CULTURA RUSSA | Università degli studi di Bergamo - Didattica e Rubrica


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Russian culture
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Didattica Convenzionale
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Educational goals

The course will provide a deep and broad historical and cultural perspective on and context for today’s issues in Russia and on its periphery encompassing the former Soviet Union. While it historically has been one of the most diverse societies in the world, governing such enormously extensive and socially diverse area has involved much uniformity and minority suppression of various ethnic, social, and religious groups. Through reading and viewing testimonies of resistance and dissent, students will become aware of the historical roots of today’s ethnic and political tensions in the post-Soviet world.Through a variety of written and visual texts, students will be presented with multiple perspectives on the social issues of empire, and culture as a system of values manifested through the arts and in everyday life, and they will be asked to formulate and argument their responses through classroom discussion, presentations, homework assignments.

Course content

This course will challenge many of the assumptions that stem out of a Western-centric view on that country. These include Russian serfdom, a form of submission strongly reminiscent of slavery, was not racially based, and gender, Russian culture has had a great deal of respect for strong women, from rulers to workers and peasants, as reflected in many sources, from early chronicles to contemporary film. It will explore Russia as a multiethnic, multireligious society as manifested in cuisine, architecture, and music (a growing proportion of Russians are Muslim and virtually all faiths and confessions are present, from Catholic and Protestant to Buddhist). This course will especially explore how Russia’s enormous territorial expanse and geographical location straddling Europe and Asia has historically influenced what has been regarded by some as “internal colonization”, or disproportionate use of natural and human resources to benefit limited groups within the country itself.

Teaching methods

Lectures with active participation of the students.

Assessment and Evaluation

Oral examination consisting of 3-4 questions to verify:
1. knowledge of the cultural context
2. deep understanding of the text analyzed
3. ability to comment texts and explain narrative modes chosen by the author.

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