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Courses in LSA II: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

The University of Michigan Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies is dedicated to advancing and disseminating interdisciplinary knowledge about the peoples, nations, and cultures of Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Eurasia, past and present.

Courses offered by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

REEES 301 is an undergraduate directed reading course under the guidance of a faculty member, on a specialized topic in Russian, East European, or Eurasian Studies. REEES 340, 395, 396, and 397 provide students with a comprehensive, interdisciplinary survey of the regions of the former Soviet Union and East Central Europe which introduce students to different approaches in the study of multinational, multi-cultural nations. These are appropriate selections for non-concentrators as well as potential concentrators. N.B.: Students may receive credit for REEES 396 or 397, but not for both courses. REEES 401 is a required undergraduate seminar focusing on a specific research project.

Courses in Other Departments

Lists of REES-approved and REES-related courses are available on the CREES website atwww.ii.umich.edu/crees.

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES)
REEES 214 / POLISH 214. Rock Poetry and Political Protest in Poland
(3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

An introduction to Polish history and culture through a detailed analysis of jazz, cabaret, rock, and punk music texts and performance styles and strategies. The course introduces students to rhetorical and contextual reading of verbal and non-verbal texts. It places Polish culture in the larger Central European context.

REEES 301. Directed Reading
Consent of instructor required. (1 - 3). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

Independent study, under the guidance of a faculty member, of a specialized topic in Russian, Soviet, or Eastern European studies.

REEES 340 / AAPTIS 340 / ASIAN 340 / HISTORY 340 / MENAS 340. From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
(4; 3 - 4 in the half-term). (SS). (R&E). May not be repeated for credit.

This course provides an overview of modern Central Asian history. It focuses on the empires of the last 300 years: especially in Russian and Soviet Central Asia, but also the neighboring areas dominated by Britain and China (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang).

REEES 350 / BCS 350 / JUDAIC 350. Legacy of the Holocaust in Yugoslav Culture: How and Why We Need to Narrate the Holocaust
(3). (HU). (R&E). May not be repeated for credit.

The course explores new texts about the Holocaust written in response to the resurrection of racist ideologies in the context of post-Communist Eastern Europe, the EU enlargement, as well as a persistent global economic and social crisis. Readings include fictional and testimonial narratives, theoretical and documentary material.

REEES 395 / HISTORY 332 / POLSCI 395 / SLAVIC 395 / SOC 392. Survey of Russia: The Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the Successor States
(4; 3 in the half-term). (SS). May not be repeated for credit.

REEES 396 / HISTORY 333 / POLSCI 396 / SLAVIC 396 / SOC 393. Survey of Central and Eastern Europe and the Enlarged European Union
(3 - 4). (SS). May not be repeated for credit.

An interdisciplinary survey of the people, history, politics, government, economy, social institutions, literature, and arts of the communist and post-communist states of Central and Eastern Europe and their relations with the rest of the world, especially with regard to the European Union.

REEES 397 / ANTHRCUL 317. Communism and Capitalism in Eastern Europe
(4). (SS). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in REEES 396 or SLAVIC 396 or POLSCI 396 or HISTORY 333 or SOC 393.

An overview of East Central Europe from 1945 to the present. The first half of the course explores the workings of state socialism from an anthropological perspective (with particular focus on political economy and material culture) from the Stalinist 1950s to the more diversified decades of the 1960s to 1980s. The second half covers the "revolutions" of 1989 and contemporary social, cultural, economic and political processes, including struggles over membership to the E.U.

REEES 401. Senior Seminar in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Permission of instructor. (3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

Content varies from term to term depending on the interests of instructors and students. This course enables concentrators in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies to use their language skills and engage in broad interdisciplinary preparation for research.

REEES 402. Honors Workshop, Junior
Consent of instructor required. Honors student and junior standing. (2). May not be repeated for credit.

REEES 403. Honors Colloquium, Senior
Consent of instructor required. REEES 402 or a thesis prospectus accepted (prior to start of fall term of senior year) by REEES Honors advisor and an individual thesis advisor. (1 - 6). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

This course is required of all senior honors concentrators in REEES and is open only to them. Must be admitted by REEES honors advisor.

REEES 405. Topics in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
(1 - 4). May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

This course provides an introduction to focused topics in major disciplines. It is open to all students who wish to expand their knowledge of the area. Students may be required to write several papers based on original research from primary and secondary sources.

REEES 410. Polish Culture
(1). May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

REEES 490 / SOC 490 / WOMENSTD 492. Women and Islam: A Sociological Perspective
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

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