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Russian

Associate professor:P. Thomas (chair)
Assistant professor:V. Kononova
Instructor:E. Krizenesky

Lawrence offers a major in Russian studies, a major in Russian language and literature, and a minor in Russian. Requirements for each program are outlined below.

Russian is one of the world’s most important and widely spoken languages. Knowledge of the Russian language helps broaden students’ career opportunities and options in a variety of fields, including business and government service. Students who achieve a high level of language proficiency may wish to pursue internship opportunities available as a result of Lawrence’s connections with Appleton’s sister city in Russia.

In addition, Russian culture, music, art, and literature are extraordinarily rich. While the culture may be best appreciated by those who know the language, those who have no knowledge of Russian can also find much of value and interest in the study of Russian culture.

Students taking Russian at the beginning and intermediate levels concentrate on acquiring skills in speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing. Majors are strongly encouraged to spend a term studying in Russia. Back on campus, upper-level courses and tutorials enable students to improve their critical and analytical skills, learn more about Russia’s rich literary and cultural traditions, and gain additional speaking practice. At all levels, students have the opportunity to work with tutors who are native speakers and to take advantage of extracurricular activities, such as weekly Russian Table, film showings, and immersion weekends.

Culture and literature courses taught in translation are designed not only for those studying Russian but for all students. These courses have no prerequisites, and they fulfill a number of general education requirements.

Required for the Russian studies major

  1. First-year: RUSS 101, 102, 201 (or the equivalent)
  2. Second-year: RUSS 211, 212, 250
  3. Two courses in literature and culture, 300-level or above.
  4. Two courses in history.
  5. One course that allows students to understand Russia in a larger context, either by studying the literature or history of a neighboring country or countries or by placing Russia in a broader political and economic context as an important participant in international affairs.
    Consult faculty for approval of specific courses.
  6. A senior-level independent study that results in the completion of a substantial research paper. Students with sufficiently advanced Russian language skills are encouraged to use some Russian language sources in conducting their research. Topics for this capstone experience are to be derived from work done in one of the following courses: RUSS 300, 305, 330, 335; HIST 315, 320, 325; GOVT 330. Other topics could be approved through consultation with program faculty.

In addition to the requirements listed above, majors are encouraged to further strengthen their Russian-language skills either by taking RUSS 280, 281 and 287 or by studying in Russia and/or in an intensive summer language program offered in the U.S.
 
Students with prior background in Russian who place out of the first-year sequence are required to complete additional language study for the major.

Required for the Russian language and literature major

  1. First-year: RUSS 101, 102, 201 (or the equivalent)
  2. Second-year: RUSS 211, 212, 250
  3. Two courses in Russian literature taught in translation, level 300 or above.
  4. Two courses in Russian literature, taught in the original, level 300 or above.
  5. A senior-level independent study that results in the completion of a substantial research paper. Students would be required to analyze some work or works of Russian literature, to be read in the original.

In addition to the requirements listed above, majors are strongly encouraged to further strengthen their Russian language skills by studying in Russia and/or in an intensive summer language program offered in the U.S.
 
Students with prior background in Russian who place out of the first-year sequence are required to complete additional language study for the major.



Required for the Russian minor

  1. First-year: RUSS 101, 102, 201 (or the equivalent)
  2. Second-year: RUSS 211, 212, 250
  3. Two courses in Russian literature, culture, or history, 300-level or above.
  4. C average in the minor

International and off-campus study

After two years of language study on campus, majors are strongly encouraged to spend a term studying in Russia. Study abroad provides an unparalleled opportunity to make gains in language proficiency and to become familiar with Russian life and culture.

Most Russian majors and minors who choose to study abroad do so through the Lawrence affiliated Bardy-Smolny exchange. This Bard College program partners with Smolny College in St. Petersburg to offer students a comprehensive Russian as a Second Language program in combination with Russian-taught elective courses. The elective courses are integrative and taken with Russian students who are regular degree-seeking students at Smolny.

Students are also encouraged to participate in intensive summer language programs offered in the United States, especially immediately prior to spending a fall term in Russia.

Senior Experience in Russian

The Russian Department’s Senior Experience consists of a senior-level independent study that further develops work done in another course.

The independent study is intended to help students prepare their capstone project, normally a research paper that makes use of some Russian-language source material. In addition, students will submit a portfolio in the second week of their final term. The portfolio consists of a list of courses and brief statement in which students evaluate their development as Russian majors.

In addition to a copy of the capstone project and the Russian language portfolio, the senior portfolio should contain four course papers, including at least one from a history course and one from a literature course. The complete portfolio will be reviewed and approved or returned for revisions before the end of the term.

Students who are pursuing a double major or teaching certification should work with all concerned departments to assess the feasibility of an interdisciplinary capstone.


Courses - Russian

RUSS 101: Beginning Russian I

The first course of a three-term sequence. Once students learn the alphabet and pronunciation, they acquire a basis for speaking, understanding, reading, and writing spoken Russian. Cultural information is incorporated throughout the course.
Units: 6.

RUSS 102: Beginning Russian II

Continued practice in speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension. Cultural information is incorporated throughout the course.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: RUSS 101 or consent of instructor

RUSS 191: Directed Study in Russian

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

RUSS 195: Internship in Russian

An opportunity for students to apply their Russian language skills in business, government, and the non-profit sector on the regional, national, and international levels. Arranged in collaboration with and supervised by a member of the department. Includes discussion, report, and/or portfolio. Advance consultation and application required. Credit may be given for internships completed during a period of study abroad.
Units: 3.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

RUSS 201: Intermediate Beginning Russian

Students acquire a wider range of linguistic structures, which enables them to start speaking, reading, and writing on a higher level.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: RUSS 102 or consent of instructor

RUSS 211: Intermediate Russian I

Grammar review and introduction of more complex grammatical concepts. Students read some authentic literary texts. Cultural information is presented through texts and audio-visual/computer materials.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: RUSS 201 or consent of instructor

RUSS 212: Intermediate Russian II

A continuation of Russian 211. More exposure to literary texts, along with newspaper articles. Video clips continue to improve students’ listening comprehension skills and cultural knowledge.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: RUSS 211 or consent of instructor

RUSS 250: Advanced Intermediate Russian

A continuation of Russian 212. More intensive reading, writing, and conversational practice to provide a transition to study abroad.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: RUSS 212

RUSS 260: The Long Novel (in English)

A comparative study of nineteenth century Europoean realism, with readings taken from a variety of national traditions. Authors studied may include Dickens, Flaubert, and Dostoevsky. Collaborative teaching of each text will expose participants to a wide range of critical and pedagogical methods. With instructor approval students may also register for an additional tutorial (3 units) in which we will read and discuss important theoretical works on the history of the novel form.
Units: 6.
Also listed as English 245
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

RUSS 280: Topics in Russian Through Fiction and Poetry

This course advances skills in reading, understanding, writing, and speaking Russian, with materials from the rich traditions of Russian literary culture. Readings include fiction, plays, and poetry. Conducted in Russian, with frequent writing and grammar assignments, in-class presentations, and occasional translation exercises. May be repeated for credit when topic is different.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: RUSS 250 or consent of instructor

RUSS 281: Topics in Russian Through Nonfiction

This seminar-style course will allow advanced students an opportunity to further develop their proficiency. Materials include memoirs, journalism, and historical texts. Conducted in Russian, with frequent writing and grammar assignments, in-class presentations, and occasional translation exercises. It will prepare students to do more advanced research in Russian, either here at Lawrence or abroad. May be repeated for credit when topic is different.

Topic for Winter 2019: Contemporary Russia
This class will introduce advanced students of Russian to various political and social issues discussed in contemporary Russian press and reflected in film and performance arts. Topics include: Russia’s political system; Russians’ attitudes to politics and government; nationalism and ethnic tensions; feminism and gender equality; human rights, including LGBT and treatment of people with disabilities. We will concentrate on expressing and supporting opinions and participating in debate. Students will do frequent writing assignments and in-class presentations. Students are encouraged to take RUSS 340: Russian TV Talk to have more exposure to Russian media. In Russian.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: RUSS 250 or consent of instructor

RUSS 287: Topics in Russian Through Film

This course will examine topics in Russian film. Topics may include specific generes (e.g., the sad comedy), the work of a director or tradition, films important for a specific historical moment (e.g., The Thaw or World War Two), or films devoted to a specific theme. Students will expand their Russian vocabulary, improve fluency, increase speaking confidence and gain cultural knowledge by viewing Russian films and analyzing the psychology of the characters. Throughout this course, students will be introduced to the practice of reading the filmic text using three structuring lenses: 1) history, 2) formal and generic elements, and 3) film criticism. May be repeated when topic is different.

Topic for Fall 2018: The World of Children
In this course, we will be exploring the culture of Russian children. We will read poetry and short fiction for children, we will watch cartoons and films, and we will learn to play some children’s games. This course is also intended to provide the students with a comprehensive review of major grammatical topics and vocabulary covered in second-year Russian. More advanced students will be given additional readings and assignments. In Russian.
Topic for Spring 2019: Russian Folk and Fairy Tales in Film
This course will introduce advanced students of Russian to the rich tradition of Russian folk tales and their representation in film. Students will read tales about such all-time favorite characters as Kolobok, Yemelia and his Pike, Baba-Yaga, Kashchei the Deathless, Vasilissa the Beautiful, etc. We will then explore the cinematic presentations and re-interpretations of these tales and characters in Soviet and post-Soviet films and cartoons. Students will write their own fairy tales; as a final group project, students will shoot a fairy-tale film. In Russian.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Film Studies 287
Prerequisite: RUSS 250 or consent of instructor

RUSS 300: Russia's Golden Age: 19th-Century Literature in Translation

The texts studied in this course are thematically unified by their examination of romantic and sexual relationships, many of which are limited by social restrictions. Some works will be studied in conjunction with film versions. No knowledge of Russian required. Offered every other year.
Units: 6.

RUSS 304: Slavic Science Fiction

This course examines science fiction works from the Slavic world, with concentration on Russia and the Soviet Union. We will explore how Slavic authors reflected on technological progress, humankind's place in the universe, social and political experiments, etc. Lecture/seminar. Taught in English translation. Russian majors and minors may participate in a two-unit turorial in which discussions and some course readings will be in Russian.
Units: 6.

RUSS 305: Repression and Resistance in Soviet and Post-Soviet Literature in Translation

Survey of Soviet and post-Soviet literature from 1920 to the present. Course will explore ways in which writers responded to, helped shape, and reacted against the Soviet system. Works will be set in historical and cultural context. No knowledge of Russian required. Offered every other year.
Units: 6.

RUSS 306: Russia on Stage: Three Centuries of Russian Theater

This course introduces students to the rich theatrical tradition of Russia. The readings for the course span over two centuries, starting from the social comedies of the late eighteenth century to the contemporary "New Drama" and documentary theater. The plays are situated within the larger historical and political context of Imperial, Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. Lecture/discussion. Taught in English.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Theatre Arts 306

RUSS 310: Russia’s Erotic Utopia

This course examines Russia’s complex debate over the nature of sexuality, decadence, morality and mortality. Themes include the moral nature of procreation, lust, murder, and resurrection. Readings include Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Platonov, and Nabokov, as well as film, opera, paintings, and a television mini series. In English.
Units: 6.

RUSS 314: Chekhov (in English)

The course focusses on the work, world, and influence of Anton Chekhov. Topics may include “Chekhov and the Russian Short Story,” “Chekhov and Modern Russian Drama,” “Chekhov on the Silver Screen,” and “Chekhov and the West.” Taught in English. Russian majors and minors may participate in a two-unit tutorial in which discussions and some course readings will be in Russian.
Units: 6.

RUSS 315: Topics in Dostoevsky and Tolstoy (in English)

This course explores the works, thought, and impact of Fyodor Dostevsky and Lev Tolstoy. Possible topics include: Crimes and Punishments, Spirituality and Religion, History and Narrative, In the Writer's Laboratory. Taught in English. Russian majors and minors may participate in a two-unit tutorial in which discussions and some course readings will be in Russian. May be repeated when topic is different.

Topic for Spring 2019: Religion in Dostoevesky and Tolstoy
The course concentrates on religion and spirituality as explored in literary and some non-fiction works by Fyodor Dostoevsky and Lev Tolstoy. Among the topics discussed are: the nature of God and the nature of humanity, the mystery of life and death, the nature of good and evil, the path/s to self-betterment and spiritual enlightenment, and the role of religion in life in general and in the Russian society of the late nineteenth century in particular. The course explores the role these authors played in the difficult discussions of their time and the impact they had on their contemporaries and followers.
Units: 6.

RUSS 320: Topics in Russian Film (in English)

This course explores facets of the development of Russian film in its historical and cultural context. Topics may include: “The Golden Age of Soviet Film,” “The Cinema of Tarkovsky,” and “Film as Propaganda.” Taught in English. Russian majors and minors may participate in a two-unit tutorial in which discussions and some course readings will be in Russian.

Topic for Winter 2019: Tarkovsky and Soviet Culture
This class will explore the feature films and theoretical writings of Andrei Tarkovsky against the background of late Soviet culture. Discussion and readings will address the historical context of Tarkovsky's work; his cinematic, poetic, and narrative techniques; and his philosophical aspirations as a Soviet--and therefore global--filmmaker. Students will do frequent short writing assignments. In English.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Film Studies 320

RUSS 323: Topics in Russian History and Culture (in English)

An interdisciplinary course examining the relationship between politics and culture in Russia since the 18th century through the close analysis of a specific historical theme. Emphasis is placed on reading and discussing literary texts, historical primary sources, and, where applicable, watching films. Possible themes include: Power and Culture in the Russian Revolution, 1900-1936; The Soviet 1960s; and The Agony of Populism: Terrorism and Literature in Russia's Nineteenth Century. Not open to students who have previously received, or need to receive credit for HIST 423. (G&C)
Units: 6.
Also listed as History 323
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and one course in Russian language, literature, or history

RUSS 335: Through the Eyes of Women: Women and Gender in Russian Culture (in English)

An interdisciplinary survey course that examines femininity, womanhood and identity in Imperial, Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia. Materials include works of fiction, non-fiction, and film. No knowledge of Russian required.
Units: 6.

RUSS 340: Russian TV Talk

Students watch, analyze, and discuss freshly archived Russian television news. Students will increase knowledge of journalistic vocabulary and reporting styles, and develop an understanding of Russian perspectives on national and international events. May be repeated for credit.
Units: 2.
Prerequisite: RUSS 250 or consent of instructor

RUSS 354: History of Russian and Soviet Film

This course will introduce the student to the rich and varied tradition of Russian and Soviet cinema from the Pre-Revolutionary period to the present. Works by major filmmakers will be viewed and discussed in the context of the culture, economy, society, and politics of the time. Taught in English.
Units: 6.
Also listed as History 354, Film Studies 354
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

RUSS 390: Tutorial Studies in Russian

Advanced work, in Russian, arranged and carried out in consultation with the faculty. Topics depend on the student’s interest, the instructor, and the subject. Tutorials are not substitutes for courses offered elsewhere in the curriculum.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

RUSS 391: Directed Study in Russian

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

RUSS 395: Internship in Russian

An opportunity for students to apply their Russian language skills in business, government, and the non-profit sector on the regional, national, and international levels. Arranged in collaboration with and supervised by a member of the department. Includes discussion, report, and/or portfolio. Advance consultation and application required. Credit may be given for internships completed during a period of study abroad.
Units: 3.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

RUSS 399: Independent Study in Russian

Individualized advanced research carried out in consultation with a faculty member. Students considering an honors project in their senior year should register for an upper-level independent study for one or more terms.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

RUSS 590: Tutorial Studies in Russian

Advanced work, in Russian, arranged and carried out in consultation with the faculty. Topics depend on the student’s interest, the instructor, and the subject. Tutorials are not substitutes for courses offered elsewhere in the curriculum.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

RUSS 591: Directed Study in Russian

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

RUSS 595: Internship in Russian

An opportunity for students to apply their Russian language skills in business, government, and the non-profit sector on the regional, national, and international levels. Arranged in collaboration with and supervised by a member of the department. Includes discussion, report, and/or portfolio. Advance consultation and application required. Credit may be given for internships completed during a period of study abroad.
Units: 3.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

RUSS 599: Independent Study in Russian

Individualized advanced research carried out in consultation with a faculty member. Students considering an honors project in their senior year should register for an upper-level independent study for one or more terms.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

RUSS 650: Senior Seminar

This seminar is for advanced students to finish a senior capstone. Seniors meet with the instructor early in Fall Term to discuss individual projects and plan a research agenda. In the Winter Term seminar, students read and discuss contemporary academic articles to highlight styles of argument. The rest of the seminar involves writing workshops, presentations of individual research and discussions of specific scholarly methods.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Declared majors with senior standing

RUSS 690: Tutorial Studies in Russian

Advanced work, in Russian, arranged and carried out in consultation with the faculty. Topics depend on the student’s interest, the instructor, and the subject. Tutorials are not substitutes for courses offered elsewhere in the curriculum.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

RUSS 691: Directed Study in Russian

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

RUSS 695: Internship in Russian

An opportunity for students to apply their Russian language skills in business, government, and the non-profit sector on the regional, national, and international levels. Arranged in collaboration with and supervised by a member of the department. Includes discussion, report, and/or portfolio. Advance consultation and application required. Credit may be given for internships completed during a period of study abroad.
Units: 3.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

RUSS 699: Independent Study in Russian

Individualized advanced research carried out in consultation with a faculty member. Students considering an honors project in their senior year should register for an upper-level independent study for one or more terms.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

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