STS

Culture and Explosions: How Russian Culture Changed the World

Examination of Russian contributions to advancements in the sciences, mathematics, and the arts (visual/textual/musical). Special attention is paid to the contributions of Mendeleev (chemistry), Vygotsky and Luria (cognitive and developmental psychology/neuroscience), Lobachevsky (non-Euclidean geometry), Sakharov (nuclear physics, dissident), Kandinsky and Filonov (visual arts), Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Prokofiev (composers), Zamiatin, Jakobson, Lotman, Bakhtin, Voloshinov (semiotics, theories of artistic texts). TAUGHT IN RUSSIAN.

Culture and Explosion: How Russian Culture Changed the World

Examination of Russian contributions to advancements in the sciences, mathematics, and the arts (visual/textual/musical). Special attention is paid to the contributions of Mendeleev (chemistry), Vygotsky and Luria (cognitive and developmental psychology/neuroscience), Lobachevsky (non-Euclidean geometry), Sakharov (nuclear physics, dissident), Kandinsky and Filonov (visual arts), Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Prokofiev (composers), Zamiatin, Jakobson, Lotman, Bakhtin, Voloshinov (semiotics, theories of artistic texts). One course.

Russian Language and Culture through Film

Study of Russian cultural paradigms and constructs of self and other as demonstrated in Russia and Soviet films, primarily from 1960s to the present. Special attention given to the analysis of linguistic constructs and their cultural semantic content as well as comparative analyses of Soviet and Russian culture and Russian and European/American culture. Film and computer technology, as well as access to these technologies and their implementation, are a central part of the cultural context. Prerequisite: RUSSIAN 301S or equivalent or consent of instructor. 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.