Fall Quarter 2014: Expanded Course Descriptions

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Lower Division Courses

RUSSIAN 1 - Elementary Russian (5 units)
Elizabeth Matthews

MTWRF 9:00 - 9:50A
227 Olson
CRN 60182

Course Description: 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).

GE credit (Old): Arts & Humanities.
GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities and World Cultures.

Format: Discussion - 5 hours; Laboratory - 1 hour.


  • 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)

RUSSIAN 4 - Intermediate Russian (4 units)
Anna Reznik

MTWR 10:00 - 10:50A
101 Wellman
CRN 60183

Course Description: 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.

GE credit (Old): Arts & Humanities.
GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities and World Cultures.

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


  • 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

RUSSIAN 101A - Advanced Russian (4 units)
Liliana Avramenko

MWF 11:00 - 11:50A
209 Wellman
CRN 60190

Course Description: 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, two essays, oral presentations, and a final exam.

Prerequisite: Russian 6 or Consent of Instructor.

GE credit (Old): Arts & Humanities.
GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities and World Cultures.

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


  • Olga Kagan, et al., Russian for Russians (Slavica Publishers, 2002)

RUSSIAN 124. Twentieth-Century Russian Literature (4 units)
Jenny Kaminer

TR 9:00 - 10:20A
102 Hutchison
CRN 563613

Course Description: This course will introduce students to some of the major works and authors of Russian prose, poetry, and drama of the twentieth century. We will pay particular attention to the intersections between literature and important historical events, such as the Russian Revolution, the rise of Stalinism, the waves of Russian emigration, and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Students will learn skills for closely reading and analyzing Russian texts in the original. Among the authors covered are Vladimir Mayakovsky, Mikhail Zoshchenko, Evgeny Zamiatin, Daniil Kharms, Sergei Dovlatov and Liudmila Ulitskaia. Taught in Russian.

Prerequisite: Russian 101C.

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

Format: Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours; Term paper.


  • A Course Reader

RUSSIAN 150. Russian Culture: Jews in Russian Culture (4 units)   IN ENGLISH
Jenny Kaminer

TR 12:10-1:30P
217 Olson
CRN 63614

Course Description: This course focuses on the extraordinary contribution of Russian-Jewish writers, filmmakers and artists to Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet culture, as well as to the culture of the Jewish diaspora in the United States and Canada, Israel, and Europe.  Chronologically, the literary texts, films and works of visual culture discussed in the course cover the period from the late nineteenth century to the present day.  They also intersect with some of the most cataclysmic historical events of the past century: the Russian Revolution of 1917, which ended the Russian Jews’ seclusion to the Pale of Settlement and allowed them unprecedented educational and professional opportunities in the new Soviet state; and World War II, which led to the near total destruction of the rural segment of the Soviet-Jewish population. The final weeks of the quarter will concentrate on the contributions of contemporary Russian-Jewish émigrés, writing in the language of their adopted homelands while navigating the complexities of crafting a new, hybrid identity.  All texts will be read in translation from the original Yiddish, Russian, and German. No knowledge of Russian required.

Prerequisite: Knowledge of Russian not required.

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

Format: Discussion - 3 hours; Term paper.


  • Sholem Aleichem, Tevye the Dairyman and the Railroad Stories, translated by Hillel Halkin (Shocken Books, 1996)
  • S. Ansky, The Dybbuk and Other Writings, translated by Golda Werman (Yale University Press, 2002)
  • David Bezmozgis, Natasha and Other Stories (Picador, 2005)


  • Isaac Babel, The Collected Stories of Isaac Babel, translated by Peter Constantine (W.W. Norton & Company, 2002)