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Courses - Summer 2020
RUSS
Russian Department Site
RUSS201
Intermediate Russian I
Credits: 5
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
Prerequisite: RUSS102 or RUSS114; or must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.
Restriction: Must not be a native/fluent speaker of Russian.
Continued activation and expansion of skills and knowledge acquired in an elementary Russian course with the goal of communicative competence.
RUSS202
Intermediate Russian II
Credits: 5
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
Prerequisite: RUSS201; or must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.
Restriction: Must not be a native/fluent speaker of Russian.
Continued activation and expansion of skills and knowledge acquired in RUSS201 with the goal of communicative competence.
RUSS289I
The Power of the Word: Freedom of Speech in the U.S. and Russia
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
The central theme of Russian 287 is the abiding human propensity to ask questions, to use language to pursue inquiry. To be a "critical thinker," one must develop the habit and discipline of asking questions and challenging assumptions. Through a comparative approach to the US and Russian experiences, we will explore the role of language and its power in different political and social systems. We will explore such questions as: Why is free speech so fiercely defended in a democracy and such a threat to totalitarianism? What is the relationship between free speech, political power and dissent? Is the pen still mightier than the sword, even in the nuclear age? What has shaped our current attitudes toward freedom of expression? How has the concept of political free speech been extended to include freedom of expression in general, such as in the creative arts? What role do new technologies play in the arena of free speech debates? We will explore how freedom of speech and expression has been defended or its suppression justified in the US and Russia. We will practice the art of questioning and constructing counter-arguments throughout the course.
RUSS386
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Junior standing or higher; and permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department.
RUSS398G
Selected Topics in Russian Language and Literature; Russian Grammar
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: RUSS 102 or higher. Course covers the basic grammatical categories of conjugations and declensions, including analysis of aspect, case usage. Students level will be assessed at the beginning of the course so that assignments may be individualized as appropriate.
RUSS409A
Selected Topics in Russian Language Study; Advanced Russian Grammar for Reading
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: RUSS 102 or higher. Course is intended to help students improve their reading skills by focusing on syntax and fundamental structures (such as participles) encountered in common written texts. The main focus will be on reading the contemporary Russian media sources, but students will be encouraged to read other genres related to their individual interests. Students level will be assessed at the beginning of the course so that assignments may be individualized as appropriate.
RUSS499
(Perm Req)
Independent Study in Russian
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.