Russian and Eurasian Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses

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200-Level Courses

RUSS 250: Gateway to Advanced Russian (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Integration of advanced intermediate-level Russian grammar, reading, writing, listening and speaking skills with the development of research skills and critical thinking about authentic texts from contemporary media. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Russian
Recommended Prerequisite: RUSS 210.
Schedule Type: Lecture

300-Level Courses

HIST 300: Introduction to Historical Method (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Introduces research skills and methods, as well as historical interpretation, culminating in written and oral presentations. Notes: Topics vary according to instructor. History majors strongly urged to take HIST 300 as soon as possible after reaching 30 credits. Grade of C or better is required to graduate with BA in history. Students may repeat HIST 300 only with permission from the Department of History and Art History and repetitions are limited. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Specialized Designation: Scholarly Inquiry, Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: History majors with 30 credits or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in History.

Schedule Type: Lecture

RUSS 302: Russian Conversation and Composition (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Develops in students ability to express themselves orally on topics of current interest and everyday situations. Provides practice in more difficult forms of written expression. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Russian, Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: RUSS 250, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

RUSS 303: Russian Advanced Conversation (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Development of oral proficiency. Includes current colloquial expressions. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Russian
Recommended Prerequisite: RUSS 250, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

RUSS 310: Readings in Russian Literature (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Readings of Russian literary works in original language with lectures, discussions, and exam in Russian. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Russian
Recommended Prerequisite: RUSS 250, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

RUSS 311: Contemporary Russian Short Fiction (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Reading and discussion of recent short stories by best-known Russian writers of today.Notes: Readings in original language. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Russian
Recommended Prerequisite: RUSS 250, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

HIST 312: Nationalism in Eastern Europe (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Examines history of modern Eastern Europe from mid-19th century through collapse of communist regimes in 1989, and includes focus on Yugoslav wars of 1990s. Nationalism provides organizing theme; topic approached through literature, political, social, cultural, and new media sources. Class sessions emphasize discussion of central issues and sources. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

RUSS 325: Major Russian Writers (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Study of works of major Russian writers in translation. Writers to be studied vary. Notes: May be repeated once for credit when course content is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 9 credits.
Mason Core: Literature
Specialized Designation: Taught in English, Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 101/ENGH 101 or equivalent or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

HIST 326: Stalinism (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Examines Josef Stalin and Stalinism as a political, economic, social, and cultural system, with a focus on the period from Lenin's death in 1924 through Stalin's death in 1953. Explores the history of rapid industrialization, collectivization of agriculture, famine, terror, war, Cold War, and human suffering in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

RUSS 326: A Survey of Russian Literature (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Surveys Russian literature from its beginning to 1880. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Literature
Specialized Designation: Taught in English
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 60 hours or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

RUSS 327: A Survey of Russian Literature (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Surveys Russian literature of late 19th and 20th centuries. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Literature
Specialized Designation: Taught in English
Schedule Type: Lecture

HIST 327: The Soviet Union and Russia Since World War II (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Analyzes the Soviet Union, the Cold War "enemy" of the United States, from victory in World War II under Joseph Stalin through collapse in 1991. Studies the fifteen independent countries that emerged from the Soviet collapse, including Russia, the Baltic States, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Central Asia, and the Caucasus, which continue to influence world politics and culture today. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

HIST 328: Rise of Russia (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Political, social, and cultural development of Russia from early times to the end of the 19th century. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

HIST 329: Modern Russia and the Soviet Union (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Russia and the Soviet Union from the early 20th century to the present. Focuses on the Russian Revolution and the political, social, cultural, and economic developments of the Soviet and post-Soviet eras. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

GOVT 338: Government and Politics of Russia (3 Credits)

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Examines continuity and change in Russia's Soviet era and post-Soviet era politics and international relations. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: GOVT 132, 133.
Schedule Type: Lecture

GOVT 340: Central Asian Politics (3 Credits)

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Comparative examination of political change in Central Asia with attention to national identity formation, political economy, political conflict, political Islam, and democratization. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

GOVT 345: Islam and Politics (3 Credits)

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Covers politics of religion in Muslim societies; history, ideology, and practices of key individuals, movements, and institutions; case studies of political Islam in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and the West; plurality and diversity of political expression in Muslim world; nature of democracy in Islam; and Islamic state. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

RUSS 353: Russian Civilization (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Civilization and culture of Russia and former Soviet Union. Includes films, slides, and music in addition to readings and lectures. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Specialized Designation: Taught in English, Non-Western Culture
Recommended Prerequisite: 60 credits and completion or concurrent enrollment in all other required Mason Core courses.
Schedule Type: Lecture

RUSS 354: Contemporary Post-Soviet Life (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Social life, art, economics, education, view of life, and personal aspirations of Russian citizen today. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Taught in English, Non-Western Culture
Recommended Prerequisite: 54 hours or Permission of Instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

RUSS 380: Advanced Russian I (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Comprehensive study of the more difficult characteristics of contemporary standard Russian in areas of grammar, style, and vocabulary usage. Emphasizes developing fluency in oral and written expression. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Russian
Recommended Prerequisite: RUSS 202, 250 or equivalent; appropriate placement score; or permission of instructor
Schedule Type: Lecture

ECON 380: Economies in Transition (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Examines problems and achievements of formerly communist and socialist countries including China, Eastern European countries, and Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union as they transition to more market-oriented economies. Includes market economics and central planning. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Recommended Prerequisite: ECON 103 and 104 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

RUSS 381: Advanced Russian II (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Comprehensive study of the more difficult characteristics of contemporary standard Russian in areas of grammar, style, and vocabulary usage. Emphasizes developing fluency in oral and written expression. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Russian
Recommended Prerequisite: RUSS 202, 250 or equivalent; appropriate placement score; or permission of instructor
Schedule Type: Lecture

ARTH 386: The Silk Road (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Explores luxury arts and material culture of Eurasian trade routes between Mediterranean and China in historical, religious, and social contexts. Emphasizes cultural interactions in medieval Central Asia. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Recommended Prerequisite: 24 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture

HIST 387: Topics in Global History (3-6 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest in global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

HIST 388: Topics in European History (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Schedule Type: Lecture

400-Level Courses

RUSS 401: Readings in the Social Sciences (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Reading, translation, and discussion of Russian materials in fields of history, politics, geography, and sociology. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Russian
Schedule Type: Lecture

RUSS 407: Russian Drama and Theater (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Development of Russian theater including directing techniques in Moscow Art Theater. Reading and discussion of major Russian plays of 19th and 20th centuries. Notes: Course work in English; knowledge of Russian not required. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Taught in English
Recommended Prerequisite: 60 hours or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

RUSS 410: Russian Poetry (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Historical development of Russian poetry and representative works of major poets. Notes: Reading in Russian; course work in English and Russian. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

HIST 426: The Russian Revolution (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Era of revolutionary activity from 19th century to end of 1920s, with emphasis on Russian Revolutions of 1917. Explores why revolutionary situation developed; political, social, and cultural issues at stake; why it took various forms; and revolution's contribution to nature of Soviet state and post-Soviet problems. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Recommended Prerequisite: 45 credits or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

GOVT 444: Issues in International Studies (1-3 Credits)

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Major issues in international systems, including international political economy and security. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different with permission of department. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 9 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: GOVT 132, 133.
Schedule Type: Lecture

GOVT 447: Revolution and International Politics (3 Credits)

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Historical overview of modern revolutions as well as different theories about causes and consequences of revolutions. Special attention to Marxist-Leninist, Arab nationalist, and Islamic revolutions. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: GOVT 133.
Schedule Type: Lecture

HIST 460: Modern Iran (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Modern Iran, from 1800 to present, in context of several broad themes: institutional structure of state; role of great powers in Iran and Iranian response to economic, military, technological, and ideological challenge posed by West; interaction of religion and other ideologies and politics; economic development and impact on politics and society; and ways historians have sought to understand and interpret modern Iranian history. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

HIST 462: Women in Islamic Society (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Surveys history of women in Islamic society from rise of Islam to present day. Examines historical processes that affected role and status of women in society, and specific topics around which issues of gender status and identity coalesced, especially in modern period. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

RUSS 470: Topics in (Post) Soviet Film (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Russian, Soviet, and post-Soviet films selected by type, period, or director with emphasis varying from year to year. Required viewings, student discussion, and written critiques. Notes: May be repeated once with permission of department or film studies adviser. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 9 credits.
Specialized Designation: Taught in English
Schedule Type: Lecture

RUSS 480: Fourth-Year Russian (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Advanced work in major grammatical and lexical topics of Russian. Application of theoretical principles in guided written and oral exercises. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: RUSS 380 and 381 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

RUSS 481: Fourth-Year Russian (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Advanced work in major grammatical and lexical topics of Russian. Application of theoretical principles in guided written and oral exercises. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: RUSS 380, 381, or equivalent.
Schedule Type: Lecture

HIST 499: RS: Senior Seminar in History (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Research on specialized historical topic culminating in seminar paper and oral presentation. Synthesis course; students expected to integrate knowledge and skills acquired in Mason Core courses. Notes: Subject determined by instructor. Student may present no more than 3 credits for graduation credit. Must receive passing grade to graduate with BA in history. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive, Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: History majors with 90 credits
Registration Restrictions:

Required Prerequisites: (HIST 300C) and (ENGH 302C, ENGL 302C, HNRS 110C or 210C).
C Requires minimum grade of C.

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in History.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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