Featured Courses

Below is a list of new or revised courses being offered in fall 2020 which may be of interest to students in REECAS.

For a full list of REECAS courses, please click on the links to the right.

SLAVIC 245/LITTRANS 247 – The Evil Empire: Reading Putin's Russia

Instructor: Maksim Hanukai  

Meeting Time: TR 11:00-12:15 pm

3 Credits

Prerequisites: None. Open to first-year students.

Description: This course, situated between literary, political, cultural, and art studies, addresses contemporary Russia and the symbolic patterns that govern its erratic and seemingly irrational policies. We draw on political theory and investigative journalism as well as contemporary Russian film, fiction, and art in order to explore the peculiar, yet not unprecedented cult of violence that underlies Putin’s regime. We examine the origins of this cult in Russian imperial and Soviet culture and its implications for our understanding of current events.

SLAVIC 245/ LITTRANS 247 – History and Ethics on Film: Polish Cinema

Instructor: Łukasz Wodzyński

Meeting Time: TR 1:00 am-2:15 pm

3 Credits

Prerequisites: None. Open to first-year students.

Description: What constitutes heroism in the absence of universally shared moral frameworks? Who are we as individuals? What responsibility do we have for the way we represent reality to ourselves and to others? What constitutes “good life”? Engage with these questions and examine Polish cinematic tradition from the Polish Film School to the present. Explore key works, themes, and creators of Polish cinema, and probe the ethical and existential dimensions these films open up.

SLAVIC 245/ LITTRANS 247 – From Napoleon to Tolstoy's "War and Peace": History, Fiction, and Military Theory of the Napoleonic Wars

Instructor: Kirill Ospovat

Meeting Time: MWF 1:20-2:10 pm

3 Credits

Prerequisites: None. Open to first-year students.