RUSS 401
Let's Remember the USSR! Fall 2024
Division I Difference, Power, and Equity

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This course is devoted to memories of the USSR. We will focus on memoirs that portray various epochs of Soviet history from different points of view, watch films dealing with the Soviet legacy, and respond to essays that consider the problems of history and myth. In so doing, we will discuss the significance of nostalgia, official vs. unofficial culture, the politics of memory, and the institution of monuments. Much of our course will focus on daily life in the USSR as remembered by the people who lived through it. However, we will also explore the meaning and status of such memories today in former Soviet countries through responses to daily readings, essays, and presentations. Of course, along the way, we will work on improving our spoken and written Russian.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 5-10
Class#: 1244
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Daily work (reading, preparing questions for discussion) 25%; weekly 1-2 page short written assignments (responses to open-ended questions about the daily readings) 25%; 2 short 10 minute presentations (on two illustrious works or figures) 25%; 1 final project, longer researched presentation 10-15 minutes 25%.
Prerequisites: Three years of Russian or instructor's consent.
Enrollment Preferences: RUSS or COMP
Distributions: Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
DPE Notes: This course will address several issues that directly relate to the DPE description: the lives of dissidents in the USSR; the legacy of imperialism in the countries of the former Soviet Union; and the role that the official version of history plays in Russia today.

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