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Fall 2012 Slavic Program Course Offerings

The Department of European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers the following courses in Slavic Languages. These courses are not only for Russian minors, but also for students in other disciplines interested in language, literature and culture.

All courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise stated.

Section A - Courses Taught in Russian

RUS 111  Elementary Russian I (4 credits)
An introduction to Russian. Class work will be supplemented by practice in the language laboratory. No student who has had two or more years of Russian in high school (or who has acquired an equivalent proficiency) may receive credit for RUS 111 without written permission from the supervisor of the course.
TuTh: 1:00-2:20 / Tu: 2:30-3:25  C. Bethin
RUS 211-S3  Intermediate Russian I
An intermediate course in Russian stressing an active command of the language.
Prerequisite: RUS 112.
TuTh: 1:00-2:20 Pustovoit
RUS 213 - S3: Intermediate Russian for Students of Russian-Speaking Background
A course intended for students who already speak Russian and who need training in writing, reading, and grammar.
May not be taken for credit in addition to RUS 211 or 212. The course is not intended for students who have the equivalent of a Russian high school education.
Prerequisite: Native-speaking proficiency in Russian
TuTh: 5:30-6:50 A.  Geisherik

Section B - Courses Taught in English

HUR 241-B The Age of Empire
A survey in English of major Russian writers of the 19th century, including Pushkin, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy. A brief history of Russian literary masterpieces in the context of world literature and of major cultural movements such as the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and Romanticism.
MW: 2:30-3:50 I. Kalinowska
HUR 231-I: Saints and Fools
An introduction to literature about the lives of saints and the holy fool tradition in major texts from Russian and English literature.  Emphasis is placed on the ways authors have used fundamental religious values of humility, the transcendent irrational, and kenosis -- Jesus's humbling himself by taking the form of a man -- to comfort their own times.  Authors considered include Charles Dickens, Chaucer, Nikolai Gogol, and Aleksandr Pushkin; films include Murder in the Cathedral and Forrest Gump.
Remark: Crosslisted with EGL 231.
TuTh: 4:00-5:20 t. Grenkov
HUR 235-G: Crime and Punishment in World Literature
An exploration of crime and its punishment focusing Dostoevsky's response to intellectual history and to literary depiction of criminals, villains, detectives, acts of violence, and prevalent moral codes.
Prerequisite: Fulfillment of D.E.C. category B.
TuTh:: 4:00-5:20 N. Rzhesvky

For further information on courses in Russian and Polish, please contact the department office at 632-7440, Library N4004, or send an e-mail to Prof. Tim Westphalen, coordinator for the Slavic program.

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