Slavic courses

We offer a full complement of courses in Russian, Ukrainian and East European Studies, leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Major, Minor and General Programs in Slavic Studies, as well as a Certificate in Russian Language and Cultural Proficiency.

If you are planning to do any program in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, we recommend you consult the Slavic Advisor concerning course selection both within and outside the Department. Students specializing in particular programs will find that they have sufficient electives to enable them to concentrate (Double Major) in a second field. A wise selection of courses is therefore important, particularly to those students who may wish to enter graduate school, teaching, library work or government service.

Course title, term, sections, days and time, classrooms and instructor

Short course description

SLST 101 Beginning Russian I

September:

A01 CRN 12883 TWF 10:30-11:20 am DSB C126 Julia Rochtchina

For students with no previous knowledge of Russian. Covers the basics of Russian grammar, reading and conversation at the beginner's level resulting in an ability to communicate in selected typical situations. Introduction to various aspects of everyday Russian life and culture through the language.

SLST 160 The Culture of the Russian Revolution

September:

A01 CRN 12884 TWF 12:30 - 1:20 pm  CLE C110  Megan Swift

An exploration of the literature, film and art produced by the revolution that shook the world. Introduction to Russia's rich contribution to modern world culture and an investigation of the experiments of the Russian avant-garde.

 

SLST 201 Intermediate Russian I

September:

A01 CRN 12885 TWF 9:30 - 10:20 am ECS 104 Julia Rochtchina

This course expands and enhances your spoken and written knowledge of Russian at the intermediate level. By the end of the semester you will be able to converse and correspond in Russian in a variety of situations.

Prerequisites: SLST 102 or permission of the department.

SLST 301 Advanced Russian

September:

A01 CRN 12886 TWF 1:30-2:20 pm CLE C111 Julia Rochtchina

For advanced-to-intermediate students of Russian. Focus on understanding advanced grammar features and developing communication skills while learning about Russian literature and culture.

SLST 364 Eastern Europe Through Western Eyes

September:

A01 CRN 12887 M 2:30 - 5:20 pm DTB A110 Olga Pressitch

This is a film course examining the image of Eastern Europe and its population in modern Western mass culture. We will watch and discuss such blockbusters as GoldenEye, Borat, Eastern Promises, and Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol, among others. Weekly readings on Course Spaces and introductory lectures will help equip you with theoretical concepts for analyzing these cultural products. No books to buy.

SLST 365 Stalinism

September

A01 CRN 12888 M, Th 10-11:20 am CLE A311 Serhy Yekelchyk

A survey of social processes and cultural life in the Soviet Union under Stalin (1922-1953). Combines a historical study of Stalinism with an introduction to the literature, films and visual art of the period.

SLST 410 Special Topics: The Soviet Union in WWII

September:

A01 CRN 12889 W 2:30 - 5:20 pm CLE B315 Serhy Yekelchyk

Historians of the Eastern Front were late in turning their attention to the everyday experiences of war and occupation, but when they finally did so, a new and much more accentuated picture began emerging. In this seminar we will focus on Nazi policy n the East and Soviet society’s response to the war. While paying due attention to the major military engagements on the Eastern Front, we will highlight recent debates about larger issues, such as the morale of the Red Army, the Nazis’ treatment of Soviet POWs, Eastern Europe’s experience of “double occupation,” the “Holocaust by bullets,” the role of Western aid through the Lend-Lease program, and the Soviet use of mass rape as a weapon, among others.​

SLST 410 Special Topics: Transnational Media Analysis - Media and Resistance in  Germany, Russia, and Beyond

A02 CRN 13783 M, Th 11:30-12:50 pm CLE C109 Kat Sark

This course will be the first to combine Slavic and Germanic cultural studies and media studies. It is designed for program students in both streams of the Department, and open to cross-list with other disciplines such as History, European Studies, Political Science, Economics, English, Digital Humanities, Sociology, Gender Studies, and others.

Students will develop their research, critical and analytical stills, their textual, visual, and media analysis skills, and examine representation and constructions of cultural and media discourses, including fake news, the rule of state media, and oppositional social media platforms. This course is an interdisciplinary, multimedia course for undergraduate and graduate students.

SLST 452 Fantasy and Science Fiction in Russia

September:

A01 CRN 12890 W 3:30 - 6:20 pm CLE A303 Julia Rochtchina

A survey of Russian fantasy and science fiction. Introduction to the best Russian authors of the genre, their works and to films that foreground Science Fiction and fantasy plots. Discussion of the historical background of 20thcentury Russia in relation to the development of the genre.

SLST 461 Putin's Russia

September:

A01 CRN 12891 TWF 10:30 - 11:20 am MAC D287 Megan Swift

An exploration of Russian culture and politics under the controversial leadership of Vladimir Putin. Topics may include Putin's rise to power, the Pussy Riot scandal, LGBT rights under Putin, the Sochi Olympics and Russian-Ukrainian conflict. 

SLST 480 Tolstoy and the Age of Anna Karenina

September:

A01 CRN 12892 M, Th 1:00-2:20 pm CLE C115 Olga Pressitch

The major works of Tolstoy, studied against the background of his life and times, with a special emphasis on the novel Anna Karenina and its many film adaptations.

SLST 499 Honours Thesis

September:

A01 CRN 12893 Helga Thorson

The honours thesis provides you with the enriching opportunity to work one-on-one with your faculty supervisor, to explore in detail a topic of your choice, and to produce a 20-25 page thesis which is the capstone of your learning experience. If you are interested, please contact our Honours Advisor.

Course title, term, sections, days and time, classrooms and instructor

Short course description

SLST 101 Beginning Russian I 

January:

A01 CRN 22704 TWF 12:30 - 1:20 pm  CLE A206 Julia Rochtchina

More than 250 million people speak Russian. Why don’t you? Learning to speak Russian opens the door to a rich and exciting world. SLST 101 is designed for students who have never studied Russian. In this course you will learn the basics of Russian through the acquisition of vocabulary and grammar used in everyday interaction. By the end of the course, you will be able to read, write, speak and comprehend Russian at the beginner’s level, and also appreciate aspects of Russian culture.

SLST 102 Beginning Russian II

January:

A01 CRN 22705 TWF 10:30  - 1:20 am MAC D281 Julia Rochtchina

This course is a continuation of SLST 101 and is designed for the development of basic reading, writing and conversational skills. It presents the basic Russian grammar, communicative models, and essential vocabulary.

Prerequisites: SLST 101 or permission of the department.

SLST 111 Beginning Ukrainian

January:

A01 CRN 22706 M, Th 11:30 am  - 1:00 pm  CLE A314 Olga Pressitch

Introduction to the essential points of grammar and basic vocabulary for everyday interaction, as well as reading and writing.

SLST 202 Intermediate Russian II

January:

A01 CRN 22707 TWF 1:30 - 2:20 pm CLE C126 Julia Rochtchina

The course will further your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary at the intermediate level with continued reading, writing, listening and speaking in Russian. You will continue learning about Russian life and culture through the language.

Prerequisites: SLST 201 or permission of the department.

 SLST 300 Slavic Cultural Studies

January:

A01 CRN 22708 M,Th 10:00  - 11:20 am CLE C214  Kat Sark

Provides case studies in the cultural history of Slavic and other Eastern European countries in which students analyze texts, films, media, as well as visual and material objects and spaces from a variety of approaches and perspectives.

SLST 361 X HSTR 351 Imperial Russia, 1689 – 1917

September:

A01 CRN 12709 TWF 4:30  - 7:20 pm HHB 110 Serhy Yekelchyk

History of Russian Empire from Peter the Great to the fall of the monarchy. Traces Russia's response to the challenge of the West, with special attention to political reforms, social transformation and cultural change. Discussion of whether Late Imperial Russia was history's dead end or a promise cut short by revolutionary violence.

SLST 403 Topics in Russian Culture, Literature, Film (in Russian)

January:

A01 CRN 22710 TWF 10:30 - 11:30 am 9:30-10:30 am CLE C113 Julia Rochtchina

For advanced students of Russian. Focuses on conversational fluency, comprehension and written composition.

SLST 450 Cold War on Film

January:

A01 CRN 22711 T 6:30 - 9:20 pm  HSD A240 Serhy Yekelchyk

In this course you will learn how the Western and Soviet cinemas constructed the image of the ideological enemy during the “long” Cold War, which started with the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 and continued beyond the Soviet collapse. This course combines the study of historical events and cultural representations with in-depth analysis of films, including such aspects as editing, movement, lighting, and camera angle. Almost all the movies we are going to watch in this course were in their day major blockbusters, and we will find out why. This course counts toward a Film Studies minor. No prerequisites and no books to buy.

SLST 451 Stalinist Cinema

January:

A01 CRN 22712 Th 3:30 - 6:30 pm ELL 167 Olga Pressitch

Focuses on the interaction of art, mass entertainment and socialist propaganda in the Stalinist film industry. Major films of the time will be analyzed against the background of contemporary political and social developments.

SLST 499 Honours Thesis

January:

A01 CRN 22713 Helga Thorson

The honours thesis provides you with the enriching opportunity to work one-on-one with your faculty supervisor, to explore in detail a topic of your choice, and to produce a 20-25 page thesis which is the capstone of your learning experience. If you are interested, please contact our Honours Advisor.