Russian Area Studies Course Offerings

Winter 2018

See complete information about these courses in the course offerings database. For more information about a specific course, including course type, schedule and location, click on its title.

Soviet Russia, 1917 to 1991

HIST 221 - Bidlack, Richard H. (Rich)

The revolutions of 1917, the emergence of the Soviet system, the Stalinist period, Stalin's successors, and the eventual collapse of the USSR.

20th-Century Russian Literature in Translation

LIT 215 - Brodsky, Anna

Selected Russian literary masterpieces (short stories, plays and novels). Authors include Olesha, Babel, Nabokov, and Solzhenitsyn.

Senior Thesis

RAS 473 - Brodsky, Anna

Students explore specialized issues in Russian Area Studies through writing a thesis on a topic chosen in consultation with two members of the Russian Area Studies faculty committee.

Elementary Russian II

RUSS 112 - Rubina, Iuliia (Yulia)

A basic course in Russian which includes the spoken language, fundamental grammar and reading.

Intermediate Russian II

RUSS 262 - Rubina, Iuliia (Yulia)

Continuation of RUSS 261 with some attention to Russian literature and culture.

Advanced Russian II

RUSS 302 - Brodsky, Anna

A continuation of RUSS 301.

Topics in Russian Literature

RUSS 395 - Brodsky, Anna

A seminar on a particular author, period, or genre. Recent topics have included Russian War Stories, Russian Childhood, The Art and Craft of Propaganda, and The Caucases. The subject changes annually. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different. Conducted in Russian.

Fall 2017

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Imperial Russia, 1682 to 1917

HIST 220 - Bidlack, Richard H. (Rich)

From the rise to power of Peter the Great, Russia's first emperor, through the fall of the Romanov dynasty.

Seminar in Russian History

HIST 322 - Bidlack, Richard H. (Rich)

Selected topics in Russian history, including but not limited to heroes and villains, Soviet biography, Stalin and Stalinism, the USSR in the Second World War and origins of the Cold War, the KGB, and the decline and fall of the Soviet Union and the re-emergence of Russia. May be repeated for degree and major credit if the topics are different.

Fall 2017, HIST 322-01: Seminar In Russian History: USSR in World War II and The Origins Of The Cold War, 1939-1953 (3).  Counts toward a history major, the Russian area studies major, and the Russian culture and language minor. An examination of the role of the Soviet Union in the Second World War and in the origins of the Cold War through analysis of original Soviet documents (in English translation), scholarly studies, and documentary film. Students discuss all assigned readings in class and write a research paper on a topic of their choice with the instructor's approval. (HU) Bidlack.

19th-Century Russian Literature in Translation

LIT 263 - Brodsky, Anna

A study of major works by Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Chekhov.

Post-Communism and New Democracies

POL 246 - Jasiewicz, Krzysztof

A comparative analysis of transition from Communism in the countries of the former Soviet bloc. Cases of successful and unsuccessful transitions to civil society, pluralist democracy, and market economy are examined. The comparative framework includes analysis of transition from non-Communist authoritarianism and democratic consolidation in selected countries of Latin America, the Mediterranean, Southeast Asia, and South Africa.

Senior Thesis

RAS 473 - Brodsky, Anna

Students explore specialized issues in Russian Area Studies through writing a thesis on a topic chosen in consultation with two members of the Russian Area Studies faculty committee.

Honors Thesis

RAS 493 - Brodsky, Anna

Honors Thesis.

Elementary Russian I

RUSS 111 - Rubina, Iuliia (Yulia)

A basic course in Russian which includes the spoken language, fundamental grammar and reading.

Intermediate Russian I

RUSS 261 - Rubina, Iuliia (Yulia)

Continuation of RUSS 112 with some attention to Russian literature and culture.

Advanced Russian I

RUSS 301 - Brodsky, Anna

Speaking, reading and writing of Russian with increased attention to Russian literature and advanced grammar.

Topics in Russian Literature

RUSS 395 - Brodsky, Anna

A seminar on a particular author, period, or genre. Recent topics have included Russian War Stories, Russian Childhood, The Art and Craft of Propaganda, and The Caucases. The subject changes annually. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different. Conducted in Russian.

Post-Communism and New Democracies

SOAN 246 - Jasiewicz, Krzysztof

A comparative analysis of transition from Communism in the countries of the former Soviet bloc. Cases of successful and unsuccessful transitions to civil society, pluralist democracy, and market economy are examined. The comparative framework includes analysis of transition from non-Communist authoritarianism and democratic consolidation in selected countries of Latin America, the Mediterranean, Southeast Asia, and South Africa.

Spring 2017

We do not offer any courses this term.