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.

Islam in Central Eurasia

History of Central Eurasian Muslims. Focus on diversity and cultural vivacity. Examines early appearance of Islam in the region, the evolution of Muslim religious and cultural institutions under governance of Chingissid, Timurid, Russian and Chinese empires, the encounter of Central Eurasian Muslims with European modernity and their experience during Soviet and Chinese socialist experiments. 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.

Imperial Russia 1700-1917

Russian imperial history from Peter the Great to Bolshevik Revolution: 1700-1917. Focus on formation and governance of multiethnic and multiconfessional Russian empire. Traces expansion of land-locked city state (Muscovy) into world power ruling from Eastern Europe to Alaska. Questions implications of Russia’s world-power status. Examines institutions of governance that created this empire and held its various ethnic, religious and ideological groups together for centuries.

Law, Culture, and the Russian Legal Tradition

The development of the Russian legal tradition, with particular emphasis on the historical, ethical and cultural factors that have contributed to its emergence, comparing the Russian tradition with the Western legal tradition. How law, lawyers, and legal institutions have been portrayed and perceived in Russian popular culture, especially Russian literature, including the relationship between secular legal institutions and the Russian Orthodox Church. Taught in English. One course.