Courses and Syllabi

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Spring 2021

Undergraduate

100-Level Courses

RUSS 110: Elementary Russian (6 Credits)

Introduces elements of grammar, vocabulary, oral skills, listening comprehension, and reading. Notes: Students may not receive credit for RUSS 110 and RUSS 101, 102. Equivalent to RUSS 101, RUSS 102.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Additional Course Details: Taught in Russian

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

200-Level Courses

RUSS 201: Intermediate Russian I (3 Credits)

Further development of skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Notes: RUSS 201 and 202 must be taken in sequence. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: RUSS 102, RUSS 110, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Additional Course Details: Taught in Russian

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

RUSS 202: Intermediate Russian II (3 Credits)

Application of language skills to reading, composition, and discussion. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: RUSS 201, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Additional Course Details: Fulfills Frgn Lng requirment, Taught in Russian

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

300-Level Courses

GGS 326: Geography of Eastern Europe and Russia (3 Credits)

A regional study of Eastern Europe and European Russia in terms of population patterns, economic activities, urbanization, planning and politics, migration, religion, landscape, and physical geographic features. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: 6 credits of geography or Russian studies, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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

Examines continuity and change in Russia's Soviet era and post-Soviet era politics and international relations. Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Recommended Prerequisite: GOVT 132, 133.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

GOVT 345: Islam and Politics (3 Credits)

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. Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

HIST 300: Introduction to Historical Method (3 Credits)

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. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Specialized Designation: Mason Impact., Writing Intensive in 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

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3 Sections Currently Scheduled

HIST 326: Stalinism (3 Credits)

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. Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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

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. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

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

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: Topic Varies, Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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8 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 388: Topics in European History (3 Credits)

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.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Schedule Type: Lecture

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3 Sections Currently Scheduled

RUSS 311: Contemporary Russian Short Fiction (3 Credits)

Reading and discussion of recent short stories by best-known Russian writers of today. Notes: Readings in original language. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: RUSS 202, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Additional Course Details: Taught in Russian

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

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

Surveys Russian literature of late 19th and 20th centuries. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Literature
Schedule Type: Lecture

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RUSS 353: Russian Civilization (3 Credits)

Civilization and culture of Russia and former Soviet Union. Includes films, slides, and music in addition to readings and lectures. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Recommended Prerequisite: 60 credits and completion or concurrent enrollment in all other required Mason Core courses.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

RUSS 381: Advanced Russian II (3 Credits)

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. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: RUSS 202 or equivalent, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor
Schedule Type: Lecture
Additional Course Details: Taught in Russian

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

400-Level Courses

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

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.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: GOVT 132, 133.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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

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. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive, Writing Intensive in Major
Recommended Prerequisite: History majors with 90 credits
Registration Restrictions:

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

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Senior.

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in History.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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3 Sections Currently Scheduled

RUSS 481: Fourth-Year Russian (3 Credits)

Advanced work in major grammatical and lexical topics of Russian. Application of theoretical principles in guided written and oral exercises. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: RUSS 380, 381, or equivalent.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Additional Course Details: Taught in Russian

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics Courses

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

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.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: GOVT 132, 133.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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8 Sections Currently Scheduled »

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

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: Topic Varies, Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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8 Sections Currently Scheduled »

HIST 388: Topics in European History (3 Credits)

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.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Schedule Type: Lecture

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3 Sections Currently Scheduled