Courses being offered for REES credit this year. Click here for days and times for Fall 2007.
  Fall 2007
  POLT 218. Marxist Analysis of Society and Politics
3 hours 3SS, CD, WR
    What can Marxian social science contribute to understanding important political, social and economic questions in various countries? Topics may include: capitalist crisis; the state; class, in itself and also in relation to gender, race and nation; cities; development; the environment; globalization; ideology; post-modernity; social movements; and feasible socialist futures.
Enrollment Limit: 35. Mr. Blecher
  RUSS 214 Delusions of Grandeur: The Myth Of Petersburg
    Peter I's construction of a "Window to the West" was to change Russian life forever. His vision was to inspire (or provoke) a host of artistic responses in Russian literature, music and the visual arts. This course will trace the development of the rich cultural legacy known as the Petersburg tradition from the 18th century to the present day. Included will be works by Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Chaikovsky, Akhmatova and others. Lecture and discussion format.
Enrollment Limit: 25. Ms. Forman
  RUSS 220. Russian Visual Culture
3 hours 3HU, CD, WR
    This course will explore Russia's long and rich tradition of visual experimentation and innovation. While much of our focus will be on painting (from fourteenth century icons up to late twentieth century Sotsart kitsch), we will look at a wide range of other visual forms (maps, domestic albums, shop signs, books, photographs) as we attempt to determine how a Russian way of seeing both intersects with and diverges from a more Western (European-American) way of seeing.
Enrollment Limit: 25. Mr. Newlin
  RUSS 306. The Russian Civilization from Pre-Revolution to Post Soviet Russia
3 hours 3HU, CD
    This advanced language course explores topics in Russian history, politics and literature from the Silver Age through the 1990's. Readings in the original introduce major influences in theater, film and belles lettres. Assignments focus on expanding written and oral fluency through advanced grammar topics.
Enrollment Limit: 12. Ms. Blasko
  RUSS 411. Special Topics: Women in Contemporary Russian Literature and Society
3 hours 3HU, CD
    This course focuses on the representation of women in contemporary Russian fiction, film, and popular media, exploring such issues as family dynamics/motherhood, sexuality, work, and women’s relationship to the state. Readings will include works by several prominent contemporary female authors (Petrushevskaia, Ulitskaia, Vasilenko, Tolstaia), as well a detektiv (featuring Russia’s first female detective) by Aleksandra Marinina. The course will also look at the contribution of women to contemporary Russian rock and pop music.
Enrollment Limit: 25. Ms. Kaminar
  SOCI 254. Political Sociology
3 hours 3SS
    This course is intended as an introduction to a major sub-field of sociology, the sociology of politics. We will begin with an examination of the birth of democratic politics in the contemporary Western world. We will touch on such problems as the social origins of democracy, the rise of political citizenship and the modern nation-state, class and elite conflict, lower-class social movements and the political-cultural foundations of democratic politics. In the second part of the course we will concentrate on one of the major anti-liberal movements and regimes in the 20th century Nazism.
Enrollment Limit: 35. Mr. Vujacic
  SOCI 431. The Making and Unmaking of Communist Ideals
3 hourse, 3SS
    This seminar explores the development of communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe through historiography, literature and film. The main part of the course is devoted to early revolutionary dilemmas, the relationship of intellectuals to the revolution in Soviet Russia and the West, and the rise of Stalinism. With novels by Gladkov, Silone, Koestler, Solzhenitsyn and Milosz, and films by Beaty, Bertolucci, Mikhalkov and Makavejev.
Enrollment Limit: 12. Mr. Vujacic
  Spring 2008
  ECON 227. International Trade and Finance
3 hours 3SS, QPh
    An introduction to international economics with an emphasis on the economic analysis of international transactions, financial interdependence, and current trade conflicts, as well as discussions of the historical development and contemporary role of international institutions.
Prerequisite: ECON 101. Enrollment Limit: 40. Ms. Craig
  HIST 375. Totalitarianism in Comparative Perspective
3 hours, 3SS
    This course examines the political, cultural, and social, dimensions of totalitarianism in the Soviet Union, fascist Italy, and Nazi Germany. In addition to systems of governance and leadership we explore the role of individuals as perpetrators, resisters and victims--in these regimes. We also examine the contributions of gender, cultural, and social history to the study and understanding of totalitarianism and explore the memory of totalitarianism in film and literature.
J. Massino
  JWST 234. Good & Evil: Ethics and Decision Making in the Holocaust
3-4hours 3-4SS, CD, WR
    Focuses on decision making in five groups during the Nazi era: German civilians; Jews; Allies; Churches, rescuers; and bystanders; on the often unconscious value judgments that we bring to the study of this subject and bases for expectation that individuals, groups, or governments behave ethically in extreme situations. Aside from readings, some films and possible lectures by outside specialists required. Previous historical study of the Holocaust strongly recommended. Identical to HIST 234.
Enrollment Limit: 25. Ms. Magnus
  RUSS 210. Soviet Blockbusters
1-2 hours 1-2HU, CD, WR
    A course that boldly goes where no traditional Soviet film course has gone before. Our mission: to seek out and explore those movies beloved by generations of viewers back in the USSR. These classics include war movies, musicals, Soviet easterns, comedies, and chick-flicks. Our goal: to determine the basis of their popularity through an examination of their aesthetics and their surrounding social and political context.
First Module. Ms. Forman
  RUSS 212. Russian Blockbusters
1-2 hours 1-2 HU, CD, WR
    This course focuses on Russian film after the fall of the Soviet Union and the Soviet film industry. We will examine the aesthetic and socio-political dimensions of post- Soviet comedies, epic and costume dramas, gangster films, fantasy and other genres in order to explore the pressures facing new Russian cinema.
Second Module. Ms. Forman
  RUSS 305. Russian Civilization From Rurik to the Golden Age
3 hours 3U, CD
    This advanced language course investigates the roots of Russian Culture, from Kievan Rus' through the rise of the Russian Empire. Readings in the original develop specialized vocabulary in history, literature, music and the arts. Assignments focus on advanced syntax and semantics to refine grammatical usage.
Ms. Blasko
  RUSS 329. Literature and the Land: Nature Writing in Russia
3 hours 3HU, CD
    An examination of nature writing and forms of literary pastoralism, agrarianism, and primitivism in Russia and America. Topics include: the psychological and historical roots of the dream of an earthly paradise; the forms and evolution of nature writing; literature and the rise of an environmental consciousness; models of nature as garden and wilderness; literary constructions of 'natural man' and 'natural woman'; the literary and cultural feminization of nature; the politics of landscape; environmentalism and nationalism. Readings will include poems, novels, short stories, essays, and literary and cultural criticism.
Mr. Newlin
  RUSS 333. Theater as Revolution: Russian Theater and Drama, 1900-1930 3 hours, 3HU, CD, WR
    During the first decades of the last century, Russian theater both fomented and endured revolution. Chekhov revitalized the art of playwriting, while Stanislavsky and Meyerhold developed new methods in actor training that continue to influence contemporary performers. Constructivist and Futurist stage designers transferred their artistic experiments from the canvas to the stage. This course will focus on these and other innovations, and will explore how playwrights and theater practitioners responded to the actual revolution of 1917.
Ms. Kaminar
  RUSS 446. Senior Seminar
3 hours 3HU, CD
    From tsarist times to the present, filmmakers in Russia have drawn inspiration from the country's rich literary tradition. We will study cinematic adaptations of Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Bulgakov, to name but a few, to explore the role that literary adaptations have played in the development of Russian cinema. Through a comparison of the original texts with their filmic transformations, we will examine how directors from different eras approached the problem of bringing another's words to the big screen. Seminar format.
Ms. Forman
  SOCI 340. Nationalism, Culture, and Politics Under and After Dictatorship: Spain and Yugoslavia in the Twentieth Century
3 hours 1.5 SS, 1.5HU, CD
    This course focuses on education as a social institution and the inequalities structured within it. Using theory and empirical evidence, education in the United States will be examined from pre-school through post-secondary levels. The intersections of education and other institutions, (e.g. political, economic and familial) are analyzed and include discussions of race/ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality. Further, the role of education in social reproduction and social control will be examined.
Enrollment Limit: 35. Mr. Faber, Mr. Vujacic
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