Courses

Academic Year

Slavic Department Listings

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See also the list of past years' courses.

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCSN), Czech (CZEC), East European (EEUR), Georgian (GEOR),

General Slavic (SLAV), Polish (POLI), Russian (RUSS), South Slavic (SOSL)

BCSN 10100 / 31000
Elementary Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I

Nada Petkovic
Course level: 
Graduate
Undergraduate
Autumn
2013-2014
Language course

Knowledge of a Slavic language and background in linguistics not required. The major objective of the courseis to build a solid foundation in the basic grammatical patterns of written and spoken Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, while simultaneously introducing both the Cyrillic and Latin alphabets. This course is complemented with cultural and historical media from the Balkans and is designed for students with a wide range of interests. Screenings of movies and other audio-visual materials are held in addition to scheduled class time.

BCSN 10200 / 31100
Elementary Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian II

Nada Petkovic
Course level: 
Graduate
Undergraduate
Winter
2013-2014
Language course

Knowledge of a Slavic language and background in linguistics not required. The major objective of the courseis to build a solid foundation in the basic grammatical patterns of written and spoken Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, while simultaneously introducing both the Cyrillic and Latin alphabets. This course is complemented with cultural and historical media from the Balkans and is designed for students with a wide range of interests. Screenings of movies and other audio-visual materials are held in addition to scheduled class time.

10300 / 31200
Elementary Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian III

Nada Petkovic
Course level: 
Graduate
Undergraduate
Spring
2013-2014
Language course

Knowledge of a Slavic language and background in linguistics not required. The major objective of the courseis to build a solid foundation in the basic grammatical patterns of written and spoken Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, while simultaneously introducing both the Cyrillic and Latin alphabets. This course is complemented with cultural and historical media from the Balkans and is designed for students with a wide range of interests. Screenings of movies and other audio-visual materials are held in addition to scheduled class time.

BCSN 20100 / 32000
Intermediate Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I

Nada Petkovic
Course level: 
Graduate
Undergraduate
Prerequisites: 
BCSN 10300 or consent of instructor
Autumn
2013-2014
Language course

The first quarter isdevoted to an overview of grammar, with emphasis on verbal morphology and syntax, through the reading of a series of literary texts in both the Latin and Cyrillic alphabets. The second and third quarters are devoted to further developing active mastery of Bosian/Croatian/Serbian through continued readings, grammar drills, compositions, and conversational practice. Study of word formation, nominal and adjectival morphology, and syntax are emphasized. Screenings of movies and other audio-visual materials are held in addition toscheduled class time.

BCSN 20200 / 32100
Intermediate Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian II

Nada Petkovic
Course level: 
Graduate
Undergraduate
Prerequisites: 
BCSN 20100 or consent of instructor.
Winter
2013-2014
Language course

The first quarter is devoted to an overview of grammar, with emphasis on verbal morphology and syntax, through the reading of a series of literary texts in both the Latin and Cyrillic alphabets. The second and third quarters are devoted to further developing active mastery of Bosian/Croatian/Serbian through continued readings, grammar drills, compositions, and conversational practice. Study of word formation, nominal and adjectival morphology, and syntax are emphasized. Screenings of movies and other audio-visual materials are held in addition to scheduled class time.

BCSN 20300 / 32200
Intermediate Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian III

Nada Petkovic
Course level: 
Graduate
Undergraduate
Prerequisites: 
BCSN 20200 or consent of instructor. Drill sessions to be arranged
Spring
2013-2014
Language course

The first quarter is devoted to an overview of grammar, with emphasis on verbal morphology and syntax, through the reading of a series of literary texts in both the Latin and Cyrillic alphabets. The second and third quarters are devoted to further developing active mastery of Bosian/Croatian/Serbian through continued readings, grammar drills, compositions, and conversational practice. Study of word formation, nominal and adjectival morphology, and syntax are emphasized. Screenings of movies and other audio-visual materials are held in addition to scheduled class time.

BCSN 29700
Reading and Research Course

Nada Petkovic
Course level: 
Undergraduate
Prerequisites: 
Consent of instructor and Departmental Adviser. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form.
Autumn Spring Winter
2013-2014
Language course

CZEC 10100
Elementary Czech I

Course level: 
Graduate
Undergraduate
Autumn
2013-2014
Language course

This course is an introduction to the basic grammar of Czech with attention given to all four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing, as well as exposure to Czech culture. Winter and Spring Quarters include work with Czech film and literature. Students gain some familiarity with the major differences between literary and spoken Czech as they learn to use the language both as a means of communication and as a tool for reading and research.

CZEC 10200
Elementary Czech II

Course level: 
Undergraduate
Winter
2013-2014
Language course

This course is an introduction to the basic grammar of Czech with attention given to all four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing, as well as exposure to Czech culture. Winter and Spring Quarters include work with Czech film and literature. Students gain some familiarity with the major differences between literary and spoken Czech as they learn to use the language both as a means of communication and as a tool for reading and research.

CZEC 10300
Elementary Czech III

Course level: 
Undergraduate
Spring
2013-2014
Language course

This course is an introduction to the basic grammar of Czech with attention given to all four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing, as well as exposure to Czech culture. Winter and Spring Quarters include work with Czech film and literature. Students gain some familiarity with the major differences between literary and spoken Czech as they learn to use the language both as a means of communication and as a tool for reading and research.

CZEC 20100
Second-Year Czech I

Course level: 
Undergraduate
Prerequisites: 
CZEC 10300 or consent of instructor
Autumn
2013-2014
Language course

The main goal of this course is to enable students to read Czech proficiently in their particular fields. Conversation practice is included. The program is flexible and may be adjusted according to the needs of the students.

CZEC 20200
Second-Year Czech II

Course level: 
Undergraduate
Winter
2013-2014
Language course

The main goal of this course is to enable students to read Czech proficiently in their particular fields. Conversation practice is included. The program is flexible and may be adjusted according to the needs of the students.

CZEC 20300
Second-Year Czech III

Course level: 
Undergraduate
Spring
2013-2014
Language course

The main goal of this course is to enable students to read Czech proficiently in their particular fields. Conversation practice is included. The program is flexible and may be adjusted according to the needs of the students.

POLI 10100
Elementary Polish I

Course level: 
Graduate
Undergraduate
Autumn
2013-2014
Language course

This course teaches students to speak, read, and write in Polish, as well as familiarizes them with Polish culture. It employs the most up-to-date techniques of language teaching (e.g., communicative and accelerated learning, and learning based on students’ native language skills), as well as multileveled target-language exposure.

POLI 20100
Second-Year Polish I

Course level: 
Undergraduate
Prerequisites: 
POLI 10300 or equivalent.
Autumn
2013-2014
Language course

This course includes instruction in grammar, writing, and translation, as well as watching selected Polish movies. Selected readings are drawn from the course textbook, and students also read Polish short stories and press articles. In addition, the independent reading of students is emphasized and reinforced by class discussions. Work is adjusted to each student's level of preparation.

POLI 20200
Second-Year Polish II

Course level: 
Undergraduate
Winter
2013-2014
Language course

This course includes instruction in grammar, writing, and translation, as well as watching selected Polish movies. Selected readings are drawn from the course textbook, and students also read Polish short stories and press articles. In addition, the independent reading of students is emphasized and reinforced by class discussions. Work is adjusted to each student's level of preparation.

POLI 20300
Second-Year Polish III

Course level: 
Undergraduate
Spring
2013-2014
Language course

This course includes instruction in grammar, writing, and translation, as well as watching selected Polish movies. Selected readings are drawn from the course textbook, and students also read Polish short stories and press articles. In addition, the independent reading of students is emphasized and reinforced by class discussions. Work is adjusted to each student's level of preparation.

POLI 20500 / 30100
Advanced Polish I

Course level: 
Graduate
Undergraduate
Prerequisites: 
POLI 20300 or equivalent.
Autumn
2013-2014
Language course

Students in this course discuss selected readings (primarily short stories chosen by the instructor) in Polish during the week. The level of work is adjusted to each student's level of preparation. All work in Polish.

POLI 20600 / 30200
Advanced Polish II

Course level: 
Graduate
Undergraduate
Winter
2013-2014
Language course

Students in this course discuss selected readings (primarily short stories chosen by the instructor) in Polish during the week. The level of work is adjusted to each student's level of preparation. All work in Polish.

POLI 20700 / 30300
Advanced Polish III

Course level: 
Graduate
Undergraduate
Spring
2013-2014
Language course

Students in this course discuss selected readings (primarily short stories chosen by the instructor) in Polish during the week. The level of work is adjusted to each student's level of preparation. All work in Polish.

RUSS 10100
First-Year Russian I

Course level: 
Undergraduate
Autumn
2013-2014
Language course

This course introduces modern Russian to students who would like to speak Russian or to use the language for reading and research. All four major communicative skills (i.e., reading, writing, listening comprehension, speaking) are stressed. Students are also introduced to Russian culture through readings, videos, and class discussions. This yearlong course prepares students for the College Language Competency Exam, for continued study of Russian in second-year courses, and for study or travel abroad in Russian-speaking countries. Conversation practice is held twice a week. 

RUSS 10200
First-Year Russian II

Course level: 
Undergraduate
Winter
2013-2014
Language course

This course introduces modern Russian to students who would like to speak Russian or to use the language for reading and research. All four major communicative skills (i.e., reading, writing, listening comprehension, speaking) are stressed. Students are also introduced to Russian culture through readings, videos, and class discussions. This yearlong course prepares students for the College Language Competency Exam, for continued study of Russian in second-year courses, and for study or travel abroad in Russian-speaking countries. Conversation practice is held twice a week. 

RUSS 10300
First-Year Russian III

Course level: 
Undergraduate
Spring
2013-2014
Language course

This course introduces modern Russian to students who would like to speak Russian or to use the language for reading and research. All four major communicative skills (i.e., reading, writing, listening comprehension, speaking) are stressed. Students are also introduced to Russian culture through readings, videos, and class discussions. This yearlong course prepares students for the College Language Competency Exam, for continued study of Russian in second-year courses, and for study or travel abroad in Russian-speaking countries. Conversation practice is held twice a week. 

RUSS 20100
Second-Year Russian I

Course level: 
Undergraduate
Prerequisites: 
RUSS 10300 or consent of instructor
Autumn
2013-2014
Language course

This course continues RUSS 10100-10200-10300; it includes review and amplification of grammar, practice in reading, elementary composition, and speaking and comprehension. Systematic study of word formation and other strategies are taught to help free students from excessive dependence on the dictionary and develop confidence in reading rather than translating. Readings are selected to help provide historical and cultural background. Conversation practice is held twice a week.

RUSS 20200
Second-Year Russian II

Course level: 
Undergraduate
Prerequisites: 
RUSS 10300 or consent of instructor
Winter
2013-2014
Language course

This course continues RUSS 10100-10200-10300; it includes review and amplification of grammar, practice in reading, elementary composition, and speaking and comprehension. Systematic study of word formation and other strategies are taught to help free students from excessive dependence on the dictionary and develop confidence in reading rather than translating. Readings are selected to help provide historical and cultural background. Conversation practice is held twice a week.

RUSS 20300
Second-Year Russian III

Course level: 
Undergraduate
Spring
2013-2014
Language course

This course continues RUSS 10100-10200-10300; it includes review and amplification of grammar, practice in reading, elementary composition, and speaking and comprehension. Systematic study of word formation and other strategies are taught to help free students from excessive dependence on the dictionary and develop confidence in reading rather than translating. Readings are selected to help provide historical and cultural background. Conversation practice is held twice a week.

RUSS 20702
Third-Year Russian through Culture I

Valentina Pichugin
Course level: 
Undergraduate
Prerequisites: 
RUSS 20300 (two years of Russian) or equivalent
Autumn
2013-2014
Language course

This course, which is intended for third-year students of Russian, covers various aspects of Russian grammar in context and emphasizes the four communicative skills (i.e., reading, writing, listening comprehension, speaking) in a culturally authentic context. Excerpts from popular Soviet/Russian films and clips from Russian television news reports are shown and discussed in class. Classes conducted in Russian; some aspects of grammar explained in English. Drill practice is held twice a week.

RUSS 20802
Third-Year Russian through Culture II

Valentina Pichugin
Course level: 
Undergraduate
Winter
2013-2014
Language course

This course, which is intended for third-year students of Russian, covers various aspects of Russian grammar in context and emphasizes the four communicative skills (i.e., reading, writing, listening comprehension, speaking) in a culturally authentic context. Excerpts from popular Soviet/Russian films and clips from Russian television news reports are shown and discussed in class. Classes conducted in Russian; some aspects of grammar explained in English. Drill practice is held twice a week.

RUSS 20902
Third-Year Russian through Culture III

Valentina Pichugin
Course level: 
Undergraduate
Spring
2013-2014
Language course

This course, which is intended for third-year students of Russian, covers various aspects of Russian grammar in context and emphasizes the four communicative skills (i.e., reading, writing, listening comprehension, speaking) in a culturally authentic context. Excerpts from popular Soviet/Russian films and clips from Russian television news reports are shown and discussed in class. Classes conducted in Russian; some aspects of grammar explained in English. Drill practice is held twice a week.

RUSS 21302 / 30102
Advanced Russian through Media I

Valentina Pichugin
Course level: 
Graduate
Undergraduate
Prerequisites: 
RUSS 21002 or consent of instructor
Autumn
2013-2014
Language course

This course, which is designed for fifth-year students of Russian, covers various aspects of Russian stylistics and discourse grammar in context. It emphasizes the four communicative skills (i.e., reading, writing, listening comprehension, speaking) in culturally authentic context. Clips from Russian/Soviet films and television news reports are shown and discussed in class. Classes conducted in Russian. Conversation practice is held twice a week.

RUSS 21402 / 30202
Advanced Russian through Media II

Valentina Pichugin
Course level: 
Graduate
Undergraduate
Winter
2013-2014
Language course

This course, which is designed for fifth-year students of Russian, covers various aspects of Russian stylistics and discourse grammar in context. It emphasizes the four communicative skills (i.e., reading, writing, listening comprehension, speaking) in culturally authentic context. Clips from Russian/Soviet films and television news reports are shown and discussed in class. Classes conducted in Russian. Conversation practice is held twice a week.

RUSS 21502 / 30302
Advanced Russian through Media III

Valentina Pichugin
Course level: 
Graduate
Undergraduate
Spring
2013-2014
Language course

This course, which is designed for fifth-year students of Russian, covers various aspects of Russian stylistics and discourse grammar in context. It emphasizes the four communicative skills (i.e., reading, writing, listening comprehension, speaking) in culturally authentic context. Clips from Russian/Soviet films and television news reports are shown and discussed in class. Classes conducted in Russian. Conversation practice is held twice a week.

RUSS 10003 - 10006
Intensive Introductory Russian

Staff
Course level: 
Undergraduate
Summer
2013-2014
Language course

The RUSS 10003-10006 course sequence provides a comprehensive introduction to modern standard Russian. Students will achieve novice high to intermediate low proficiency in speaking, reading, writing, and listening and will be introduced to Russian culture and history through authentic texts, audio and video, Internet and multimedia activities, and film screenings. The course provides 140 contact hours over a 6-week period, divided into two segments of three weeks each. The RUSS 10003-10006 sequence is the equivalent of the 10100-10200-10300 sequence offered during the regular academic year at the University of Chicago.

For more information and to register, please visit the Summer Language Institute website.

RUSS 20003 - 20006
Intensive Intermediate Russian

Cori Anderson
Course level: 
Undergraduate
Summer
2013-2014
Language course

The RUSS 20003-20006 course sequence enables students to develop solid intermediate speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and further solidify their foundation in grammar and vocabulary. Students will explore Russian culture through authentic texts, audio and video, multimedia and Internet activities, and film screenings. The course provides 140 contact hours over a 6-week period, divided into two segments of three weeks each and may be FLAS eligible, depending on the student’s home institution. The RUSS 20003-20006 sequence is the equivalent of the 20100-20200-20300 sequence offered during the regular academic year at the University of Chicago.

For more information and to register, please visit the Summer Language Institute website.

RUSS 21700
Introduction to Interpretation (Russian-English, English-Russian)

Valentina Pichugin
Course level: 
Undergraduate
Summer
2013-2014
Language course

This course introduces students to the field of conference interpretation in general and to consecutive interpretation in particular. It emphasizes the ability to understand and analyze a message in the source language (Russian/English) and convey it in the target language (English/Russian) in a straightforward and clear manner. The course develops a student’s ability to analyze and paraphrase the meaning of a passage in the source language, and to identify the passage’s components and establish a logical relationship among them. Students will focus on active listening and concentration skills, memory enhancing techniques, and the ability to abstract information for subsequent recall. Basic elements of note-taking will be discussed as well. At the end of the course students will be able to interpret 3-5 minute extemporaneous passages on familiar topics. During practice sessions students will listen to and repeat the content of passages of increasing length and difficulty. Top
ics wil
l cover daily life, current events and the media, as well as general areas of students’ interest. PQ: Fluency in English and Russian. Students with no prior experience in interpreting will work from their “weaker” language into their stronger; students with more practice (advanced and immersion courses, time living in Russia, raised in Russian speaking households, etc.) will practice both ways.

For more information and to register, please visit the Summer Language Institute website.

RUSS 21701
Intermediate Interpretation: Consecutive and Simultaneous (Russian-English, English-Russian)

Valentina Pichugin
Course level: 
Undergraduate
Summer
2013-2014
Language course

This course develops skills and techniques acquired in Introduction to Interpretation. In consecutive interpretation, the following will be emphasized: clarity of expression, correct style and grammar, proper diction and presentation, and strategies for dealing with cultural and linguistic problems. Students will expand their active vocabulary to include terms and idioms frequent in extemporaneous speeches. At the end of the course students will be able to interpret extemporaneous passages of moderate difficulty derived from professional settings (sources will vary).
Basic strategies for simultaneous interpretation will be introduced, and exercises will be provided to help develop the concentration necessary for listening and speaking at the same time. The students will work to master voice management, and to acquire smooth delivery techniques. Students will learn to analyze discourse for meaning while rendering a coherent interpretation in the target language with correct grammar, diction and style. At the end of the course, students will be able to interpret 8-10 minute passages from public lectures, radio addresses, interviews, news reports, etc. PQ: Introduction to Interpretation, or equivalent; consent of the instructor. Recommended to students past 3rd year and/or heritage/ native speakers of Russian.

For more information and to register, please visit the Summer Language Institute website.

GEOR 20003 - 20006
Intensive Introductory Georgian

Course level: 
Undergraduate
Summer
2013-2014
Language course

This six-week course provides a comprehensive introduction to modern Georgian. Class time will emphasize basic communicative skills (reading, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking). Students will also become familiar with Georgian history and culture by working with authentic texts, audio and video, multimedia activities, and film screenings. After completing the course sequence, students will straddle the novice and intermediate proficiency levels in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. The University of Chicago is the only university in the U.S. to offer Georgian regularly. The course provides 140 contact hours over a 6-week period, divided into two segments of three weeks each. The GEOR 10003-10006 sequence is the equivalent of the 10100-10200-10300 sequence offered during the regular academic year at the University of Chicago. Intensive Introductory Georgian is FLAS eligible.

For more information and to register, please visit the Summer Language Institute website.