Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

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The Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies serves as the focal point at the University of California at Berkeley for students and faculty who conduct research and teaching on the geographic region of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Currently the Institute has 45 core UCB faculty members and over 150 affiliated graduate students. Read more...

Fall 2015 Courses in Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies

Are you an undergrad still in need of a course for the Fall? Are you looking for the right language to fulfill requirements? Or maybe you are just interested in Russia, Eastern Europe, or Central Asia? Look no further - these are the courses available to you:

Language Courses:

Armenian 1A: Introductory Armenian
Hasmig Seropian| TT 11-12:30 | 89 Dwinelle | 3 units | CCN: 80303

Armenian 101A: Continuing Armenian
Hasmig Seropian | TT 12:30-2 | 129 Barrows | 3 units | CCN: 80306

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian 27A: Introductory Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian
Milutin Janjic | M-F 12-1 | 115 Barrows | 5 units | CCN: 80403

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian 117A: Continuing Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian
Cammeron Girvin | M-F 9-10 | 108 Wheeler | 5 units | CCN: 80406

Czech 26A: Introductory Czech
Ellen Langer | M-F 9-10| 108 Wheeler |5 units | CCN80603

Czech 116A: Advanced Czech
Ellen Langer| M-F 12-1 | 201 Wheeler | 4 units | CCN80606

Hungarian 1A: Introductory Hungarian
Eva Szoke | TT 11-12 | 6115 Dwinelle | 3 or 4 units | CCN: 80903

Hungarian 100: Readings in Hungarian
Eva Szoke | TT 12:30-2 | 6115 Dwinelle |2 units | CCN: 80906

Polish 25A: Introductory Polish
Katarzyna Zacha | M-F 12-1 186 Barrows |5 units | CCN81003

Polish 115A: Continuing Polish
Katarzyna Zacha | M-F 10-11 | 104 Dwinelle | 4 units | CCN81006

Russian 1: Elementary Russian
Instructor in Charge: Lisa Little | M-F 11-12, 12-1, or 1-2| Locations Vary |5 units | CCNs: 81203, 81206, 81209

Russian 2: Elementary Russian
Instructor in Charge: Lisa Little | M-F 11-12| 104 Dwinelle |5 units | CCN: 81212

Russian 3: Intermediate Russian
Emily Laskin | M-F 11-12| 206 Dwinelle |5 units | CCN81215

Russian 4: Intermediate Russian
Matthew Kendall | M-F 11-12| 106 Dwinelle |5 units | CCN81218

Russian 6A: Introductory Russian for Heritage Speakers
Arkady Alexeev | MWF 11-12| 202 Wheeler |3 units | CCN81221

Russian 103A: Advanced Russian (Part I)
Anna Muza | TT 11-12:30| 189 Dwinelle |5 units | CCN81224

SLAVIC 171: READINGS IN YUGOSLAV LITERATURE (IN BCS)
MWF 10-11, 108 Wheeler. Instructor: Ronelle Alexander.

SLAVIC 182: READINGS IN RUSSIAN LITERATURE: PUSHKIN AND OTHERS (IN RUSSIAN)
MWF 12-1, 6115 Dwinelle. Instructor: Luba Golburt.

Area Studies Courses:

GEOGRAPHY 170: POST-SOCIALIST SPACES
MW 3:30-5, 145 McCone. Instructor: Melanie Feakins.

ANTHROPOLOGY 150: UTOPIA: ART AND POWER IN MODERN TIMES
TT 12:30-2, 170 Barrows. Instructor: Alexei Yurchak.

ANTHROPOLOGY 196: AFTER COMMUNISM: THE CULTURAL POLITICS OF POST-COMMUNIST TRANSFORMATION IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNION
F 10-12, 15 2224 Piedmont. Instructor: Alexei Yurchak.

BUDDHIST STUDIES 120: BUDDHISM ON THE SILK ROAD
TT 2-3:30, 229 Dwinelle. Instructor: Sanjyot Mehendale.

HISTORY 100B: YUGOSLAVIA
MWF 2-3, 160 Dwinelle. Instructor: John Connelly and Ronelle Alexander.

HISTORY 103B: THE FRONTIER IN GLOBAL HISTORY
W 10-12p, 204 Wheeler. Instructor: Michael Dean.

HISTORY 159B: EUROPEAN ECONOMIC HISTORY
MWF 2-3, 219 Dwinelle. Instructor: Andrej Milivojevic.

HISTORY 167C: GERMANY IN THE 20TH CENTURY
MWF 12-1, 180 Tan. Instructor: Michael Dean.

HISTORY 172: RUSSIAN INTELLECTUAL HISTORY
MWF 11-12p, 156 Dwinelle. Instructor: Victoria Frede.

HISTORY 177A: ARMENIA FROM ETHNOGENESIS TO THE DARK AGES
TT 11-12:30p, 243 Dwinelle. Instructor: Stephan Astourian.

SLAVIC 100: SEMINAR: RUSSIAN, EAST EUROPEAN, AND EURASIAN CULTURES
TT 12:30-2, Location TBA. Instructor: Darya Kavitskaya.

SLAVIC 132: DOSTOEVSKY, TOLSTOY, AND THE ENGLISH NOVEL
TT 3:30-5, 88 Dwinelle. Instructor: Irina Paperno.

SLAVIC 134E: CHEKHOV'S THEATER: A CROSS-CULTURAL INQUIRY
TT 2-3:30, 182 Dwinelle. Instructor: Anna Muza.

SLAVIC C137: INTRODUCTION TO SLAVIC LINGUISTICS
TT 9:30-11, 20 Wheeler. Instructor: Darya Kavitskaya.

SLAVIC 158: THE RISE AND FALL OF YUGOSLAVIA
MWF 2-3, 160 Dwinelle. Instructor: Ronelle Alexander and John Connelly (History).

Some highlights include:

Geography 170: Post-Socialist Spaces

Geography 170
CCN: 36427
(3 units)
Melanie Feakins
Location: 145 McCone
Times: MW 3:30-5

The "Fall of the Wall" in Berlin in 1989 and the USSR break-up in 1991 were events that created unfathomable chaos and inimitable circumstances fro transformation of modern developed industrial societies. Using a variety of source materials (books, academic articles, pictures, media representations, films, policy recommendations, ethnographic accounts) we will examine the changes that have been taking place in East Central Europe and the Former Soviet Union in the post-socialist period.

RUSSIAN 1 & 2
Russian 1 sections meet M-F 11-12, 12-1 or 1-2 | CCNs: 81203, 81206, 81209
Russian 2 section meets M-F 11-12 | CCN: 81212

Comprehensive program for the study of Russian. Development of communicative skills and cultural and grammatical competence through reading, writing, listening (or viewing), and speaking.

REQUIRED TEXTS: (AVAILABLE THROUGH ASUC'S CAL TEXTBOOKS -
Russian 1 + 2:
Между нами (
Mezhdu nami), a new free, web-based textbook by Lynne deBenedette, William Comer, Alla Smyslova, and Jonathan Perkins. (You will need to purchase a packet of homework and classwork pages or print out the pdfs yourself.)

Russian 6A:

INTRODUCTORY RUSSIAN FOR HERITAGE SPEAKERS
Arkady Alexeev | MWF 11-12| 202 Wheeler |3 units | CCN81221

This course is aimed at "heritage speakers" of Russian: those who grew up speaking Russian without ability (or with very limited ability) to read and write in Russian. In addition to teaching basic literacy and grammar skills, this course will help orient you in the Russian culture. We will read poetry, short stories, excerpts from novels/plays, articles from the Russian media and blogosphere, listen to songs, watch films, etc. This course will be self-paced, but both reading and writing intensive. A continuation, Russian 6B will be offered in the Spring semester.

SLAVIC 182: READINGS IN RUSSIAN LITERATURE: PUSHKIN AND OTHERS (IN RUSSIAN)
MWF 12-1, 6115 Dwinelle. Instructor: Luba Golburt.
Units: 4 Satisfies L&S Arts & Literature breadth requirement.

Readings in Russian Literature: Pushkin and Others

In this course, we will read Alexander Pushkin's principal works, poetry and prose, as well as   responses to his art by later writers, from the 19th century to our days (Lermontov, Mayakovsky, Akhmatova, Brodsky, and others). We will learn to read Russian poetry slowly and closely while also attending to the broader questions of Pushkin's place in Russian and world culture and his lasting legacy and image

In addition to familiarizing students with Pushkin's work, the course aims to develop their fluency in literary Russian, enhance their vocabulary, and equip them with stylistic and rhetorical tools for reading, appreciating and analyzing literature in Russian. To that end, all readings, discussions and assignments are in Russian.

The course is open to all undergraduate and graduate students with advanced knowledge of Russian and interest in Russian literature and culture.

Пушкин есть явление чрезвычайное и, может быть, единственное явление русского духа, сказал Гоголь. Прибавлю от себя: и пророческое... Пушкин умер в полном развитии своих сил и бесспорно унёс с собою в гроб некоторую великую тайну. И вот мы теперь без него эту тайну разгадываем. (Достоевский, «Речь о Пушкине»)

Texts: A Reader

Prerequisites: Russian 103B [formerly Slavic 103B] or consent of instructor.

INTRODUCTORY BOSNIAN/CROATIAN/SERBIAN
Milutin Janjic | M-F 12-1 | 115 Barrows | 5 units | CCN: 80403
THE 27A-27B COURSE SEQUENCE BEGINS IN THE FALL TERM ONLY

An introduction to Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian with explanation of major differences (from both a linguistic and sociocultural viewpoint) and the common grammatical core. Development of communication skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing). Daily homework assignments, weekly quizzes, midterm and final.

Texts for purchase:
Ronelle Alexander and Ellen Elias-Bursac, Bosnian, Croatian Serbian: A Textbook with Exercises and Basic Grammar (required)
Ronelle Alexander, Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian: A Grammar with Sociolinguistic Commentary(recommended)
Information about ordering both these books is available at http://www.bcsgrammarandtextbook.org

CONTINUING BOSNIAN/CROATIAN/SERBIAN
Cammeron Girvin | M-F 9-10 | 108 Wheeler | 5 units | CCN: 80406
L&S Breadth: International Studies

Spoken and written language; advanced grammar review. Some discussion of the contemporary sociolinguistic situation as it relates to language use. Short oral reports and writing practice. Grades based on class participation, midterm and final exam.

Required Texts:
Ronelle Alexander and Ellen Elias-Bursac, Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian: A Textbook with Exercises and Basic Grammar (required)
Ronelle Alexander, Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian: A Grammar with Sociolinguistic Commentary(recommended)
Other materials will be distributed by the instructor.

Prerequisites: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian 27B [formerly Slavic 27B] or consent of instructor.

Slavic 171: Readings in Yugoslav Literature (In BCS)
MWF 10-11, 108 Wheeler. Instructor: Ronelle Alexander.
Units: 4 Satisfies L&S Arts & Literature breadth requirement.

Readings of works by major Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian authors, especially those which are not available in English translation.

Prerequisite: reading and speaking knowledge of Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian (completion of Slavic 117B or consent of the instructor). Class to be conducted in BCS. Requirements: attendance, reading, participation in discussion, several short essays, and a class presentations combined with a longer essay in lieu of a final exam. The essays are to be written in either BCS or English, depending on consultation with the instructor.

Readings will be chosen partly in accordance with student interests; all readings will be posted electronically. Depending on enrollment and the compatibility of student schedules, Slavic 171 may be re-scheduled in seminar (one 3-hour meeting a week) format.

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