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

Fall 2007

SLA 301 • Window on Russia

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47405 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
UTC 3.120
O'Bell

Course Description

Explore the Russians' world: their land, their culture, their literature and their language. We start with a view of Russias great modern cities, Petersburg and Moscow and some of her ancient towns. Then we visit Russian museums and theaters, take in the circus, the opera and the ballet, hear some famous folk music and a few great Russian pop stars. Finally we read some of what Russian writers have had to say about life, love and their history. Along the way we will take time out to lean the Russian alphabet, read a menu, navigate the Moscow subway map and memorize a Russian poem. We will often use video and the web. Format: This is primarily a discussion course. The instructor will be there to provide an orientation, but students will be expected to come prepared to talk about the readings or about video and web assignments, and to report on what they have found out on their own about Russian-related topics. For that reason our course plan is somewhat flexible. The term has been divided into three 5-week sections, roughly devoted to the Russian land, Russian culture and Russian literature respectively, with a language excursion in each segment. After doing some assigned background, the students will then choose topics to fill out each area and decide how they want to find out about them, with the guidance of the instructor. I will provide a list of possible topics and resources, but you are free to add to that.

Grading Policy

Grading/evaluation: Project paper 20% Response papers 35% Class presentation 15% Active participation in discussion 25% Extra credit for Russian language project (one-half grade boost)

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