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 - 10200 - 10300 / 31000 - 31100 - 31200
Elementary Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I, II, III.

N. Petkovic
Autumn Summer Winter
2012-2013
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 - 20200 - 20300 / 32000 - 32100 - 32200
Intermediate Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I, II, III.

N. Petkovic.
Prerequisites: 
BCSN 10300 or consent of instructor.
Autumn Spring Winter
2012-2013
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 toscheduled class time.

BCSN 29700
Reading and Research Course.

Prerequisites: 
Consent of instructor and Departmental Adviser.
Autumn Spring Winter
2012-2013
Language course

Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form.

BCSN 30100 - 30200 - 30300
Advanced Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I, II, III.

N. Petkovic.
Prerequisites: 
BCSN 20300 or consent of instructor.
Autumn Spring Winter
2012-2013
Language course

This course is tailored to the needs of the students enrolled, depending on their concentration in the field. It enhances language acquisition with continuous reading and translation of essays, newspaper articles, literary excerpts, letters and other selected writings. Vocabulary building is emphasized by the systematic study of nominal and verbal roots, prefixes and suffixes, and word formation thereafter. Discussion follows each completed reading with a written composition assigned in relation to the topic.

CZEC 10100 - 10200 - 10300
Elementary Czech I, II, III.

Autumn Spring Winter
2012-2013
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 - 20200 - 20300
Second-Year Czech I, II, III.

Prerequisites: 
CZEC 10300 or consent of instructor.
Autumn Spring Winter
2012-2013
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 29700
Reading and Research Course

Prerequisites: 
Consent of instructor and Departmental Adviser. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form.
Autumn Spring Winter
2012-2013
Literature and Linguistics course

CZEC 29900
BA Paper

Prerequisites: 
Open to fourth-year students who are majoring in Slavic Languages and Literatures with consent of instructorand Departmental Adviser.
Autumn Spring Winter
2012-2013
Literature and Linguistics course

Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. This course must be taken for a quality grade.

EEUR 21100 - 21200 - 21300 / 31100 - 31200 - 31300
Elementary Modern Armenian I, II, III

H. Haroutunian
Crosslists: 
ARME 10101-10102-10103, LGLN10101-10102-10103
Autumn Spring Winter
2012-2013
Literature and Linguistics course

This three-quarter sequence utilizes the most advanced computer technology and audio-visual aids to enable students to master a core vocabulary, the alphabet, and basic grammatical structures, as well as toachieve a reasonable level of proficiency in modern formal and spoken Armenian (one of the oldest Indo-European languages). Considerable amounts of historical/political and social/cultural issues about Armenia are built intothis sequence to prepare students who intend to conduct research in Armenian studies or to pursue work in Armenia.

GEOR 22100 - 22200 - 22300 / 32100 - 32200 - 32300
Elementary Georgian

Tamra Wysocki-Niimi
Crosslists: 
EEUR 21400-21500-21600/31400-31500-31600, LGLN 22100-22200-22300
Autumn Spring Winter
2012-2013
Language course

This course introduces students to Modern Georgian grammar primarily through reading exercises that relate to Georgian historical, social, and literary traditions. Supplemental activities that encourage writing, speaking, and listening skills are also included in this course.

GEOR 22700 - 22800 - 2290 / 32700 - 32800 - 32900
Advanced Georgian

Tamra Wysocki-Niimi
Crosslists: 
EEUR 22100-22200-22300/32100-32200-32300, LGLN 22700-22800-22900
Autumn Spring Winter
2012-2013
Language course

This course emphasizes advanced language skills and vocabulary building through independent reading and writing projects as well as class exercises involving media such as newspaper and magazine articles, videoclips, radio programs, movies, and additional sound recordings and online materials.

SLAV 22000 / 32000
Old Church Slavonic

Y. Gorbachov
Prerequisites: 
Knowledge of another Slavic language or good knowledge of one or two other old Indo-European languages required, SLAV 20100/30100 recommended.
Crosslists: 
LGLN 25100/35100
Winter
2012-2013
Literature and Linguistics course

This course introduces the language of the oldest Slavic texts. It begins with a brief historical overview of the relationship of Old Church Slavonic to Common Slavic and the other Slavic languages. This is followed by a short outline of Old Church Slavonic inflectional morphology. The remainder of the course is spent in the reading and grammatical analysis of original texts. Texts in Cyrillic or Cyrillic transcription of the original Glagolitic.

SLAV 29700
Reading and Research Course

Prerequisites: 
Consent of instructor and Departmental Adviser.
Autumn Spring Winter
2012-2013
Literature and Linguistics course

Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form.

SLAV 29900
BA Paper

Prerequisites: 
Open to fourth-year students who are majoring in Slavic Languages and Literatures with consent of instructor and Departmental Adviser.
Autumn Spring Winter
2012-2013
Literature and Linguistics course

Students are required to submit the College Readingand Research Course Form. This course must be taken for a quality grade.

POLI 10100 - 10200 - 10300
Elementary Polish I, II, III

Autumn Spring Winter
2012-2013
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 - 20200 - 20300
Second-Year Polish I, II, III

Prerequisites: 
POLI 10300 or equivalent.
Autumn Spring Winter
2012-2013
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 30100 - 30200 - 30300
Advanced Polish I, II, III

Prerequisites: 
POLI 20300 or equivalent.
Autumn Spring Winter
2012-2013
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 27000 / 37000
Narratives of Assimilation

B.Shallcross
Winter
2012-2013
Literature and Linguistics course

Topic: Narratives of Assimilation. This course offers a survey into the manifold strategies of representing the Jewish community in East Central Europe beginning from the nineteenth century to the Holocaust. Engaging the concept of liminality—of a society at the threshold of radical transformation—it will analyze Jewry facing uncertainties and challenges of the modern era and its radical changes. Students will be acquainted with problems of cultural and linguistic isolation, hybrid identity, assimilation, and cultural transmission through a wide array of genres—novel, short story, epic poem, memoir, painting, illustration, film. The course draws on both Jewish and Polish-Jewish sources; all texts are read in English translation.

POLI 27100 / 37100
From Poland to Popland: Contemporary Polish Fiction

B.Shallcross
Winter
2012-2013
Literature and Linguistics course

In Poland, the divide between high and low strata of culture was not negotiable until the postwar advance of mass culture and technology, facilitated by the void created by the disappearing Polish folklore and social programs such as a systemic building of a classless society. Therefore, this course’s main focus is on the trajectory of negotiations and mutual impact between these two cultural spheres, which in turn created a new set of cultural references and associations. On the one hand, the course offers an analysis of this complex interaction, through cinematic adaptations, between Polish canonical literature and contemporary cinema; while on the other, it discusses the young generation of Polish writers’ recent engagement of youth culture, consumerism, popnationalism, and the standardized subculture of nouveau-riches. The course discusses main theoretical approaches to the popular culture; all materials are in English.

POLI 29700
Reading and Research Course

Prerequisites: 
Consent of instructor and Departmental Adviser.
Autumn Spring Winter
2012-2013
Literature and Linguistics course

Students are required tosubmit the College Reading and Research Course Form. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

POLI 29900
BA Paper

Prerequisites: 
Consent of instructor and Departmental Adviser.
Autumn Spring Winter
2012-2013
Literature and Linguistics course

Students are required to submit the College Reading andResearch Course Form. Open only to fourth-year students who are majoring in Slavic Languages and Literature. This course must be taken for a quality grade.

RUSS 10100 - 10200 - 10300
First-Year Russian I, II, III

Autumn Spring Winter
2012-2013
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 10400 - 10500 - 10600
Russian through Pushkin I, II, III

Prerequisites: 
Not open to students who have taken RUSS 10100-10200-10300.
Autumn Spring Winter
2012-2013
Language course

This literary and linguistic approach to Russian allows students to learn the language by engaging classic Russian poetic texts (e.g., Pushkin's The Bronze Horseman), as well as excerpts from Eugene Onegin and selections from Pushkin's shorter poems and prose works. Although the focus is on reading Russian, all four major communicative skills (i.e., reading, writing, listening comprehension, speaking) are stressed, preparing students for the College Language Competency Exam and for continued study of Russian in second-year courses. Conversation practice is held twice a week.

RUSS 20100 - 20200 - 20300
Second-Year Russian I, II, III

Prerequisites: 
RUSS 10300 or consent of instructor.
Autumn Spring Winter
2012-2013
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 20400 - 20500 - 20600
Russian through Literary Readings: Second Year I, II, III

Prerequisites: 
RUSS 10600
Autumn Spring Winter
2012-2013
Language course

This course is a continuation of Russian through Pushkin. Second-year grammar, as well as oral and reading skills, are strengthened through intensive reading of important poetic and prose texts from the Russian classics. Conversation practice is held twice a week.

RUSS 20702 - 20802 - 20902
Third-Year Russian through Culture I, II, III

V.Pichugin
Prerequisites: 
RUSS 20300 (two years ofRussian) or equivalent.
Autumn Spring Winter
2012-2013
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 21002 - 21102 - 21202
Fourth-Year Russian through Short Story I, II, III

Prerequisites: 
Three years of Russian or equivalent.
Autumn Spring Winter
2012-2013
Language course

This course treats some difficult issues of grammar, syntax, and stylistics through reading and discussing contemporary Russian short stories. This kind of reading exposes students to contemporary Russian culture, society, and language. Vocabulary building is also emphasized. Classes conducted in Russian. Conversation practice is held twice a week.

RUSS 21302 - 21402 - 21502
Advanced Russian through Media I, II, III

V.Pichugin
Prerequisites: 
RUSS 21200 or consent of instructor.
Autumn Spring Winter
2012-2013
Language course

This course, which is designedfor 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 25600 / 35600
Realism in Russia

W. Nickell
Winter
2012-2013
Literature and Linguistics course

From the 1830s to the 1890s, most Russian prose writers and playwrights were either engaged in the European-wide cultural movement known as "realistic school," which set for itself the task of engaging with social processes from the standpoint of political ideologies. The ultimate goal of this course is to distill more precise meanings of "realism," "critical realism," and"naturalism" in nineteenth-century Russian through analysis of worksby Gogol, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Aleksandr Ostrovsky, Goncharov, Saltykov-Shchedrin, and Kuprin. Texts in English and the original. Optional Russian-intensive section offered.

RUSS 29600
Pale Fire

M. Sternstein
Crosslists: 
FNDL 25311
Winter
2012-2013
Literature and Linguistics course

RUSS 29700
Reading and Research Course

Prerequisites: 
Consent of instructor and Departmental Adviser.
Autumn Spring Winter
2012-2013
Literature and Linguistics course

Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form.

RUSS 29900
BA Paper

Prerequisites: 
Open to fourth-year students who are majoring in Slavic Languages and Literature with consent of instructor and Departmental Adviser.
Autumn Spring Winter
2012-2013
Literature and Linguistics course

Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. This course must be taken for a quality grade.

SOSL 26800 / 36800
Balkan Folklore

A. Ilieva
Crosslists: 
CMLT 23301/33301, NEHC 20568/30568
Winter
2012-2013
Literature and Linguistics course

This course is an overview of Balkan folklore from ethnographic, anthropological, historical/political, and performative perspectives. We become acquainted with folk tales, lyric and epic songs, music, and dance. The work of Milman Parry and Albert Lord, who developed their theory of oral composition through work among epic singers in the Balkans, help us understand folk tradition as a dynamic process. We also consider the function of different folklore genres in the imagining and maintenance of community and the socialization of the individual. We also experience this living tradition first hand through our visit to the classes and rehearsals of the Chicago-based ensemble "Balkanske igre."

SOSL 27300 / 37300
The Burden of History: A Nation and Its Lost Paradise

A. Ilieva
Crosslists: 
CMLT 23401/33401, NEHC 20573/30573
Winter
2012-2013
Literature and Linguistics course

This course begins by defining the nation both historically and conceptually, with attention to Romantic nationalism and its flourishing in Southeastern Europe. We then look at the narrative of original wholeness, loss, and redemption through which Balkan countries retell their Ottoman past. With the help of Freud's analysis of masochistic desire and Žižek's theory of the subject as constituted by trauma, we contemplate the national fixation on the trauma of loss and the dynamic between victimhood and sublimity. The figure of the Janissary highlights the significance of the other in the definition of the self. Some possible texts are Petar Njegoš's Mountain Wreath; Ismail Kadare's The Castle; and Anton Donchev's Time of Parting.

SOSL 29700
Reading and Research Course

Prerequisites: 
Consent of instructor and Departmental Adviser.
Autumn Spring Winter
2012-2013
Literature and Linguistics course

Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form.

SOSL 29900
BA Paper

Prerequisites: 
Open to fourth-year students who are majoring in Slavic Languages and Literature with consent of instructor and Departmental Adviser.
Autumn Spring Winter
2012-2013
Literature and Linguistics course

Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. This course must be taken for a quality grade.

RUSS 23501 / 33501
Bakhtin and Lotman: from Polyphony to Semiosphere

L. Steiner
Prerequisites: 
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Crosslists: 
CMLT 23502/33502
Winter
2012-2013
Literature and Linguistics course

This seminar will focus on major works by the Russian philosopher, philologist and literary theorist Mikhail Bakhtin (1895-1975), including his early philosophical work Author and Hero in Aesthetic Activity, his essays on Speech genres and the Bildungsroman, as well as his books Rabelais and His World and Problems of Dostoevsky's Poetics. We will also read contemporary scholarly studies devoted to Bakhtin and his circle (Clark&Holquist, Morson&Emerson, Tihanov etc.) In the last two weeks of the seminar we will turn to Yurii Lotman, examining his works on semiotics of culture as an original approach to literary theory and semiotics as well as a response to Bakhtin. The course is open to advanced undergraduates and graduate students. All texts are in English. Discussion and final papers are in English.