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 12873 TWF  10:30-11:20 am, A206, 

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 160 Culture of the Russian Revolution

September:

A01 CRN 12874 TWF 11:30 AM - 12:20 pm, CLE A211,

This course explores the politics, literature, film, art, music and propaganda produced by the revolution that shook the world.  You will be introduced to Russia’s rich contribution to modern world culture and the experiments of the Russian avant-garde.  Alongside historical texts, we will read selected poetry and short stories, and view films, all in translation.

 

SLST 201 Intermediate Russian I

September:

A01 CRN 12875 TWF 9:30-10:20 am, CLE A314,

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

SLST 201 consists of three class hours per week.

Prerequisites: SLST 102 or permission of the department.

SLST 303 Russian Popular Culture (in  Russian)

September:

A01 CRN 12876 TWF 1:30 - 2:20 pm, CLE D130,

For advanced to intermediate students of Russian. Focuses on improving mastery of the spoken language and comprehension and study of Russian popular culture in the original language.

SLST 360 Major Figures in Russian Culture and History

September:

A01 CRN 12877 TWF 12:30 - 1:20 pm,  CLE A316,

An overview of the most influential people in Russian culture and history, such as Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Lenin, Gorbachev, Putin, Lomonosov, Tchaikovsky, Pushkin, Tolstoy and Solzhenitsyn. Discussion of the role of the individual in the development of a nation.

SLST 361 x HSTR 351  Imperial Russia, 1689-1917

September:

A01 CRN 12878 TWF 9:30 - 10:20 am,  CLE A205,

A 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 364 Eastern Europe through Western Eyes

September:

A01 CRN 12879 Th 2:30 - 5:20 pm, BWC A104 

A study of Western literary and cinematic representations of Eastern Europe, as well as Eastern European cultural reactions to these. Focus on the period from the 18th century to the present, with special attention to the 20th-century mass culture and the redefinition of the European "East" in the wake of communism's collapse.

SLST 450 Cold War on Film

September:

A01 CRN 12880, W 6:30 - 9:20 pm, DTB  A104,

A study of the enemy's image in Soviet and Western films of the Cold War era. Analysis of films and related literary and political texts tracing the cultural construction of Cold War animosity from 1945 to the recent renewal of geopolitical rivalry between Russia and the West.

SLST 480 Tolstoy and the Age of Anna Karenina

September:

A01 CRN 12881 MTh 11:30 am - 12:50 pm, CLE D134

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 482/581 Twentieth-Century Genocides in Eastern Europe

September:

A01 CRN 12882/12886 M 6:30 - 9:20 pm, CLE C109, 

Examines the common and unique features of genocides, ethnic cleansings, and forced population transfers in twentieth-century Eastern Europe including the Ukrainian Famine, the Holocaust, and the Bosnian War.

SLST 499 Honours Thesis

September:

A01 CRN 12883

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 write a thesis of approximately 7,500 words which is the capstone of your learning experience. If you are interested, please contact our Honours Advisor, Charlotte Schallie.

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

Short course description

SLST 101 Beginning Russian I 

January:

A01 CRN  22728 TWF 12:30 - 1:20 pm, CLE D126

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 22729 TWF 10:30  - 11:20 am,  CLE A118

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 22730 MTh 11:30 am - 12:50 pm, CLE D132,

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 22731 TWF 1:30 - 2:20 pm, CLE D131,

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 22732 TWF 10:30  - 11:20 am, CLE D125, 

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 345  x HSTR 345 The Eastern Front in the First and Second World Wars

January:

A01 CRN 22733 TWF 11:30 -12:20, COR B143, 

Examines the military, political, and social aspects of the Eastern Front in Europe during both World Wars. Aims to analyze the Eastern Front's difference from the warfare in the West, and how this specificity explains the origins of revolutionary violence and genocide.

SLST 362 X HSTR 352 The Soviet Union and its Successor States, 1917 - 2000

 January:

A01 CRN 22734 TWF 12:30-1:20 pm, CLE A205, 

A history of the Soviet Union and its aftermath. Examines political, economic, social and cultural transformations that shaped the Soviet socialist experiment, as well as the causes of its collapse and the difficulties of post-communist transition in Russia and non-Russian republics. Emphasis on social history, gender, and everyday life.

SLST 363 X HSTR 353 Modern Ukraine and Russian-Ukrainian Conflict

January:

A01 CRN 22735 TWF 9:30-10:20 am, CLE A307, 

Examines the formation of the modern Ukrainian nation with special emphasis on its historical relations with Russia. Discusses popular revolutions in Ukraine and the ensuing Russian-Ukrainian conflict in the wider historical context of imperial disintegration.

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

January:

A01 CRN 22736 TWF 9:30-10:30 am, CLE D130, 

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

SLST 451 Stalinist Cinema

January:

A01 CRN 22737  Th 2:30 - 5:20 pm,  ELL 167, 

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 22738

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 write a thesis of approximately 7,500 words which is the capstone of your learning experience. If you are interested, please contact our Honours Advisor, Charlotte Schallie.