WRI 101: Undesirables: Otherness and Belonging – Professor: Roman Utkin, A version of this course is a requirement for graduation. This particular iteration of the course explores otherness as a critical construct in primarily Russian literature and the Russian diaspora.
REL 180: Introduction to East Asian Religions – Professor: Rachel Pang, An introduction to the religious and philosophical traditions that played fundamental roles in shaping traditional Chinese, Korean, and Japanese culture: Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, and popular religion.
HIS 199c: History of the Russian Autocracy – taken at St. Petersburg State University in Russian, The course is devoted to the study of the history of the formation and evolution of the autocratic foundations of Russian civilization, as well as their influence on the development of the main directions of development of the state and society. The problems of “Orda heritage” are discussed in detail; interaction of power and society in the period of the Moscow kingdom; the transformation of Moscow despotism into the St. Petersburg empire; formation and growth of the systemic social and political crisis of the autocratic monarchy; causes of the collapse of the autocracy. Particular attention is paid to the role of the autocratic state in the development of society, as well as to the analysis of the process of modernization of autocratic Russia as a fundamental prerequisite for its socio-political decay. The course includes lectures and seminars. Work with students is built on an interactive basis. At the seminar sessions and in the course of writing (abstracts), in addition to using scientific literature, students also learn to critically analyze and use historical sources. The result of the training should be the formation in students of an independent scientifically reasoned view of the nature of cause and effect relationships that conditioned the formation and development of the Russian state and society in the epoch under consideration.
Key Issues of Russian Literature and Culture – taken at St. Petersburg State University in English, Over the past seven hundred years, Russia has shown itself as a unique and creative country. Russia’s successes and its contribution to world culture are undeniable. Literature has traditionally been the main cultural value of Russia. At the same time, the development of Russian literature went hand in hand with the development of Russian society. Writers tried to participate in solving problems that are traditionally in the sphere of competence and interests of historians, sociologists and philosophers. In this regard, Russian literature was often a field for discussing current political and social topics. This course examines some key issues of Russian literature and culture, such as “origin” and “identity”, “traditions” and “modernity”, “Russia” and “West”, as well as others. For this, it is necessary to analyze the literary works of such authors as Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Saltykov-Shchedrin, Mayakovsky, Zamyatin, Bulgakov, etc. Despite the fact that the focus will be literature, the course will also use examples from other arts , such as theater, fine arts and music.
all course descriptions are taken from https://www.davidson.edu/offices/registrar/schedules-and-courses (or translated from the Russian)