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RU113j    The Literature and Art of St. Petersburg      In St. Petersburg, Russia. Students read major St. Petersburg writers (Pushkin, Dostoevsky), and learn about art and architecture in lectures, museum visits, and city walking tours. Theater and concert performances are included. Residence is with a Russian family. Conducted in English; no knowledge of Russian required. Nongraded. Cost in 2014: $3,300. Required meetings on campus in the fall. Early registration required.     Three credit hours.    MONASTIREVA-ANSDELL
RU114j    Russia's Transition Economy      In St. Petersburg, Russia. Students study the Soviet centralized economy (militarization, industrialization, collectivization) and post-Soviet economics (taxation, inflation, currency reforms, banks, investment, oligarchs, entrepreneurship, stock markets, and foreign investment). Lectures and site visits; cultural program included. Residence is with a Russian family. Conducted in English; no knowledge of Russian required. Nongraded. Cost in 2014: $3,300. Required meetings on campus in the fall. Early registration required.     Three credit hours.    MONASTIREVA-ANSDELL
RU115j    Russian Ethnography      In St. Petersburg, Russia. Study of contemporary Russia and minority ethnic groups, including indigenous peoples of Siberia, the Russian north, Jews, and Cossacks. Field trips to ethnographical museums and urban neighborhoods; cultural program included. Residence is with a Russian family. Conducted in English; no knowledge of Russian required. Nongraded. Cost in 2014: $3,300. Required meetings on campus in the fall. Early registration required.     Three credit hours.    MONASTIREVA-ANSDELL
RU120f    Re-Imaging Russia: Contemporary Russian Cinema (in English)      A writing-intensive examination of the mechanisms and dynamics of subverting, dismantling, and recycling Soviet mythical structures as a part of new national myth-building that accompanies the dramatic social, economic, ideological, and demographic changes in post-Communist Russia. Students will combine intellectual inquiry into changing representations of social structures, ethnic relations, and gender roles in Russia with the development of analytical skills and vocabulary necessary to think and write critically about film.     Four credit hours.  A,W1.    MONASTIREVA-ANSDELL
RU125f    Elementary Russian I      Introductory course enables students to acquire a high degree of competence in elementary Russian through communicative learning and interaction. Acquisition of grammar and vocabulary through substantial engagement in speaking repetition, memorization, role playing, and creative communication, which are reinforced by listening, readings, writing, and speaking assignments outside of the classroom. Cultural practices of Russians are studied through language. Prerequisite:  Russian 125 is prerequisite for 126.     Four credit hours.    DE SHERBININ
RU125Jj    Elementary Russian I      Introductory course enables students to acquire a high degree of competence in elementary Russian through communicative learning and interaction. Acquisition of grammar and vocabulary through substantial engagement in speaking repetition, memorization, role playing, and creative communication, which are reinforced by listening, readings, writing, and speaking assignments outside of the classroom. Cultural practices of Russians are studied through language.     Three credit hours.    MONASTIREVA-ANSDELL
RU126s    Elementary Russian II      Continuation of first-year introductory course enables students to acquire a high degree of competence in elementary Russian. Prerequisite:  Russian 125.     Four credit hours.    MONASTIREVA-ANSDELL
RU127f    Intermediate Russian      The second-year language sequence in Russian builds on the communicative abilities mastered in elementary Russian by active classroom engagement in conversation and vocabulary-building. Students study Russian culture through reading brief biographies of writers, watching film and Internet clips, and reading short fiction and poetry. The final stages of Russian grammar are introduced, practiced, and tested. Biweekly essay assignments increase writing skills, and oral tests allow students to develop fluency in speaking. Prerequisite:  Russian 126.     Four credit hours.    MONASTIREVA-ANSDELL
RU128s    Intermediate Russian      The second-year language sequence builds on the communicative abilities mastered in elementary Russian by active classroom engagement in conversation and vocabulary-building. Students study Russian culture through reading and discussing short fiction and poetry, watching films and Internet clips, and writing essays. Russian grammar is reinforced, expanded, and tested. Regular oral tests help to develop fluency in speaking. Prerequisite:  Russian 127.     Four credit hours.    DE SHERBININ
RU135fs    Conversation Group      An informal, weekly, small-group meeting appropriate for second-year students concurrently enrolled in Russian 126, 127, or 128. Topics for discussion include autobiography, education, leisure-time activities, travel, stores, and films. Conducted entirely in Russian. May be repeated for credit. Nongraded.     One credit hour.    LINTCBAKH
RU174f    Chekhov and the Short Story (in English)      Study of the American and British short story as it was influenced by the Russian master of the short story, Anton Chekhov, as well as short texts that engage questions raised by these writers regarding issues of social identity, equality, and inclusion. Emphasizes intensive development of writing skills with a focus on how to craft and support a strong argument in a variety of informal genres and expository essay assignments. Authors include Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf, Sherwood Anderson, Eudora Welty, Bernard Malamud, Richard Wright, Alice Munro, and Raymond Carver.     Four credit hours.  L,W1.    DE SHERBININ
[RU231]    Topics in 19th-Century Russian Literature (in English)      Varying topics highlight a literary period, author, or genre. Conducted in English; no knowledge of Russian required.     Four credit hours.  L.  
[RU232]    Topics in 20th-Century Russian Literature (in English)      Varying topics highlight a literary period, an author, or a genre. Conducted in English.     Four credit hours.  L.  
[RU237]    Gamblers, Madmen, and Murderers (in English)      Selected stories and novels by world-renowned 19th-century Russian writers (Pushkin, Gogol, Lermontov, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Chekhov) read with reference to critical theory on narrative, gender construction, authority and subversion, and madness. What is the relationship between protagonists and the Russian state? Emphasizes skills in symbolic reading and the development of cogent arguments in speaking and writing, including work with drafts of papers. First-year students are welcome. Conducted in English; no knowledge of Russian required.     Four credit hours.  L.  
RU242s    Russian Cinema from Lenin to Putin (in English)      A survey of major periods, genres, and themes of Russia's "most important art," including Soviet Revolutionary montage cinema of the 1920s (Kuleshov, Vertov, Eisenstein, Dovzhenko), Stalinist "easterns" and propaganda musicals of the 1930s and '40s (Vasiliev brothers, Aleksandrov), the post-Stalinist cinematic revival of the 1950s and '60s (Kalatozov, Tarkovsky, Muratova, Askoldov), and the post-Soviet search for new aesthetics, themes, and heroes (Balabanov, Bodrov, Zviagintsev, Sokurov). Topics include issues of gender, class, and ethnicity; the theory and aesthetics of Soviet and Russian filmmakers; the development of the Russian and Soviet film industry; issues of censorship, production, and film distribution. Conducted in English.     Four credit hours.  A, I.    MONASTIREVA-ANSDELL
RU325f    Conversation and Composition      Reading and analysis of literary and historical texts. Topics change each year. Fall 2013: Stalinism. Grammar review and continued practice in oral and written expression. Internet materials, YouTube clips, and films supplement the readings. Conducted in Russian. Prerequisite:  Russian 128.     Four credit hours.    MONASTIREVA-ANSDELL
[RU326]    Conversation and Composition      Reading and analysis of literary and historical texts. Topics change each year. Spring 2014: Soviet Culture. Grammar review and continued practice in oral and written expression. Internet materials, YouTube clips, and films supplement the readings. Conducted in Russian. Prerequisite:  Russian 325.     Four credit hours.  
RU335fs    Conversation Group      An informal, weekly, small-group meeting for intermediate/advanced conversation practice in Russian. Topics include contemporary film, current social and political issues, and reflections on cultural differences between the United States and Russia. Conducted entirely in Russian. May be repeated for credit. Nongraded. Prerequisite:  Russian 127 or equivalent.     One credit hour.    LINTCBAKH
[RU346]    20th-Century Russian Poetry      Weekly one-hour meetings focus on poems by one of the major 20th-century Russian poets, including Blok, Akhmatova, Tsvetaeva, Pasternak, Mandelshtam, and Brodsky. Readings in Russian; discussion in English. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite:  Russian 127.     One or two credit hours.  
RU425f    20th-Century Short Works: Russian Art and Politics      Advanced grammar and continued practice in oral and written expression. Internet, film, and audio materials supplement textbook visual analysis and readings. Conducted in Russian. May be repeated for additional credit. Prerequisite:  Russian 325.     Four credit hours.  L.    DE SHERBININ
RU426s    The Political Novel      A seminar that analyzes one major Russian novel. In spring 2014: Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, an imaginative novel that rewrites the Stalinist epoch through satire, black magic, and the Christ-Pilate narrative. Students present seminar papers in Russian at the CBB Russian Research Symposium. Conducted entirely in Russian. Prerequisite:  Russian 425 or 427.     Four credit hours.  L.    DE SHERBININ
[RU428]    The 20th-Century Russian Novel      A seminar that analyzes one major Russian novel. Conducted entirely in Russian. Prerequisite:  Russian 425 or 427.     Four credit hours.  L.  
RU491f, 492s    Independent Study      Individual projects in areas where the student has demonstrated the interest and competence necessary for independent work. Prerequisite:  Permission of the instructor.     One to four credit hours.    FACULTY