Winter '99 Course Guide

Courses in Russian (Division 466)

Winter Term, 1999 (January 6-April 29, 1999)

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Russian 101. First-Year Russian.

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Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 103 or 111. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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 1.5-2 hours per day working with tapes and writing exercises. The class is supplemented by video shows. Textbook: Nachalo: When in Russia; covers two terms.

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Russian 102. First-Year Russian, Continued.

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Prerequisites & Distribution: Russian 101. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 103, 111, or 112. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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 history and culture. The class is supplemented by video shows. Students are expected to complete 1-2 hours of oral and written homework every night. Textbook: Nachalo: When in Russia.

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Russian 201. Second-Year Russian.

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Prerequisites & Distribution: Russian 102 or 103. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 203. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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 9-12 hours of homework per week. Textbook: V Puti by Frank Miller and Olga Kagan and workbook; covers two terms.

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Russian 202. Second-Year Russian, Continued.

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Prerequisites & Distribution: Russian 201. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 203. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course assumes students' knowledge of the fundamentals of Russian grammar, and involves the use of verbs of motion (with and without special prefixes), the formation and usage of participles and verbal adverbs. 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. Textbook: V Puti by Frank Miller and Olga Kagan.

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Russian 203/RC Core 293. Intensive Second Year Russian.

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Instructor(s): Alina Makin (resco@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Russian 102 or 103. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Russian 201 or 202. (8). (LR).

Credits: (8).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

An intensive course meeting eight hours a week + Language lunch table and Russian Tea, this course covers the material which is usually covered in two terms in Russian 201 and 202. Special emphasis is placed on speaking, writing, comprehension, and vocabulary building. The course is proficiency oriented and is especially recommended for students who intend to concentrate in Russian Language and Literature or in Russian and East European Studies and who want to gain rapid mastery of Russian. The goal of this course is to expand vocabulary and to master grammatical structures and syntax to the level of competency required to pass a proficiency examination. This entails developing the ability to communicate with some ease with a native speaker in spoken and written language. Students must understand the content of texts and lectures of a non-technical nature.

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Russian 302. Third-Year Russian.

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Instructor(s): Alina Makin (resco@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Russian 301. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 303. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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; (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.

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Russian 352. Introduction to Russian Literature.

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Section 001 Taught in Russian

Instructor(s): Andreas Schönle (aschonle@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Russian 351. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course offers an introduction to Russian poetry from Derzhavin to the present day. Poems will be analyzed from a variety of viewpoints, with discussions on a range of issues, from verse structure to cultural context. Selected readings from the course pack and from The Heritage of Russian Verse (ed. by D. Obolensky). Class readings and discussion, midterm essay, regular oral presentation by students, and final examination.

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Russian 355. Supervised Reading of Russian Literature.

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Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for credit twice.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Students develop a term-long reading and writing project on a topic or topics in Russian literary or linguistic studies, in consultation with a member of the faculty. Readings may include substantial amounts of Russian. Weekly meetings with the supervisor may be conducted in English or Russian. Writing assignments made according to the number of credit hours elected, but must correspond to the writing expectations of upper-level department courses.

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Russian 402. Fourth-Year Russian.

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Instructor(s): Snejana Tempest (tempest@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Russian 401. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 403. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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. The class is conducted entirely in Russian. Bi-weekly grammar tests and final oral presentation. Textbook: Let's Talk About Life! by Emily Tall and Valentina Vlasikova; covers two terms.

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Russian 410/EducationD 437. Teaching of Russian.

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Instructor(s): Snejana Tempest (tempest@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (2). (Excl).

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

An exploration of the multiple aspects of language teaching, including theoretical background. Topics of discussion include intercultural understanding, drilling, testing, computer-assisted instruction and multi-media technology. Emphasis on development of practical skills for classroom instruction.

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Russian 420. Russian Stylistics.

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Section 001 Taught in Russian

Instructor(s): Vitalij Shevoroshkin (vvs@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Russian 402 or 403. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Russian literary styles are investigated in their historical perspective. Analysis of such stylistic features as choice of words and word order, differences between Russian standard and colloquial styles, and modern Russian slang. Analysis of "lofty" versus "low" style is made with regard to various literary schools and major individual authors from the 18th century on. One essay and frequent home exercises. Course is conducted in Russian.

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Russian 452/RC Hums. 452. Survey of Russian Literature.

Literature

Instructor(s): Andreas Schönle (aschonle@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (HU).

Upper-Level Writing Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course provides an introduction to the major masterpieces of Russian fiction and drama written in the last third of the 19th century. Among the works to be studied are such classics of world literature as Tolstoy's Anna Karenina and Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamazov. We will also read some of Chekhov's best short stories and his play Three Sisters. Texts will be analyzed in the context of the monumental changes Russian society was undergoing at that time. We will trace how writers positioned themselves with regard to the social, intellectual, and religious issues dividing their contemporaries. Topics include gender relations, violence and repentance, utopia, suicide, love and modernity, the metaphysics of beauty, Russia and the West. Midterm, a final, and two short papers. No knowledge of Russian literature or history is required.

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Russian 472. Modern Russian Poetry.

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Section 001 Post-Symbolism. Meets With Russian 862.001. Reading knowledge of Russian is required

Instructor(s): Omry Ronen (omronen@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: A knowledge of Russian is required. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

An analysis of the place of poetry in modern Russian literature and culture. Basic principles of Acmeist and Futurist poetics. Modernism, tradition, and individual achievement are discussed. Detailed analysis of selected poems by Annenskij, Kuzmin, Xodasevic, Xlebnikov, Gumilev, Axhmatova, Mandel'stam, Pasternak, Cvetaeva, Majakovskij, Esenin, and Kljuev. 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.

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Russian 492. Senior Honors Course.

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Prerequisites & Distribution: Approval of departmental Honors Committee. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). Credit is granted for a combined total of six credits of Russian 491 and 492.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

During 492 (the second half of the year-long Honors course) the student produces a draft of a thesis of fifty to one hundred pages on a topic in literary or linguistic studies, and then, in consultation with a thesis supervisor and the Honors advisor, the final version of the thesis. Regular meetings with supervisor, participation in informal seminars, and successful submission of thesis lead to the award of an Honors degree in Russian. An oral defence may be required.

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