Ukrainian Studies

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

SLA201. Slavic and East European Civilizations. Spring 2024


Slavic Churches

Class meets on Wednesdays from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Carr Hall 403.


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 and East European civilization through literature, art, architecture, and film. Key moments in the development of the cultures of these 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 East European cultural and historical development that distinguish these nations from other nations as well as from each other. 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 four Jan 31 20%
Assignment 2 Week ten Mar 20 20%
Concluding Test April 5, 2024 25%
Concluding Project After last class by April 12, 2024 20%
Quizzes (surprise!), Attendance, and Participation required 15%

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 Concluding Test is a 90 minute test held on-line through Quercus following our last class but before April 6.

The Concluding Project is an assignment that can take any number of forms: a traditional 5 page essay, a creative project in a verbal or visual form, an informational web resource or some other tangible product. If you have an original idea, discuss it with the instructor. The key considerations for any Concluding Project is that it must be both comparative and analytical. You must explore and compare cultural phenomena from two different national cultures. You must compare and discuss these phenomena in a rational and analytical manner that points primarily to intellectual concepts rather than aesthetic judgments or emotional responses (although these other responses need not be avoided).

There will be zero or more (surprise!) Quizzes during the semester. Attendance in class is required. Participation in class discussion improves your grade. The participation grade allocates a minimum of 5 of the 15% points to a subjective measure of your participation in class.

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