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Mary Neuburger, Chair BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Fall 2006

RUS 330 • Russian Youth Culture - Gorbachev to Present

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46995 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM

Course Description

This course will provide participants with the materials to construct an ethnographic portrait of Russia's contemporary youth and their culture, drawing from a variety of print, audio and video sources. In addition to reading extensively from diverse genres, including the Russian press, editorials, contemporary prose and non-fiction, students in the course should be prepared to immerse themselves in the non-print media coming directly out of Moscow and Saint-Petersburg in the wake of post-Soviet reforms. Using popular depictions of Russias own "twentysomethings" from recent films, documentaries, rock music lyrics, and art, students will try to come to understand how the youth movement effected and continues to affect the changing course of one of the worlds superpowers of the twentieth century.

Readings and media presentations will focus on the current attitudes of Russian youth toward politics, music, drugs, sex, money and the military from the period of Gorbachev's perestroika to 2006. This course will be conducted -- as much as possible -- seminar style, with student interaction constituting a significant part of the usual "lecture" quotient of the course. Though all required readings for the course are in English, additional readings in Russian for majors and graduate students in Slavic studies will be made available by topic.

Grading Policy

Participation 15% Short essay (5 pp.) 15% Longer essay (8-10 pp.) 25% Midterm Exam 20% Final Exam 25%


Soviet Youth Culture, Jim Riordan, ed. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1989 [copy available at Speedway Printers in Dobie Mall]. Course packet (CP), also available at Speedway Printers


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