Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center Courses

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The following courses are taught by REEEC affiliated faculty and provide full credit towards the REEES graduate and undergraduate degrees. For more information, see the listing of all relevant area courses or language courses.

Undergraduate Level Courses

REES 115 Introduction to Polish Culture. 3 hours. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for a Literature and the Arts, and Western Comparative Cult course. Introduction to Polish culture and literature from a broad historical perspective. Drawing on novels and plays, film, the visual arts, and works of historical research, the course provides students with the basic concepts, methodologies and theories of literary and cultural interpretation, with an emphasis on modern Polish culture (1800-2010) within a broader European context.

REES 116 Introduction to Russian Culture. 3 hours. Introduction to the culture of Russia and the USSR. Course addresses two central themes. First, the very distinctiveness of Russian culture, and the functions of that notion within Russia and for outsiders. Second, Russia as a cultural space between East and West. We will explore Russian culture through the following: the language(s); foundational narratives of collective memory going back to the medieval times; the cultural impact of colonial subjugation both by and of peoples to the East, South, and West; Russian Orthodoxy's connection with the political and cultural spheres; peak achievements in literature, music, architecture and visual arts.

SOC 196 Introduction to Central Asia. 3 hours. Course focuses on three overarching questions to structure the exploration of Central Asia. The first section of the course focuses on approaches to the question, "What is Central Asia?" - comparing and contrasting how the area is identified historically, and familiarizing students with the basic geography of the region and key social, cultural, political, and economic issues. In the second section, the course will focus on the question, "How can we analyze the region sociologically?" - highlighting issues of basic social theory and comparative analysis. The third section of the course turns to the question, "Why does Central Asia matter?" - providing participants with the opportunity to link what they have learned about the region and social theory into evaluating global issues concerning gender, human rights, citizenship, and civil society.

REES 200 Introduction to the Cultures of Russia and Eurasia. 3 hours. The objective of this course is to provide students with a fundamental working knowledge of the history, politics and society of the Eurasian Region with emphasis on critical issues of particular importance to the region.

REES 201 Introduction to Eastern Europe. 3 hours. Survey of the societies and states of the Eastern European region. Interdisciplinary and team-taught; combines lectures, discussions, and films covering history, politics, economics, sociology and culture of the area. Sample Syllabus

REES 390 Individual Study or Research. 3 hours. Directed reading or research on selected topics.

REES 477 Post-Communist Fiction (CWL 477, SLAV 477). 3 hours. Survey of the central and east European novel in the postcommunist period. Explores how fiction has responded to and creatively figured the period of the so-called "transition" to capitalism and the continuities and discontinuities in literary traditions in these societies, as well as the relevance of theories of postmodernism and postmodern literary analysis to these literatures. Prerequisite: Two courses in Slavic literature including one at the 300-level or consent of the instructor.

REES 493 Senior Honors Thesis. 3–6 hours. Undergraduate honors thesis. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours.

REES 495 Senior Seminar. 3 hours. Interdisciplinary seminar involving faculty in a number of disciplines, this course approaches understanding Russia and Eastern Europe and the methodologies of its study through questions of identities, cultural values, and change. Meets with REES 550.

REES 496 Topics in REEE Studies. 3 hours. Topics in the interdisciplinary study of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. 3 undergraduate hours. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 undergraduate hours.

Graduate Level Courses

REES 477 Post-Communist Fiction (CWL 477, SLAV 477). 4 hours. Survey of the central and east European novel in the postcommunist period. Explores how fiction has responded to and creatively figured the period of the so-called "transition" to capitalism and the continuities and discontinuities in literary traditions in these societies, as well as the relevance of theories of postmodernism and postmodern literary analysis to these literatures. Prerequisite: Two courses in Slavic literature including one at the 300-level or consent of the instructor.

REES 550 Seminar in Russian and East European Studies. 4 hours. Interdisciplinary seminar involving faculty in a number of disciplines, this course approaches understanding Russia and Eastern Europe and the methodologies of its study through questions of identities, cultural values, and change. Meets with REES 495

REES 590 Individual Study or Research. 4 hours. Directed reading or research on selected topics. May be repeated in the same or separate terms to a maximum of 8 graduate hours.

REES 596 Topics in REEE Studies. 4 hours; may be repeated for a maximum of 12 hours. Topics in the interdisciplinary study of Russia, eastern Europe, and Eurasia. The focus of the course will vary depending on year and instructor.

REES 599 Thesis Research. 0–8 hours; may be repeated for a maximum of 12 hours. Taken under the direction of a faculty member in the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center.