RUSSA3303 Course Syllabus in the Russian Language Program at Cornell University
Russian 3303: Syllabus
Week 1: Wednesday 08/27/13 - Tuesday 09/02/13
Wednesday
No assignment. The materials for your first film will be handed out in class.
Friday
Come to Noyes Lodge to be introduced to the techniques we'll use in the writing classes this semester.
Monday
День Труда, отдыхайте.
Week 2: Wednesday 09/03/13 - Tuesday 09/09/13
Wednesday
See Course Description for directions on doing this homework.
«Майкл и Светлана»:
Часть 1. Он
Часть 2. Она
1.Prepare for a general discussion.

2. For each film class, prepare 3 questions on the assigned episodes. In class, your questions will be answered by your classmates as part of the discussion.

Friday
Write a draft of a new essay. You may write about the film you're working on with Viktoria, or about anything else in your life (real or imagined). You will continue working on the draft in class.
Monday
Чтение 1
See Course Description for directions on doing this homework. The above link is provided for your convenience: the text is divided into weekly assignments and includes English glosses. The original Internet publication of this story by Novyj Mir can be found at http://magazines.russ.ru/novyi_mi/2002/3/ul-pr.html.
Week 3: Wednesday 09/10/13 - Tuesday 09/16/13
Wednesday
«Майкл и Светлана»:
Часть 3. Первая встреча.
Часть 4. Первые проблемы.
1.Prepare for a general discussion.

2. For each film class, prepare 3 questions on the assigned episodes. In class, your questions will be answered by your classmates as part of the discussion.

Friday
Review Slava's final corrections of last week's essay, write a new draft. You may write about the film you're working on with Viktoria, or about anything else in your life (real or imagined). You will continue working on the draft in class.
Monday
Чтение 2
The above link is provided for your convenience: the text is divided into weekly assignments and includes English glosses. The original Internet publication of this story by Novyj Mir can be found at http://magazines.russ.ru/novyi_mi/2002/3/ul-pr.html.
Week 4: Wednesday 09/17/13 - Tuesday 09/23/13
Wednesday
«Майкл и Светлана»:
Часть 5. Оазис
Часть 6. Барби
1.Prepare for a general discussion.

2. For each film class, prepare 3 questions on the assigned episodes. In class, your questions will be answered by your classmates as part of the discussion.

Friday
Review Slava's final corrections of last week's essay, write a new draft. You may write about the film you're working on with Viktoria, or about anything else in your life (real or imagined). You will continue working on the draft in class.
Monday
Чтение 3
The above link is provided for your convenience: the text is divided into weekly assignments and includes English glosses. The original Internet publication of this story by Novyj Mir can be found at http://magazines.russ.ru/novyi_mi/2002/3/ul-pr.html.
Week 5: Wednesday 09/24/13 - Tuesday 09/30/13
Wednesday
«Майкл и Светлана»:
Часть 7. Америка
Часть 8. Здесь всё не то
Часть 9. Муж и жена
1.Prepare for a general discussion.

2. For each film class, prepare 3 questions on the assigned episodes. In class, your questions will be answered by your classmates as part of the discussion.

Friday
Review Slava's final corrections of last week's essay, write a new draft. You may write about the film you're working on with Viktoria, or about anything else in your life (real or imagined). You will continue working on the draft in class.
Monday
Чтение 4
The above link is provided for your convenience: the text is divided into weekly assignments and includes English glosses. The original Internet publication of this story by Novyj Mir can be found at http://magazines.russ.ru/novyi_mi/2002/3/ul-pr.html.
Week 6: Wednesday 10/01/13 - Tuesday 10/07/13
Wednesday
Panel discussion: "International marriages" (Международные браки). In preparation for this discussion, write an essay (1.5-2 pp., printed double-spaced). Include your analysis of the events and attitudes in «Майкл и Светлана». If you know someone who has experience with international marriages, you may want to interview them and include your findings in your essay, or discuss anything relevant that you may know from books, etc. For the panel discussion, be prepared to start with a 5-minute presentation on the subject.
Friday
Review Slava's final corrections of last week's essay, write a new draft. You may write about the film you're working on with Viktoria, or about anything else in your life (real or imagined). You will continue working on the draft in class.
Monday
Чтение 5
The above link is provided for your convenience: the text is divided into weekly assignments and includes English glosses. The original Internet publication of this story by Novyj Mir can be found at http://magazines.russ.ru/novyi_mi/2002/3/ul-pr.html.
Week 7: Wednesday 10/08/13 - Tuesday 10/13/13
Wednesday
For this class watch all the episodes listed below, then study more carefully the episode assigned for you. See Course Description for the links to the film and details on working in pairs.
«Newsmaker kit: Children from Russia» (Сумка репортёра — Дети из России):
Ролик 1. Миша Балашов (4 мин.) (Students 1, 2 & 9)
Ролик 2. Интервью с Шепетиновским и Волковой о судьбе воспитанников детских домов (2 мин. 40 сек.) (Students 3, 4 & 10)
Ролик 3. Алеся Комиссарова (8 мин. 40 сек.) (Students 5, 6, 7 & 8)
Friday
Review Slava's final corrections of last week's essay, write a new draft. You may write about the film you're working on with Viktoria, or about anything else in your life (real or imagined). You will continue working on the draft in class.
Monday
Осенние каникулы
Week 8: Wednesday 10/15/13 - Tuesday 10/21/13
Wednesday
For this class watch all the episodes listed below, then study more carefully the episode assigned for you. See Course Description for the links to the film and details «Children from Russia» (Дети из России):
Ролик 4. Интервью с Ниной Григорьевной о международном усыновлении (3 мин. 10 сек.) (Students 1, 2 & 9)
Ролик 6. Карманов о тайне усыновления (3 мин. 50 сек.) (Students 3, 4 & 10)
Ролик 7. Карманов о российском усыновлении и судьбе воспитанников детских домов (7 мин.) — 1-ый, 2-ой, 3-ий, 4-ый и 5-ый вопросы. (Students 5, 6, 7 & 8)
Friday
Review Slava's final corrections of last week's essay, write a new draft. You may write about the film you're working on with Viktoria, or about anything else in your life (real or imagined). You will continue working on the draft in class.
Monday
Чтение 6
The above link is provided for your convenience: the text is divided into weekly assignments and includes English glosses. The original Internet publication of this story by Novyj Mir can be found at http://magazines.russ.ru/novyi_mi/2002/3/ul-pr.html.
Week 9: Wednesday 10/22/13 - Tuesday 10/28/13
Wednesday
For this class watch your Ролик. Prepare to tell your part of the story in class. You may be asked to tell the story from the point of view of any character. See Course Description for the links to the film and details on working in pairs.
«Children from Russia» (Дети из России):
Ролик 9. Оля Калинина, день первый: история девочки и ее альбом (8 мин. 50 сек.) (Students 1, 2 & 9)
Ролик 10. Оля Калинина, день второй: знакомство с родителями (первые 9 мин.) (Students 3, 4 & 10)
Ролик 10. (вторая половина, начиная с ЗАГСА) (Students 5, 6, 7 & 8)
Friday
Review Slava's final corrections of last week's essay, write a new draft. You may write about the film you're working on with Viktoria, or about anything else in your life (real or imagined). You will continue working on the draft in class.
Monday
Л. Улицкая “Детство сорок девять”. Капустное чудо.
Week 10: Wednesday 10/29/13 - Tuesday 11/04/13
Wednesday
Panel discussion: Adoption of children in Russia and America.
For this class, watch this one part:
Ролик 11. Оля Калинина, день третий: прощай Россия (20 мин. 30 сек.)
In preparation for this discussion, write an essay (1.5-2 pp., printed double-spaced). Include your analysis of the events and attitudes in the film. If you know someone who has experience with adoption, you may want to interview them and include your findings in your essay, or discuss anything relevant that you may know from books, etc. For the panel discussion, be prepared to start with a 5-minute presentation on the subject.
Friday
Review Slava's final corrections of last week's essay, write a new draft. You may write about the film you're working on with Viktoria, or about anything else in your life (real or imagined). You will continue working on the draft in class.
Monday
Чтение. Л. Улицкая “Детство сорок девять”. Восковая уточка
Week 11: Wednesday 11/05/13 - Tuesday 11/11/13
Wednesday
For this class watch all the episodes listed below, then study more carefully the episode assigned for you.
Life on Atomic River. See Course Description or Online course materialsfor the link to the film.
Часть 1. «Просто так не умирает никто» (8 мин.) (Students 1, 2 & 9)
Часть 2. «Река заражена» (4 мин.) (Students 3, 4 & 10)
Часть 3. «Это было в 57-ом году» (8 мин.) (Students 5, 6, 7 & 8)
Friday
Review Slava's final corrections of last week's essay, write a new draft. You may write about the film you're working on with Viktoria, or about anything else in your life (real or imagined). You will continue working on the draft in class.
Monday
Чтение. Л. Улицкая «Детство сорок девять». Дед-шептун
Week 12: Wednesday 11/12/13 - Tuesday 11/18/13
Wednesday
For this class watch all the episodes listed below, then study more carefully the episode assigned for you.
Life on Atomic River. See Course Description or Online course materialsfor the link to the film.
Часть 5. «Дети у нас болеют» (6 мин.) (Students 1, 2 & 9)
Часть 7. «Чего бояться?» (5 мин) (Students 3, 4 & 10)
Часть 9. «Хорошее дело сделали» (4 мин.) (Students 5 & 6)
Часть 10: «Наши корни здесь» (4 мин) (Students 7 & 8)
Friday
Review Slava's final corrections of last week's essay, write a new draft. You may write about the film you're working on with Viktoria, or about anything else in your life (real or imagined). You will continue working on the draft in class.
Monday
Чтение. Л. Улицкая «Детство сорок девять». Гвозди
Week 13: Wednesday 11/19/13 - Tuesday 11/25/13
Wednesday
Panel discussion: Russia vs. the USA on issues of government, people, and personalities.
Offer your analysis of the events and attitudes in the film. If you know of some events that may be used as an illustration, be prepared to talk about them. Be prepared to start with a 5-minute presentation on the subject.
Friday
Review Slava's final corrections of last week's essay, write a new draft. You may write about the film you're working on with Viktoria, or about anything else in your life (real or imagined). You will continue working on the draft in class.
Monday
Чтение. Л. Улицкая «Детство сорок девять». Счастливый случай
Week 14: Wednesday 11/26/13 - Tuesday 12/02/13
Wednesday
Каникулы (День Благодарения)
Friday
Каникулы (День Благодарения)
Monday
Чтение. Л. Улицкая «Детство сорок девять». Бумажная победа
Week 15: Wednesday 12/03/13 - Tuesday 12/09/13
Wednesday
Panel discussion on the events, issues, and attitudes in the films you watched this semester in this course. In preparation for this discussion, write an essay (1.5-2 pp., printed double-spaced). Write about the aspects that were of the most interest to you. If you see any connection between the people in the films and the characters in your reading this semester, include your observations in that regard. You may also include anything relevant that you know from books, other courses, etc. For the panel discussion, be prepared to start with a 5-minute presentation on the subject.
Friday
Review Slava's final corrections of last week's essay, write your last draft essay.
Monday
study week (подготовка к экзаменам)