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UT Arlington Undergraduate Catalog Fall 2008
Course Descriptions for Russian (RUSS)

RUSS 1441. BEGINNING RUSSIAN I (3-2) Multimedia immersion in the culture and language of Russian-speaking countries. Designed to enable students to understand and communicate effectively in Russian at the beginning level. No prerequisites.

RUSS 1442. BEGINNING RUSSIAN II (3-2) Continuation of beginning Russian. Prerequisite: RUSS 1441 with a grade of C or better.

RUSS 1451. RUSSIAN TRANSLATION I (3-2) Basic training in translating into English articles from contemporary Soviet journals and periodicals in the career fields of business, engineering, liberal arts, and the sciences.

RUSS 1452. RUSSIAN TRANSLATION II (3-2) A continuation of RUSS 1451. Prerequisite: RUSS 1451.

RUSS 2313. INTERMEDIATE RUSSIAN I (3-0) Continued immersion in the culture and language of Russian-speaking countries. Application of strategies and technology in mastering listening, speaking, reading, and writing at the intermediate level. Prerequisite: RUSS 1442 with a grade of C or better.

RUSS 2314. INTERMEDIATE RUSSIAN II (3-0) Continuation of intermediate Russian. Prerequisite: RUSS 2313 with a grade of C or better.

RUSS 3301. RUSSIAN LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION (3-0) The works of major Russian authors during the period from the beginning of Russian literature until the 1917 Revolution. The interrelationship of various literary movements and philosophies. Students receiving Russian credit will be required to compare selected translations with the original works and must complete a research or translation project. ENGL 3301: Study of representative works of the major Russian writers from Pushkin through Chekhov. Offered as ENGL 3301 and RUSS 3301; credit will be granted in only one department.

RUSS 3306. SOVIET AND POST-SOVIET LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION (3-0) RUSS 3306: The works of major Soviet and post-Soviet authors from 1917 to the present against the background of unfolding social and political development in the USSR and post-USSR. May be repeated for credit as topics and periods vary. Students receiving credit in Russian will complete a translation or research project using the Russian language. Also listed as ENGL 3306; credit will be given in only one department. ENGL 3306: Study of representative works of Russian writers immediately preceding the 1917 Revolution; of writing by Soviet authors acceptable to the Communist regime as well as by dissident voices; of the works from the period of glasnost; and of works written after the dissolution of the USSR. Also listed as RUSS 3306; credit will be granted in only one department.

RUSS 3310. RUSSIAN TRANSLATION (3-0) Introduction to cultural and linguistic issues in the translation of Russian and English language texts. Students will explore current technologies used in various real-world translation contexts. Prerequisite: RUSS 2314 with a grade of B or better.

RUSS 3314. POLITICAL SYSTEMS OF EASTERN AND CENTRAL EUROPE (3-0) POLS 3314 or RUSS 3314. Examination of the political institutions and processes of the former communist systems of Eastern Europe and the Baltics, as well as selected Central European states. Credit will be given in only one department. Students receiving credit in Russian will complete projects using the Russian language.

RUSS 3322. INTERMEDIATE RUSSIAN LANGUAGE AND POLITICS I (3-0) This is the first of four courses concentrating on Russian grammar, reading, speaking, listening, and writing, developed through the study of authentic texts taken from Russian media. Topics include contemporary national and international issues, with a focus on diplomacy. Prerequisite: RUSS 2314 with a grade of C or better.

RUSS 3323. INTERMEDIATE RUSSIAN LANGUAGE AND POLITICS II (3-0) This is the second of four courses concentrating on Russian grammar, reading, speaking, listening, and writing, developed through the study of authentic texts taken from Russian media. Topics include contemporary national and international issues, with a focus on diplomacy. Added emphasis on texts portraying historical and geographical concerns. Prerequisite: RUSS 3322.

RUSS 3333. CONVERSATION AND TOPICS IN RUSSIAN CULTURE (3-0) Intermediate practice in spoken Russian using print and media resources on a range of cultural topics. Students actively master the discourse of the source media through dialogue, debate, and short presentations in Russian. May be repeated as topic varies. May be taken concurrently with RUSS 2313 and/or 2314. Credit will not be granted to native speakers. Prerequisite: RUSS 1442 with a grade of C or better.

RUSS 3343. RUSSIAN PHONETICS (3-0) Introduction to the articulatory phonetics of Russian. Of special interest to students who wish to improve their pronunciation, comprehension, and oral expression. Prerequisite: RUSS 2314 with a grade of C or better.

RUSS 3391. CONFERENCE COURSE (3-0) Independent study; consultation with instructor on a regular basis. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission.

RUSS 4181. RUSSIAN TRANSLATION LABORATORY PRACTICE (0-0) To increase translation proficiency through the use of the tape recorder and the computer. Emphasis on using the computer and in giving rapid sight translations from Russian into English. Prerequisite: Permission.

RUSS 4301. SELECTED AUTHORS AND TOPICS (3-0) Detailed reading and analysis of selected Russian writers such as Alexander Pushkin, Nikolai Gogol, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Leo Tolstoy, Ivan Turgenev and Anton Chekhov. Their works are compared in the light of urgent social, political, literary and philosophical questions of their day. May be repeated as topic varies. No prerequisites. Students majoring in Russian read some texts in the original. Taught in English. Satisfies the core curriculum requirement for literature.

RUSS 4302. RUSSIAN AND SOVIET CINEMA (3-0) A survey of Russian and Soviet cinema from their beginnings to the present. Special attention is paid to film theory and formal analysis, the ideological uses of film art, and cinema as a medium of cultural dissent and witness to social change. No prerequisites. May also be offered as ENGL 3300; credit will be granted in only one department. Taught in English.

RUSS 4303. PROPAGANDA AND IDEOLOGY IN SOVIET ART AND LITERATURE (3-0) An examination of the purpose, value and influence of the arts in revolutionary Russia with the aid of diverse source documents and artistic media. Focus is on the symbols, stories, rituals and ideologies that defined the Russian experience of `building socialism┬┐ in the early decades of the Soviet Union. No prerequisites. Students majoring in Russian read some texts in the original. Taught in English. Satisfies the core curriculum requirement for literature.

RUSS 4304. BANNED AND CENSORED WORKS OF RUSSIAN LITERATURE (3-0) An examination of selected works of Russian literature that were censored, banned or otherwise prohibited, from tsarist Russia through the Soviet period. The role of censorship in Russian cultural life, and the great works of literature that flourished in spite of it. No prerequisites. Students majoring in Russian read some texts in the original. Taught in English. Satisfies the core curriculum requirement for literature.

RUSS 4322. ADVANCED RUSSIAN LANGUAGE AND POLITICS I (3-0) This is the third of four courses concentrating on Russian grammar, reading, speaking, listening, and writing, developed through the study of authentic texts. Translation skills, and active and passive vocabulary also are practiced through study of contemporary Russian media and government publications. Topics include contemporary national and international issues, with a focus on diplomacy. Prerequisite: RUSS 3322 and 3323.

RUSS 4323. ADVANCED RUSSIAN LANGUAGE AND POLITICS II (3-0) This is the fourth of four courses concentrating on Russian grammar, reading, speaking, listening, and writing, developed through the study of authentic texts. Translation skills, and active and passive vocabulary also are practiced through study of linguistically advanced contemporary Russian print and non-print media and government publications. Topics include contemporary national and international issues, with a focus on diplomacy. Prerequisite: RUSS 4322.

RUSS 4334. THE CULTURE OF BUSINESS (3-0) A preparatory course in business Russian, focusing on social, political, and economic structures in Russia and Russian-speaking areas. Special emphasis will be placed on current events affecting the Russian business world. Prerequisite: two 3000-level Russian courses.

RUSS 4335. BUSINESS RUSSIAN (3-0) An introduction to business terminology, skills needed for writing business letters, conducting telephone conversations, commercial transactions, and international procedures. Operational and strategic issues involved in interaction with Russian firms and markets; international trade; competitive, vendor-customer, and collaborative relations. Prerequisite: two 3000-level Russian courses.

RUSS 4359. HISTORY OF RUSSIA TO 1885 (3-0) A survey of Russian history from the origins of the first Russian state through the reign of Nicholas I. Special attention to such topics as the Kievan Rus, the Mongol impact and Muscovite state, the rise of Imperial Russia, and Russia's emergence as a global power. Offered as HIST 4359 and RUSS 4359.

RUSS 4360. HISTORY OF RUSSIA SINCE 1855 (3-0) A survey of Russian history from the reign of Alexander II to the present. Special attention to such topics as the decline of Imperial Russia, the rise of the revolutionary spirit, and the emergence, consolidation, and development of the Soviet state. Offered as HIST 4360 and RUSS 4360.

RUSS 4361. THE POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT OF RUSSIA AND THE SUCCESSOR STATES (3-0) The domestic political systems of Russia and the other former Soviet republics. The communist state in retrospect. Development of political actors, institutions, and parties. Offered as POLS 4361 and RUSS 4361; credit will be given in only one department. Taught in English; for Russian language credit, research will be done in Russian.

RUSS 4362. RUSSIA AND THE SUCCESSOR STATES TODAY (3-0) The metamorphosis of the Communist Party and the current political philosophies of the post-Soviet states. Examination of attitudes and self-perceptions of citizens of these states in the post-period. Emphasis is on area studies and culture. The course will be taught in English, but for Russian language credit; research will be done in the Russian language. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Offered as HIST 4362, POLS 4362, & RUSS 4362. Credit will be granted in only one department.

RUSS 4365. FOREIGN POLICIES OF RUSSIA AND THE SUCCESSOR STATES (3-0) The foreign policies of Russia and other former Soviet republics. Development of their policymaking structures and the major issues confronting them. Emphasis on Russia and the superpower relationship, European security and cooperation, relations with developing states, and the interactions of the former Soviet republics. Also listed as RUSS 4365; credit will be given in only one department.

RUSS 4391. CONFERENCE COURSE (0-0) Independent study in the preparation of a paper or a translation on a research topic; consultation with instructor on a regular basis. May be repeated for credit.

RUSS 4393. RUSS INTERNSHIP (0-5)

RUSS 4394. HONORS THESIS/SENIOR PROJECT (0-0) Required of all students in the University Honors College. During the senior year, the student must complete a thesis or a project under the direction of a faculty member in the major department. May not be repeated for credit.