Fall Quarter 2024

Fall Quarter 2024

Lower Division

RUS 001 Elementary Russian
Liliana Avramenko

RUS 004 Intermediate Russian
Lecturer: Jekaterina Galmant
Russian 4 is designed as a continuation of Russian 3 and promotes pronunciation and grammar, as well as the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, with an emphasis on communicative skills, through compelling conversation topics, creative presentations and engaging discussions.  The course integrates new vocabulary and syntax into previously acquired language. The purpose of the course is facilitate a maximum exposure to the language and culture and to give the student the opportunity to use Russian as much as possible. 
Prerequisites: RUS 003 or Language Placement Test
Textbooks: OER, no required materials for purchase

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Upper Division

RUS 101A Advanced Russian
Liliana Avramenko

RUS 102 Russian Composition Through Contemporary Media
Lecturer: Jekaterina Galmant 
Improve your written communication skills in Russian while analyzing contemporary Russian media and culture! Course materials will focus on such topics as current events (including the war in Ukraine), tech and media, youth culture and art. We will read sources produced in various centers of the Russian-speaking world, including émigré communities in Europe and the United States. Students will learn how to write in various genres and to employ different types of writing (narrative, description, critique). Developing writing skills has a proven positive impact on oral speech, therefore making spoken language richer and more imaginative. Conducted in Russian.

Prerequisites: RUS 006 or Consent of Instructor
Course materials: OER, instructor-created handouts, no materials for purchase
GE credit: AH, WC, WE

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RUS 141 Tolstoy
Valeriia Mutc

This course will explore the literary works of Russia's renowned writer, Leo Tolstoy. Through a study of Tolstoy's novellas, short stories, and his novelistic masterpiece, Anna Karenina, we will follow the writer's quest to understand what it means to be human in the modern world. We will closely examine Tolstoy's reflections on various aspects of modernity: shifting perspectives on family, gender, and class; new labor practices and the rise of capitalism; rapid scientific and technological development; redefined relationships with nature; and changing political ideologies. By combining close textual analysis, socioeconomic context, and intellectual history, we will aim to unravel Tolstoy's perspectives on humanity, art, and ethics. Ultimately, this course will grapple with Tolstoy's fundamental and ever-persistent inquiry: how can one lead a meaningful life amidst the turbulent tides of history? Taught in English.

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