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RUSSIAN (RUSS)
College of Liberal Arts
Foreign Languages & Literatures
 
RUSS 1101 - Beginning Russian I (COMM & LAN, LE CAT3)
(4.0 cr; =[FORS 1110, RUSS 1102, RUSS 1110]; Prereq-Little or no prior formal study of this language, or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Grammar, reading, and conversation for students with no previous knowledge of Russian.



RUSS 1102 - Beginning Russian II (COMM & LAN, LE CAT3)
(4.0 cr; =[FORS 1110, RUSS 1110, RUSS 1101]; Prereq-1101 or equiv or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Grammar, reading, and conversation.



RUSS 1110 - Beginning Russian Language and Culture (Abroad) (COMM & LAN)
(8.0 cr; =[FORS 1110, RUSS 1102, RUSS 1101]; Prereq-Consent from the UMD International Education Office.; A-F or Aud, summer, odd academic years)
This five week program/course, allows students to develop basic proficiency in Russian, while providing cultural and historical understanding of Russian society. There are no prerequisites for this course, and no previous knowledge of Russian is required. All language skills are practiced and improved. This course takes place in St. Petersburg, Russia, where students apply their language skills by learning about the history of the city as well as aspects of contemporary Russian culture and politics. This course is composed of in-class instruction, seminars, discussions, field trips, and small group projects.



RUSS 1210 - Intermediate Russian Language and Culture (Abroad) (COMM & LAN)
(8.0 cr; Prereq-1102 and consent from the UMD International Education Office; A-F or Aud, summer, odd academic years)
This five week program/course improves students' proficiency in Russian, while providing cultural and historical understanding of Russian society. All language skills are practiced and improved, beginning at the intermediate level. This course takes place in St. Petersburg, Russia, where students apply their language skills by learning about the history of the city, as well as aspects of contemporary Russian culture and politics. This course is composed of in-class instruction, seminars, discussions, field trips, and small group project. Taught in Russian.



RUSS 2316 - 19th Century Russian Literature in Translation: Dostoevsky, Gogol and Turgenev (HUMANITIES, LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09)
(4.0 cr; A-F or Aud, spring, offered periodically)
This course examines texts by celebrated Russian prose authors from the nineteenth century. The short stories and novels of authors such as Nikolai Gogol, Ivan Turgenev and Feodor Dostoevsky confront their readers with a set of concerns that still remain relevant today. Through close readings and literary analysis, the course will offer students an opportunity to develop their abilities as writers and critical thinkers. In writing assignments, students will develop their abilities to present extended analyses and coherent argumentative strategies, while exploring some of the most significant developments in Russian literary culture. Taught in English.



RUSS 3402 - 20th Cent Russian Literature in Translation: From Tumult & Utopian Vision to State and Dissident Art (HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Taught in English; A-F or Aud, fall, odd academic years)
This course examines texts by celebrated Russian authors from the twentieth century, including the short stories, novels and poems of authors such as Anton Chekhov, Andrei Beli, Anna Akhmatova, Lev Gumilev, Vladimir Maiakovskii, Evengenii Zamyatin, Mikhail Bulgakov, Boris Pasternak, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and Victor Pelevin. Through close readings and literary analysis, this course helps students develop their abilities as writers and critical thinkers, while exploring the tumultuous developments of twentieth century Russian society. Assignments give students the opportunity to engage with the historical specificity and the changing role of artistic expression in Russian culture, while also helping students develop their abilities to present extended analyses and deploy coherent argumentative strategies. Taught in English.



RUSS 3405 - Film and New Media in Russian Society (FINE ARTS, GLOBAL PER)
(4.0 cr; A-F or Aud, spring, even academic years)
This course introduces students to the transformative role that film and new media have played in Russian society, from the early beginning of film as a new art form to the dynamic role film and new media have come to play in the post-Soviet era. In this course students learn to reflect on film as an artistic medium, while also using their experiences with the films of the twentieth century to learn about the history of Russian society. Students also produce their own short films, practicing what they have learned from discussions and film analysis. Students compose screenplays and create their own films that reflect on the history of Russian film and the changing role of film as a medium in the twentieth century. Taught in English



 
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