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Courses - Summer 2021
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The Power of the Word: Freedom of Speech in the U.S. and Russia
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: RUSS287 or RUSS289I.
Formerly: RUSS289I.
Additional information: Taught in English.
The central theme 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.
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.
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.
(Perm Req)
Independent Study in Russian
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.