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Semiotics of Culture

The theory of literature, arts, ethnicity, modernity, and culture from a cross-cultural perspective. Texts include the theory of literature, arts, ethnicity, modernity, and culture from a cross-cultural perspective. Texts include the critical works of Lotman and the Tartu School, Bakhtin, Eco, Kristeva, Voloshinov, Medvedev, Barthes, Todorov, Jakobson, Ivanov, and Sebeok, as well as authentic culture texts from Slavic and European traditions. Research project required. One course.

Senior Honors Seminar

Introduction to methods of research and writing, including selection of thesis topics, preliminary research and organization, and writing of the thesis. In-depth analysis of Russian or other Slavic language texts required. Consent of the instructor or director of undergraduate studies required. One course.

Research Independent Study

Individual research in a field of special interest under the supervision of a faculty member, the central goal of which is a substantive paper or written report containing significant analysis and interpretation of a previously approved topic. Consent of instructor and director of undergraduate studies required. One course.

Gender and Language

Theoretical approaches to the question of the interrelationship of gender and language including neurobiology, psychology, semiotics, feminist critical theory, philosophy of language, discourse analysis, and linguistic theory. Taught in English. Instructor: Andrews. One course.

Language Technologies and Culture Acquisition

Acquisition and application of sophisticated information technologies for developing models of language systems and culture. (Computer technologies include PDF, Unicode, Linux operating systems digitizing, XML, HTML, metatagging.) Examination of the controversies concerning the use of technologies in the study and acquisition of languages and culture. Focus on the impact of such technologies on the educational systems of the United States and Europe. Team taught (Linguistics and Computer Sciences specialist.). One course.

Women in Contemporary Russian Society

Explores the political, social, economic, and domestic challenges facing women in post-soviet Russia and analyzes Russian women's collective and individual responses through activism, organization, journalism, and the arts. Specific topics include women in official/oppositional politics, women and the market, women's health and physical welfare. One course.

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