Current Courses

Fall 2021 Select Courses in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Please note: The courses below are not an exhaustive list of courses being offered on the REEE region. Please see the course explorer for additional classes.

Area Studies Courses

BCS 115: South Slavic Courses
TR 12:30 - 1:50 am, 124 Burrill Hall

Exploration of South Slavic cultures in the historically rich and complex region sometimes referred to as "the Balkans," focusing particularly on those groups found within the successor states of the former Yugoslavia. Critical look at the traditional view of the region as the crossroads or the bridge between East and West, and at the term Balkanization which has become a pejorative term used to characterize fragmented, and self-defeating social systems.

HIST 259:
MWF 11:00 - 11:50 am, 1066 Lincoln Hall


LAW 656: International Law
Francis Boyle
MT 3:00 - 4:15 pm, online

The International Law course examines the variety of roles played by law and lawyer in ordering the relations between states and the nationals of states. The course utilizes a number of specialized contexts as a basis for exploring these roles. The contexts include, among others, the status of international law in domestic courts; the efficacy of judicial review by the International Court of Justice; the effort to subsume international economic relations under the fabric of bilateral and multilateral treaties; and the application -- or misapplication -- of law to political controversies that entail the threat of actual use of force. The course proceeds through an examination of problems selected to illuminate the operation of law within each of these contexts.

REES 495/550: Seminar in REEE Studies
Rachel Stauffer
W 3:00 - 4:50 pm, Loomis Laboratory

Interdisciplinary seminar involving faculty in a number of disciplines. The course examines Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia and the methodologies of its study through questions of identities, cultural values, and change.

RUSS 220: Golden Age of Russian Literature
Lilya Kaganovsky
MW 1:00 - 2:20 pm, 147 Armory

Survey of Russian literature in the long 19th century; romanticism, realism, nationalism, orientalism, empire; writers may include Pushkin, Gogol, Lermontov, Pavlova, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, and others; reading and discussion in English.

RUSS 320: Russian Writers - Solzhenitsyn
Richard Tempest
MW 3:00 - 4:20 pm, G46 Foreign Languages Building

Focused study of the work of a single Russian writer, or the comparison of that writer with another major author, in translation. No Russian required.

RUSS 424: Russian Modernism
Valeria Sobol
T 2:00 - 4:20 pm, 152 Henry Administration Bldg

Representative works of the period 1880 to 1917, with emphasis on Chekhov, Gorky, and Blok; readings for non-majors and class discussions in English.

RUSS 520: Russian Writers - Solzhenitsyn
Richard Tempest
MW 3:00 - 4:20 pm, G46 Foreign Languages Building

Study of a Russian author's works in the original Russian, historical and philosophical contexts, current critical approaches.

SLAV 117: Russ & E Euro Science Fiction
Richard Tempest
MWF 12:00 - 1:50 pm, 138 Henry Administration Bldg

Survey of the science fiction writing of Russia and the countries of Eastern Europe since 1750, with particular emphasis on the post-World War II period. The role of the Science Fiction tradition in the respective national cultures. The influence on Russian and East European Science Fiction of Anglo-American Science Fiction. All readings are in English.

SLAV 418: Language & Minorities in Europe
Eda Derhemi
T 4:00 - 5:20 pm, 317 David Kinley Hall

Introduction to sociolinguistic, political, judicial, and cultural issues concerning dominant and historical migrant or recent immigrant languages used in the countries of the European Union. It focuses on differences in language ideologies as they are enacted by and influence communities of practice across Europe and across European institutions. We discuss main linguistic typologies, dynamics of language power, language planning, linguistic rights and legal aspects of bilingual education and minority language use, as well as linguistic and cultural aspects, such as language-mixing and language change. Taught in English. Same as EURO 418, GER 418, FRIT 418, LING 418, PS 418, SLAV 418, and SPAN 418.

SLAV 452/CWL 453: Slavic Cultural Studies - Polish Cinema
George Z. Gasyna
MW 2:00 - 4:50, G20 Foreign Languages Building
Meets 10/18/21 - 12/08/21

An examination of Polish filmmakers' contribution to world cinema. Special emphasis on films of "the Polish School" of the 1950s, the cinema of "Moral Concern" of the 1980s, post-communist film, and women filmmakers. CWL crosslist.

3 or 4 credits. Open to graduate students.

SLAV 525: Russian & Soviet Cinema: From Avant-Garde to Socialist Realism
Lilya Kaganovsky
F 10:00 - 12:00, Zoom

This course will begin with the Golden Age of Soviet cinema: the period 1924-1929 during which Soviet filmmakers produced some of the greatest films in the history of cinema. Sergei Eisenstein, Vsevolod Pudovkin, Dziga Vertov, Esfir Shub, and Oleksandr Dovzhenko became known the world over for their radically innovative approaches to cinematography and montage. Their films were revolutionary both in form and content and reflected the period of radical social and political transformation that followed the 1917 Russian Revolution. From the revolutionary twenties, we will then move to what became known as the Great Turning Point: the years 1928-1932 that witnessed the transition from avant-garde art to Socialist Realism. This period was also marked by the coming of sound to cinema that altered the ways movies were made and received. Sound technology introduced the new genre of the musical comedy, as well as bringing the “voice of power” to screens to directly address the mass viewer. In the last part of the course, we will look at the different genres and styles from the 1930s that helped form the canon of Stalinist film.

TURK 270/ANTH 272/GLBL 272/SAME 272: Language and Culture in Turkey
Ayse Ozcan
T 12:00 - 12, 103 Bevier Hall; R 12:00 - 1:20 pm, online

As a country located at the crossroads of Asia, Europe and Africa, Turkey has always been under the spotlight. In this course, we will study the dynamic relationship between language and culture in Ottoman and modern Turkey through a timely analysis of its transition from a long-lasting empire to a young "secular" nation-state. We will examine the complexities of Turkish modernity from a holistic perspective to better comprehend how central Asian and Middle Eastern cultural influences, continuities, and transformations gave birth to modern Turkish language. The course should help you not only in developing an understanding of the Turkish language within a cultural framework, but also in gaining insight into Turkey's history, politics, literature, and media. No former knowledge of Turkey or the Turkish language is required.

Language Courses

BCS 101: 
First Year Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian
MTWR 10:00 - 10:50 am, Location TBA

BCS 201: Second Year Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian
MTWR 10:00 - 10:50 am, 313 Davenport Hall

BCS 301: Third Year Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian
MTWR 10:00 - 10:50 am, Location TBA

CZCH 101: 
Elementary Czech 
MTWR 12:30 am - 11:20 pm, online

POL 101: 
Elementary Polish
MTWR 10:00 - 10:50 am, 1128 Foreign Languages Building

POL 201: Second Yr Polish
MTWR 11:00 - 11:50 am, 1038 Foreign Languages Building

RUSS 101: 
First-Year Russian
MTWR 11:00 - 11:50 am, 214 Davenport Hall
MTWR 1:00 - 1:50 pm, 313 Davenport Hall
MTWR 4:00 - 4:50 pm, 214 Davenport Hall

RUSS 201: Second-Year Russian
MTWR 1:00-1:50 pm, 214 Davenport Hall
MTWR 10:00 - 10:50 am, 214 Davenport Hall

RUSS 301: Third-Year Russian
MTWR 11:00 - 11:50 am, 134 Armory

RUSS 501: Russian for Grad Students
TR 3:00 - 4:20 pm, 113 Davenport Hall

TURK 201: 
Elementary Turkish
MTWRF 10:00 - 10:50 am, 113 Davenport Hall

TURK 403: Intermediate Turkish
MTWR 11:00 - 11:50 am, 1120 Foreign Languages Building

TURK 405: Advanced Turkish
MW 12:00 - 1:20 pm, 152 Henry Administration Bldg

UKR 101: 
Basic Ukrainian
MTWR 2:00 - 2:50 pm, 1120 Foreign Languages Building

UKR 201: Second-Year Ukrainian
MTWR 2:00 - 2:50 pm, 1120 Foreign Languages Building

YDSH 101: 
Beginning Yiddish
MTWR, 11:00 - 11:50 am, Location TBA