Fall Quarter 2013

Fall Quarter 2013

Lower Division Courses

Zhen Zhang

MTWRF 9:00am - 9:50am
244 Olson
CRN 50082

This course is an introduction to Russian grammar and development of all language skills in a cultural context with special emphasis on communication.

Course Placement: Students who have successfully completed, with a C- or better, Russian 2 or 3 in the 10th or higher grade in high school may receive unit credit for this course on a P/NP grading basis only. Although a passing grade will be charged to the student's P/NP option, no petition is required. All other students will receive a letter grade unless a P/NP petition is filed.

For more information, please contact the instructor, Russian Language Coordinator (clarnett@ucdavis.edu), or the Russian Program Coordinator/Advisor (allowrey@ucdavis.edu).


  • Richard Robin, et al., Golosa: A Basic Course in Russian, Book 1 (5th Edition)  (Prentice Hall, 2011)
  • Richard Robin, et al., Student Activities Manual for Golosa: A Basic Course in Russian, Book 1 (5th Edition)  (Prentice Hall, 2011)

Anna Reznik

MTWR 10:00am - 10:50am
244 Olson
CRN 50083

This is the first course of the intermediate Russian series. Students will review grammar, introduce to short literature, and practice intermediate level conversations.

Prerequisite: Students can satisfy the prerequisite through ONE of the following options: (1) Russian 3; (2) Consent of Instructor; (3) Approval of the Russian Language Coordinator - Prof. Carlee Arnett, clarnett@ucdavis.edu.

Format: Discussion - 4 hours; Laboratory - 1 hour.

GE Credits (Old): None.
GE Credits (New): Arts & Humanities and World Cultures.


  • Olga Kagan, et al., V Puti: Russian Grammar in Context, 2nd Edition(Prentice Hall, 2005)
  • Olga Kagan, et al., V Puti: Russian Grammar in Context Student Activities Manual, 2nd Edition (Prentice Hall, 2005)

Upper Division Courses

Liliana Avramenko

MWF 11:00am - 11:50am
101 Wellman
CRN 50098

This is the first course of the advanced Russian series. Students will continue to refine their reading comprehension, writing skills, conversational competence, and grammar knowledge. Materials for discussion will include articles from the contemporary media, recent films, classic and modern literature. Goals of the course are to complete a study of the basic elements of Russian grammar (nouns, verbs, adjectives, gender and case agreement, plural), spelling rules, to increase active and passive vocabulary, to initiate speaking ability, to develop advanced reading and writing skills, and to learn more about Russian culture. Homework will consist of reading texts, writing answers to questions, grammar exercises and short essays. Students will make oral presentations in class.

There will be two written tests, three to four short quizzes or dictations, one essay, oral presentations, and a final exam.

Prerequisite: Russian 6 or Consent of Instructor.

Format: Lecture - 2 hours; Discussion - 1 hour.

GE Credits (Old): None.
GE Credits (New): Arts & Humanities and World Cultures.


  • Sandra Freels Rosengrant, Russian in Use (Yale University Press, 2006)

Olga Stuchebrukhov

TR 9:00am - 10:20am
125 Wellman
CRN 54165

Course Description: This course examines Tolstoy’s great novel, Anna Karenina, in the context of Tolstoy’s philosophy of life, family, and the woman’s question. The course will also include Tolstoy’s short works, such as “Family Happiness,” “The Kreutzer Sonata,” and others, and the screening of Michael Hoffman’s 2009 film about Tolstoy, “The Last Station.”

Grading Paper 1 Paper 2 Participation Midterm 1 Midterm 2 Final
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Prerequisite: None.  (Class is offered in English)

Format: Lecture - 3 hours.

GE Credits (Old): Arts & Humanities, Diversity, and Writing Experience.
GE Credits (New): Arts & Humanities, World Cultures, and Writing Experience.


  • Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (Penguin Classics, 2004)
  • Leo Tolstoy, Great Short Works of Leo Tolstoy (Harper Perennial, 2004)