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



Fall 2022 Select Courses in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Note: The courses listed below are not an exhaustive list of courses being offered on the REEE region. Please see course explorer for additional classes.

Areas Studies Courses

ANTH 488: Modern Europe

Jessica Greenberg

MW 12:00-01:20, 205 Gregory Hall

Historical studies which deploy anthropological methods in the study of early modern and modern Europe; looks at processes of twentieth century modernization through ethnographic studies. Western, Central and Eastern Europe will all receive attention, but the study of Western Europe will predominate.


BSC 115: South Slavic Cultures

Peter Wright

TR: 12:30-01:50, 123 David Kinley 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 252/JS 252: The Holocaust*

Peter Fritzsche

TR 09:30-10:50, 160 English Building

Exploration of the Holocaust in historical perspective by examining European anti-Semitism, political developments in Germany, the rise to power of the Nazis, and the origins of the Holocaust with first-hand accounts, films, and historical texts, concluding with the legacy of the Holocaust in the contemporary world.



HIST 258: 20thC World to Midcentury*

Tamara Champlin

TR 11:00-12:20, 242 Bevier Hall

World War I (1914-1918) was the first incarnation in human history of modern industrial warfare on a global scale. Our class examines World War I’s astonishing global legacy. We will learn about military operations, political ramifications (including the demise of empires and the rise of Soviet communism), about battlefront and home front (including trench warfare and chemical weapons, food rationing, and the feminization of the workforce). We will also study the war’s psychological and embodied effects (shell-shock, amputation, plastic surgery, sexuality, and disability) as well as artistic and cultural attempts to represent its devastation in poetry, art, music, dance, theatre, film, and literature. Our class investigates how WWI influenced present global concerns towards everything from terrorism and human rights to race, revolution, and global apocalypse. If you are interested in exploring the ways in which modern warfare shapes the world in which we live, this class is for you.


HIST 353: European History 1918 to 1939*

Peter Fritzsche

TR 11:00-12:20, 307 Gregory Hall

This course examines the political and cultural environment of Europe from the demise of the continental empires after World War I to the dawn of the thousand-year Reich at the start of World War II. This Age of Extremes saw the rise of liberal democracies, the flourishing of new artistic movements, and the birth of new technologies such as film. At the same time, this period was also marked by the ascension of dictators, crises in colonial empires, and one of the largest economic crisis in history. Perhaps more famous (or infamous) than these events are the individuals we will cover, which includes the likes of Neville Chamberlain, Francisco Franco, Adolf Hitler, and Joseph Stalin. We will explore the period through a variety of sources, including speeches, contemporary films, and a novel concerned with an even greater threat: newts.


HIST 439: The Ottoman Empire

Stefan Djordjevich

TR 03:30-04:50, 207 Gregory Hall

For centuries, the Ottoman Empire was one of the great world powers, ruling over a huge and diverse empire on three continents. We will trace the evolution of this empire from its inception as a frontier principality, through its many struggles and transformations in 600 years as a world empire, until its demise in the aftermath of the Great War. We will delve into the structures of the Ottoman state, the everyday lives of its subjects, and the later breakdown of its governing institutions. We will study the Ottoman Empire's relations with its neighbors and the lives of the empire’s most famous (and infamous) rulers. Finally, we will explore the Empire's complex legacies that persist to the present, from the culinary (baklava and kebabs) to traditions of religious tolerance and coexistence to the still contested memory of the Armenian Genocide.


HIST 462: Soviet Union Since 1917

Anna Whittington

TR 12:20-1:50, 131 English Building

Political, social, and economic development of the USSR since the 1917 revolutions that brought the Bolsheviks to power; social change and social engineering; political struggles among Stalin and his rivals; the "Stalin revolution" from above and economic modernization; the USSR's emergence through World War II and the Cold War as a world power; "developed socialist" society. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 2 or 4 graduate hours. Graduate students will write an additional substantial paper and engage in special discussion sections.


HIST 560: Problems in Russian History

John Randolph

T 04:00-05:50, 315 Gregory Hall

Major themes in the history and historiography of late imperial and early Soviet Russia and the USSR from 1880s through the 1930s. Topics to be explored include social and cultural experience, diversity and difference, power and transgression, cultural construction and interpretation, gender, empire, capitalism, socialism, and revolution. Central to the course are questions of historical methodology and theory as well as interpretation of the Russian past.


LAW 656: International Law

Francis Boyle

MT 3:00-4:15, 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.


MUS 418/518: Music and Revolution in Eastern Europe: Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus

Donna Buchanan

TR 09:30-10:50, 0357 Music Building

This interdisciplinary course explores the implication of music in politics, nation-building, regime change, conflict, and resistance in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus, with particular attention to the Maidan revolutions and current war in Ukraine. Course topics will survey the history, regional distribution, popularization, and contemporary social significance of vernacular musics and arts in diverse media and venues—from the fields to the festival stage to flashmobs to Facebook. Course materials will draw upon recordings, music videos, literary works, and films in addition to anthropological, area, and ethnomusicological studies. Whenever possible, students will engage first hand with representative instruments, vocal practices, and regional specialists. While the ability to hear, identify, and understand the significance of regional genres and their distinguishing features is a primary course objective, students from both within and outside the School of Music are encouraged to enroll; instructor expectations will be modified accordingly. Graduate students from outside Music who wish to register for MUS 518 should contact the instructor for permission.


MUSC 449A: Balkanalia

Donna Buchanan

T 06:00PM - 08:50PM, 0061A Music Building

The University of Illinois Balkan Music Ensemble, Balkanalia, performs traditional village, urban, and popular music styles of Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Turkey on indigenous, orchestral, and electronic instruments. Participants include musically gifted graduate and undergraduate students majoring in a variety of disciplines; instructor approval required for enrollment.

If you are interested in joining, or have questions about participating, please contact Dr. Donna Buchanan at buchana1@illinois.edu.


MUS 517: Heavy Metal: The Socio-Cosmic Power of Bells and Gongs

Donna Buchanan

W 01:00-03:50, 2334 Music Building

This interdisciplinary graduate seminar explores the spiritual, political, gendered, metaphorical, and sonic power of bells and gongs, with particular attention to relevant customs, rites, and musical practices of eastern Europe, the United Kingdom, east and southeast Asia, and the United States. Course topics will consider how these instruments are made and played, their diverse cultural typologies and conceptualizations, their complex acoustic properties, and especially, their remarkable significance as acoustemological agents of community, commemoration, celebration, conflict, and spiritual communion. Course materials will draw upon recordings, music videos, films, and literary works in addition to anthropological, organological, musicological, and area studies, including the instructor’s own writings and field research. Weekly seminar meetings will be enriched to whatever extent possible by first-hand engagement with representative instruments and regional specialists. While readings will focus largely on musical traditions outside Euro-American classical music and its legacies, students from applied music fields are encouraged to pursue research projects dealing with any pertinent musical practice, genre, style, period, or composition—bells and gongs figure prominently in many classical works, whether as inspiration or shimmering sonic presences. Students from both within and outside the School of Music are encouraged to enroll; instructor expectations will be modified accordingly. Graduate students from outside Music who wish to register for MUS 517 should contact the instructor for permission.


REES 200: Intro to Russia and Eurasia

Maureen Marshall

TR 09:30-10:50, 125 English Building

Eurasia, geographically between the East and the West, encompasses 11 time zones and over 100 different ethnic groups. Its multicultural complexity and political diversity over recent centuries have made it a rich source for the study of political, economic, and social change. This interdisciplinary course introduces students to key issues and themes that cross disciplines. As a class we will draw out these themes by examining major texts, novels, poems, film, and music that were not only impactful within their own genre, but whose influence has rippled throughout disciplines to become interdisciplinary. Major themes to be investigated include: regional interactions/geopolitics, socioeconomics, political action, subjectivity and alterity, identity, gender, and ethnicity & race.



RUSS 220/CWL 227: Golden Age of Russian Lit

David Cooper

TR 12:30-01:50, 1136 FLB

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 322/CWL 324: Dostoevsky

Harriet Murav

TR 02:00-03:20, 329 Armory

Introduction to the major works of Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky. No Russian required.


RUSS 535/ CWL 535: Nabokov

Richard Tempest

M 02:00-03:50, 1136 FLB

Study of Nabokov's Russian and American novels in the original Russian and English, read in a comparative and theoretical context.


SLAV 117/CWL 117: Russian and E Euro Science Fiction

Richard Tempest

MWF 03:00-04:50, 212 David Kinley Hall

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/EURO 418/ PS 418: Language & Minorities in Europe*

Eda Derhemi,

TR 04:00-05:20,

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.


SLAV 576/CWL 576: Methods in Slavic Grad Study

David Cooper

W 02:00-04:20, 1018 FLB

Comparative, interdisciplinary methods and theoretical issues crucial to studies in Slavic literature, history, and culture. Theoretical bookshelf followed by specific case studies from Slavic.


SLAV 577: Slavic Languages Pedagogy Seminar

Roman Ivashkiv

R 05:30-06:50, 1112 FLB

Seminar for graduate students who are currently teaching (or preparing to teach) languages in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. The seminar will help participants develop expertise in language pedagogy by discussing both theoretical and practical aspects of teaching and learning and by adopting a hands-on approach to communicative language teaching through micro-teaching, classroom presentations, discussion, self-reflection, and peer-reviewing.


TRST 501/SLAV 501: Applied Literary Translation I

Roman Ivashkiv

M 03:30-05:50, 3072E FLB

Focuses on both the theory and the practice of literary translation, as well as the business aspect of how to negotiate a translation proposal through the US publishing market. Students will produce a completed translation of a short story or a selection of poems.


TURK 272/ANTH 272/GLBL 272/SAME 272: Language and Culture in Turkey

Ayse Ozcan

TR 11:00-12:20, FLB G20 & 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.


UKRA 113: Ukrainian Culture

Roman Ivashkiv

TR 03:30-04:50, G24 FLB

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.


YSDH 320/CWL 320/JS 320: Responses to the Holocaust*

Rachel Harris


Course introduces a variety of Jewish and non-Jewish responses to the Holocaust created during and after the Second World War (from 1939). The discussion of Holocaust films, miniseries, memoirs, diaries, novels, short stories, poems, and other texts will focus on the unique contribution of those works to our understanding of the Holocaust. In addition, the works and their authors will be situated in their cultural and historical context. Taught in English translation.


* Courses may or may not count for the REEES major, minor, or FLAS requirements; check with your advisor or FLAS coordinator.



BCS 101: First Year Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian I
MTWR 09:00AM - 09:50AM, 1126 FLB

BCS 201: Second Year Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian I
MTWR 09:00AM - 09:50AM, 1126 FLB

BCS 301: Third Year Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian I
MWF 10:00AM - 10:50AM, 1140 FLB

POL 101: Elementary Polish I
MWTR 10:00-10:50, 1126 FLB

POL 201: Second Yr Polish I
MWTR 11:00-11:50, 1126 FLB

RUSS 101: First-Year Russian I
MTWR 11:00-11:50, 316S Mumford Hall
MTWR 01:00-01:50, 241 Armory
MTWR 04:00-04:50, 243 Armory

RUSS 201: Second-Year Russian I
MTWR 01:00-01:50, 1120 FLB

RUSS 301: Third Year Russian I
MWF 11:00-11:50, 307 English Building

RUSS 401: Fourth Year Russian I
MWF 12:00-12:50, 307 English Building

RUSS 501: Russian for Grad Students I
TR 11:00-12:20, 1018 FLB

TURK 201: Elementary Turkish I
MTWRF 10:00-10:50, 1112 FLB

TURK 403: Intermediate Turkish I
MTWR 01:00-01:50, 1112 FLB

TURK 405: Advanced Turkish I
MW 11:00-12:20, 1046 FLB

UKRA 101: Basic Ukrainian I
MTWR 01:00-01:50, 325 David Kinley Hall

UKRA 201: Second-Year Ukrainian I
MTWR 01:00-01:50, 325 David Kinley Hall