Fall 2014 Courses

Introduction to Central Asia (SOC 196)

The course is designed for students interested in international politics, energy policy, conflicts in the region (Afghanistan), postcommunism, gender studies, and human rights. There are no prerequisites. If you are interested in enrolling, please contact Cynthia Buckley (Professor of Sociology) at buckleyc(at)illinois.edu for more information and a preliminary syllabus.

Introduction to Russian Culture (REES 116)

Introduction to the culture of Russia and the USSR. The course addresses two central themes. First, the very distinctiveness of Russian culture, and the functions of that notion within Russia and for outsiders. Second, Russia as a cultural space between East and West. We will explore Russian culture through the following: the language(s); foundational narratives of collective memory going back to the medieval times; the cultural impact of colonial subjugation both by and of peoples to the East, South, and West; Russian Orthodoxy’s connection with the political and cultural spheres; peak achievements in literature, music, architecture and visual arts.  Taught by Richard Tempest (Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures). 3 hours.

International Law (LAW 656)

The course will explore the nature, sources, and subjects of international law, and its place in the control of international society. It includes an examination of the law of jurisdiction, territory, recognition and succession of states, rights and immunities of states in foreign courts, diplomatic immunities, treaties, protection of citizens abroad, settlement of international disputes, war and neutrality, the United Nations, and the International Court of Justice. 3 professional hours. 4 graduate hours. Please contact Francis Boyle (Professor of Law) at fboyle(at)illinois.edu for further information.

REEES Bibliography and Research Methods (LIS 530)

The course will introduce students to the University of Illinois’ large library collection on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. They will learn how to search for academic sources, and navigate the various databases and library guides on the region. Taught by Kit Condill (Slavic Reference Service). 4 hours.

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