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RUSS 303 Topics in Russian Culture (in English)

Features of Russian culture with an emphasis on historical and social contexts. Specific course content will vary. Consult CENES for this year's offerings at

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3

Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
RUSS 303 001Web-Oriented Course1 Wed18:0021:00

What makes Russian culture unique? Why does it place such a high value on the homeland, on close personal relationships, and on openness in expressing emotions? Are these values real, or just clich├ęs?

In this course, we will discuss the fundamental values that structure the Russian worldview, the historical events and societal pressures that went into forming it, and how these values are evident in the manifestations of Russian high culture we are all familiar with today.

The class format is flexible. You can choose either a synchronous or asynchronous option. Students who choose the asynchronous option must participate by posting on the course discussion board. The course includes recorded lectures with slide illustrations, virtual synchronous seminars, online discussions, assigned readings from classic Russian literature, and films from celebrated Russian directors.