Courses for Fall 2019

Title Instructor Location Time All taxonomy terms Description Section Description Cross Listings Fulfills Registration Notes Syllabus Syllabus URL Course Syllabus URL
EEUR 026-401 Behind the Iron Curtain Kristen R. Ghodsee DRLB 2C4 TR 01:30 PM-03:00 PM This first-year seminar provides an introduction to the histories, cultures, and societies of Central and Eastern Europe, including Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, and the successor states of Yugoslavia. Through a selection of articles and essays written by anthropologists and sociologists and based on their extended fieldwork in the region, students will explore both the ethnographic method and the experience of everyday life during and after the communist era. Topics will include: popular music under socialism, food and wine, environmental concerns, the status of Muslim minorities, socialist aesthetics, public memory and cultures of commemoration, privatization, advertising, women's rights, gender and sexuality, emergent nationalisms, and the rise of income inequality and homelessness. All readings and assignments in English. ANTH026401, RUSS026401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course is available to Freshmen.</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Freshman Seminar</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2019C&course=EEUR026401
EEUR 121-680 Elementary Hungarian I Adrienn V. Mizsei TR 07:00 PM-09:00 PM The elementary Hungarian I course focuses on providing reading, writing, listening and reading-comprehension skills on basic level Hungarian. Interactive class activities and authentic Hungarian material will enable students to develop language skills so they could talk about themselves and their families, discuss every day and weekend routines, express likes and dislikes, converse about school and family activities, and get acquainted with Hungarian holidays and cultural traditions.
EEUR 123-680 Intermediate Hungarian I Adrienn V. Mizsei TR 04:00 PM-05:30 PM The Intermediate Hungarian I course builds on and continues the course, material in Elementary Hungarian I-II. Course activities, authentic audio and, video material along with Hungarian online resources will enable students to further develop their reading, writing, listening comprehension and, conversational skills. Students will practice their skills by discussing and, writing about their interests, student lives, travel and cultural experiences, life on campus as well as learning about Hungarian seasonal traditions, cultural events, and Hungarian student life. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Prior Language Experience Required</span>
EEUR 123-681 Intermediate Hungarian I Adrienn V. Mizsei TR 05:30 PM-07:00 PM The Intermediate Hungarian I course builds on and continues the course, material in Elementary Hungarian I-II. Course activities, authentic audio and video material along with Hungarian online resources will enable students to further develop their reading, writing, listening comprehension and, conversational skills. Students will practice their skills by discussing and, writing about their interests, student lives, travel and cultural experiences, life on campus as well as learning about Hungarian seasonal traditions, cultural events, and Hungarian student life. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Prior Language Experience Required</span>
EEUR 135-401 Cold War: Global History Kelsey Liane Norris TR 04:30 PM-06:00 PM HIST135401, RUSS135401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course is available to Freshmen and Upperclassmen.</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Humanities & Social Science Sector</span>
EEUR 152-401 Russia and Eastern Europe in International Affairs Mitchell A. Orenstein WILL 202 TR 03:00 PM-04:30 PM Russia and the European Union (EU) are engaged in a battle for influence in Eastern Europe. EU foreign policy towards its Eastern neighbors is based on economic integration and the carrot of membership. With the application of this powerful incentive, Central and Southeastern European countries such as Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Croatia have progressed rapidly towards integration with the EU (and NATO). Yet, given Russias opposition to the further enlargement, membership is off the table for the large semi-Western powers such as Russia itself and Turkey and the smaller countries inhabiting an emerging buffer zone between Russia and the EU, such as Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Moldova, and Belarus. These in-between countries find themselves subject to intense competition for influence between Eastern and Western powers. In this context, EU countries must balance their energy dependence on Russia and need for new markets and geopolitical stability with concern for human rights, democratic governance, and self-determination. What are the trade-offs implicit in the foreign policies of Russia, EU member states, and Eastern Europe? What are the best policy approaches? What are the main opportunities and obstacles? RUSS123401, PSCI267401 Society sector (all classes)
EEUR 160-401 Sex and Socialism Kristen R. Ghodsee TOWN 319 TR 10:30 AM-12:00 PM This seminar examines classic and current scholarship and literature on gender and sexuality in contemporary Eastern Europe, and examines the dialogue and interchange of ideas between East and West. Although the scholarly and creative works will primarily investigate the changing status of women during the last three decades, the course will also look at changing constructions of masculinity and LGBT movements and communities in the former communist bloc. Topics will include: the woman question before 1989; gender and emerging nationalisms; visual representations in television and film; social movements; work; romance and intimacy; spirituality; and investigations into the constructed concepts of "freedom" and "human rights." GSWS160401, ANTH160401, RUSS160401, EEUR560401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">All Readings and Lectures in English</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2019C&course=EEUR160401
EEUR 164-401 Russian and East European Film From the October Revolution To World War II Vladislav T. Todorov WILL 24 MW 02:00 PM-03:30 PM This course presents the Russian contribution to world cinema before WWII - nationalization of the film industry in post revolutionary Russia, the creation of institutions of higher education in filmmaking, film theory, experimentation with the cinematic language, and the social and political reflex of cinema. Major themes and issues involve: the invention of montage, Kuleshov effect, the means of visual propaganda and the cinematic component to the communist cultural revolutions, party ideology and practices of social-engineering, cinematic response to the emergence of the totalitarian state. Great filmmaker and theorist in discussion include Vertov, Kuleshov, Eisenstein, Pudovkin, Medvedkin and others. CIMS164401, RUSS164401
EEUR 211-401 Literature of Dissent: Art As Protest in 20th-Cent. Poland & Czechoslovakia CANCELED Eastern and Central Europe was the site of monumental political changes in the twentieth century, including the disillusion of monarchical empires in the First World War and the expansion of Soviet-style communism. At every point, artists have taken part in political debates, sometimes advancing radical agendas, sometimes galvanizing movements, sometimes simply "shouting into the void" to register their own dissatisfaction. In this course, we will consider texts - including literature, political philosophy and film - that pushed back against the dominant political norms. In so doing, we will investigate Aesopian language, the mechanics of censorship, the repercussions of dissent, performativity, samizdat and the rise of an alternative culture. We will contextualize our readings of literature with the sociological and historical work of Benedict Anderson, Tony Judt, Jonathan Bolton, Shana Penn, Alexei Yurchak and the series Discourses of Collective Identity in Central and Southeast Europe. As well as becoming familiar with major thinkers and movements in Eastern and Central Europe, students will develop a sense of art as a tool of political protest. COML211401
EEUR 560-401 Sex and Socialism Kristen R. Ghodsee TR 10:30 AM-12:00 PM ANTH160401, EEUR160401, GSWS160401, RUSS160401 https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2019C&course=EEUR560401
RUSS 001-001 Elementary Russian I Maria M. Alley DRLB 2C2 MTWRF 12:00 PM-01:00 PM This course develops elementary skills in reading, speaking, understanding and writing the Russian language. We will work with an exciting range of authentic written materials, the Internet, videos and recordings relating to the dynamic scene of Russia today. At the end of the course students will be comfortable with the Russian alphabet and will be able to read simplified literary, commercial, and other types of texts (signs, menus, short news articles, short stories) and participate in elementary conversations about daily life (who you are, what you do every day, where you are from, likes and dislikes). <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course is available to Freshmen and Upperclassmen.</span>
RUSS 001-680 Elementary Russian I Lada Vassilieva WILL 305 TR 06:00 PM-08:30 PM This course develops elementary skills in reading, speaking, understanding and writing the Russian language. We will work with an exciting range of authentic written materials, the Internet, videos and recordings relating to the dynamic scene of Russia today. At the end of the course students will be comfortable with the Russian alphabet and will be able to read simplified literary, commercial, and other types of texts (signs, menus, short news articles, short stories) and participate in elementary conversations about daily life (who you are, what you do every day, where you are from, likes and dislikes). <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course is available to Freshmen and Upperclassmen.</span>
RUSS 003-001 Intermediate Russian I Molly Peeney BENN 24
BENN 24
MW 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
TR 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
This course will develop your ability to use the Russian language in the context of typical everyday situations, including university life, family, shopping, entertainment, etc. Role-playing, skits, short readings from literature and the current press, and video clips will be used to help students improve their language skills and their understanding of Russian culture. At the end of the semester you will be able to read and write short texts about your daily schedule and interests, to understand brief newspaper articles, films and short literary texts, and to express your opinions in Russian. In combination with RUSS 004, this course prepares students to satisfy the language competency requirement. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course is available to Freshmen and Upperclassmen.</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Prior Language Experience Required</span>
RUSS 003-002 Intermediate Russian I Molly Peeney BENN 24 MTWR 12:00 PM-01:00 PM This course will develop your ability to use the Russian language in the context of typical everyday situations, including university life, family, shopping, entertainment, etc. Role-playing, skits, short readings from literature and the current press, and video clips will be used to help students improve their language skills and their understanding of Russian culture. At the end of the semester you will be able to read and write short texts about your daily schedule and interests, to understand brief newspaper articles, films and short literary texts, and to express your opinions in Russian. In combination with RUSS 004, this course prepares students to satisfy the language competency requirement. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course is available to Freshmen and Upperclassmen.</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Prior Language Experience Required</span>
RUSS 026-401 Behind the Iron Curtain Kristen R. Ghodsee TR 01:30 PM-03:00 PM ANTH026401, EEUR026401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course is available to Freshmen.</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Freshman Seminar</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">All Readings and Lectures in English</span>
RUSS 111-401 Poetics of Screenplay: the Art of Plotting Vladislav T. Todorov MW 03:30 PM-05:00 PM COML118401, CIMS111401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">All Readings and Lectures in English</span>
RUSS 123-401 Russia and Eastern Europe in International Affairs Mitchell A. Orenstein TR 03:00 PM-04:30 PM EEUR152401, PSCI267401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">All Readings and Lectures in English</span>
RUSS 135-401 Cold War: Global History Kelsey Liane Norris TR 04:30 PM-06:00 PM HIST135401, EEUR135401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course is available to Freshmen and Upperclassmen.</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Humanities & Social Science Sector</span>
RUSS 145-001 Masterpieces of 19th Century Russian Literature D. Brian Kim TR 03:00 PM-04:30 PM <span class="penncourse-course-notes">All Readings and Lectures in English</span>
RUSS 160-401 Sex and Socialism Kristen R. Ghodsee TR 10:30 AM-12:00 PM ANTH160401, EEUR160401, EEUR560401, GSWS160401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">All Readings and Lectures in English</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2019C&course=RUSS160401
RUSS 164-401 Russian and East European Film From the October Revolution To World War II Vladislav T. Todorov MW 02:00 PM-03:30 PM CIMS164401, EEUR164401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">All Readings and Lectures in English</span>
RUSS 189-001 Soviet & Post-Sov Econ Alexander Vekker TR 12:00 PM-01:30 PM <span class="penncourse-course-notes">All Readings and Lectures in English</span>
RUSS 191-001 Putin's Russia: Culture, Society and History Kevin M.F. Platt TR 12:00 PM-01:30 PM Winston Churchill famously said that Russia "is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. Strikingly, today many informed Russians would agree: no one can provide definitive answers concerning what has driven Russian public life and politics over the past three years, as it ricocheted from the mass protests of 2011 and 2012, into the Pussy Riot scandal, then the Olympics, and most recently to the intense patriotism driving the Russian annexation of Crimea and intervention in Ukraine. In this course we will examine how Russians themselves communicate about and represent Russia and what this reveals about this complex society and its development. We will consider print journalism, novels, films, televised media, and the internet paying close attention both to particular representations and to social institutions for their production, dissemination and consumption. Topics of special concern will include: conspiracy theories, representations of Russian history, collective identity and patriotism, intellectuals and elites, gender and sexuality, consumption and wealth. Putin's Russia is an introductory level course for which no prior knowledge Russian history, culture or society is required. All readings and screenings will be in English. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">All Readings and Lectures in English</span>
RUSS 197-401 Madness & Madmen Molly Peeney MW 02:00 PM-03:30 PM COML197401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">All Readings and Lectures in English</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Humanities & Social Science Sector</span>
RUSS 250-401 Tarkovsky's Passions Kevin M.F. Platt TR 03:00 PM-04:30 PM Andrei Tarkovsky is universally acknowledged to be the greatest Soviet filmmaker of the last half of the twentieth century. In Kurosawa’s assessment following Tarkovsky’s death in the late 1980s, he had “no equal among film directors alive now.” In Ingmar Bergman’s words, Tarkovsky’s work was “a miracle.” His films are beautiful, intellectually challenging, and spiritually profound. They range from Ivan’s Childhood, an exploration of wartime experience through the eyes of a child; to Solaris, a philosophical essay in the form of a science-fiction thriller; to Andrei Rublev, an investigation of the power of art and spirituality. In this course, we will study Tarkovsky’s films and life, with attention both to his formal and artistic accomplishments, his thought and writings concerning art and film, and the cultural and political contexts of his work. CIMS250401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Benjamin Franklin Seminars</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">All Readings and Lectures in English</span>
RUSS 311-401 Advanced Russ Conv/Comp Maria V. Bourlatskaya BENN 224 TR 10:30 AM-12:00 PM This course develops students' skills in speaking and writing about topics in Russian literature, contemporary society, politics, and everyday life. Topics include women, work and family; sexuality; the economic situation; environmental problems; and life values. Materials include selected short stories by 19th and 20th century Russian authors, video-clips of interviews, excerpts from films, and articles from the Russian media. Continued work on grammar and vocabulary building. RUSS511401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course is available to Freshmen and Upperclassmen.</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Prior Language Experience Required</span>
RUSS 360-001 Russian For Heritage Speakers I Djamilia Nazyrova WILL 1 MW 03:30 PM-05:00 PM This course is intended for students who have spoken Russian at home and seek to achieve proficiency in the language. Topics will include an intensive introduction to the Russian writing system and grammar, focusing on exciting materials and examples drawn from classic and contemporary Russian culture and social life. Students who complete this course in combination with RUSS361 satisfy the Penn Language Requirement. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course is available to Freshmen and Upperclassmen.</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Prior Language Experience Required</span>
RUSS 360-002 Russ Heritage Speakers 1 COLL 311F MW 03:30 PM-05:00 PM This course is intended for students who have spoken Russian at home and seek to achieve proficiency in the language. Topics will include an intensive introduction to the Russian writing system and grammar, focusing on exciting materials and examples drawn from classic and contemporary Russian culture and social life. Students who complete this course in combination with RUSS361 satisfy the Penn Language Requirement. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course is available to Freshmen and Upperclassmen.</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Prior Language Experience Required</span>
RUSS 402-301 Soviet Childhood Maria M. Alley MW 02:00 PM-03:30 PM <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Prior Language Experience Required</span>
RUSS 472-301 Moscow and Moscovites in Russian History and Literary Imagination Djamilia Nazyrova MW 02:00 PM-03:30 PM <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Prior Language Experience Required</span>
RUSS 511-401 Advanced Russ Conv/Comp Maria V. Bourlatskaya BENN 224 TR 10:30 AM-12:00 PM This course develops students' skills in speaking and writing about topics in Russian literature, contemporary society, politics, and everyday life. Topics include women, work and family; sexuality; the economic situation; environmental problems; and life values. Materials include selected short stories by 19th and 20th century Russian authors, video-clips of interviews, excerpts from films, and articles from the Russian media. Continued work on grammar and vocabulary building. RUSS311401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course is available to Freshmen and Upperclassmen.</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Instructor</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Prior Language Experience Required</span>
RUSS 575-640 Russian History in Film Vladislav T. Todorov W 05:30 PM-08:10 PM CIMS575640
SLAV 390-680 Serbo-Croat-Bosnian I Neda Scepanovic-Uliano TR 06:30 PM-08:30 PM <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course is available to Freshmen and Upperclassmen.</span>
SLAV 500-401 History Lit Theory S. Pearl Brilmyer R 04:30 PM-07:30 PM ENGL601401, CLST511401, COML501401, GRMN534401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Undergraduates Need Permission</span>
SLAV 501-680 Elementary Polish I Agnieszka Dziedzic MW 06:30 PM-08:30 PM
SLAV 503-680 Intermediate Polish I Agnieszka Dziedzic CANCELED
SLAV 505-680 Polish/Heritage Speak I Agnieszka Dziedzic MW 05:00 PM-06:30 PM
SLAV 530-680 Elementary Czech I MW 05:00 PM-07:00 PM <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course is available to Freshmen and Upperclassmen.</span>
SLAV 532-680 Intermediate Czech I
SLAV 590-680 Elementary Ukrainian MW 03:00 PM-05:00 PM
SLAV 592-680 Intermed Ukrainian I MW 05:00 PM-06:30 PM <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Prior Language Experience Required</span>
SLAV 594-680 Advanced Ukrainian I M 05:30 PM-06:30 PM