Courses offered

This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year. It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.

For information about courses offered by other Bryn Mawr departments and programs or about courses offered by Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, please consult the Course Guides page.

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Fall 2014

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)
RUSS B001-001 Elementary Russian Intensive Semester / 1.5 Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Russian Center Conference Room Davidson,D., Walsh,I.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTH Russian Center Conference Room
RUSS B101-001 Intermediate Russian Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Russian Center Seminar Room Walsh,I.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTH Russian Center Seminar Room
RUSS B201-001 Advanced Russian Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Russian Center Seminar Room Rojavin,M.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTH Russian Center Seminar Room
RUSS B235-001 The Social Dynamics of Russian Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Russian Center Seminar Room Davidson,D., Walsh,I.
RUSS B253-001 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities Semester / 1 LEC: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Carpenter Library 17 Monserrati,M.
RUSS B258-001 Soviet and Eastern European Cinema of the 1960s Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Taylor Hall F Harte,T.
Screening: 7:10 PM- 9:00 PM M Thomas Hall 110
RUSS B271-001 Chekhov: His Short Stories and Plays in Translation Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Taylor Hall B Harte,T.
RUSS B390-001 Russian for Pre-Professionals I Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Russian Center Seminar Room Rojavin,M.
RUSS B403-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
RUSS B403-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
RUSS B701-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Davidson,D.

Spring 2015

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)
RUSS B002-001 Elementary Russian Intensive Semester / 1.5 Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Russian Center Conference Room Davidson,D., Teaching Assistant,T., Walsh,I.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTH Russian Center Conference Room
LEC: 6:10 PM- 7:00 PM W Russian Center Conference Room
RUSS B102-001 Intermediate Russian Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Russian Center Seminar Room Walsh,I.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTH Russian Center Seminar Room
RUSS B202-001 Advanced Russian Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Russian Center Seminar Room Rojavin,M.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTH Russian Center Seminar Room
RUSS B221-001 The Serious Play of Pushkin and Gogol Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Thomas Hall 118 Harte,T.
RUSS B321-001 The Serious Play of Pushkin and Gogol Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Thomas Hall 118 Harte,T.
RUSS B380-001 Seminar in Russian Studies Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Russian Center Conference Room Davidson,D., Walsh,I.
RUSS B391-001 Russian for Pre-Professionals II Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Russian Center Seminar Room Rojavin,M.
RUSS B399-001 Senior Conference Semester / 1
RUSS B701-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Davidson,D.

Fall 2015

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

Haverford Fall 2013 Course List

COURSE

TITLE SCHEDULE/UNITS MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)
RUSSH245A01 Russia in the 20th Century Semester 1/1 TTh 1:00-2:30 Hall 201 Linda Gerstein

RUSSH249A01

The Soviet System and Its Demise

Semester 1/1

MW
2:30-4:00

Link 309

Vladimir Kontorovich

RUSSH356A01

Literature and Society in Modern Russia Semester 1/1

W
1:30-4:00

Hall 201

Linda Gerstein

 

2014-15 Catalog Data

RUSS B001 Elementary Russian Intensive Fall 2014 Study of basic grammar and syntax. Fundamental skills in speaking, reading, writing, and oral comprehension are developed. Eight hours a week including conversation sections and language laboratory work. Course does not meet an Approach

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RUSS B002 Elementary Russian Intensive Spring 2015 Study of basic grammar and syntax. Fundamental skills in speaking, reading, writing, and oral comprehension are developed. Eight hours a week including conversation sections and language laboratory work. Course does not meet an Approach

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RUSS B101 Intermediate Russian Fall 2014 Continuing development of fundamental skills with emphasis on vocabulary expansion in speaking and writing. Readings in Russian classics and contemporary works. Five hours a week Course does not meet an Approach

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RUSS B102 Intermediate Russian Spring 2015 Continuing development of fundamental skills with emphasis on vocabulary expansion in speaking and writing. Readings in Russian classics and contemporary works. Five hours a week. Course does not meet an Approach

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RUSS B115 The Golden Age of Russian Literature Not offered 2014-15 An introduction to the great 19th Century Russian authors and some of their most famous, seminal works, including Pushkin's "The Queen of Spades" and Eugene Onegin, Gogol's The Inspector General and "The Overcoat", Turgenev's Fathers and Sons, Dostoevksy's "The Double" and "White Nights" and Tolstoy's Childhood, Boyhood and Youth. All readings, lectures, and discussions are conducted in English. Critical Interpretation (CI)

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RUSS B120 Focus: Russian Memoirs: Seeking Freedom Within Boundaries Not offered 2014-15 This course examines memoirs by Russian women who either have spent time as political or wartime prisoners or have challenged socially-constructed boundaries through their choice of profession. Students will explore the socio-historical contexts in which these women lived and the ways in which they created new norms in extraordinary circumstances. No knowledge of Russian is required.

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RUSS B130 Focus: Russian Dissidents and the Culture of 'Vnye' Not offered 2014-15 This is a half semester focus course. This course explores Russian dissident memoirs and considers these works as a form of testimonial writing by those who were exiled - physically or socially - during times of heavy media and literary censorship. Class discussions will also examine the ways this body of work served to bear witness on behalf of those who operated outside ('vnye') of society and acted as an alternative justice system, condemning or justifying 'criminal' behavior. Half semester Focus course. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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RUSS B201 Advanced Russian Fall 2014 Intensive practice in speaking and writing skills using a variety of modern texts and contemporary films and television. Emphasis on self-expression and a deeper understanding of grammar and syntax. Five hours a week. Course does not meet an Approach

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RUSS B202 Advanced Russian Spring 2015 Intensive practice in speaking and writing skills using a variety of modern texts and contemporary films and television. Emphasis on self-expression and a deeper understanding of grammar and syntax. Five hours a week. Course does not meet an Approach

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RUSS B215 Russian Avant-Garde Art, Literature and Film Not offered 2014-15 This course focuses on Russian avant-garde painting, literature and cinema at the start of the 20th century. Moving from Imperial Russian art to Stalinist aesthetics, we explore the rise of non-objective painting (Malevich, Kandinsky, etc.), ground-breaking literature (Bely, Mayakovsky), and revolutionary cinema (Vertov, Eisenstein). No knowledge of Russian required. Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as HART B215 Counts toward Film Studies

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RUSS B221 The Serious Play of Pushkin and Gogol Spring 2015 This course explores major contributions to the modern Russian literary tradition by its two founding fathers, Aleksander Pushkin and Nikolai Gogol. Comparing short stories, plays, novels, and letters written by these pioneering artists, the course addresses Pushkin's and Gogol's shared concerns about human freedom, individual will, social injustice, and artistic autonomy, which each author expressed through his own distinctive filter of humor and playfulness. No knowledge of Russian is required. Writing Attentive Critical Interpretation (CI)

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RUSS B223 Russian and East European Folklore Not offered 2014-15 This interdisciplinary course introduces students to major issues in Russian and East European folklore including epic tales, fairy tales, calendar and life-cycle rituals, and folk beliefs. The course also presents different theoretical approaches to the interpretation of folk texts as well as emphasizes the influence of folklore on literature, music, and art. No knowledge of Russian is required. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Critical Interpretation (CI)

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RUSS B235 The Social Dynamics of Russian Fall 2014 An examination of the social factors that influence the language of Russian conversational speech, including contemporary Russian media (films, television, and the Internet). Basic social strategies that structure a conversation are studied, as well as the implications of gender and education on the form and style of discourse. Prerequisites: RUSS 201, 202, may be taken concurrently. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

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RUSS B238 Topics: The History of Cinema 1895 to 1945
Section 001 (Fall 2013): Silent Film: From U.S. to Soviet Russia & Beyond Not offered 2014-15 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as ENGL B238 Cross-listed as HART B238 Counts toward Film Studies

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RUSS B243 The Art of Exile: Emigration in Fiction, Film, and Painting Not offered 2014-15 This course explores a diverse range of films (Akin, Fassbinder), paintings (Chagall, Rothko), and fictional prose works (Nabokov, Sebald) that probe the experience of exile and emigration. We will focus primarily on Russian émigré culture, 20th-century Jews, American immigrants, and the Turkish community in Hamburg, Germany. Critical Interpretation (CI)

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RUSS B253 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Section 001 (Fall 2013): Rhetoric and Interpretation after Post-Modernism Fall 2014 An examination in English of leading theories of interpretation from Classical Tradition to Modern and Post-Modern Time. This is a topics course. Course content varies. Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as ITAL B213 Cross-listed as PHIL B253

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RUSS B258 Soviet and Eastern European Cinema of the 1960s Fall 2014 This course examines 1960s Soviet and Eastern European "New Wave" cinema, which won worldwide acclaim through its treatment of war, gender, and aesthetics. Films from Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Russia, and Yugoslavia will be viewed and analyzed, accompanied by readings on film history and theory. All films shown with subtitles; no knowledge of Russian or previous study of film required. Writing Attentive Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Critical Interpretation (CI) Counts toward Film Studies

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RUSS B261 The Russian Anti-Novel Not offered 2014-15 A study of 19th- and 20th-century Russian novels focusing on their strategies of opposing or circumventing European literary conventions. Works by Bulgakov, Dostoevsky, Nabokov, Pushkin, and Tolstoy, are compared to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and other exemplars of the Western novelistic tradition. All readings, lectures, and discussions in English. Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as COML B261

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RUSS B271 Chekhov: His Short Stories and Plays in Translation Fall 2014 A study of the themes, structure and style of Chekhov's major short stories and plays. The course will also explore the significance of Chekhov's prose and drama in the English-speaking world, where this masterful Russian writer is the most staged playwright after Shakespeare. All readings and lectures in English. Writing Attentive Critical Interpretation (CI)

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RUSS B277 Nabokov in Translation Not offered 2014-15 A study of Vladimir Nabokov's writings in various genres, focusing on his fiction and autobiographical works. The continuity between Nabokov's Russian and English works is considered in the context of the Russian and Western literary traditions. All readings and lectures in English. Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as ENGL B277

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RUSS B309 Russian Language and Culture Through Interactive Learning Not offered 2014-15 A course in which Russian students of English and Tri-Co students of Russian learn from each other through guided discussions on topics chosen by the instructor. Tri-Co students are required to attend weekly meetings with the instructor.

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RUSS B321 The Serious Play of Pushkin and Gogol Spring 2015 This course explores major contributions to the modern Russian literary tradition by its two founding fathers, Aleksander Pushkin and Nikolai Gogol. Comparing short stories, plays, novels, and letters written by these pioneering artists, the course addresses Pushkin's and Gogol's shared concerns about human freedom, individual will, social injustice, and artistic autonomy, which each author expressed through his own distinctive filter of humor and playfulness. The course is taught jointly with Russian 221; students enrolled in 321 will meet with the instructor for an additional hour to study texts in the original Russian.

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RUSS B375 Language and Identity Politics of Language in Europe and Eurasia Not offered 2014-15 A brief general introduction to the study of language policy and planning with special emphasis on the Russophone world, the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union. Surveys current theoretical approaches to bilingualism and language shift. Analyzes Soviet language and nationality policy using published census data for the Soviet period through 1989. Focus on the current "language situation" and policy challenges for the renewal of functioning native languages and cultures and maintenance of essential language competencies, lingua franca, both within the Russian Federation and in the "Near Abroad."

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RUSS B380 Seminar in Russian Studies Spring 2015 An examination of a focused topic in Russian literature such as a particular author, genre, theme, or decade. Introduces students to close reading and detailed critical analysis of Russian literature in the original language. Readings in Russian. Some discussions and lectures in Russian. Prerequisites: RUSS 201 and one 200-level Russian literature course.

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RUSS B390 Russian for Pre-Professionals I Fall 2014 This capstone to the overall language course sequence is designed to develop linguistic and cultural proficiency in Russian to the advanced level or higher, preparing students to carry out academic study or research in Russian in a professional field. Suggested Preparation: study abroad in Russia for at least one summer, preferably one semester; and/or certified proficiency levels of 'advanced-low' or 'advanced-mid' in two skills, one of which must be oral proficiency. Writing Attentive

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RUSS B391 Russian for Pre-Professionals II Spring 2015 Second part of year long capstone language sequence designed to develop linguistic and cultural proficiency to the "advanced level," preparing students to carry out advanced academic study or research in Russian in a professional field. Prerequisite: RUSS 390 or equivalent. Writing Attentive

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RUSS B398 Senior Essay Independent research project designed and conducted under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. May be undertaken in either fall or spring semester of senior year.

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RUSS B399 Senior Conference Exploration of an interdisciplinary topic in Russian culture. Topic varies from year to year. Requirements may include short papers, oral presentations, and examinations.

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RUSS B403 Supervised Work

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RUSS B403 Supervised Work

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RUSS B701 Supervised Work Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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Haverford College Russian Course Offerings

RUSS H245Russia in the 20th Century Fall 2013Cross-listed in History
Continuity and change in Russian and Soviet society since the 1890s. Major topics: the revolutionary period, the cultural ferment of the 1920s, Stalinism, the Thaw, the culture of dissent, and the collapse of the system..

RUSS H249The Soviet System and Its Demise Fall 2013Cross-listed in Economics and Political Science
Prerequisite: Two one-sem courses in Econ, Pols, or Hist.
The Soviet system was inspired by some of the loftiest ideals of humanity. The entire society was redesigned so as to pursue common goals, rather than conflicting private objectives. The economy was run for people, not profits. The Soviet system is no more, but the ideas on which it was founded will probably always be with us. What does the largest social and economic experiment in history teach us? The course is 1/3 political science and 2/3 economics.

RUSS H356Literature and Society in Modern Russia Fall 2013Cross-listed in History
Russian Literature and Russian Society (Anna Karenina, Crime and Punishment, Quiet Flows the Don, Dr. Zhivago, Master and Margarita, and The First Circle.)