Courses - Upcoming

Course offerings at all levels in language, literature and culture, linguistics and language pedagogy (go here for Featured Courses). 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.

Autumn 2015

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Courses

Qtr Course Section / SLN Instructor Meetings
aut BCS 404: 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. First in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in BCS 403. Offered: A.

VLPA
A - 11131 Bojan Belić M W F 12:30-14:20
ART 004

Polish Courses

Qtr Course Section / SLN Instructor Meetings
aut POLSH 401: First-Year Polish

Focuses on oral communication in basic everyday life situations, sentence level grammar, reading simple connected tests, and writing simple letters and notes. Conducted mostly in Polish, to help enable students to move from novice to intermediate low/mid- level on the ACTFL Proficiency Scale. First in a sequence of three. Offered: A.

A - 19717 Katarzyna Dziwirek MTWThF 12:30-13:20
PAR 213

Russian Courses

Qtr Course Section / SLN Instructor Meetings
aut RUSS 101: First-Year Russian

Introduction to Russian. Emphasis on oral communication with limited vocabulary. Short readings and writing exercises. Basic grammar. Conducted mostly in Russian. First in a sequence of three. Offered: A.

B - 20088 Valentina Zaitseva M W F
MGH
aut RUSS 101: First-Year Russian

Introduction to Russian. Emphasis on oral communication with limited vocabulary. Short readings and writing exercises. Basic grammar. Conducted mostly in Russian. First in a sequence of three. Offered: A.

C - 20089 James E. Augerot MTWThF 10:30-11:20
MEB 246
aut RUSS 101: First-Year Russian

Introduction to Russian. Emphasis on oral communication with limited vocabulary. Short readings and writing exercises. Basic grammar. Conducted mostly in Russian. First in a sequence of three. Offered: A.

D - 20090 Bojan Belić MTWThF 11:30-12:20
ART 004
aut RUSS 101: First-Year Russian

Introduction to Russian. Emphasis on oral communication with limited vocabulary. Short readings and writing exercises. Basic grammar. Conducted mostly in Russian. First in a sequence of three. Offered: A.

E - 20091 Valentina Zaitseva MTWThF 12:30-13:20
SIG 230
aut RUSS 110: Introduction To Russian Culture And Civilization

Introduction to Russian culture and history from pre-Christian times to the present, as seen through literary texts, music, film, visual art, and historical works. All lectures and written materials in English. No prior knowledge of Russian necessary. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 110; A.

I&S, VLPA
A - 20093 Barbara Henry MTWTh 12:30-13:20
HCK 320
aut RUSS 111: First-Year Medical Russian

Intended as a 1-credit add-on to the regular first-year Russian sequence. Exposes students to a variety of medical terminology, providing opportunities for practicing medical communication, and reading and analyzing written texts. Prerequisite: RUSS 101, which must be taken concurrently. Offered: A.

A - 21830 Valentina Zaitseva F 13:30-14:20
SIG 229
aut RUSS 120: Topics In Russian Literary And Cultural History: Food in Russia

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

This course examines food in Russian literature, cinema, art and memoir.  Relying on the critical writings of food studies scholars such as Michael Pollan and others, we will consider food in the Russian context, from the Middle Ages to the post-Soviet era, delving into such matters as table...

VLPA
A - 20095 José Alaniz T Th 13:30-15:20
BAG 154
aut RUSS 120: Topics In Russian Literary And Cultural History: Food in Russia - Freshman Interest Group section

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

VLPA
C - 20096 José Alaniz T Th 13:30-15:20
BAG 154
aut RUSS 201: Second-Year Russian

Comprehensive review of Russian grammar with continuing oral practice and elementary composition. Conducted mostly in Russian. First in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: either 2.0 in RUSS 103 or 2.0 in RUSS 150. Offered: A.

VLPA
A - 20097 Valentina Zaitseva MTWThF 11:30-12:20
SIG 230
aut RUSS 301: 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. First in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: either 2.0 in RUSS 203 or 2.0 in RUSS 250. Offered: A.

VLPA
A - 20098 Zoya Polack MTWThF 11:30-12:20
SMI 115
aut RUSS 304: Reading And Translation

Translation techniques with emphasis on development of vocabulary and reading skills. Primarily for Russian regional studies majors. Prerequisite: either RUSS 203 or RUSS 250. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSp.

VLPA
A - 20099 James West W 12:30-13:20
MGH 253
aut RUSS 316: Extended Russian Through Science, Technology, Engineering, And Math

Intended for students in technical fields or humanities already relatively proficient in spoken and written Russian (both heritage learners and students of Russian as a foreign language) to extend their language skills to the topics of STEM and develop academic language skills and social stylistic registers. Prerequisite: either RUSS 301 or permission of instructor for heritage speaker.

VLPA
A - 20100 Svetlana Abramova Th 16:00-17:50
SAV 136
aut RUSS 320: Topics In Russian Literary And Cultural History: Food in Russia

Important trends and issues in Russian literacy and cultural history. Topics and instructors vary. In English.

VLPA
A - 21832 José Alaniz T Th 13:30-15:20
BAG 154
aut RUSS 340: Russia's Big Books: Tolstoy's "War and Peace"

Studies one big/epic novel by the titans of Russian literature per quarter. Includes such novels as Tolstoy's War and Peace and Anna Karenina, Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamazov, Goncharov's Oblomov, Bulgakov's Master and Margarita, Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago, and Nabokov's Ada. All readings are in English. Offered: AWSp.

There is no "bigger" book than Tolstoy's War and Peace, which we will be reading and analyzing in Autumn Quarter 2015.  We will explore the historical times during which it was written as well as the Napoleonic Wars within which Tolstoy places his novel.  The course will also examine the...

VLPA
A - 21831 Galya Diment M W 13:30-15:20
CMU 120
aut RUSS 401: 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. First in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: either 2.0 in RUSS 303 or 2.0 in RUSS 350. Offered: A.

VLPA
A - 20101 Zoya Polack MTWThF 09:30-10:20
SMI 115
aut 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 - 20104 to be arranged -
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aut RUSS 501: Russian Language For Graduate Students

Develops skills of particular use to graduate students. Emphasis on rapid assimilation of variety of written materials with sophisticated understanding and maximum retention of vocabulary, and ability to discuss in Russian the more theoretical and abstract kinds of material. Prerequisite: RUSS 403 or equivalent and graduate standing in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies.

A - 20108 Zoya Polack M Th 10:30-11:20
SMI 115
aut RUSS 521: Russian Literature To 1800

Representative works of East Slavic, Muscovite, and Russian literature from the beginnings to 1800. Studies include a varied selection of primary texts. Intended as an introduction to the study of modern literature for beginning graduate students in Russian literature.

A - 22787 MTWTh 10:30-11:20
BNS 117
aut RUSS 543: Seminar In Contemporary Russian Prose

Analysis of Russian prose fiction. Selected authors and topics.

A - 20109 Galya Diment M W 13:30-15:20
CMU 120
aut RUSS 600: Independent Study Or Research A - 20110 to be arranged -
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Slavic Courses

Qtr Course Section / SLN Instructor Meetings
aut SLAV 101: Slavic Lands And Peoples

Introduces students to basic concepts regarding the whole body of present-day Slavs as well as the area inhabited by or under the influence of present-day Slavs. Uses latest achievements in technology and in social media advancements to retrieve relevant information from present-day Slavs themselves. Taught in English.

I&S
A - 20176 Bojan Belić M W 14:30-16:20
RAI 121
aut SLAV 223: East European Cinema: The Cinema of Roman Polanski

Emphasizes international cultural, artistic, and historical diversity by introducing select contemporary Eastern European film directors. Focuses on a single filmmaker and studies his/her opus in depth, both in his/her Eastern European country of origin and abroad. Special attention paid to Eastern European filmmakers in Hollywood.

VLPA
A - 20177 Gordana Crnković T Th 12:30-14:20
SIG 134
aut SLAV 490: Studies In Slavic Literatures: The Novel

Topics vary.

VLPA
A - 20178 Gordana Crnković T Th 15:30-17:20
CMU 243
aut 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 - 20180 to be arranged -
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aut SLAV 518: Foreign Language Teaching Methodology

Current foreign language teaching methods and approaches. Learning and teaching strategies and techniques for the four skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening) including cultural notions. Current and future trends in pedagogy and technology. Offered: jointly with GERMAN 518/SCAND 518; A.

A - 20181 Th 13:30-15:20
RAI 116

Slavic Languages and Literatures Courses

Qtr Course Section / SLN Instructor Meetings
aut 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 - 20182 to be arranged -
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aut SLAVIC 600: Independent Study Or Research A - 20183 to be arranged -
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aut SLAVIC 800: Doctoral Dissertation A - 20185 to be arranged -
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Slovenian Courses

Qtr Course Section / SLN Instructor Meetings
aut SLVN 401: Introductory Slovene Language

Introduction to spoken and written Slovene language. First in a two course sequence. Prerequisite: either BCS 403, BULGR 403, CZECH 403, GERMAN 103, ITAL 103, POLISH 403, ROMN 403, RUSS 103, RUSS 150, UKR 403, or status as a heritage speaker of Slovene.

A - 20186 Michael E. Biggins T Th 14:30-16:20
MGH 253