Senior Seminar in Russian Culture (3) Senior seminar devoted to topics in Russian culture; conducted in Russian.
RUS 400 Senior Seminar in Russian Culture (3)
(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
RUS 400 will be the senior seminar for Russian majors. Building on linguistic and cultural material covered in the second and third levels of study toward the Russian major, it will add depth and sophistication to the students' understanding of basic concepts in Russian culture and improve their ability to discuss and write about these concepts in Russian.
The materials for RUS 400 will be arranged chronologically and will cover the "big themes" of Russian culture: e.g., the legacy of Kievan Rus, the cultural/historical preconditions for the "Third Rome" theory, the rift between the people and the upper classes following Peter the Great, Westernizers versus Slavophiles, the Bolshevik Revolution, the Stalinist terror. Readings will be selected from a wide variety of genres and will reflect a diversity of linguistic styles: e.g., passages from the ancient chronicles, folk legends, memoirs and autobiography, letters, historical and literary texts. Some films will be used.
Students will be evaluated on the basis of frequent quizzes and oral participation. In addition, each student will write a short research paper and present it in Russian to the class. These papers will help round out the presentation of central themes in Russian culture. Research papers might cover such topics as Andrey Rublev, religious sectarianism, peasant beliefs about nature, the biography of Lenin.
Russian 400 will be a required course for both the B.A. and B.S. in Russian. Students must complete RUS 204, 214, and 304 prior to RUS 400.