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Willamette University

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German and Russian: Russian

RUSS 131 Elementary Russian I (1)

The course introduces the basic features of Russian grammar and provides an essential Russian vocabulary for practical conversation, reading, writing, and aural comprehension. Classroom work is supplemented with laboratory and multimedia practice.

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Conliffe

RUSS 132 Elementary Russian II (1)

The course introduces the basic features of Russian grammar and provides an essential Russian vocabulary for practical conversation, reading, writing, and aural comprehension. Classroom work is supplemented with laboratory and multimedia practice.

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Conliffe

RUSS 150 (IT) Tolstoy's War and Peace (1)

This course is devoted to a close reading of Tolstoy's War and Peace -- for many, one of the world's greatest novels. Topics include Tolstoy's use of language and literary innovation; Tolstoy's representations of consciousness and knowledge, human intentions and responsibility; Tolstoy's views on history and historiography; his depictions of life and his comments on the meaning of life; and, the role and meaning of war. Taught in English.

Mode of Inquiry: Interpreting texts

  • Offering: Alternate years in fall
  • Instructor: Conliffe

RUSS 181 Bilingual Mentorship (.25)

Supervised mentorship with the Bilingual Program of the Salem-Keizer Public Schools. Students are matched with heritage speakers of Russian. Students are admitted to the course after receiving consent from instructor and the school district. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 1.0 credit.

  • Offering: Fall, Spring
  • Instructor: Conliffe

RUSS 231 Intermediate Russian I (1)

The course continues the study of basic Russian language skills, introducing various language styles and adding to the students' vocabulary base. In second semester, students complete reading and composition assignments, and discuss and write reports on simple videos. Classroom work is supplemented with laboratory and multimedia practice.

Prerequisite: RUSS 131 and RUSS 132 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Conliffe

RUSS 232 Intermediate Russian II (1)

The course continues the study of basic Russian language skills, introducing various language styles and adding to the students' vocabulary base. In second semester, students complete reading and composition assignments, and discuss and write reports on simple videos. Classroom work is supplemented with laboratory and multimedia practice.

Prerequisite: RUSS 131 and RUSS 132 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Conliffe

RUSS 233 (W; TH; 4th Sem Lang Req) Russian Culture: Russian Ways and Views of Russia (1)

This writing-centered course acquaints students with major artistic achievements in Russian society from the 10th century to the present day -- in architecture, painting, literature, and music -- and explores particularly Russian manners and customs that define the everyday lives of its people. It examines the possible ways in which these achievements, manners, and customs might be said to define that society in a certain period. The materials are presented historically through films, music, pictures, paintings, readings, and food.

Mode of Inquiry: Thinking Historically

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered; Fourth Semester Language Requirement

  • Offering: Alternate years in springs
  • Instructor: Conliffe

RUSS 320 (W; IT; 4th Sem Lang Req) Introduction to Russian Literature in Translation (1)

[Crosslisted with LIT 320]

The course examines selected works in translation of Russian prose and poetry of the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition to examining the works in their literary context (style, genre, linguistic peculiarities, rhetorical devices, irony, satire, etc.) the historical and societal viewpoint will also be discussed, so that the student will have a better understanding of the Russian people in each particular period of history.

Mode of Inquiry: Interpreting Texts

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered; Fourth Semester Language Requirement

  • Offering: Alternate years in fall
  • Instructor: Conliffe

RUSS 325 (IT) Topics in Russian Literature (1)

This course enables a student to acquire knowledge of selected authors, genres, and literary periods in Russian literature. Potential texts include Chekhov's plays, Dostoevsky's political novels, Russian fairy tales, Nabokov's prose, and the stories of contemporary women writers in Russia. Taught in English.

Mode of Inquiry: Interpreting Texts

  • Offering: Alternate years in spring
  • Instructor: Conliffe

RUSS 331 Russian Composition and Discussion (1)

In this course the three creative elements of language learning, speech and writing are given foremost attention. Oral and written composition based upon reading of texts emphasizing Russian culture, as well as literary texts enabling the student to become acquainted with the literary vocabulary needed in more advanced letters courses. Exercises in syntax and introductory phonetics. Laboratory exercises stressing comprehension and pronunciation. Conducted in Russian.

Prerequisite: RUSS 232 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: The Ukraine visiting professor

RUSS 333 Russian Civilization and Culture (1)

Studies in geography, history, economics and the chronological development of culture and ideas. Class discussions. Oral and written reports in Russian.

Prerequisite: RUSS 331 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Conliffe

RUSS 370 Introduction to Russian Literature (.5)

The course examines selected works (in Russian) of Russian prose and poetry of the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition to examining the works in their literary context (style, genre, linguistic peculiarities, rhetorical devices, irony, satire, etc.) the historical and societal viewpoint will also be discussed, so that the student will have a better understanding of the Russian people in each particular period of history. Course to be taught in Russian.

Prerequisite: RUSS 331

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Conliffe

RUSS 381 Bilingual Mentorship (.25)

Supervised mentorship with the Bilingual Program of the Salem-Keizer Public Schools. Students are matched with heritage speakers of Russian. Students are admitted to the course after receiving consent from instructor and the school district. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 1.0 credit.

  • Offering: Fall, Spring
  • Instructor: Conliffe

RUSS 490 (W) Reading and Conference (.5 or 1)

To enable students who have a sound grasp of Russian grammar and some experience in literary analysis to develop better reading skills and to expand their knowledge of Russian culture. The course is designed to assist and direct students' work on a larger research paper in Russian studies. It is an intensive reading and writing course, but also a course in which students share their work with their peers and instructor.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Conliffe