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Courses offered in the Russian Program

(2001-02 Academic Year)


Intensive Introductory Russian (year course)
RUSS 111-112 (1 1/2 units)
Olshanskaya

This is a year-long course equivalent to one and a half years of conventional Russian language study. During the first semester, students will concentrate on the Cyrillic alphabet, pronunciation, and basic grammar. They will learn a basic conversational vocabulary, use conversational phrases in questions and answers, and develop good accents through work with an apprentice teacher and with tapes in the Language Practice Room. In the second semester, continuing language study will be supplemented by materials on contemporary Russian society. Students will have covered the six grammatical cases and will have an understanding of verbal aspects and of verbs of motion.
The class will meet five hours per week with the master teacher and four hours per week with the apprentice teacher; students must also work in the Language Practice Room for at least twenty minutes, four times per week. Students will also attend a weekly Russian Table.


Intermediate Russian (year course)
RUSS 213-214 (1 unit)
Olshanskaya

This course provides a review of basic Russian grammar in the context of modern Russian usage. Specific areas to be covered are verbs of motion and prefixed verbs of motion, the formation of the genitive/accusative plural of nouns and adjectives, and the use of participles and verbal adverbs. Conversation will be emphasized in class. Students will also begin reading short stories and articles. Regular quizzes will help in expanding vocabulary. The class meets three times a week with the master teacher and twice a week with a native assistant teacher. Attendance at a weekly Russian Table is also required. Prerequisite: RUSS 111-112 (11-12) or equivalent.


Advanced Russian (first semester)
RUSS 321 (1/2 unit)
Olshanskaya

This is an upper-level course for those students who wish to develop and refine their ability to understand, speak, read, and write modern Russian. Students will read materials in Russian on political, social, economic, and cultural affairs. In addition, short stories and articles from the Russian press will be used. We will read and discuss topics in class; then students will write short academic papers and essays. Difficulties in translation and in grammar will also be covered. Prerequisite: RUSS 213-214 (13-14) or permission of instructor.


Introduction to Russian Literature (first semester)
RUSS 323 (1/2 unit)
Olshanskaya

This course is designed to permit an in-depth study of several Russian classic texts of the nineteenth or twentieth centuries, and will concentrate on a major author, a genre, or a period with an emphasis on close analysis of texts. The texts will be used as a springboard to discuss central issues of Russian literature and culture. May be repeated if topic varies. Prerequisite: RUSS 321 or equivalent.


Russian Culture through Cinema in Translation (second semester)
RUSS 340 (1/2 unit)
Olshanskaya

This course provides an overview of the most significant trends and periods in the development of Russian cinema, and introduces students to main cinematic genres and styles. It will concentrate on three major aspects of cinema as an essential part of Russian culture: 1) cinema as art: major directors and productions; 2) myths of the nation: politics and history in Russian cinema; and 3) self and the other: gender, race, ethnicity. New trends in Russian culture will also be considered. No prerequisites. Limited enrollment. The course will be taught in English.


A major or minor in Modern Languages Course Offerings 2002-2003 Faculty Students

Resources at Kenyon Study Abroad Programs Russian Links