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RUSS6612 - The Great Patriotic War
Many contemporary international problems are the result of the worldwide reorganization after World War II. For 70 years, every country developed its own account of the global conflict that took place from 1939 to 1945. The war between the USSR and Hitler’s Germany and its allies became known as the Great Patriotic War. For present-day Russians, this is one of the chief historical events used to construct national identity.
This course examines the War from the point of view of military-historical anthropology and analyzes Russian cultural reflection of Russia’s war-filled past. Graduate students will familiarize themselves with the main schools of thought of Russian historians on the causes, chronology, and results of the Great Patriotic War. Topics covered will include the most controversial events and issues from the War, such as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact; collaborationism; the fate of non-combatants; economic, demographic, and cultural effects of the War on the USSR; and others. But the course will primarily focus on the forms and mechanisms of memory about the War in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. Civ Cul & Soc
Summer 2013, Summer 2016 Language Schools
RUSS6661 - Russian Folk Culture
Russian Folk Culture: Its Sources, Traditions, and Art
Russian folk culture is important for understanding the country and its people and explains much about today’s Russia. This course will examine the roots of Russian folk culture, types of traditional homes, the Russian folk calendar and life cycle, family and wedding traditions, folk art, and folklore and its “cultural heroes.” Students will not only learn about folk culture, but will learn to make representative items, such as dolls and combs, prepare long-popular Russian dishes, perform ritual songs, and play games that were played in Russian villages. Assignments will include a final project and presentation. Civ Cul & Soc
RUSS6746 - Everyday Cultre:Russian People
Everyday Culture of the Russian People
Despite the gradual disappearance of a more rural style of life, urbanization, and globalization, traditional folk values and ethno-cultural idiosyncrasies continue to affect the lives of modern Russians. This course will focus on the ethics and aesthetics of the Russian people as they are manifested in everyday life and holidays.
The course will consist of five thematic parts: (1) labor and economics of the Russian village;
(2) the typology and semantics of the traditional home; (3) family and marriage among Russians; (4) Russian views on beauty; and (5) Russian artistic crafts and folklore. Civ Cul & Soc
Summer 2016 Language Schools