Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Tatiana Kuzmic


Assistant ProfessorPh.D., University of Illinois

Tatiana Kuzmic

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REE 325 • Slavs In Western Imaginatn

43737 • Spring 2016
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM WRW 113
(also listed as EUS 347)

"Russians and Serbs and Poles, oh my!" -- Slavs in Western Imagination explores literary works and some popular culture items from Western Europe and North America that feature various Slavic characters in the roles of villain, rebel, romantic lover, manipulative marriage-wrecker, etc.  The course will address such questions as how the boundary between East and West came to exist within Europe (one historian argues that it pre-dates the Cold War by a couple of centuries), why, for example, the West has been obsessed with the idea that one of the royal Russian princesses (Anastasia) survived the communist purge, and what Sting meant in his song by "I hope the Russians love their children too."  We will cover some of the West's best-known literary classics as well scenes from HBO's Sex and the City where Carrie dates a Russian artist.

RUS 324 • Third-Year Russian I

44089 • Fall 2015
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM PAR 204

Prerequisites: RUS 611C or 412L. Or a proficiency level of 1 on the ILR scale (equivalent to Intermediate-low or Intermediate?mid on the ACTFL scale).

Course Content: This course is the fifth semester of Russian language instruction. It is a practical advanced all-round language course, based on the communicative-functional approach to language. We have two goals. The first is to develop functional linguistic proficiency in the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The second is to develop practical linguo-cultural competence, encompassing both high and popular culture. The textbook, a systematic review of Russian grammar, serves as a skeleton for the course structure. It will be supplemented by various authentic materials in different media developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Special attention will be paid to the contemporary mass media not only as linguistic material, but also as a point of access to Russian culture in its various forms. The course is conducted in Russian. At the end of the year (after this course and its successor Russian 325), most students should have achieved a proficiency level of 2 on the ILR scale (comparable to Advanced on the ACTFL scale).

Textbook:           

  • Benjamin Rifkin, Grammatika v kontekste. Russian grammar in literary contexts. McGraw-Hill, 1996. ISBN-10: 007-052831-4.

Recommended reference sources (not required):

  • Katzner, Kenneth. English-Russian, Russian-English Dictionary. 2nd ed. (John Wiley & Sons, 1994). ISBN: 978-0-471-01707-3.
  • Wade, Terence. A Comprehensive Russian Grammar. 3rd ed. (John Wiley & Sons, 2000). ISBN: 978-1-4051-3639-6.
  • Gerhart, Genevra. The Russian's World. 3rd ed. (Slavica Publishers, 2001). ISBN: 978-0-893-57293-8.

Grading. The components of the course grade and their relative weights are:

  • Unit exams: 40%
  • Daily homework assignments: 20%
  • Class participation: 20%
  • Cultural project: composition and oral presentation: 10%
  • Oral proficiency exams (mid-term and end-of-semester): 10%

There is no final in the course. Plus/minus grading will apply.

Please contact the instructor if you have any questions.

S C 312L • Second-Yr Serbian/Croatian II

44599 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM CMA 3.134

This is the second half of the second year BCS sequence.  We will continue to expand, vocabulary, grammatical knowledge, and general (both oral and written) communication skills. 

Texts:

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian by Alexander and Elias-Bursa?

Supplementary texts and exercises

Requirements and Grading:

Participation                            10%

Homework                              15%

3 written exams                       30% (10%each)

3 vocab quizzes                       15% (5% each)

1 oral exam/presentation         10%  

2 compositions                        20% (10% each)

REE 381 • Smnr Rus/E Eur/Eurasn Civ/Cul

45250 • Fall 2014
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM BUR 128

This is the introductory seminar to Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.  It consists of a series of guest lectures by a   diverse cast of CREEES faculty in order to give the students as  broad an overview of the field as possible.

Prerequisites: graduate standing. 

Readings:  Distributed by visiting lecturers a week before each lecture

Grading:   Participation:             10%

              Oral presentation:       40%

               Final research paper:  50%

S C 312K • Second-Yr Serbian/Croatian I

45675 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM CMA 3.134

This course continues to build the listening, speaking, reading, and  writing skills acquired in S C 506 and 507. We will review as well as expand basic grammar, increase vocabulary, and become more proficient in communication.

Prerequisites:  BCS 507 or equivalent

Readings:  Bosnian Croatian Serbian: A Texbook with Exercises and Basic Grammar by Ronelle Alexander and Ellen Elias-Bursa?

AND     Bosnian Croatian Serbian:  A Grammar by Ronelle Alexander

Grading: 4 written exams  10% each

1 oral exam                   10% each

1 composition                 5%

3 quizzes                       5% each

Homework                     20% total

Participation                   10% 

S C 507 • First-Year Serbian/Croatian II

45970 • Spring 2014
Meets M 2:00PM-4:00PM CMA 3.134

This course is a continuation to the introduction to the Bosnian,    Croatian, and Serbian language. It will focus on developing elementary speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, using both Cyrillic and Latin alphabets.

Prerequisites:  S_C 506 or equivalent

Readings:   Bosnian Croatian Serbian:  A Textbook with Exercises and Basic Grammar

                     by Ronelle Alexander and Ellen Elias-Bursa?

Grading:          Participation                  10%

Homework                                         20%

8 Quizzes                                          20% total

4 Written Exams                                 10% each

1 Oral Exam                                       10% 

S C 312L • Second-Yr Serbian/Croatian II

45300 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM CAL 21

This is the second half of the second year BCS sequence.  We will continue to expand, vocabulary, grammatical knowledge, and general (both oral and written) communication skills. 

Texts:

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian by Alexander and Elias-Bursa?

Supplementary texts and exercises

Requirements and Grading:

Participation                            10%

Homework                              15%

3 written exams                       30% (10%each)

3 vocab quizzes                       15% (5% each)

1 oral exam/presentation         10%  

2 compositions                        20% (10% each)

REE 381 • Smnr Rus/E Eur/Eurasn Civ/Cul

44720 • Fall 2012
Meets T 3:00PM-6:00PM PAR 210

This is the introductory seminar to Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.  It consists of a series of guest lectures by a   diverse cast of CREEES faculty in order to give the students as  broad an overview of the field as possible.

Prerequisites: graduate standing. 

Readings:  Distributed by visiting lecturers a week before each lecture

Grading:   Participation:             10%

              Oral presentation:       40%

               Final research paper:  50%

S C 312K • Second-Yr Serbian/Croatian I

45170 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM CAL 419

This course continues to build the listening, speaking, reading, and  writing skills acquired in S_C 506 and 507. We will review as well as expand basic grammar, increase vocabulary, and become more proficient in communication.

Prerequisites:  S C 507 or equivalent

Readings:  Bosnian Croatian Serbian: A Texbook with Exercises and Basic Grammar by Ronelle Alexander and Ellen Elias-Bursa?

AND     Bosnian Croatian Serbian:  A Grammar by Ronelle Alexander

Grading: 4 written exams  10% each

1 oral exam                   10% each

1 composition                 5%

3 quizzes                       5% each

Homework                     20% total

Participation                   10% 

S C 312L • Second-Yr Serbian/Croatian II

45705 • Spring 2011
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM CAL 422

This is the second half of the second year BCS sequence.  We will continue to expand, vocabulary, grammatical knowledge, and general (both oral and written) communication skills.  

S C 312K • Second-Yr Serbian/Croatian I

45060 • Fall 2010
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM CAL 419

Course Description

This course continues to build the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills acquired in S_C 506 and 507. We will review as well as expand basic grammar, increase vocabulary, and become more proficient in communication.

Texts:

Bosnian Croatian Serbian:  A Textbook with Exercises and Basic Grammar

by Ronelle Alexander and Ellen Elias-Bursa

Requirements and Grading

4 written exams            10% each

1 oral exam                        10% each

1 composition                        5% each

3 quizzes                                5% each

Homework                        20% total

Participation                        10% each

Prerequisites

S C 507

 

REE 325 • Major Works Of Tolstoy-W

45610 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM PAR 308

Please check back for updates.

S C 506 • First-Year Serbian/Croatian I

46125 • Fall 2009
Meets MTWTHF 12:00PM-1:00PM CAL 419

This course serves as the introduction to the major languages (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian) of the former Yugoslavia.  While the instructor will use Serbian as the language of instruction, use of other language variants will also be promoted, in order to provide historical and cultural insights into the ethnic mix of the area and thus, the students, both new to these languages and the heritage speakers can use the language variant of their choice.

Students will develop reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills by working in the fields of culture, grammar, lexicon, communicative skills, and linguistic norms.  The students will be able to recognize common knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, and behavioral patterns of the region, and to utilize such cultural norms. 

REE 325 • Slavic Women's Writing

44715 • Spring 2009
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM CAL 323
(also listed as EUS 347)

Please check back for updates.

S C 312L • Second-Yr Serbian/Croatian II

45245 • Spring 2009
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM PAR 305

This is the second half of the second year BCS sequence.  We will continue to expand, vocabulary, grammatical knowledge, and general (both oral and written) communication skills. 

Texts:

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian by Alexander and Elias-Bursa?

Supplementary texts and exercises

Requirements and Grading:

Participation                            10%

Homework                              15%

3 written exams                       30% (10%each)

3 vocab quizzes                       15% (5% each)

1 oral exam/presentation         10%  

2 compositions                        20% (10% each)

REE 325 • Slavs In Western Imagination

45657 • Fall 2008
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM JES A217A
(also listed as EUS 347)

Please check back for updates.

S C 312K • Second-Yr Serbian/Croatian I

46215 • Fall 2008
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM UTC 1.136

This course continues to build the listening, speaking, reading, and  writing skills acquired in S C 506 and 507. We will review as well as expand basic grammar, increase vocabulary, and become more proficient in communication.

Prerequisites:  BCS 507 or equivalent

Readings:  Bosnian Croatian Serbian: A Texbook with Exercises and Basic Grammar by Ronelle Alexander and Ellen Elias-Bursa?

AND     Bosnian Croatian Serbian:  A Grammar by Ronelle Alexander

Grading: 4 written exams  10% each

1 oral exam                   10% each

1 composition                 5%

3 quizzes                       5% each

Homework                     20% total

Participation                   10% 

Undergraduate Courses


Fall 2010 SC 312K Second Year Serbian/Croatian I

Course Description

This course continues to build the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills acquired in S_C 506 and 507. We will review as well as expand basic grammar, increase vocabulary, and become more proficient in communication.