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 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 wide selection of courses is therefore important, particularly to those students who may wish to enter graduate school, teaching, library work or government service.

Students who believe they have sufficient background to be exempted from a specific pre-requisite for a course may request a pre-requisite waiver by submitting the waiver request form to the Department or School offering the course. It is the student’s responsibility to provide any relevant documentation to support their request – see instructions on page 2 of the form for details. Students should contact the Department/School main office to find out where to electronically submit their waiver form.

TIMETABLE PLANNING

FALL 2021 - Week at a Glance 

SPRING 2022 - Week at a Glance


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

Short course description

SLST 101 Beginning Russian I

September:

A01 CRN 12950 TWF 10:30 - 11:20 am, Julia Rochtchina

SLST 101

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 111 Beginning Ukrainian I

September:

A01 CRN 12951 MTh 1:00 - 2:20 pm,
Olga Pressitch

SLST 111

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

SLST 160 The Culture of the Russian Revolution

September:

A01 CRN 12952 MTh 10:00 - 11:20 am, Megan Swift

slst160

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 12953 TWF 12:30 am - 1:20 pm, 
Julia Rochtchina

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 301 Advanced Russian

September:

A01 CRN 12954 TWF 9:30 - 10:20 pm,
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 12955 Th 4:30 - 7:20 pm,
Olga Pressitch


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 463 Cultures of Protest in Russia

September:

A01 CRN 12956 MTh 2:30 - 3:50 pm, Megan Swift
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An exploration of oppositional, grass-roots, artistic, youth and social media movements of protest in Russia today. 

SLST 499 Honours Thesis

September:

A01 CRN 12957

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 .

 

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

Short course description

SLST 101 Beginning Russian I

January:

A01 CRN 22814 TWF 10:30 - 11:20 am,
Megan Swift

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 22815 TWF 10:30 - 11:20 am, Emmanuelle Gunette



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 202 Intermediate Russian II

January:

A01 CRN 22816 TWF 12:30 - 1:20 pm,  Emmanuelle Gunette



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 22817 TWF 12:30 - 1:20 pm,
Megan Swift

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 303 Russian Popular Culture (in Russian)

January:

A01 CRN 22818 MTh 10:00 - 11:20 am,
Olga Pressitch

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 480 Tolstoy and the Age of Anna Karenina

January:

A01 CRN 22819 MTh 1:00 - 2:20 pm,
Olga Presitch

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

January:

A01 CRN 22684

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 .