. Porter)

405. Topics in Russian and East European Studies. (1-4). (Excl).
Section 001 Russian Environmental Policy: Problems and Priorities. (1 credit).
This one-credit mini-course will be taught by Aleksey Yablokov, Chairman of the Center for Russian Environmental Policy for the Russian Federation. It will be an overview of the environmental situation in Russia and will include lectures on the following: radioactive pollution, water and air pollution policy, regional environmental problems, natural resources management, environmental monitoring, and legislation. Students will be required to write one paper and participate in class discussion. (Yablokov)

410. Polish Culture. (1). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of two credits.
Section 001 Contemporary Polish Film.
The theme of the 1996 Polish mini-course is Polish film. The course will be taught by a prominent film critic from Warsaw, Poland and will be accompanied by a selection of recent Polish films. The course will meet twice per week for three weeks; students will be expected to write one 5-7 page paper and participate in class discussions. For more information, please call CREES at 747-2237. The meeting dates will be determined soon.


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