New & Select Fall 2017 Courses – Russia, East Europe, & Eurasia

(note: this list is not a complete list of REEE courses offered in Fall 2017. Visit course explorer and department pages for more classes!)

BCS 115 South Slavic Cultures

TR 12:30-1:50

Judith Pintar

Description:  Exploration of South Slavic cultures in the historically rich and complex region sometimes referred to as “the Balkans,” focusing particularly on those groups found within the successor states of the former Yugoslavia. Critical look at the traditional view of the region as the crossroads or the bridge between East and West, and at the term Balkanization which has become a pejorative term used to characterize fragmented, and self-defeating social systems.

HIST 101 “History Now!”

TR 2:00-3:20

Jessica Greenburg, Mark Steinberg

Description: How people in diverse settings have challenged the way societies treat and value human lives through a century of crises and revolutionary movements.  Beginning with Black Lives Matter, the course will work backward in time toward the culminating exploration of the 1917 Russian revolutions.

HIST 355 Soviet Jewish History

MW 1:00-2:20

Eugene Avrutin

Description: An examination of how Jewish life and culture contributed to the creation of the world’s first socialist society.

HIST 433 Jews in the Diaspora

MW 11:00-12:20

Eugene Avrutin

Description: Drawing on a wide variety of primary and secondary sources – ranging from memoirs and letters to films and novels – we analyze the ways in which Jewish communities refashioned their collective and individual identities.

HIST 439 The Ottoman Empire

TR 9:30-10:50

Maria Todorova

Description: This course introduces the history of one of the great imperial formations of the early modern and modern period, which had long-standing repercussions on the development of Europe, the Near East, and North Africa. It covers the whole span of Ottoman history, and will pay special attention to some of the following problems: the political rise of the Ottoman state since the thirteenth century and how it became an empire, its social and administrative structure, the classical Ottoman economic system, Ottoman impact on the societies, politics, economies and cultures of Byzantium and the medieval Balkan states, the spread of Islam in Europe, the transformations of the Ottoman polity and society, aspects of what has been conventionally named as Ottoman decline, the Eastern question in international relations, the modernizing reforms of the nineteenth century, and the spread of nationalism as a prelude to the final demise of the supranational empire in the twentieth century.

HIST 461 Russia – Peter the Great to the Revolution

TR 2:00-3:20

John Randolph

Description:  Culture, society, and politics in Imperial Russia, focusing on power and resistance, the lives and culture of ordinary Russians, and competing ideas about the state, the individual, community, nation, religion, and morality.

HIST 466 The Balkans (“The Peoples of Southeastern Europe between Empires: The Ottoman, the Russian, and the Habsburg, 1650-1918”)

TR 9:30-10:50

Keith Hitchens

Description:  The political, economic, social, and cultural history of the region between the second half of the 17th century and the end of the First World War as it evolved from medieval to modern institutions and mentalities and exchanged Ottoman Turkish predominance for independent states. We study how the peoples of Southeastern Europe–the Romanians, Bulgarians, Serbs, Croats, Greeks, and Albanians–interacted with neighboring empires (Ottoman, Habsburg, Russian) and were able to preserve their distinct identity in the 17th and 18th century and build ethnic nations in the 19th century. Among the subjects to be investigated are Ottoman institutions and the effects of Ottoman political and economic predominance south of the Danube (the Serbs, Bulgarians, Greeks, and Albanians) and to the south (the Romanian principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia; Transylvania) in the 18th century, the rise of national consciousness and nationalism, the emergence of modern elites (the upper middle class and lay intellectuals), the struggles for independence and the processes of nation building in the 19th century, and the role of empires in all these movements. We have also to examine the ideologies of development (liberalism, conservatism, agrarianism, and socialism), especially the acceptance or rejection of Western Europe as a model. All of this raises fundamental questions: Why did Southeastern Europe follow a course of development different from that of Western Europe? Are we justified in treating the region as distinct from the rest of Europe? If it is distinct, what are the characteristics that define it?

Law 656 International Law

Time: TBA

Francis Boyle

Description: The International Law course examines the variety of roles played by law and lawyer in ordering the relations between states and the nationals of states. The course utilizes a number of specialized contexts as a basis for exploring these roles. The contexts include, among others, the status of international law in domestic courts; the efficacy of judicial review by the International Court of Justice; the effort to subsume international economic relations under the fabric of bilateral and multilateral treaties; and the application — or misapplication — of law to political controversies that entail the threat of actual use of force. The course proceeds through an examination of problems selected to illuminate the operation of law within each of these contexts.

Sequence and Prerequisites: None.

Evaluation: Take home exam.

PS 397 Authoritarian Regimes

TR 3:30-4:50

Stephen Chaudoin

Description: Examines the various aspects of the politics in authoritarian regimes: their emergence and breakdown, the policy choices and institutions typically adopted, leadership change, and the theories that explain them. Historical case studies and statistical data will be used to examine real-world cases.

Prerequisite: PS 240 or PS 241; or six hours of Political Sciences credit; or consent of instructor.

RUSS 461 Russia and the Other

TR 3:30-4:50

Valeria Sobol

Description: Interdisciplinary and comparative topics including, but not limited to: Russia and the West, Russia and the East, the Cold War, and post-Soviet cultural studies.

Prerequisite: Russian course at the 200 or 300 level or consent of instructor.

RUSS 465 Russian-Jewish Culture

TR 2:00-3:20

Harriet Murav

Description: Study of Russian-Jewish cultural, social, and political life through literature and film. No Russian required. No long papers. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.

SOC 270 Population Issues

MWF 1:00-1:50

Cynthia Buckley

Description: Examines the current world population situation; the historical and current patterns of birth, death, migration, marriage, contraception, and abortion; and the world food and energy resources, crowding, and problems of overpopulation.

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