IDS285W-000: Intro.Interdisciplinary Topics


January 10, 2017 - April 24, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
2:30pm - 3:45pm
Callaway Center S102
Apkarian, Juliette R.

An introduction to interdisciplinary analysis through topics that are best understood through multiple methodologies and forms of evidence. The ILA and IDS program support interdisciplinary inquiry across Emory College; this course will frequently be cross-listed with other departments.

Russ 270W-000/IDS 285W-000: Russian Culture

Spring 2017

Instructor: J. Apkarian

What defines Russian culture and how might Russian culture help us understand today’s Russia and Putin? Russia is the largest country in the world, and yet it is often viewed as an “enigma.” Straddling the continents of both Europe and Asia, Eurasian Russia-- the largest country in the world--defies simple binaries of “East” or “West.” Under Mongol domination for several centuries and undergoing multiple revolutions, Russia’s experience has both informed its stunning culture and positioned it in distinctive ways. This course explores underlying dynamics in Russian culture as they relate to political, economic, and social challenges from historic times under Ivan the Terrible, through the Cold War, and into contemporary times. Questions of national identity and culture, the impact of ideology on culture, issues of multi-culturalism, conflict and dissent, forced migration, religion, and human rights will be addressed in this course.   The course is highly interdisciplinary and multi-media (literature, film, music, art, and digital media), and it is designed to fulfill the writing requirement.  


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