German and Slavic Department

COURSES IN SLAVIC LANGUAGES

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Russian language sequence

The first three years of Russian, intensive and non-intensive; third-year Russian reading course; fourth-year Russian language

Russian literature, culture, and cinema, taught in English

19th-century literature; Modern literature; Russian culture, Russian and Soviet cinema

Russian literature taught in Russian

Russian Prose and Poetry from Pushkin to today

Czech and Polish language courses

First and second-year Polish and Czech: suspended as of 2003 due to low enrollments

Special topics and honors courses

Independent study; honors theses

 

LANGUAGE SEQUENCE (Click here for a schematic sequence)

1-2 Basic Russian (4-4) Shatalina and staff
First part of beginning course in fundamentals of speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Russian. Prerequisite to Slav 2: Slav 1. Not recommended for majors. See Slav 5 instead. Laboratory fee, $50 per semester, (Academic year)

3-4 Basic Russian (4-4) Shatalina and staff
Second half of beginning course in fundamentals of speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Russian. Prerequisite to Slav 3: Slav 2 or equivalent. Prerequisite to Slav 4: Slav 3. Not recommended for majors. See Slav 6 instead. Laboratory fee, $50 per semester. (Academic year)

5-6 Intensive Basic Russian (8-8) Robin and Lysenko
Beginning intensive course in fundamentals of speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Russian (equivalent to Slav 1-2 and 3-4) Recommended for majors. Prerequisite to Slav 6: Slav 2 or 5 or equivalent. Laboratory fee, $70 per semester. (Academic year)

9-10 Intermediate Russian (3-3) Shatalina
Practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing at the intermediate level. Prerequisite: Slav 4 or 6 or permission of instructor. Not recommended for majors. See Slav 11-12 instead. (Academic year)

11-12 Intensive Intermediate Russian (6-6) Robin and Shatalina
Intermediate intensive course in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Russian. Compared to Slav 9-10, includes additional practice in language skills. Prerequisite: Slav 4 or 6 or permission of instructor. Recommended for majors. (Academic year)

13-14 Russian for Heritage Speakers (3-3) Guslistova
Prepares heritage speakers of Russian for advanced study in Russian at the third-year level and beyond, including content courses in literature and area studies. (Academic year)

101-2 Readings in the Russian Press (3-3) Guslistova
Representative reading of Russian periodicals and current publications. Prerequisite: Slav 4 or 6 or permission of instructor. Helps graduate students prepare for Foreign Language Exit exams (FLEX). Satisfies ESIA third-year language requirement. Graduate credit for this course is available to ESIA graduate students who arrange with the instructor to complete an analytical graduate term paper, based on item(s) in the Russian press.

109-10 Russia Today: Topics in Advanced Russian (4th-year Russian) (3-3) Oldrich
Practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing at the advanced level. Prerequisite: Slav 10 or 12 or permission of instructor. (Academic year) 


CZECH AND POLISH COURSES

Unfortunately, budget cuts at GW have forced us to suspend all our offerings in Czech and Polish as of fall 2003.

21-22 Basic Czech (3-3)
Beginning course in fundamentals of speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Czech. Prerequisite to Slav 22: Slav 21 or equivalent. Laboratory fee, $50 per semester. (Academic year)

23-24 Basic Second-Year Czech (3-3)
Second half of beginning course in fundamentals of speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Czech. Prerequisite to Slav 23: Slav 22; prerequisite to Slav 24: Slav 23. (Offered when the demand warrants.)

31-32 Basic Polish (3-3)
Beginning course in fundamentals of speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Polish. Prerequisite to Slav 32: Slav 31. (Offered when the demand warrants.)

33-34 Basic Second-Year Polish (3-3)
Second half of beginning course in fundamentals of speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Polish. Prerequisite to Slav 33: Slav 32; prerequisite to Slav 34: Slav 33. (Offered when the demand warrants.)


RUSSIAN LITERATURE, CULTURE, AND CINEMA (IN ENGLISH)

91-92 Introduction to Russian Literature (3-3) Rollberg 
Emergence and development of Russian literature and social ideas during the 19th and early 20th centuries in English. (Academic year)

161 Russian Culture to 1825 (3) Pimenov
Survey of Russian cultural heritage from its ancient origins through the early 19th century. Architecture from the medieval period through the end of the Empire style. Iconography, the influence of the Church, and effects of the West on Russian culture.

162 Russian Culture since 1825 (3) Pimenov
Survey of Russian culture from the 19th century through the present, including intellectual movements; realism in music, art, and theatre; ballet; avant-garde painting; and effects of Soviet policies and of Perestroika.

165 Russian Literature from the Revolution to World War II (3) Pimenov
Basic themes, trends, and literary figures of the 1920s and 1930s; the impact of the revolution on writers and literature; emergence of social realism -- in English.

166 Russian Literature from World War II to the Present (3) Pimenov
Literature in wartime and in postwar years: the "thaws," the new generation of writers, and new trends in literature since the 1960s -- in English.

185-86 Introduction to Russian Cinema (3-3) Rollberg
Introduction to the development of Russian cinema from political, social, and aesthetic points of view.


RUSSIAN LITERATURE, CULTURE, AND CINEMA (IN RUSSIAN)

171 19th-Century Russian Prose (3) Pimenov
Reading and discussion of selected prose texts of the 19th century -- in Russian. Prerequisite: Slav 10 or 12 or equivalent; Slav 92. (Fall, even years)

172 19th-Century Russian Poetry (3) Pimenov
Reading and discussion of selected poetry of the 19th century -- in Russian. Prerequisite: Slav 10 or 12 or equivalent; Slav 92. (Spring, odd years)

173 20th-Century Russian Prose (3) Pimenov
Reading and discussion of selected prose of the 20th century -- in Russian. Prerequisite: Slav 10 or 12 or equivalent; Slav 165, 166. (Fall, odd years)

174 20th-Century Russian Poetry (3) Pimenov
Reading and discussion of selected poetry of the 20th century -- in Russian. Prerequisite: Slav 10 or 12 or equivalent; Slav 165, 166. (Spring, even years) 


SPECIAL COURSES

195 Special Topics (3) Robin
Directed study of East European languages, literatures, or cultures. May be repeated for credit. Students must obtain chair's approval and arrange for supervision by an appropriate member of the department. Prerequisite for Russian: Slav 9-10 or 11-12, 91-92, 165, 166.

197-98 Senior Honors Thesis (3-3) Robin
Senior honors thesis on a topic related to Russian language, literature, or culture. Required of and open only to honors candidates in the department.