RUS 106   Russian Intensive

Marina Kostalevsky

. T W Th F

12:00 -2:00 pm



8 credits   This intensive course is designed as a continuation for students who have completed Beginning Russian 101. Our focus on speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills continues through cultural context, video materials, songs, and literary analysis. This course culminates in a 4-week June program in St. Petersburg, where students will attend classes (earning an additional 4 credits) and participate in a cultural program while living in Russian families. Successful completion of the intensive sequence qualifies the student to pursue semester or yearlong study in St. Petersburg at Smolny College of the Liberal Arts, a joint educational venture of Bard and St. Petersburg University.   Class size: 22



RUS 321   Russian in an Academic Context

Olga Voronina

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9:00 - 10:00 am

OLIN 107


Designed to accommodate the needs of advanced second- and third-year students of Russian, this course focuses on such aspects of communication in the Russian academic context as listening comprehension, clarity and stylistic variety of self-expression in oral speech and in writing, and idiomatic competence. The readings include non-fiction texts representing academic writing in a wide array of disciplines, from political studies to art history, and from psychology to environmental and urban studies, as well as poetry and fiction. The goal of the course is to help students acquire vocabulary and build language skills that will allow them to participate in a semester-long program at a Russian college or university as well as conduct independent research in Russian.  Class size: 15



RUS 423  “Rock-n-Roll  is Dead but I am Not Yet”: Russian through Popular Music & Culture

Oleg Minin

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11:50 - 1:10 pm

OLIN 309


Designed to enhance students’ mastery of the Russian language and improve their cultural awareness, this course examines key developments, personalities and texts in Russian popular music and culture c. 1960 to the present. While certain concepts, genres and themes remain central (i.e. Russian singer-songwriter tradition; Popular Soviet Song; Rock-n-roll as Entertainment and Music of Social Protest; Russian chanson and the prison subculture; the Russian anecdote and comedy), the course also explores cultural marginalia, such as select popular television programs and game and talk shows of the post-Soviet era. Conducted in Russian, the course focuses on students’ understanding of advanced Russian grammar in context and acquisition of new vocabulary and idiomatic expressions.  Class size: 15