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CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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Required CIEE Semester Courses
RUSI 3011 RLPR
Grammar, Advanced I
RUSI 3012 RLPR
Grammar, Advanced II
RUSI 3013 RLPR
Grammar, Advanced III
These courses activate students’ knowledge of modern Russian. This is accomplished through oral and written exercises in class, written homework assignments, and short compositions. Topics of study include verbs of existence and motion, the imperative, reflexive verbs, verbal aspect, impersonal and passive constructions, and participles. Contact hours: 84. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.
RUSI 3021 RLPR
Phonetics, Advanced I
RUSI 3022 RLPR
Phonetics, Advanced II
RUSI 3023 RLPR
Phonetics, Advanced III
These courses are a systematic exploration and analysis of the Russian sound system including separate phonemes, sound combinations, modifications in normal speech, and intonation patterns. Introductory discussions of pronunciation norms prepare the student for practical reading exercises, which comprise the bulk of class work. Contact hours: 52. Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.
RUSI 3031 RLPR
Conversation, Advanced I
RUSI 3032 RLPR
Conversation, Advanced II
RUSI 3033 RLPR
Conversation, Advanced III
These courses are designed to increase active vocabulary, further the students’ control of idiomatic Russian, and develop all the basic skills of oral expression. The focus is directed conversation organized thematically, with attention given to speech situations of special practical use to the foreigner in Russia. Contact hours: 84. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.
Elective CIEE Courses
LITT 3001 RLPR
Analytical Readings: 19th Century Russian Literature
With the focus on 19th century literature, this course is devoted to writers’ biographies, major works, and place in the development of Russian literature and culture. Participants analyze texts of such authors as Alexander Pushkin, Iurii Lermontov, Nikolai Gogol, Ivan Turgenev, Fedor Dostoevsky, and Lev Tolstoy. While examining their characteristic stylistic peculiarities, students learn about 19th century Russia, its problems and concerns, as well as penetrate the contradictory essence of the Russian mentality. Taught in Russian. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
LITT 3102 RLPR
Analytical Readings: 20th Century Russian Literature
With the focus on 20th century literature, this course is devoted to writers’ biographies, major works, and place in the development of Russian literature and culture. Participants analyze texts of such authors as Alexander Blok, Anna Akhmatova, Vladimir Maiakovsky, Marina Tsvetaeva, Boris Pasternak, Osip Mandelshtam, Ivan Bunin, and Mikhail Bulgakov. Tragically trapped in the turmoil of the first decades of the 20th century, they express their visions, feelings, and delusions in a new poetic language that powerfully captures the era’s complex nature. Taught in Russian. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
RUSI 3008 RLPR
Russian Traditional Visual and Performing Arts
This class explores traditional Russian performing, visual, and applied arts in an historical and geographical context. Students are introduced to Russian folk arts and traditions (especially vocal and visual) and the regional differences in Russia’s vast territory. The course consists of lectures, local field trips, and hands-on experience. Part of the course is devoted to learning Russian songs to further their understanding of Russian. Taught in Russian. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
RUSI 3040 RLPR
Agitation for Happiness: The Mass Culture of the Soviet: Period in Tales, Poems, Songs and Movies
This course analyzes the ability of the Soviet mass culture to infuse the old genres, such as serial adventure novels, detective stories, movie melodramas, and street ballads, with the revolutionary ideals of the 1920s – 1960s. Topics covered include the concepts of Soviet avant-guard art, Soviet Empire style, and socialist realism; the revolution and Soviet patriotism; Soviet childhood and physical culture movement; the Soviet attitude to God and death. Being focused on unrelenting optimism of the Soviet mass culture, the course does not ignore the cultural intolerance, hate-filling nature and aggressive promotion of the Soviet Art. Equal attention is given to both the “smaller genres” (posters, poems, stories, newspaper reports, poetic couplets, guitar songs, short movies) and “big forms” (novel, feature films). Taught in Russian. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
POLI 3001 RLPR/RAST 3001 RLPR
Comparative Cultural Studies: The United States and Russia
Through the introduction of key cultural, social, and political issues, and discussions based on texts and documentaries this course gives CIEE students the opportunity to learn more about the contemporary Russian political sphere. Topics include citizen and state, values and norms, political and social processes, and cultural aspects of political life. Texts are primarily by Russian authors and include both academic secondary sources and articles from the mass media. Classes are conducted in Russian, though English is used for explanatory purposes and discussions, which are bilingual. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
RUSI 3006 RLPR
Russian Social and Political Life
This course explores Russian civilization through analysis of assigned readings in the Russian press, and a lecture series on topical current events oriented toward the social and political life in Russian society. Topics such as the Soviet/Russian family, people and politics in Russia, and institutions and organizations are covered. Class discussion of the assigned reading acquaints participants with specialized language and Russian journalistic style. Taught in Russian. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
RUSI 3009 RLPR
Petersburg and the ‘New’ in Russian Culture
This class explores post-Petrine Russian performing, visual, and applied arts. The course consists of lectures, local field trips, and hands-on experience. Russian architectural movements, the visual arts, especially ‘academic’ painting, and classical musical traditions are given particular attention. The various architectural styles represented in the city, the multitude of museums, and the wealth of cultural/musical events make St. Petersburg itself an integral part of the course material. Taught in Russian. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
RUSI 3010 RLPR
Mentality, Social Behavior, and the Representation of Russia
This course analyzes issues of intellectual background and social behavior as they emerge in the representation of contemporary Russia. The course introduces an overview of the popular concepts which shaped the mentality of the Russians. Topics covered include intellectual life, religion, gender, Russian youth, living conditions, work, and employment. Texts discussed in class are related to current events and help students to explore the language of the press. Taught in Russian. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
RUSI 3106 RLPR
This course attempts to systemize previously acquired knowledge of Russian grammar (morphology and syntax), lexis, and stylistics. The emphasis falls on the grammatical phenomena that rarely have absolute equivalents in Russian and English languages (gerund, indefinite pronouns, and adverbs). Special attention is given to the structure of Russian sentence and mobility of its components’ order, which is governed by the variety of its communicative functions. The ample corpus of sentences, paragraphs, and unabridged texts in English constitutes the core of a thorough study of the specifics of translation from English into Russian. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
RUSI 3101 RLPR
Contemporary Business Russian
This course presents the materials for learning Russian by introducing students to the vocabulary and structural elements required for business. The course gives students the linguistic tools for performing typical business transactions in actual business contexts. Taught in Russian. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
INDR 3901 RLPR
Directed Independent Research
Directed Independent Research is for qualified students who have demonstrated academic rigor and curiosity towards a particular research topic. Independent research topics will be approved by the CIEE Academic Coordinator and the home institution advisor, and must reflect a topic that is relevant to the location of studies. To be accepted into this course, students must submit a structured proposal with topic of exploration, significance of research topic as it relates to the local culture, methodology, a literature review, and a schedule of research milestones. Upon research completion, students will present their findings to a panel of academics. Total contact hours: 120. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.