Liberal Studies Program

Fall 2017 Russian Courses & Descriptions

RUSS 101  Elementary Russian I (4 units)

Not open to students who have attended schools where Russian was the language of instruction. Study of the fundamentals of Russian grammatical structures, reading, practice in the spoken language. May not be challenged. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies.) 

Offered: RUSS 101 (14597) Tu,Th 9:00-10:40 AM JH 1232

Offered: RUSS 101 (14928) Tu,Th 2:00-3:40 PM SH 365

RUSS 390 RUSS FOLKLORE  (3 units)

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower-division writing requirement or instructor consent. Russian culture is rooted in hundreds of years of tradition, from rituals and superstitions to folktales and songs.  Many customs and practices that still exist in Russia today have their origins in village life.  This course offers an exploration of Russian folk tales, traditions, and beliefs through literature, film, and music.  We will begin with Slavic mythology to gain an understanding of where many of the folk characters and ideas come from.  We will also delve into the concepts of love and marriage, expectations with regards to family life, and magic and witchcraft.  Finally, we will travel through the world of fairy tales, exploring folk epics (bylini) and chronicling the evolution of tales into tools of propaganda during the Soviet period.  We will conclude with contemporary Russian folklore. Students will become familiar with the basic genres and motifs of Russian folklore.

Class activities include group discussions, debates, and individual and group presentations on a wide variety of topics. Class activities, textbook and reading assignments will prepare you for any type of more specialized study of Russian language, culture or history that you may choose to embark upon in the future

This course is taught in English and there is no Russian language class prerequisite. 

Offered: RUSS 390 (15120) Tu 4:00-6:45 PM SH 108