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.

For information about the Academic Calendar, including the dates of first and second quarter courses, please visit the College's master calendar.

Spring 2016

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
RUSS B002-001 Elementary Russian Intensive Semester / 1.5 Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Russian Center Conference Room Baugher,M., Davidson,D.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTH Russian Center Conference Room
Lab/Lecture: 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 English House II Baugher,M.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTH English House II
RUSS B202-001 Advanced Russian Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Russian Center Seminar Room Walsh,I.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTH Russian Center Seminar Room
RUSS B223-001 Russian and East European Folklore Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Taylor Hall D Bain,S.
RUSS B365-001 Russian and Soviet Film Culture Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Russian Center Conference Room Rojavin,M.
RUSS B380-001 Seminar in Russian Studies Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Russian Center Seminar 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 B398-001 Senior Essay Semester / 1
RUSS B398-002 Senior Essay Semester / 1
RUSS B403-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
RUSS B701-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1

Fall 2016

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
RUSS B001-001 Elementary Russian Intensive Semester / 1.5 Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Russian Center Conference Room Davidson,D., Stavis,J., Teaching Assistant,T.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTH Russian Center Conference Room
Drill: 6:10 PM- 7:00 PM W Russian Center Conference Room
RUSS B101-001 Intermediate Russian Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Russian Center Seminar Room Stavis,J.
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 Dalton Hall 212E Walsh,I.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTH Dalton Hall 212E
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 B271-001 Chekhov: His Short Stories and Plays in Translation Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Taylor Hall C Harte,T.
RUSS B365-001 Russian and Soviet Film Culture Semester / 1 LEC: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Russian Center Conference Room Rojavin,M.
RUSS B390-001 Russian for Pre-Professionals I Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Russian Center Conference Room Rojavin,M.
RUSS B403-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
RUSS B701-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1
FREN B213-001 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities: Critic Approaches to the World Semester / 1 LEC: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Thomas Hall 223 Sanquer,M.

Spring 2017

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
RUSS B002-001 Elementary Russian Intensive Semester / 1.5 Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Davidson,D., Stavis,J., Teaching Assistant,T.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTH
LEC: 6:10 PM- 7:00 PM W
RUSS B102-001 Intermediate Russian Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Stavis,J.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTH
RUSS B202-001 Advanced Russian Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Walsh,I.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTH
RUSS B238-001 Topics: The History of Cinema 1895 to 1945: Silent Film: From U.S. to Soviet Russia& Beyond Semester / 1 LEC: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Harte,T.
RUSS B380-001 Seminar in Russian Studies Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Davidson,D., Walsh,I.
RUSS B391-001 Russian for Pre-Professionals II Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Rojavin,M.
RUSS B398-001 Senior Essay Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Dept. staff, TBA
RUSS B403-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA

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

 

2016-17 Catalog Data

RUSS B001 Elementary Russian Intensive Fall 2016 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 2017 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 2016 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 2017 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 B201 Advanced Russian Fall 2016 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 2017 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 2016-17 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) Counts toward Film Studies

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RUSS B217 The Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky Not offered 2016-17 This course will probe the cinematic oeuvre of the great Soviet filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky, who produced some of the most compelling, significant film work of the 20th century. Looking at not only Tarkovsky's films but also those films that influenced his work, we will explore the aesthetics, philosophy, and ideological pressure underlying Tarkovsky's unique brand of cinema. Critical Interpretation (CI) Counts toward Film Studies

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RUSS B221 The Serious Play of Pushkin and Gogol Not offered 2016-17 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 2016-17 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 2016 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. Prerequisite: RUSS B201, RUSS 102 also required if taken concurrently with RUSS 201. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

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RUSS B238 Topics: The History of Cinema 1895 to 1945
Section 001 (Spring 2017): Silent Film: From U.S. to Soviet Russia& Beyond Spring 2017 This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This course will explore cinema from its earliest, most primitive beginnings up to the end of the silent era. While the course will focus on a variety of historical and theoretical aspects of cinema, the primary aim is to look at films analytically. Emphasis will be on the various artistic methods that went into the direction and production of a variety of celebrated silent films from Russia, Germany, the U.S. and elsewhere. These films will be considered in many contexts: artistic, historical, social, and even philosophical, so that students can develop a deeper understanding of silent cinema's rapid evolution.
Current topic description: This course will explore cinema from its earliest, most primitive beginnings up to the end of the silent era. While the course will focus on a variety of historical and theoretical aspects of cinema, the primary aim is to look at films analytically. Emphasis will be on the various artistic methods that went into the direction and production of a variety of celebrated silent films from Russia, Germany, the U.S. and elsewhere. These films will be considered in many contexts: artistic, historical, social, and even philosophical, so that students can develop a deeper understanding of silent cinema's rapid evolution.
Writing Attentive Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Film Studies

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RUSS B254 Russian Culture and Civilization Not offered 2016-17 A history of Russian culture--its ideas, its value and belief systems--from the origins to the present that integrates the examination of works of literature, art, and music. Writing Attentive Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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RUSS B258 Soviet and Eastern European Cinema of the 1960s Not offered 2016-17 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 B271 Chekhov: His Short Stories and Plays in Translation Fall 2016 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) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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RUSS B277 Nabokov in Translation Not offered 2016-17 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)

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RUSS B321 The Serious Play of Pushkin and Gogol Not offered 2016-17 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 B365 Russian and Soviet Film Culture Fall 2016 This seminar explores the cultural and theoretical trends that have shaped Russian and Soviet cinema from the silent era to the present day. The focus will be on Russia's films and film theory, with discussion of the aesthetic, ideological, and historical issues underscoring Russia's cinematic culture. Taught in Russian. No previous study of cinema required, although RUSS 201 or the equivalent is required.

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RUSS B375 Language and Identity Politics of Language in Europe and Eurasia Not offered 2016-17 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 2017 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 102 and one 200-level Russian literature course.

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RUSS B390 Russian for Pre-Professionals I Fall 2016 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 2017 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 B701 Supervised Work Fall 2016

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FREN B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Section 001 (Fall 2016): Critic Approaches to the World
Section 001 (Fall 2015): Critical Theories Fall 2016 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. Prerequisites: FREN 102 or 105.
Current topic description: This course will be taught in English and focus on works of French feminist, postcolonial and post-structuralist theory. While our primary critical texts will draw from a particular linguistic tradition (namely French), and more or less distinctly circumscribed fields, we will also look at the broader transcultural and translinguistic influences that brought these "schools" into being and, most importantly, what fields of thinking they have subsequently inspired across language traditions.
Current topic description: This course will be taught in English and focus on works of French feminist, postcolonial and post-structuralist theory. While our primary critical texts will draw from a particular linguistic tradition (namely French), and more or less distinctly circumscribed fields, we will also look at the broader transcultural and translinguistic influences that brought these "schools" into being and, most importantly, what fields of thinking they have subsequently inspired across language traditions.
Current topic description: This course will be taught in English and focus on works of French feminist, postcolonial and post-structuralist theory. While our primary critical texts will draw from a particular linguistic tradition (namely French), and more or less distinctly circumscribed fields, we will also look at the broader transcultural and translinguistic influences that brought these "schools" into being and, most importantly, what fields of thinking they have subsequently inspired across language traditions.
Current topic description: This course will be taught in English and focus on works of French feminist, postcolonial and post-structuralist theory. While our primary critical texts will draw from a particular linguistic tradition (namely French), and more or less distinctly circumscribed fields, we will also look at the broader transcultural and translinguistic influences that brought these "schools" into being and, most importantly, what fields of thinking they have subsequently inspired across language traditions.
Current topic description: This course will be taught in English and focus on works of French feminist, postcolonial and post-structuralist theory. While our primary critical texts will draw from a particular linguistic tradition (namely French), and more or less distinctly circumscribed fields, we will also look at the broader transcultural and translinguistic influences that brought these "schools" into being and, most importantly, what fields of thinking they have subsequently inspired across language traditions.
Current topic description: This course will be taught in English and focus on works of French feminist, postcolonial and post-structuralist theory. While our primary critical texts will draw from a particular linguistic tradition (namely French), and more or less distinctly circumscribed fields, we will also look at the broader transcultural and translinguistic influences that brought these "schools" into being and, most importantly, what fields of thinking they have subsequently inspired across language traditions.
Current topic description: This course will be taught in English and focus on works of French feminist, postcolonial and post-structuralist theory. While our primary critical texts will draw from a particular linguistic tradition (namely French), and more or less distinctly circumscribed fields, we will also look at the broader transcultural and translinguistic influences that brought these "schools" into being and, most importantly, what fields of thinking they have subsequently inspired across language traditions.
Current topic description: This course will be taught in English and focus on works of French feminist, postcolonial and post-structuralist theory. While our primary critical texts will draw from a particular linguistic tradition (namely French), and more or less distinctly circumscribed fields, we will also look at the broader transcultural and translinguistic influences that brought these "schools" into being and, most importantly, what fields of thinking they have subsequently inspired across language traditions.
Current topic description: This course will be taught in English and focus on works of French feminist, postcolonial and post-structuralist theory. While our primary critical texts will draw from a particular linguistic tradition (namely French), and more or less distinctly circumscribed fields, we will also look at the broader transcultural and translinguistic influences that brought these "schools" into being and, most importantly, what fields of thinking they have subsequently inspired across language traditions.
Current topic description: This course will be taught in English and focus on works of French feminist, postcolonial and post-structuralist theory. While our primary critical texts will draw from a particular linguistic tradition (namely French), and more or less distinctly circumscribed fields, we will also look at the broader transcultural and translinguistic influences that brought these "schools" into being and, most importantly, what fields of thinking they have subsequently inspired across language traditions.
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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.)