The World of Russian Culture


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In this course you will explore the world of Russian culture from its early classic art-form to today’s modern digital era. We will look at major cultural events and the most significant works by Russian writers, composers, painters and dancers. We will navigate through the masterpieces of Andrey Rublev, Mark Shagal, an anonymous 12th century epic poem “The Tale of Igor’s Campaign,” the philosophy in Dostoyevsky’s novels, the world of 21st century literature, the folk song Kalinka, and the genius of Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich. You will experience Russian culture and traditions by exploring the major Russian architectural styles, a variety of painting genres, and the most significant artists, composers, writers, and film directors shown through a historical perspective. We will also explore the beauty of traditional Russian crafts and art including the ancient art of icon painting, Khokhloma patterns, blue and white gzhel porcelain, and much more. Lectures will be supplemented by a wide range of audio and visual resources and list of references for self-study will be distributed in class.

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Continuing Studies statement on use of educational technology

This course will require the use of Zoom and may use other education technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services, or social media. In order to complete this course you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).