Russian

RUSS 285 Putin's Russia and the Media

This course explores a wide array of important media, print, and filmic sources that are underrepresented in Western narratives about contemporary Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin.  Students utilize the study of these materials in order to better understand Russia today, and specifically to gain an awareness of how the media can manipulate public opinion.

RUSS 300 Dostoevsky

This course explores selected works by Dostoevsky in the context of the rise of the Russian novel. The course will examine in depth
several short works by the writer, as well as the novels The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov. Concentration is on the major literary,
philosophical, and religious issues Dostoevsky raises in his prose, as well as how these issues better enable us to understand the Russian
mind. All works are read in translation. Offered in alternate years.  Scheduled for Fall 2017.

RUSS 301 Advanced Russian

Advanced grammar, with greater emphasis on the refinement of conversation and composition skills. Discussion of topics related to
contemporary life in Russia.

RUSS 302 Advanced Russian

Advanced grammar, with greater emphasis on the refinement of conversation and composition skills. Discussion of topics related to
contemporary life in Russia.

RUSS 309 Russian in Russia

A 3-4 week guided encounter with the language and culture aimed at solidifying vocabulary and grammar previously acquired. A
significant cultural component is part of the course. Takes place in May-June.

RUSS 400 Russian Film: Film Theory

Introduction to the ideological and aesthetic forces that have shaped the development of Soviet/Russian film, with particular attention to
various film theories. Films of major directors, such as Eisenstein, Pudovkin, Tarkovsky, Kulidzhanov, and Sokurov will be studied. All
films are subtitled; course is taught in English. (Cross-listed with English 382.) Offered in alternate years.

RUSS 410 Analytical Reading

This course aims to teach students the strategies of understanding texts of high literary quality by analyzing elements of given texts in
their complexity. While focusing mainly on psycho-poetic aspects of reading activity, the course also introduces formal approaches to
text analysis, such as identifying the stylistic devices and expressive means employed by the authors.

RUSS 486 Senior Seminar

Students will be assigned individual research topics associated with the essential concept of the Russian Idea, give weekly progress
reports, which will involve analytical discussion, and present their results orally and in writing at the end of the course. Special attention
will be given to assigned readings from the Russian press and from Russian literature.