Spring 2019 Select Courses in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Note: The courses listed below are not an exhaustive list of courses being offered on the REEE region.
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ARTH 491 KR: Topics in Art History, Russian Avant-Garde
Kristin Romberg
TR 11 am-12:20 pm, 316 Art and Design Building

What happens to art’s forms and institutions in a socialist society? What kind of patron is the working class, the public, or the state? Can art be revolutionary? If so, what does it look like, and where does it exert its power? In this course, we will look at the ways that artists strove to answer these questions in the decades surrounding the Russian Revolution of 1917. Examining formations across a broad range of media—including painting and sculpture, mass festivals and monuments, theater, design, architecture, photography, and cinema—we will attempt to understand how art was redefined in terms of collective creativity, common spaces, and shared things.

BCS 115: South Slavic Cultures
Instructor TBA
TR 12:30-1:50 pm, 259 English Building

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.

CWL 254/GER 251: Grimm’s Fairy Tales in Context*
L. Johnson
Multiple sections

The Grimms’ Fairy Tales in Context Students read classical and little-known tales from the Grimms’ 19th-century collections, as well as earlier tales and other texts, focusing on how power, gender, race, class, and ecological issues play out in these surprisingly dense, meaningful, and very old stories. Why do we continue to tell these tales? Why do certain stories recur again and again, in Western and other cultures? The power of narrative is at the center of our lives, and of these tales, and by the end of the semester we will understand this power much better. This course fulfills General Education requirements in Literature and the Arts, and in Western and Comparative Culture.

CWL 273/JS 261: The Holocaust in Context*
S. Hilger
TR 9:30-10:50 am, 205 Gregory Hall

This course examines cultural representations of the Holocaust in a variety of postwar texts, including memoirs, poems, essays, memorials, documentary and feature film, to explore how Jewish and non-Jewish writers have dealt with issues of perpetration, survival, trauma, and memory in postwar German culture and beyond.

EURO 418/LING 418/PS 418/SLAV 418: Language and Minorities in Europe
Z. Fagyal
W 1-2:50 pm, 1060 Lincoln Hall

Survey of regional and immigrant minority language use and language policies in contemporary Europe. Focus on political and social issues, such as bilingual education, acculturation and assimilation, language loss and language maintenance in two immigrant languages, Turkish and Arabic/Berber, and four indigenous language families: Balto-Slavic with Estonian, Celtic, Romance with Basque, and Slavic with Hungarian. Taught in English.

EURO 502: The EU in a Global Context*
K. Kourtikakis
W 3-5:50 pm, 1112 Foreign Languages Building

European Union history, politics, law, culture and identity.

HIST 260: Russian History from Early Times to the Present: Experience, Imagination, and Power
Mark D. Steinberg
MWF 11-11:50 am, 1028 Lincoln Hall

The history of “Russia” (Rus, Muscovy, Imperial Russia, the Soviet Union, the Russian Federation) from medieval times to the present. Although an introductory “survey course,” my aim is for us to look beneath the surface of events to discover how individuals and groups experienced, interpreted, and made their own history. Most readings are primary texts, created at the time, so that we can listen to the past in its own voices as we try to understand, explain, and interpret. Three big interpretive questions are at the center of our exploration—experience (especially the experiences of everyday life); imagination (ways of thinking, feeling, seeing, and dreaming as expressed in ideas, ideologies, religion, and art); and power (rulers and their ideals as well as dissent and rebellion).

HIST 467: Eastern Europe
K. Hitchins
TR 9:30-10:50 am, 221 Gregory Hall

We shall examine the political, economic, and cultural history of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia, Greece, and Albania from the end of the First World War to the present. Among topics receiving special attention will be the two decades between the World Wars as the culmination of a process of Europeanization and the time of debate among intellectuals about national identity and about the doctrines of liberalism, fascism, socialism, and communism; the Second World War; the four decades (ca 1945-1989) of the Communist era and the place of Eastern Europe in the Cold War between the West and the Soviet Union; and “the return to Europe” of our region after the fall of Communist regimes in 1989.

JS 252/HIST 252: The Holocaust
P. Fritzsche
MW 12-12:50 pm, 1092 Lincoln Hall

The purpose of this general education course is to provide students from all backgrounds with an introduction to the complex events in twentieth-century Europe now known as the Holocaust, and to explore the various interpretations that scholars have offered to attempt to explain the Holocaust as well as the global legacy of the Holocaust. We will examine perpetrators, bystanders, and victims, the role of anti-Semitism, the interaction of war and genocide, the relationships between German and other European actors, the responses of Jewish communities, and the memory of the Holocaust. There will be a midterm and a final, but the primary focus of the course will be on student engagement with the texts in three short papers spread out across the semester.

LAW 657: International Human Rights Law
Francis A. Boyle
Time TBA, Location TBA

Based primarily on a series of contemporary “real world” problems, the course introduces the student to the established and developing legal rules and procedures governing the protection of international human rights. Its thesis is that there exists a substantial body of substantive and procedural International Human Rights Law, and that lawyers, government officials, and concerned citizens should be familiar with the policies underlying this law and its enforcement, as well as with the potential it offers for improving the basic lot of human beings everywhere. Additionally, the course presupposes that the meaning of “human rights” is undergoing fundamental expansion, and therefore explores Marxist and Third World conceptions of human rights as well as those derived from the liberal West.

MUS 252 S: Ethnomusicology Performence Ensembles: Balkanalia
D. Buchanan
T 7-9:50 pm, 0061 Music Building

Instruction and experience in the performance of various non-Western and vernacular music tradition.

PS 391: Soviet & Post-Soviet Foreign Policy
C. Leff
MW 2-3:20 pm, 222 David Kinley Hall

Surveys Soviet and Post-Soviet foreign policy from 1917 to the present, with emphasis upon the forces shaping this policy; special attention to the interplay of ideology and national interest in policy formulation.

PS 397: Authoritarian Regimes*
X. Guo
TR 3:30-4:50 pm, 222 David Kinley Hall

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.

PS 546: Comparative Political Behavior*
D. Canache
M 3:30-5:50 pm, 404 David Kinley Hall

Examines the political behaviors and opinions of common citizens in dissimilar national contexts, focusing on the theoretical literature and empirical research on topics such as political participation, political culture and contention politics from a cross-national perspective.

REES 115/POL 115: Introduction to Polish Culture
G. Gasyna
MW 10:30-11:50 am, 125 David Kinley Hall

Introduction to Polish culture and literature from a broad historical perspective. Drawing on novels and plays, film, the visual arts, and works of historical research, the course provides students with the basic concepts, methodologies and theories of literary and cultural interpretation, with an emphasis on modern Polish culture (1800-2010) within a broader European context.

REES 201: Introduction to Eastern Europe
Instructor TBA
TR 12:30-1:50 pm, 204 Transportation Building

Interdisciplinary survey of Eastern Europe focusing mostly on the 20th century to the present, exploring issues of nationalism, socialism, post socialism and EU accession. Focuses on Central Europe and the Balkans, but also references the Baltic States, Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia. Students will learn about the region using perspectives and methodology from historical, economic, political, sociological and anthropological texts.

REES 477/SLAV 477/CWL 477: Post-Communist Fiction
David Cooper
W 2-3:50 pm, 325 Gregory Hall

Survey of the central and east European novel in the postcommunist period. Explores how fiction has responded to and creatively figured the period of the so-called “transition” to capitalism and the continuities and discontinuities in literary traditions in these societies, as well as the relevance of theories of postmodernism and postmodern literary analysis to these literatures.

RUSS 225: Russian Literature and Revolution
Richard Tempest
MWF 12:30-1:50 pm, 111 David Kinley Hall

Major works from 1900 to the present; futurism, modernism, Stalinism, post-modernism, and after; writers may include Mayakovsky, Babel, Olesha, Akhmatova, Bulgakov, Nabokov, Solzhenitsyn, Tolstaya, and others; readings and discussion in English.

RUSS 260: Medicine & Russian Literature
Michael Finke
WF 1-3:20 pm, 1028 Lincoln Hall

Examines cultural significance of medicine and the figure of the physician, and understandings of illness and health, primarily in literature of Russia and the USSR from the 1860s to present. Asks what larger issues are at stake in the literary representation of medical practice by physicians and non-physicians alike in the Russian and Soviet contexts; investigates what medicine and literature offer each other, and the bearing on this of the latter’s formal, aesthetic qualities. Considers how medical practice is conditioned by the broader culture, how medical discourse, knowingly or unknowingly, ‘borrows’ from, is conditioned by, or otherwise reciprocally involved with other greater or peripheral discursive spheres. Reads fiction by leading literary figures who were physicians (Chekhov, Bulgakov, Veresaev, and Aksyonov); fiction by “lay” authors about doctors and medical practice (such as Solzhenitsyn); memoirs by physicians (tales of training and practice, apologies, denunciations); memoirs by patients; ‘real’ and fictional case histories; theoretical and methodological readings.

RUSS 323: Tolstoy
V. Sobol
TR 2-3:20 pm, 1120 Foreign Languages Building

Introduction to the major works of Lev Tolstoy. No Russian required.

RUSS 523: Tolstoy
V. Sobol
TR 2-3:20 pm, T 3:30-4:20 pm, 1120 Foreign Languages Building

Study of Tolstoy’s works in the original Russian, of their historical and philosophical context, and of current critical approaches to Tolstoy’s works.

SLAV 120: Russian & East European Folktales
David Cooper
TR 12-12:50 pm, 1120 Foreign Languages Building

Introduction to Russian and East European folktales, focusing on folk beliefs, fairy tales, and folk narratives in Slavic languages from a comparative perspective, with an emphasis on methods of analysis and the role of gender.

SOC 488: Demographic Techniques
Cynthia Buckley
Time TBA, Location TBA

Through active engagement strategies, students are encouraged to master the basic definitions, formulas, and calculations procedures associated with basic demographic measures and projections. In exploring these measures and projection techniques in the areas of fertility, morbidity, mortality, migration and population aging we place special emphasis on patterns of racial and ethnic variations, linking issues back to concepts of social capital, family structure, region, education and wealth. Through mastery of the methods covered in this course students emerge with a significantly enhanced ability to understand, and quantify issues relating to population change. REEEC students are welcomed and will be provided with population data from the region for their assignments and projects.

SOC 596: Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Methods*
Cynthia Buckley
Time TBA, Location TBA

This course examines the possibilities and problems associated with the integration of qualitative and qualitative research methodologies, providing participants with a “hands on” approach to data collection, evaluation, and analysis. Through individual and group assignments, we will gain experience with specific methodological approaches and ethical concerns, including familiarity with the basic epistemological challenges associated with qualitative and quantitative approaches, central issues in probability and non-probability sampling/case selection, basic survey and interview protocol construction, observational techniques, focus groups, in-depth interviews, and content analysis. A formal grant proposal will take the place of a formal research paper as the final project. Developing a detailed mixed methods research proposal enables participants to develop a basis for a portfolio writing sample, a future fellowship application, or the beginnings of your MA prospectus.

TURK 490: Special Topics in Turkish: Language and Culture in Turkey
A. Ozcan
TR 2-3:20 pm, 1046 Foreign Languages Building

Provides an opportunity to focus on various aspects of Turkish language, culture, and society.

YDSH 320/CWL 320/JS 320: Literary Responses to the Holocaust*
R. Harris
TR 12-1:50 pm, 170 Wohlers Hall

Holocaust on Screen surveys documentaries, feature films and short films from Europe, the United States and Israel. The films cover a wide array of cinematic representation, plot and genre to consider the divergent strategies employed to represent the past, and to engage the present.

Note: An asterisk indicates courses that may count towards a degree or FLAS requirement, but must be approved by the REEES advisor or FLAS coordinator.

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