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FLR (Foreign Language - Russian)
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Dual-Level Course
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Russian Cinema and Society
Russian Cinema and Society
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Foreign Languages & Literature (16FL)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Every Year
Spring 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

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University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Vladimir Bilenkin
Associate Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture2525NoN/A
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
None
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16RUMMinor in Russian StudiesElective
Russian culture and society through cinema. A study of selected films representative of major social-political, ideological, and artistic developments. Weekly film screenings. No knowledge of Russian required.

GEP HUM review


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Global Knowledge
Humanities
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Interpret major Russian films within their historical and cultural context.
 
 
Writing assignments and exams asking students to identify, analyze, and interpret video clips or/and still images. Assignment prompt: compare the first and the last screenshots in Kalatozov’s film Cranes Are Flying and discuss how they relate to the experience of the Soviet people in WWII.
 
 
Analyze internal elements of a film and relate them to the film's historical context.
 
 
Writing assignments and exams asking students to interpret films, video clips, and other visual materials.
Assignment prompt: identify elements of cultural reaction in Tarkovsy's The Mirror and Shepitko's The Ascent and explain how these films represent the social, economic, and ideological realities of the so-called ‘stagnation’ period.
 
 
Students will acquire a selected set of concepts used in film analysis and in the history of ideas about man, society, and nature. They will examine these concepts in films and other visual forms of representation and relate them to selected historical discourses.
 
 
Writing assignments and exam questions that ask students to interpret films, video clips, and other visual materials. Assignment prompt: interpret the painting “Lenin” by Komar and Melamud. What aesthetic principles and ideological tenets of Russian postmodernism does this painting represent?
Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
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Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
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Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 
Analyze aesthetic, cultural, and ideological changes in Russian Soviet and Post-Soviet cinema, from 1956 to the present day by comparing social and cultural values, artistic and ideological trends as represented in Russian cinema and locating them in contemporaneous contexts of Russian history.
 
 
Writing assignments, quizzes and exams on assigned films and readings. Exam prompt: which 19th-century Russian cultural concepts were visualized by Tarkovsky in the final scene of Nostalghia (1983)?
 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
Examine aesthetic and ideological changes in Russian cinema in the context of social, economic, and political developments in the Soviet Union and history of the Cold War.
 
 
Writing assignments, quizzes, and exam questions. Exam prompt: Identify and discuss Cold War themes in Mikhail Romm’s Nine Days of One Year. Relate Kulikov’s ideas to Western scholars' ’‘Modernization Theory’ of the Soviet Union.
US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
100
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
N/A
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
N/A
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
None
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
N/A
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 
Readings
Josephine Woll. Real Images: Soviet Cinema and the Thaw. 2000. On electronic reserve.
Alexander V. Prusin & Scott C. Zeman. "Taming Russia's Wild East." Online
Barbara Quart. "Between Materialism and Mysticism: The films of Larisa Shepitko." Electronic Reserve
Christina Stojanova. "New Russian Cinema." Online
Wiki article on Khrushchev Thaw. Online
Wiki article on First Chechen War. Online
Andrei Tarkovsky’s selected interviews. Online
Andrei Zvyagintsev's selected interviews. Online

Films
Forty First by Grigory Chukhrai. Online
Cranes Are Flying by Mikhail Kalatozov. Online
Destiny of a Man by Sergei Bondarchuk. Online
Ballad of a Soldier by Grigory Chukhrai. Online
Nine Days of One Year by Mikhail Romm. Online
White Sun of the Desert by Vladimir Motyl. Online
The Mirror by Andrei Tarkovsky. Online
The Ascent by Larisa Shepitko. Online
Cold Summer of '53 by Aleksandr Proshkin. Online
Burnt by the Sun by Nikita Mikhalkov. Online
Prisoner of the Mountains by Sergei Bodrov. Online
Brother and Brother 2 by Alexei Balabanov. Online
The Return by Andrei Zvyagintsev. Online
Elena by Andrei Zvyagintsev. Online

Documentaries
Karl Marx and Marxism. Online
War of the Century (Part 1-4). Online
Perestroika: From Re-Building to Collapse. Online
The Political Incident of October. Online
Thieves by Law. Online
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
Socialist realism. Soviet Cinema and Russian society in the ‘Thaw’ (1956-1966). WWII and the Great Patriotic War. The General Theory of the Soviet Union. Cultural Reaction in the USSR and its representations in Soviet Cinema. The Cinema of ‘Perestroika’ (1985-1991). Post-Soviet Cinema and Society. Selected films and documentaries. Post-Modernism and the Cultural Politics of the 1990s. Stabilization of Russian Society and New realism.

Required readings

Josephine Woll. Real Images: Soviet Cinema and the Thaw. 2000. Electronic reserve.
Alexander V. Prusin & Scott C. Zeman. "Taming Russia's Wild East." Online
Barbara Quart. "Between Materialism and Mysticism: The films of Larisa Shepitko." Electronic Reserve
Christina Stojanova. "New Russian Cinema." Online
Wiki article on Khrushchev Thaw. Online
Wiki article on First Chechen War. Online
Andrei Tarkovsky’s selected interviews. Online
Andrei Zvyagintsev's selected interviews. Online
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
None
This course is taught as a part of the instructor's regular course load.

This course will:

• provide an overview and in-depth discussion of of Soviet Russian and post-Soviet political and cultural history, with the emphasis on the Marxist roots of Soviet ideology;

• introduce students to a selection of major Russian films from 1956 to present, accompanied by the analysis of their ideas and relation to social reality and human condition;

• provide students with a set of concepts to analyze and interpret films;

• introduce students to several methods of critical analysis.


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. describe the social and cultural significance of Russian cinema from the post-war years to the present;

2. evaluate the ways in which the interpretation of Russian films can deepen their knowledge and understanding of the modern world;

3. analyze the relationship between cinematic representations, national culture, social reality, contemporaneous ideological and political contexts;

4. describe key social and cultural values, ideas, issues and trends in Soviet and post-Soviet Russian cinema and locate them in specific contexts of modern Russia’s history;

5. analyze and interpret films as vehicles of ideological messages;

6. describe by using cinematic examples some major changes in Soviet Russian and post-Soviet society and culture;

7.critically approach American reviews of Russian films based on their acquired knowledge of Russian post-war history and culture.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Quizzes30%N/A
Midterm30%N/A
Final Exam40%N/A
Otherfor special agreed upon creditsIn addition, students will have an opportunity to earn extra credits towards the overall grade by solving cultural 'puzzles' in the form of voluntary homework assignments.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Socialist realism. Soviet Cinema and Russian society in the ‘Thaw’ (1956-1966).Week 1-6Lectures, readings, screenings, class discussions.
The Cold War and Cultural Reaction and their representations in Soviet Cinema.Week 6-7Lectures, readings, screenings, class discussions.
WWII and the Great Patriotic War. The General Theory of the Soviet Union and the Late Soviet CinemaWeek 8-9Lectures, readings, screenings, class discussions.
Cultural Reaction and the Cinema of ‘Perestroika’ (1985-1991).Week 10Lectures, readings, screenings, class discussions.
Post-Soviet Cinema and Society.Week 11Lectures, readings, screenings, class discussions.
Russian Postmodernism and the Cultural Politics of the 1990sweek 12-13Lectures, readings, screenings, class discussions.
Stabilization of Russian Society and New realism. Week 14-16Lectures, readings, screenings, class discussions, and final exam.

aeherget (Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:26:19 GMT): AECHH: Edits to match provided syllabus, request via email. 9.19.2016
aeherget (Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:12:39 GMT): AECHH: Update to CIP Code. 9.21.2016
aeherget (Mon, 03 Oct 2016 17:18:17 GMT): AECHH: Uploading updated syllabus per instructor's request via email. 10-3-2016
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