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

Bella B. Jordan

Lecturer Ph.D., UT Austin

Bella B. Jordan

Contact

  • Phone: 512-232-9127
  • Office: BUR 470
  • Office Hours: Spring 2014: W 12:30-­2:30pm, and by appointment
  • Campus Mail Code: F3600

Biography

Teaches Geography of the Former Soviet Union, Northern Lands and Cultures, Regions and  Cultures of Europe, Religion, Environment, Society, Russian Society, Economics and Politics, Advanced Russian Language course "Advanced Comprehension and Composition", Business Russian, Cultural Geography of Russia

 

 

 

 

Interests

History, travel, architecture

RUS 326 • Adv Rus Comp & Conversatn I

45541 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm BEN 1.106
(also listed as REE 385 )
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Designed to teach advanced writing and oral communication skills in the Russian language based on the use of the current Russian media, including newspaper and magazin articles, news programs, DVD clips and short films. The goal of the course is to help students learn how to master both formal and informal knowledge of contemporary Russian and ability to discuss the most important issues of Russian society. These will include Russian political challenges, socio-economic development, demographic and health problems, everyday life, religion, and art.

RUS 327 • Adv Rus Composition & Conv II

45160 • Spring 2013
Meets W 200pm-500pm PAR 306
(also listed as REE 385, RUS 380D )
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This course is designed to teach advanced writing and oral communication skills in the Russian language based on the use of the variety of texts from current Russian media, short stories, films and videos. The goal of the course is to help students learn how to discuss diverse cultural and political issues of the Russian contemporary society at an advanced level. The topics will include discussion of the Russian literary movement of “Derevenshiki”, including Vasiliy Shukshin’s  short long story “Kalina Krasnaya” and the film based on this story in which the writer plays the main character), introduction to the works of two greatest stylist in the Russian literature – Ivan Bunin and Ivan Kuprin.

Prerequisites: 3 and a half years of Russian language courses

Readings: course package

Grading:

1)      Students will be given assignments on a weekly basis:

a)      writing 5 essays on topics given by the instructor – 4 page long double-spaced 12 font typed essays  for graduate students and 2 pages long for undergraduate students – 60% of the final grade;

b)      oral assignments allowing discussion during class time -  20%.

By the end of the semester students and graduate students will give one final oral paper on a topic chosen by a student and approved by the instructor – 20%.

RUS 380D • Adv Rus Composition & Conv II

45190 • Spring 2013
Meets W 200pm-500pm PAR 306
(also listed as REE 385, RUS 327 )
show description

This course is designed to teach advanced writing and oral communication skills in the Russian language based on the use of the variety of texts from current Russian media, short stories, films and videos. The goal of the course is to help students learn how to discuss diverse cultural and political issues of the Russian contemporary society at an advanced level. The topics will include discussion of the Russian literary movement of “Derevenshiki”, including Vasiliy Shukshin’s  short long story “Kalina Krasnaya” and the film based on this story in which the writer plays the main character), introduction to the works of two greatest stylist in the Russian literature – Ivan Bunin and Ivan Kuprin.

Prerequisites: 3 and a half years of Russian language courses

Readings: course package

Grading:

1)      Students will be given assignments on a weekly basis:

a)      writing 5 essays on topics given by the instructor – 4 page long double-spaced 12 font typed essays  for graduate students and 2 pages long for undergraduate students – 60% of the final grade;

b)      oral assignments allowing discussion during class time -  20%.

By the end of the semester students and graduate students will give one final oral paper on a topic chosen by a student and approved by the instructor – 20%.

RUS 326 • Adv Rus Composition & Conv I

45015 • Fall 2012
Meets W 300pm-600pm PAR 210
(also listed as REE 385, RUS 380C )
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Course description: This course is designed to teach advanced writing and oral communication skills in the Russian language based on both traditional approach to grammatical and lexical studies of the language and innovative use of current Russian media, including newspaper and magazine articles, news programs, DVD clips and short films. The goal of the course is to help students learn how to master both formal and informal knowledge of contemporary Russian and ability to discuss the most important issues of the Russian society. These will include Russian current political issues, socio-economic development, demographic and health problems, ecological challenges, and everyday life.

Course requirements: students will be given assignments on a weakly basis, including:

1)    Writing assignments on topics given by the instructor – double-spaces 12 font typed assignments for graduate students – 2 page long, for the undergraduates – 1 page long; 

2)    Oral assignments allowing discussion during class time – once a week; 

3)    By the end of the semester students will give one final oral paper on a topic chosen by a student and approved by the instructor. 

Course grading:

  1. 12 take home written assignments – 60% of the final grade, each worth 5 points.
  2. Participation and discussion in the class – 24%.
  3. Final oral presentation – 16%.

RUS 380C • Adv Rus Composition & Conv I

45060 • Fall 2012
Meets W 300pm-600pm PAR 210
(also listed as REE 385, RUS 326 )
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Course description: This course is designed to teach advanced writing and oral communication skills in the Russian language based on both traditional approach to grammatical and lexical studies of the language and innovative use of current Russian media, including newspaper and magazine articles, news programs, DVD clips and short films. The goal of the course is to help students learn how to master both formal and informal knowledge of contemporary Russian and ability to discuss the most important issues of the Russian society. These will include Russian current political issues, socio-economic development, demographic and health problems, ecological challenges, and everyday life.

Course requirements: students will be given assignments on a weakly basis, including:

1)    Writing assignments on topics given by the instructor – double-spaces 12 font typed assignments for graduate students – 2 page long, for the undergraduates – 1 page long; 

2)    Oral assignments allowing discussion during class time – once a week; 

3)    By the end of the semester students will give one final oral paper on a topic chosen by a student and approved by the instructor. 

Course grading:

  1. 12 take home written assignments – 60% of the final grade, each worth 5 points.
  2. Participation and discussion in the class – 24%.
  3. Final oral presentation – 16%.

RUS 327 • Adv Rus Composition & Conv II

44990 • Spring 2012
Meets W 200pm-500pm PAR 304
(also listed as REE 385, RUS 380D )
show description

Course description: This course is designed to teach advanced writing and oral communication skills in the Russian language based on the use of the variety of texts from current Russian media, short stories, films and videos. The goal of the course is to help students learn how to discuss diverse cultural and political issues of the Russian contemporary society at an advanced level. The topics will include discussion of the Russian literary movement of “Derevenshiki”, including Vasiliy Shukshin’s  short long story “Kalina Krasnaya” and the film based on this story in which the writer plays the main character), introduction to the works of two greatest stylist in the Russian literature – Ivan Bunin and Ivan Kuprin.

Course requirements:

  1. Students will be given assignments on a weekly basis:

a)    writing 5 essays on topics given by the instructor – 4 page long double-spaced 12 font typed essays  for graduate students and 2 pages long for undergraduate students – 60% of the final grade;

b)   oral assignments allowing discussion during class time -  20%.

  1. By the end of the semester students and graduate students will give one final oral paper on a topic chosen by a student and approved by the instructor – 20%.

Course materials: all course materials will be provided by the instructor before the assignments in advance.

Course prerequisite: 3,5 years of advanced level Russia courses.

RUS 380D • Adv Rus Composition & Conv II

45035 • Spring 2012
Meets W 200pm-500pm PAR 304
(also listed as REE 385, RUS 327 )
show description

Course description: This course is designed to teach advanced writing and oral communication skills in the Russian language based on the use of the variety of texts from current Russian media, short stories, films and videos. The goal of the course is to help students learn how to discuss diverse cultural and political issues of the Russian contemporary society at an advanced level. The topics will include discussion of the Russian literary movement of “Derevenshiki”, including Vasiliy Shukshin’s  short long story “Kalina Krasnaya” and the film based on this story in which the writer plays the main character), introduction to the works of two greatest stylist in the Russian literature – Ivan Bunin and Ivan Kuprin.

Course requirements:

  1. Students will be given assignments on a weekly basis:

a)    writing 5 essays on topics given by the instructor – 4 page long double-spaced 12 font typed essays  for graduate students and 2 pages long for undergraduate students – 60% of the final grade;

b)   oral assignments allowing discussion during class time -  20%.

  1. By the end of the semester students and graduate students will give one final oral paper on a topic chosen by a student and approved by the instructor – 20%.

Course materials: all course materials will be provided by the instructor before the assignments in advance.

Course prerequisite: 3,5 years of advanced level Russia courses.

RUS 326 • Adv Rus Composition & Conv I

44810 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm PAR 306
(also listed as REE 385, RUS 380C )
show description

Course description: This course is designed to teach advanced writing and oral communication skills in the Russian language based on both traditional approach to grammatical and lexical studies of the language and innovative use of current Russian media, including newspaper and magazine articles, news programs, DVD clips and short films. The goal of the course is to help students learn how to master both formal and informal knowledge of contemporary Russian and ability to discuss the most important issues of the Russian society. These will include Russian current political issues, socio-economic development, demographic and health problems, ecological challenges, and everyday life.

Course requirements: students will be given assignments on a weakly basis, including:

1)    Writing assignments on topics given by the instructor – double-spaces 12 font typed assignments for graduate students – 2 page long, for the undergraduates – 1 page long; 

2)    Oral assignments allowing discussion during class time – once a week; 

3)    By the end of the semester students will give one final oral paper on a topic chosen by a student and approved by the instructor. 

Course grading:

  1. 12 take home written assignments – 60% of the final grade, each worth 5 points.
  2. Participation and discussion in the class – 24%.
  3. Final oral presentation – 16%.

 

RUS 380C • Adv Rus Composition & Conv I

44850 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm PAR 306
(also listed as REE 385, RUS 326 )
show description

Course description: This course is designed to teach advanced writing and oral communication skills in the Russian language based on both traditional approach to grammatical and lexical studies of the language and innovative use of current Russian media, including newspaper and magazine articles, news programs, DVD clips and short films. The goal of the course is to help students learn how to master both formal and informal knowledge of contemporary Russian and ability to discuss the most important issues of the Russian society. These will include Russian current political issues, socio-economic development, demographic and health problems, ecological challenges, and everyday life.

Course requirements: students will be given assignments on a weakly basis, including:

1)    Writing assignments on topics given by the instructor – double-spaces 12 font typed assignments for graduate students – 2 page long, for the undergraduates – 1 page long; 

2)    Oral assignments allowing discussion during class time – once a week; 

3)    By the end of the semester students will give one final oral paper on a topic chosen by a student and approved by the instructor. 

Course grading:

  1. 12 take home written assignments – 60% of the final grade, each worth 5 points.
  2. Participation and discussion in the class – 24%.
  3. Final oral presentation – 16%.

 

RUS 327 • Adv Rus Composition & Conv II

45545 • Spring 2011
Meets W 200pm-500pm CAL 221
(also listed as REE 385, RUS 380D )
show description

Course description: This course is designed to teach advanced writing and oral communication skills in the Russian language based on the use of the variety of texts from current Russian media, short stories, films and videos. The goal of the course is to help students learn how to discuss diverse cultural and political issues of the Russian contemporary society at an advanced level. The topics will include discussion of the Russian literary movement of “Derevenshiki”, including Vasiliy Shukshin’s  short long story “Kalina Krasnaya” and the film based on this story in which the writer plays the main character), introduction to the works of two greatest stylist in the Russian literature – Ivan Bunin and Ivan Kuprin.

Course requirements:

  1. Students will be given assignments on a weekly basis:

a)    writing 5 essays on topics given by the instructor – 4 page long double-spaced 12 font typed essays  for graduate students and 2 pages long for undergraduate students – 60% of the final grade;

b)   oral assignments allowing discussion during class time -  20%.

  1. By the end of the semester students and graduate students will give one final oral paper on a topic chosen by a student and approved by the instructor – 20%.

Course materials: all course materials will be provided by the instructor before the assignments in advance.

Course prerequisite: 3,5 years of advanced level Russia courses.


RUS 380D • Adv Rus Composition & Conv II

45590 • Spring 2011
Meets W 200pm-500pm CAL 221
(also listed as REE 385, RUS 327 )
show description

Course description: This course is designed to teach advanced writing and oral communication skills in the Russian language based on the use of the variety of texts from current Russian media, short stories, films and videos. The goal of the course is to help students learn how to discuss diverse cultural and political issues of the Russian contemporary society at an advanced level. The topics will include discussion of the Russian literary movement of “Derevenshiki”, including Vasiliy Shukshin’s  short long story “Kalina Krasnaya” and the film based on this story in which the writer plays the main character), introduction to the works of two greatest stylist in the Russian literature – Ivan Bunin and Ivan Kuprin.

Course requirements:

  1. Students will be given assignments on a weekly basis:

a)    writing 5 essays on topics given by the instructor – 4 page long double-spaced 12 font typed essays  for graduate students and 2 pages long for undergraduate students – 60% of the final grade;

b)   oral assignments allowing discussion during class time -  20%.

  1. By the end of the semester students and graduate students will give one final oral paper on a topic chosen by a student and approved by the instructor – 20%.

Course materials: all course materials will be provided by the instructor before the assignments in advance.

Course prerequisite: 3,5 years of advanced level Russia courses.


RUS 326 • Adv Rus Composition & Conv I

44910 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm PAR 306
(also listed as REE 385, RUS 380C )
show description

Course Description

This course is designed to teach advanced writing and oral communication skills in the Russian language based on the use of the current Russian media, including newspaper and magazine articles, news program, DVD clips and short films.  The goal of the course is to help students learn how to master both formal and informal knowledge of contemporary Russian and the ability to discuss the most important issues of the Russian society. These will include Russian political challenges, socio-economic development, demographic and health problems, everyday life, religion and art.

Text

All course material will be provided by the instructor before the assignments in advance.

Requirements and Grading

Writing essays on topics given by the instructor—double spaced 12 font typed essays (for graduate students—2 pages long, for the undergraduates—1 page long.

Oral assignments allowing discussion in class time—once a week.

By the end of the semester, students will give one final oral paper on a topic chosen by a student and approved by the instructor.

Take home written essays—60% of the final grade.

Participation and discussion in the class—20%.

Final oral presentation 20%.

Prerequisite:

Three years of advanced level Russian courses.

 

 

 

 

RUS 380C • Adv Rus Composition & Conv I

44950 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm PAR 306
(also listed as REE 385, RUS 326 )
show description

Course Description

This course is designed to teach advanced writing and oral communication skills in the Russian language based on the use of the current Russian media, including newspaper and magazine articles, news program, DVD clips and short films.  The goal of the course is to help students learn how to master both formal and informal knowledge of contemporary Russian and the ability to discuss the most important issues of the Russian society. These will include Russian political challenges, socio-economic development, demographic and health problems, everyday life, religion and art.

Text

All course material will be provided by the instructor before the assignments in advance.

Requirements and Grading

Writing essays on topics given by the instructor—double spaced 12 font typed essays (for graduate students—2 pages long, for the undergraduates—1 page long.

Oral assignments allowing discussion in class time—once a week.

By the end of the semester, students will give one final oral paper on a topic chosen by a student and approved by the instructor.

Take home written essays—60% of the final grade.

Participation and discussion in the class—20%.

Final oral presentation 20%.

Prerequisite:

Three years of advanced level Russian courses.

 

 

 

 

RUS 380C • Adv Rus Composition & Conv I

46015 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm PAR 310
(also listed as REE 385, RUS 326 )
show description

Course description: This course is designed to teach advanced writing and oral communication skills in the Russian language based on both traditional approach to grammatical and lexical studies of the language and innovative use of current Russian media, including newspaper and magazine articles, news programs, DVD clips and short films. The goal of the course is to help students learn how to master both formal and informal knowledge of contemporary Russian and ability to discuss the most important issues of the Russian society. These will include Russian current political issues, socio-economic development, demographic and health problems, ecological challenges, and everyday life.

Course requirements: students will be given assignments on a weakly basis, including:

1)    Writing assignments on topics given by the instructor – double-spaces 12 font typed assignments for graduate students – 2 page long, for the undergraduates – 1 page long; 

2)    Oral assignments allowing discussion during class time – once a week; 

3)    By the end of the semester students will give one final oral paper on a topic chosen by a student and approved by the instructor. 

Course grading:

  1. 12 take home written assignments – 60% of the final grade, each worth 5 points.
  2. Participation and discussion in the class – 24%.
  3. Final oral presentation – 16%.

Undergraduate Courses

Fall 2010 RUS 326 Adv Rus Composition & Conv I

Course Description

This course is designed to teach advanced writing and oral communication skills in the Russian language based on the use of the current Russian media, including newspaper and magazine articles, news program, DVD clips and short films.  The goal of the course is to help students learn how to master both formal and informal knowledge of contemporary Russian and the ability to discuss the most important issues of the Russian society. These will include Russian political challenges, socio-economic development, demographic and health problems, everyday life, religion and art.

Text

All course material will be provided by the instructor before the assignments in advance.

Requirements and Grading

Writing essays on topics given by the instructor—double spaced 12 font typed essays (for graduate students—2 pages long, for the undergraduates—1 page long.

Oral assignments allowing discussion in class time—once a week.

By the end of the semester, students will give one final oral paper on a topic chosen by a student and approved by the instructor.

Take home written essays—60% of the final grade.

Participation and discussion in the class—20%.

Final oral presentation 20%.

Prerequisite:

Three years of advanced level Russian courses.

Fall 2011 RUS 326/REE 385/RUS 380C

Course description: This course is designed to teach advanced writing and oral communication skills in the Russian language based on both traditional approach to grammatical and lexical studies of the language and innovative use of current Russian media, including newspaper and magazine articles, news programs, DVD clips and short films. The goal of the course is to help students learn how to master both formal and informal knowledge of contemporary Russian and ability to discuss the most important issues of the Russian society. These will include Russian current political issues, socio-economic development, demographic and health problems, ecological challenges, and everyday life.

Fall 2011 REE 345/GRG 326/EUS 346 "Regions and Cultures of Europe"

Course description: This course is a systematic introduction to geography of all regions of Europe, from Iceland to Sicily and European Russia and Finland to Bretagne and Galicia. The course is based on a renowned textbook by Alexander B. Murphy, Terry G. Jordan-Bychkov and Bella Bychkova Jordan and focuses on all the major aspects of the European makeup: its physical, economic, political, and cultural geography, geolinguistics and environmental issues. A special attention is given to such issues as expansion of the European Union and NATO, problems associated with immigration and ethnic tensions, challenges of multiculturalism and integration. A significant portion of the class is dedicated to the analysis of demographic, urban and agricultural patterns. The historical perspective allows the analysis of the evolution of the European civilization during the last two millennia and resulting geographical patterns in modern Europe.

Graduate Courses

Fall 2010 RUS 380C Adv Rus Composition & Conv I

Course Description

This course is designed to teach advanced writing and oral communication skills in the Russian language based on the use of the current Russian media, including newspaper and magazine articles, news program, DVD clips and short films.  The goal of the course is to help students learn how to master both formal and informal knowledge of contemporary Russian and the ability to discuss the most important issues of the Russian society. These will include Russian political challenges, socio-economic development, demographic and health problems, everyday life, religion and art.

Text

All course material will be provided by the instructor before the assignments in advance.

Requirements and Grading

Writing essays on topics given by the instructor—double spaced 12 font typed essays (for graduate students—2 pages long, for the undergraduates—1 page long.

Oral assignments allowing discussion in class time—once a week.

By the end of the semester, students will give one final oral paper on a topic chosen by a student and approved by the instructor.

Take home written essays—60% of the final grade.

Participation and discussion in the class—20%.

Final oral presentation 20%.

Prerequisite:

Three years of advanced level Russian courses.

Fall 2011 RUS 326/REE 385/RUS 380C

Course description: This course is designed to teach advanced writing and oral communication skills in the Russian language based on both traditional approach to grammatical and lexical studies of the language and innovative use of current Russian media, including newspaper and magazine articles, news programs, DVD clips and short films. The goal of the course is to help students learn how to master both formal and informal knowledge of contemporary Russian and ability to discuss the most important issues of the Russian society. These will include Russian current political issues, socio-economic development, demographic and health problems, ecological challenges, and everyday life.

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