Courses - Current and Upcoming

Course offerings at all levels in language, literature and culture, linguistics and language pedagogy. Please note that syllabi will not necessarily be available prior to the first day of class. Students who have already completed their foreign language requirement in another language are able to earn VLPA credit for language study starting with first-year courses.

The Slavic Department welcomes Access Students in its courses and encourages them to participate as fully as possible in class activities and discussion. We appreciate the diverse experience and wisdom that these students bring to our courses and share with our undergraduates, and we are grateful to them for their support of our department.

For the most up-to-date information on enrollment, meeting times, and locations, please consult the UW Time Schedule. Please keep in mind that listings for future quarters are tentative and subject to change. For a listing of all courses potentially offered, see the Course Catalog.

Spring 2014

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Courses

Course Section / SLN Instructor Meetings
BCS 406: Second-Year Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian

Continuation of BCS 401, BCS 402, BCS 403; reinforces basic grasp of language and enlarges both vocabulary and command of grammatical patterns through the reading of contemporary short stories in Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian. Third in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in BCS 405. Offered: Sp.

VLPA
A - 11069 Bojan Belić M W F 12:30-14:20
DEN 205

Bulgarian Courses

Course Section / SLN Instructor Meetings
BULGR 403: First-Year Bulgarian

Reading of modern texts to increase command of grammar and vocabulary. Third in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: BULGR 402. Offered: Sp.

A - 11689 James E. Augerot MTWThF 13:30-14:20
MGH 289

Czech Courses

Course Section / SLN Instructor Meetings
CZECH 403: First-Year Czech

Modern Czech prose, leading to a command of the language as a research tool and providing an adequate basis for further study. Third in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: CZECH 402. Offered: Sp.

A - 12826 Jaroslava Soldanova MTWThF 11:30-12:20
PAR 212
CZECH 406: Second-Year Czech

Continuation of CZECH 401, CZECH 402, CZECH 403. Selected readings from the main works of Czech authors of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Reinforces and extends basic knowledge of Czech grammar and vocabulary. Third in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: CZECH 405. Offered: Sp.

VLPA
A - 12827 Jaroslava Soldanova M W F 12:30-14:20
DEN 310

Polish Courses

Course Section / SLN Instructor Meetings
POLSH 406: Second-Year Polish

Reinforces basic grasp of the language and enlarges vocabulary and command of grammatical patterns beyond the sentence level. Pays special attention to oral communication, listening comprehension, and writing. Helps enable students to move from Novice High to Intermediate Mid/High-level on the ACTFL Proficiency Scale. Third in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: POLSH 405. Offered: Sp.

VLPA
A - 18462 Krystyna Untersteiner M W F 12:30-14:20
SAV 157

Russian Courses

Course Section / SLN Instructor Meetings
RUSS 103: First-Year Russian

Introduction to Russian. Emphasis on oral communication with limited vocabulary. Short readings and writing exercises. Basic grammar. Conducted mostly in Russian. Third in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in RUSS 102. Offered: Sp.

A - 18820 Valentina Zaitseva MTWThF 09:30-10:20
EEB 026
RUSS 103: First-Year Russian

Introduction to Russian. Emphasis on oral communication with limited vocabulary. Short readings and writing exercises. Basic grammar. Conducted mostly in Russian. Third in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in RUSS 102. Offered: Sp.

B - 18821 Bonnie Layne MTWThF 10:30-11:20
SAV 164
RUSS 120: Topics In Russian Literary And Cultural History
Russia in Pictures: Exploring a Visual Culture

Introduces important trends and movements in Russian literary and cultural history. Offered in English.

This course is not just about Russian art or about Russia through its art, it's about the entire visual culture of a country to which widespread literacy came later than in Western Europe. History shows that this situation does not equate to a lack of cultural sophistication -- on the contrary,...

VLPA
A - 18823 James West MTWTh 10:30-11:20
OTB 014
RUSS 203: Second-Year Russian

Comprehensive review of Russian grammar with continuing oral practice and elementary composition. Conducted mostly in Russian. Third in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: RUSS 202. Offered: Sp.

VLPA
A - 18824 Valentina Zaitseva MTWThF 11:30-12:20
THO 217
RUSS 240: Vladimir Nabokov

Examines the works of Vladimir Nabokov, from his early novels written in Europe to his later masterpieces, including Lolita, Pnin, Pale Fire, and Ada. Offered: AWSp.

This course will deal with the major Russian and American novels of Vladimir Nabokov: The Defense (or Luzhin's Defense), Despair, Pnin, and Lolita.

All readings and discussions are in English.  No prerequisites.  Optional writing credit.

VLPA
A - 18825 Galya Diment M W 12:30-14:20
MOR 220
RUSS 303: Third-Year Russian

Extensive practice in spoken and written Russian based on a variety of prose readings. Intensive review and supplementation of strategic grammatical concepts. Third in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: RUSS 302. Offered: Sp.

VLPA
A - 18826 Zoya Polack MT ThF
PAR
RUSS 313: Business Russian

Emphasizes the language and practice of business in Russia today. Prerequisite: either RUSS 203 or RUSS 250.

VLPA
A - 18827 Valentina Zaitseva T Th 14:00-15:50
LOW 219
RUSS 323: Revolution: Twentieth Century Russian Literature And Culture

Explores Russian literature and culture during the twentieth century before perestroika, a period of "revolutions" and unprecedented change in political, cultural, and economic life. Authors include Babel, Bulgakov, Il'f and Petrov, and Nabokov. Periods include symbolism, revolution, Soviet, Stalinist, the "thaw", and post-Soviet. Offered: Sp.

I&S, VLPA
A - 18828 José Alaniz MTWTh 10:30-11:20
SIG 224
RUSS 324: Russian Folk Literature In English

Examines the artistic forms, varieties, and themes of the Russian folktale, its roots in pre-Christian Slavic religion, connections with myth and legend, adaptation for Soviet and modern Russian literature, film, and music.

I&S, VLPA
A - 18829 Barbara Henry M W 14:30-16:20
GLD 435
RUSS 403: Fourth-Year Russian

Class discussion, oral presentations, and composition, based on reading a variety of texts, both literary and non-literary. Advanced grammar. Translation one full course period per week. Third in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: RUSS 402. Offered: Sp.

VLPA
A - 18830 Zoya Polack MT ThF
PAR
RUSS 420: Topics In Russian Literary And Cultural History
Third Rome, Venice of the North: Russia's Complex Relationship with the West

A special topic in the literary and cultural history of Russia. Topics vary.

This course looks at two focal points in Russia’s relationship with Western Europe, embodied in the two cities that have been at different times its capital. As Russia emerged from the Middle Ages only recently unified and Christianized, it responded to the fall of Byzantium by declaring itself...

VLPA
A - 18831 James West T Th 12:30-14:20
ARC 160
RUSS 499: Directed Study Or Research

Individual study of topics to meet specific needs. By arrangement with the instructor and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures office. Offered: AWSpS.

A - 18832 to be arranged -
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RUSS 523: Russian Literature Of The Twentieth Century

Survey of twentieth-century Russian poetry and prose. Pre-revolutionary, Soviet, and emigre authors, trends, and genres. Includes survey of twentieth-century literary criticism as well, in particular Russian formalists and Mikhail Bakhtin.

A - 18834 José Alaniz MTWTh 10:30-11:20
SIG 224
RUSS 542: Seminar In Russian Poetry
Russian Drama

One specific problem or theme in Russian poetry, seen in its widest possible dimensions. Students read, in Russian, the literary works involved and become familiar with the social, historical, and philosophical backgrounds that inspire them.

Drama and theatre in Russia from the late 17th through the 20th centuries: the first Russian play, adaptations to Russian tastes, vaudeville, the rise of Realism, challenges of Symbolism and Modernism, cabaret, Stanislavsky’s “System," the sclerosis of Socialist Realism, and...

A - 18835 Barbara Henry T Th 14:30-16:20
MEB 243
RUSS 543: Seminar In Contemporary Russian Prose
Vladimir Nabokov

Analysis of Russian prose fiction. Selected authors and topics.

This course will deal with the major Russian and American novels of Vladimir Nabokov: The Defense (or Luzhin's Defense), Despair, Pnin, and Lolita.

A - 20333 Galya Diment M W 12:30-14:20
MOR 220
RUSS 600: Independent Study Or Research A - 18836 to be arranged -
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Slavic Courses

Course Section / SLN Instructor Meetings
SLAV 351: History Of The Slavic Languages

External and internal history of Slavic literary languages from the beginnings to the present time, including the development of writing systems, external attempts at reform, and the development of vocabulary. Prerequisite: either SLAV 110, LING 200, or LING 400.

 

History of Slavic languages from Indo-European to present time, including development of writing systems and national languages. Principles of historical linguistics: sound change, analogy, semantic change, as well as...

VLPA
A - 18891 Katarzyna Dziwirek T Th 12:30-14:20
THO 235
SLAV 470: Special Topics In Slavic Linguistics
What's in a Language Name? The Case of Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin, and Serbian

Special topics in Slavic linguistics. Course offerings based on instructor's specialty and student demand. Offered: AWSp.

This course examines various phenomena related to the Serbo-Croatian language, on the one hand, and, on the other, to the Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin, and Serbian languages. Concepts such as language death and language birth are explored. The relationship between dialect and language is...

VLPA
A - 18893 Bojan Belić M W 10:30-12:20
DEN 212
SLAV 490: Studies In Slavic Literatures
Literature and Love, East and West

Topics vary.

Inspired by Mikhail Bakhtin’s claim that relations between people cannot be governed by general rules and theories, but only worked out differently in every specific situation with the help of what Bakhtin calls “literary wisdom,” this course looks at the ways in which some well-known novels...

VLPA
A - 18894 Gordana Crnković M W 12:30-14:20
SMI 107
SLAV 499: Directed Study Or Research

Individual study of topics to meet specific needs. By arrangement with the instructor and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures office. Prerequisite: permission of instructor and undergraduate adviser. Offered: AWSpS.

A - 18895 to be arranged -
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SLAV 551: The Introduction To The Study Of Slavic Languages

External and internal history of Slavic literary languages from the beginnings to the present time, including the development of writing systems, external attempts at reform, and the development of vocabulary.

 

History of Slavic languages from Indo-European to present time, including development of writing systems and national languages. Principles of historical linguistics: sound change, analogy, semantic change, as well as...

A - 18896 Katarzyna Dziwirek T Th 12:30-14:20
THO 235
SLAV 570: Special Topics In Slavic Linguistics

Investigation and discussion of special topics in Slavic linguistics.

A - 18898 Bojan Belić M W 10:30-12:20
DEN 212

Slavic Languages and Literatures Courses

Course Section / SLN Instructor Meetings
SLAVIC 498: Senior Honors Thesis

Directed research on a topic approved by department for a thesis presented in partial fulfillment of requirement for degrees "With College Honors" or "With Distinction." Offered: AWSpS.

VLPA Honors
A - 18899 to be arranged -
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SLAVIC 600: Independent Study Or Research A - 18900 to be arranged -
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SLAVIC 800: Doctoral Dissertation A - 18901 to be arranged -
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Ukrainian Courses

Course Section / SLN Instructor Meetings
UKR 420: Literature, Film, And Culture Of Ukraine
The Other in Ukrainian Literature: Female Characters and Authors

Representative prose works by leading Ukrainian authors. Shows originality of Ukrainian literature through acquaintance with the peculiar historical and political situation of Ukraine. Offered in English.

This course provides an analysis of Ukrainian literature from the viewpoint of gender studies. It first describes and critically examines the pervasive images of women in works of literature by male authors, and then moves to introduce the tradition of women’s writing, beginning in the...

VLPA
A - 20212 Maria Rewakowicz T Th 13:30-15:20
DEN 205

Summer 2014 Full-term

Russian Courses

Course Section / SLN Instructor Meetings
RUSS 150: Intensive First-Year Russian

Covers material of RUSS 101, RUSS 102, RUSS 103 in one quarter. Meets three to four hours daily. For continuation, see RUSS 250 or RUSS 201, RUSS 202, RUSS 203. No credit if RUSS 101, RUSS 102, RUSS 103 previously taken. Offered: S.

A - 13419 Cyrus Rodgers MTWThF
EEB
RUSS 150: Intensive First-Year Russian

Covers material of RUSS 101, RUSS 102, RUSS 103 in one quarter. Meets three to four hours daily. For continuation, see RUSS 250 or RUSS 201, RUSS 202, RUSS 203. No credit if RUSS 101, RUSS 102, RUSS 103 previously taken. Offered: S.

AA - 13420 MTWThF 09:40-11:50
THO 217
RUSS 150: Intensive First-Year Russian

Covers material of RUSS 101, RUSS 102, RUSS 103 in one quarter. Meets three to four hours daily. For continuation, see RUSS 250 or RUSS 201, RUSS 202, RUSS 203. No credit if RUSS 101, RUSS 102, RUSS 103 previously taken. Offered: S.

AB - 13421 MTWThF 09:40-11:50
SMI 304
RUSS 250: Intensive Second-Year Russian

Covers material of RUSS 201, RUSS 202, RUSS 203 in one quarter. Meets three to four hours daily. No credit if RUSS 201, RUSS 202, RUSS 203 previously taken. Prerequisite: either 2.0 in RUSS 103 or 2.0 in RUSS 150. Offered: S.

VLPA
A - 13423 Valentina Zaitseva MTWThF 08:30-11:50
DEN 212
RUSS 450: Intensive Fourth-Year Russian

Covers material of RUSS 401, RUSS 402, RUSS 403 in one quarter. Meets three hours daily. No credit if RUSS 401, RUSS 402, RUSS 403 previously taken. Prerequisite: either 2.0 in RUSS 303 or 2.0 in RUSS 350. Offered: S.

VLPA
A - 13425 Zoya Polack MTWThF 08:30-11:50
SMI 109
RUSS 499: Directed Study Or Research

Individual study of topics to meet specific needs. By arrangement with the instructor and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures office. Offered: AWSpS.

A - 13426 to be arranged -
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RUSS 600: Independent Study Or Research A - 13428 to be arranged -
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Slavic Courses

Course Section / SLN Instructor Meetings
SLAV 499: Directed Study Or Research

Individual study of topics to meet specific needs. By arrangement with the instructor and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures office. Prerequisite: permission of instructor and undergraduate adviser. Offered: AWSpS.

A - 13452 to be arranged -
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Slavic Languages and Literatures Courses

Course Section / SLN Instructor Meetings
SLAVIC 498: Senior Honors Thesis

Directed research on a topic approved by department for a thesis presented in partial fulfillment of requirement for degrees "With College Honors" or "With Distinction." Offered: AWSpS.

VLPA
A - 13453 to be arranged -
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SLAVIC 600: Independent Study Or Research A - 13454 to be arranged -
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SLAVIC 800: Doctoral Dissertation A - 13455 to be arranged -
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