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Spring 2012-2013
* RUS 409   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The History of Russian Rock

Mark R. Pettus

The course will examine the emergence of rock music in the period leading up to the collapse of the Soviet Union, and its enduring cultural and political significance in post-Soviet Russia (including recent protest movements) while developing students' appreciation of colloquial Russian. We will encounter a number of fascinating people and artists, charting their musical development, their forays into other genres (particularly film), and their political impact. Assignments will be listening to the music while studying the original Russian lyrics (with glosses and translations).

Reading/Writing assignments:
10-20 pages of original background material in English per week, as well as the original (glossed) Russian lyrics of approximately 20 songs per week for close reading in conjunction with the audio recordings. Short weekly written responses in English.

Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
RUS101 or instructor's permission. While students must have at least some Russian, every effort will be made to accommodate varying levels of Russian, as the course could potentially benefit everyone from intermediate to advanced learners..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43145 C01 03:00:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T Th   East Pyne Building   233   Enrolled:8 Limit:20