Spring 2022 Courses with Russia, East Europe, and Eurasian Content



Spring 2022 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 course explorer for additional classes.

Area Studies Courses

ARTH 443: The Russian Avant-Garde: Revolutionary Forms and Socialist Norms
TR 9:30 - 10:50 am, 316 Art and Design Building
What happens to art's forms and institutions in a socialist society? What kind of patron is the working class, the public, or the state? Can art be revolutionary? If so, how so? What does it look like? In this course, we will look at the ways that artists strove to answer these questions in the decades surrounding the Russian Revolution of 1917. Examining formations across a broad range of media —including painting and sculpture, mass festivals and monuments, theater, design, architecture, photography, and cinema—we will attempt to understand how art was redefined in terms of collective forms of authorship, common spaces, and shared things. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.

HIST 260: History of Russia
MWF 2:00 - 2:50 pm, 1065 Lincoln Hall
Welcome to History 260. This is a general survey of Russian history from the ninth century to 1991, looking at the development of Russian society and government(s), Major themes will be the development of and resistance to Russian autocracy, Russia’s connections with the outside world, both Western Europe but also Asia, and imperialism, both of Russians and by Russians. This is a hybrid lecture/discussion course, where students will have an opportunity to engage with an array of textual, visual, and auditory primary sources.

IS 461: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Bibliography & Research Methods
F 1:00 - 2:50, 126 Grad School of Library & Information Science

With a focus on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia, students will investigate this fascinating part of the world, how it has been studied and represented by generations of scholars, scientists, writers, artists, government officials, and others, and how the many fruits of their labors are (or are not) accessible to us today. Open to graduate and undergraduate students.

LAW 656: International Law
MT 3:00 - 4:15 pm, Location Pending
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 201: Introduction to Eastern Europe
TR 12:30 - 1:50 pm, 214 Davenport Hall
Interdisciplinary survey of Eastern Europe focusing mostly on the 20th century to the present, exploring issues of nationalism, socialism, post socialism and EU accession. Focuses on Central Europe and the Balkans, but also references the Baltic States, Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia. Students will learn about the region using perspectives and methodology from historical, economic, political, sociological and anthropological texts.

RUSS 122/CWL 122: Russia and Black America
MW 3:00 - 3:50 pm, W 4:00 – 4:50 pm, F 3:00 – 3:50 pm, 108 English Building
A survey of the interactions and intersections between key African American figures and cultural practices, and Russian imperial, Soviet, and post-Soviet culture, in a historical, social, and political context, with emphasis on Russian-sourced cultural transfers that influenced and sometimes shaped the Black American experience and which functioned as the currency and medium of the African American–Russian connection.

RUSS 323/CWL 323/ENGL 323: Tolstoy
TR 2:00 - 3:20 pm, 311 Gregory Hall
Introduction to the major works of Lev Tolstoy. No Russian required.

RUSS 523: Tolstoy
TR 2:00 - 3:20 pm, T 3:30-4:10 pm, 311 Gregory Hall
Study of Tolstoy's works in the original Russian, of their historical and philosophical context, and of current critical approaches to Tolstoy's works.

SLAV 460/CLCV 430/CWL 430/ENGL 486/GER 405/SPAN 436/TRST 431: History of Translation
TR 2:00 - 3:20 pm, G30 Foreign Languages Building
Study of the historical development of translation ideas and practices in Europe and in particular cases across major global regions. Reading and analysis of key texts in the development of translation theory and case studies of practices and roles played by translation in different periods and geographical regions.

SLAV 502/CWL 521/EALC 521/GER 521/TRST 502: Applied Literary Translation II
M 3:30 - 5:50 pm, Location Pending
Description TBA

SLAV 525, Section B: Russian Literature after 1956
M 2:00 - 4:00 pm, 1112 Foreign Languages Building
Description TBA.

SLAV 525, Section G: Medieval Epics and Modern Forgeries: The Igor Tale In Its Contexts
W 2:00 - 4:20 pm, 1112 Foreign Languages Building
This course will examine the controversies over the authenticity of the Igor Tale and will study the Tale alongside many of the texts to which it has been compared, from authentic medieval epics to oral folk epics (byliny) to Ossian and the Czech forged manuscripts.

SOC 265: Introduction to Central Asian Societies 
MW 12:00 - 1:50 pm, 1066 Lincoln Hall
Through the theoretical lens of Sociology, this course examines issues of ethnicity, religion, health, gender, demography and social stability within the nations of Central Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan). Examining these will improve our understanding of the complex nature of identity in Central Asian societies. Through a combination of texts, films, and lectures, students will gain familiarity with the region and a solid understanding of sociological theory, measures, and methods

TURK 270/ANTH 272/GLBL 272/SAME 272: Language and Culture in Turkey
TR 2:00 – 3:20 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.

UKR 113: Ukrainian Culture
TR 3:30 – 4:50 pm, G20 Foreign Languages Building
Course situates Ukrainian culture in the broad context of Slavic nations. Acquaints students with Ukrainian culture from the origins of Kievan Rus' in the Middle Ages to the present. Includes highlights of historical-cultural events, an overview of literature and of the arts, as well as an outline of Ukrainian folklore. No knowledge of Ukrainian required.

YDSH 320: Responses to the Holocaust*
TR 12:30 – 1:50 pm, Online
Holocaust on Screen surveys documentaries, feature films and short films from Europe, the United States and Israel. The films cover a wide array of cinematic representation, plot and genre to consider the divergent strategies employed to represent the past, and to engage the present.

* course may include REEES content; check with your advisor or FLAS coordinator on whether this course meets necessary requirements for degrees or fellowships.

Language Courses

BCS 102: 
First Year Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian II
MTWR 11:00 – 11:50 am, Location Pending

BCS 202: Second Year Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian II
MTWR 11:00 – 11:50 am, Location Pending

CZCH 102: First Year Czech II
MTWR 12:30 – 1:20 pm, Online

POL 102: Elementary Polish II
MTWR 10:00 – 10:50 am, Location Pending

POL 202: Second Yr Polish II
MTWR 12:00 – 12:50 pm, Location Pending

RUSS 102: First-Year Russian II
MTWR 11:00 – 11:50 am, Location Pending
MTWR 1:00 – 1:50 pm, Location Pending

RUSS 202: Second-Year Russian II
MTWR 10:00 – 10:50 am, Location Pending

RUSS 302: Third-Year Russian II
MWF 1:00 – 1:50 pm, Location Pending

RUSS 502: Russian for Grad Students II
TR 1:00 – 2:20 pm, Location Pending

TURK 202: Elementary Turkish II
MTWRF 11:00-11:50 am, Location Pending

TURK 404: Intermediate Turkish II
MTWR 12:00 – 12:50 pm, Location Pending

TURK 406: Advanced Turkish II
MW 2:00 – 3:20 pm, Location Pending

UKR 102: Basic Ukrainian II
MTWR 2:00 – 2:50 pm, Location Pending

UKR 202: Second-Year Ukrainian II
MTWR 2:00 – 2:50 pm, Location Pending