LONG PROGRAMMS

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Spring Semester 2014:
Fall Semester 2014:

Orientation 4 February

First class 6 February

Last class 3 June

Exams 4 - 7 June

Orientation 9 September

First class 11 September

Last class 19 December

Exams 23 – 25 December

Deadline 20.11.2013
Deadline20.05.2014

1 semester(education + 2 standard excursions: for example, Suzdal-Vladimir, Moscow + tours of the city and region)

2 semesters (education + 4 standard excursions to other cities- + tours of the city and region)

1 full year (education + 5 standard excursions to other cities + tours of the city and region)

1 SEMESTER

Russian Language 140 hours

RUS 101 Accelerated Beginning Russian

This adaptive course is designed for students who do not know Russian. Speaking, writing, reading and comprehension skills are developed, as well as an understanding of appropriate and polite use of language. The material is organized into thematic units, which helps to learn the material faster and remember it better. Real-life situations are used in the educational process. During the study of units on city, theater, store, museum, cafe, library and transportation students are introduced to corresponding realities in the city of Nizhny Novgorod. At the end of the course, the students will take an exam.

RUS 201 Basic Russian

A preliminary test is administered to see, if the student is ready to take this course. This course consists of two parts:

1) Practice in Russian Language, Appropriateness and Expressiveness

Study of the language in the environment. Grammar of Russian, auditory comprehension, reading comprehension of literary and publicist texts, development of oral and writing skills, lexicology, phraseology, discussion of television programs, movies, theatric performances; introduction to norms oft modem Russian.

2) The second part of the course is chosen by students depending on their interests. The primary purpose of this part of the course is acquisition of terminology. The students can choose among the following topics:

• Russian language and culture

• Russian Language and Social Life

• Language and History of Russia

• Russian Language and Literature

The course work involves lectures, practice, independent work with chosen sources, discussions with Russian students.

Literary Connections of Russia and the United States 24 hours

The literature of the USA and the literature of Russia 19 - 21 centuries. Studying of communications between two great literatures, reading and the analysis of texts, studying of separate writers.

History and Politics of Russia 48 hours

Political history of Russia from 10 century to The Present. Course is based on problem methods of teaching, historical analysis of important and interesting facts, diversity of simulating and cognitive forms of study activities.

Russian Traditional Culture 48 hours

The Mystery of Russian Fairy Tales. The spiritual World of Russian peasant. Magic professionals in a Russian village. The semantics of Russian traditional culture. Russian traditional 19-century House. Russian Art. Russian Mentality.

Russian Literature 24 hours

Detailed study of the work of two or three authors.

Russian-English, English-Russian Translation Practicum 24 hours

This discipline is studied together with Russian students

2 SEMESTERS or 1 FULL YEAR

Russian Language 220 hours

RUS 101 Accelerated Beginning Russian

This adaptive course is designed for students who do not know Russian. Speaking, writing, reading and comprehension skills are developed, as well as an understanding of appropriate and polite use of language. The material is organized into thematic units, which helps to learn the material faster and remember it better. Real-life situations are used in the educational process. During the study of units on city, theater, store, museum, cafe, library and transportation students are introduced to corresponding realities in the city of Nizhny Novgorod. At the end of the course, the students will take an exam.

RUS 201 Basic Russian

A preliminary test is administered to see, if the student is ready to take this course. This course consists of two parts:

1) Practice in Russian Language, Appropriateness and Expressiveness

Study of the language in the environment. Grammar of Russian, auditory comprehension, reading comprehension of literary and publicist texts, development of oral and writing skills, lexicology, phraseology, discussion of television programs, movies, theatric performances; introduction to norms oft modem Russian.

2) The second part of the course is chosen by students depending on their interests. The primary purpose of this part of the course is acquisition of terminology. The students can choose among the following topics:

• Russian language and culture

• Russian Language and Social Life

• Language and History of Russia

• Russian Language and Literature

The course work involves lectures, practice, independent work with chosen sources, discussions with Russian students.

Literary Connections of Russia and the United States 36 hours

The literature of the USA and the literature of Russia 19 - 21 centuries. Studying of communications between two great literatures, reading and the analysis of texts, studying of separate writers.

History and Politics of Russia 56 hours

Political history of Russia from 10 century to The Present. Course is based on problem methods of teaching, historical analysis of important and interesting facts, diversity of simulating and cognitive forms of study activities.

Russian Traditional Culture 56 hours

The Mystery of Russian Fairy Tales. The spiritual World of Russian peasant. Magic professionals in a Russian village. The semantics of Russian traditional culture. Russian traditional 19-century House. Russian traditional 19-century peasant costume. The Sacred Geography of Russia. Russian Woman: historical-psychological portrait. Russian Art. Russian Mentality. Russian Ceremonies, Legends and Fairy-tales, Russian Crafts, Christian Culture of Russia, Russian Traditions.

Russian Literature 48 hours

Detailed study of the work of two or three authors.

Russian-English, English-Russian Translation Practicum 56 hours

This discipline is studied together with Russian students

ADVANCED COURSES

These courses are taught completely in Russian therefore Basic Russian or adequate knowledge of the language are prerequisites.

All courses are semester-long and consist of 24 hours of classes. A student normally takes 2 courses per semester .

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Rus 301 Russian Folklore and Traditions

Specifics of folklore. Folklore of customs. Epic genres. Lyric poetry and song. Folk theater. Folklore written by children. Basic tendencies of folklore development and cultural traditions. Fairy tales. Heroic poems. Non-fairy-tale prose. Chastushka. Modern folklore. Work with archival materials and materials acquired through folklore-gathering expeditions is expected. Students may also take part in a folklore-gathering expedition for a special fee.

Rus302 The Influence ofSocial Changes of the20 t h Century on Russian Literature

20 th century Russian history. Social changes reflected in the pre-revolutionary literature, literature of the 1920s and 1930s, literature and war, underground and official literature of 1950s-1970s, modem literature.

Rus 303 Modern Russian Art

Painting, Graphics, Architecture, Theater, Music and Literature of the 20 th and the 21 st centuries. Traditions and innovations. Main paths of development.

Rus304 Women in Russian Literature

Five topics that could be chosen depending on student interests.

Merchant Russia. The Woman's Fate.

Sil'vestr "Domostroy"; Ostrovsky A.N. "The Storm" ("Groza"); "Leskov N.S. "Lady Macbeth of the Mcensk District" ("Ledi Makbet Mcenskogo Uezda")

"Domostroy" as a set of rules, regulating the position of women in the family and in the society. Women's lot in 16 th century Russia ("Domostroy") and among the Russian merchant class of the 19 th century ("The Storm", "Lady Macbeth of the Mcensk District"). Despair, personal tragedy, and the struggle for the right to love. Two Catherines - two fates (differences and similarities).

The Influence of Social Changes of the 20 th Century on the Image of the Woman in Russian Literature.

From the female image in A.P.Chekhov's "The Lady with the Little Dog " to the female images of modern mystery novels for women and by women.

The Eternal Right of the Russian Woman - The Right to Make a Sacrifice

Sacrifice for the family: Tatyana Larina in "Evgeny Onegin" by A.S.Pushkin; Sonechka Marmeladova in "Crime and Punishment by F.M.Dostoevsky

Sacrifice for love in Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace" and of female protagonists of works written by I.S.Turgenev and of M.A.Bulgakov's "The Master and Margarita". Sacrifice for beliefs Sacrifice for the Motherland: female images in war literature (B.Vasil'yev ["And Dawns are Quiet Here"] "A zori zdes' tihkie" and other works)

Women's Rights in the Family.

Based on the images of L.N.Tolstoy from "Anna Karenina" and "War and Piece".

Women in Power

Based on the following works: A.Tolstoy, "Peter the First"; I.Lazhechnikov, "The House of Ice"; M.N.Volkonsky, "Prince Nikita Fyodorovich" and "The Ring of the Empress"; A.Sokolova, "The Secret of the Palace of Tsarskoe Selo" ("Tayna Carskosel'skogo Dvorca"); and D.Dmitriyev, ["The Adventurer"] "Avantyuristka".

RUS 305 Evolution of Society and Culture

History of Russia and history of art. An epoch or genre of art to be studied can be chosen by the students before the beginning of classes. The coursework includes visiting museums and theaters as well as library work.

RUS 306 Psychological Aspects of Russian Literature

This is a survey course of Russian prose (from antiquity to modernity). An analysis of 2 or 3 major works of Russian literature chosen by the students is a part of this course.

RUS307 Russian Poetry (of a century chosen by the students)

A survey course of Russian poetry (from antiquity to modernity). Detailed study of the work of two or three authors.

RUS 308 Language of the Modern Times

Language and Society. Situation in the modem Russian language. Modem linguistic etiquette. Modem phraseology. Language and mass-media. Language and modem literature.

RUS 309 Modern Russian Publicist Literature

Tendencies of development of publicist literature with a special focus on modem journalism in radio, television or newspapers (area chosen by the students). Comparative textual analysis.

RUS 310 History and Culture of Nizhny Novgorod Region

The development of Nizhny Novgorod Region: population, geographical features, traditions, ceremonies, beliefs, main historical events, economic development, cultural life, art. The role of Nizhny Novgorod Region in modern life of Russia. Modem art and culture of Nizhni Novgorod Region.

Students may also attend other courses in the department together with Russian students.

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