Ukrainian Studies

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

SLA 103. Slavic Civilization. Spring 2020


Slavic Churches

Class meets on Tuesdays from 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM in AH400.


Instructor:Maxim Tarnawsky121 St. Joseph St. Alumni Hall 403
tarn@chass.utoronto.ca 416–978–8972


Course Description

This course offers a survey of the highlights of Slavic civilization through literature, art, architecture, and film. Key moments in the development of the cultures of Slavic countries are examined in a comparative framework, juxtaposing the varied historical, cultural, linguistic, religious, social, and political developments of the countries involved. Our goal is to discover elements of Slavic cultural and historical development that distinguish the Slavs from other nations as well as those elements that differentiate Slavs among themselves. The course focuses on elements and periods that are not thoroughly covered in other courses in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.



Graded course requirements
ItemDue datePercent of Final Grade
Assignment 1 Week five Feb 4 20%
Assignment 2 Week ten Mar 17 20%
Quizzes TBA 20%
Final Exam TBA 35%
Attendance and Participation required 5%

There will be two Assignments due on the dates listed above. Each assignment will be a short essay of 2 pages (no less than 600 words) on an assigned topic. Your writing will be judged on its clarity, focus, and insight.

The Final Exam is a three hour test held in the exam period. It is scheduled by the university and the date, time, and location will be posted on the Arts & Science exam site in the second half of the semester. The exam covers everything from the whole semester.

There will be one or more (surprise!) Quizzes during the semester.

Attendance in class is required. Participation in class discussion improves your grade.

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