Spring Semester 2000 (00-2)
Tuesdays 1:00-2:15
CL 202

Vladimir Padunov
Office: 1433 CL
Phone: 624-5713; e-mail: mailto:padunov+@pitt.edu
Office Hours: Mondays 10:00-11:00, Tuesdays 2:30-3:30, Thursdays 3:00-4:00, and by appointment


I. Required Texts:

II. Reading, Writing, and Viewing Assignments:

All assignments-reading, writing, and viewing-must be completed prior to the next scheduled meeting of the class. Students are expected not only to read the assigned materials but also to review the information in their minds prior to class, to be prepared to discuss the assigned readings in detail, and to be able to pose questions about the assigned readings. Writing assignments are due at the beginning of class on the days indicated in the Schedule of Assignments. All late submissions-with the exception of documented illness-will receive a grade penalty. Students can view the assigned materials in Hillman Library (ground floor in the back).

III. Absence and Attendance:

Students are expected to attend all meetings during the fifteen weeks of the course. Occasionally the materials introduced and covered in class (video or data projection, acoustic tapes, in-class "show-and-tells") will not be available outside of class. Attendance will be taken at each meeting of the course and students will receive a grade for each meeting. These "daily grades" will be based on each student's contribution to classroom discussion. Excused absences due to illness-personal or in the family-must be documented and absent students are responsible for acquiring relevant class notes. Five absences (that is, two-and-a-half weeks of classes) will automatically result in an "F" for the course.

IV. Course methodology:

Each meeting of the course will consist of several parts. Each meeting will begin with a question-and-answer period during which students can pose specific questions about the week's assigned readings or about material covered during earlier meetings. The Q&A session will be followed by a general review of the week's reading assignment. The review will occasionally take the form of a mini-lecture (no longer than 20 minutes), but more frequently will consist of a dialog between the instructor and the students as a way to prepare for a detailed examination and discussion of the assigned materials. Students are expected to participate in the discussion and will receive daily grades for the quality of their interaction in the course.

V. Quizzes:

There will be three unannounced quizzes during the semester. Quizzes may focus on assigned readings and viewings, as well as on class handouts and material covered in classroom discussions. There will be no make-up quizzes. Students will not be penalized for being absent on the day of a quiz.

VI. Examinations:

There will be three examinations during the semester (the dates are indicated in the Schedule of Assignments). Each examination will be limited only that material covered during the preceding weeks. There will be no make-up examinations unless students can document a medical illness. The specific form of the examinations will be discussed at a later date. The form of the three examinations will be the same.

VII. Writing assignments:

There will be two writing assignments during the semester. Topics for the assignments will be distributed in class on the dates indicated in the Schedule of Assignments and each assignment is due at the beginning of class on the day indicated. All late submissions-with the exception of documented illness-will receive a grade penalty.

General topics for the writing assignments will be worked out in class in a discussion between the instructor and the students; the specific topics will be formulated and distributed by the instructor.

Students will have to do some research beyond the texts assigned for or covered in the course for each of the writing assignments. As a consequence, each writing assignment must make use of secondary materials, and these sources must be documented both in the body of the text and in the Works Cited. For specific information of proper layout, citation, and documentation students should consult Joseph Gibaldi's MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (fifth edition, 1999). A significant bibliography of materials on Russian cinema is available on the Slavic Department web page at http://www.pitt.edu/~slavic/video/cinema_biblio.html.

VIII. Evaluation and Grades:

Students will be evaluated on the basis of their participation in the classroom discussions, quizzes, examinations, and two writing assignments. Students are encouraged to meet with the instructor during scheduled office hours (or by appointment) to discuss their work and grades in the course. Grades will be calculated using the following formula: participation (10%), quizzes (15%), three examinations (15% each), and two writing assignments (15% each).

IX. Schedule of Assignments:

week-1:

Thursday 6 Jan

DISASTER

week-2:

Tuesday 11 Jan

Syllabus. Introduction: media.
ASSIGNMENT: a. prepare a "grouped list" of media and a brief
explanation for each of the groupings; b. Mickiewicz ix-xv, 3-22

Thursday 13 Jan

Media 1a: definitions and families
Media 1b: the Soviet Union and the West
ASSIGNMENT: Mickiewicz 23-82

week-3:

Tuesday 18 Jan

Russia-Soviet Union-Russian Federation Country and City
ASSIGNMENT: Condee 22-51

Thursday 20 Jan

Television 1: State Control and Privatization
ASSIGNMENT: Mickiewicz 83-108

week-4:

Tuesday 25 Jan

Television 2: Russia, History, and the West
ASSIGNMENT: Mickiewicz 109-134

Thursday 27 Jan

Media 2: The Oligarchs and the State
ASSIGNMENT: RFE Media Report
http://search.rferl.org/nca/special/rumedia5/index.html

week-5:

Tuesday 1 Feb

TOPICS FOR WRITING ASSIGNMENT # 1 DISTRIBUTED;
IN-CLASS REVIEW FOR EXAM

Television 3: Movies and Muck-raking-Soap Opera Russian Style

Thursday 3 Feb

EXAMINATION # 1
ASSIGNMENT: Mickiewicz 217-241

week-6:

Tuesday 8 Feb

Magnitizdat: Audio and Video Cassettes
ASSIGNMENT: Mickiewicz 242-263

Thursday 10 Feb

Radio: Sounds of the City
ASSIGNMENT: handouts on Russian rock

week-7:

Tuesday 15 Feb

Music 1: From Lenin to Lennon: Rock and the Power of Lyrics

Thursday 17 Feb

WRITING ASSIGNMENT # 1 DUE
Music 2: The Return of the Suppressed: Bards, Thieves' Songs, and the Rise
of MTV
ASSIGNMENT: Lawton 70-107

week-8:

Tuesday 22 Feb

Piracy and the Technology Revolution 1: CDs and Videos
ASSIGNMENT: Lawton 215-235

Thursday 24 Feb

Cinema 1: Chernukha and Pornukha
ASSIGNMENT: Lawton 167-215

week-9:

Tuesday 29 Feb

Cinema 2: Youth Culture
ASSIGNMENT: Vasilii Pichul's Little Vera (1988)

Thursday 2 Mar

Cinema 3: Rewriting the Past
ASSIGNMENT: a. Lawton 111-166; b. Iurii Mamin's Sideburns (1990)

Spring Break (March 6-10)

week-10:

Tuesday 14 Mar

IN-CLASS REVIEW FOR EXAM

Cinema 4: Reinventing the Wheel: Movies and the Moguls

Thursday 16 Mar

EXAMINATION # 2
ASSIGNMENT: Condee 93-112

week-11:

Tuesday 21 Mar

Street Names, Monuments, and Billboards: Revolutionizing The Urban Landscape
Mark Lewis and Laura Mulvey's Disgraced Monuments (1993)
ASSIGNMENT: Condee 130-172

Thursday 23 Mar

Media 3: Consumers and Selling Desire
ASSIGNMENT: Condee 68-92

week-12:

Tuesday 28 Mar

TOPICS FOR WRITING ASSIGNMENT # 2 DISTRIBUTED
Advertising 1: Rediscovering Commercial Design
ASSIGNMENT: RFE Media Report
http://search.rferl.org/nca/features/1998/05/F.RU.980519131854.html

Thursday 30 Mar

Publishing 1: Books, Newspapers, and Magazines
ASSIGNMENT: handouts on Russian publishing

week-13:

Tuesday 4 Apr

Publishing 2: The Rise of the Glossy
ASSIGNMENT: handouts on Russian advertising

Thursday 6 Apr

Advertising 2: The Emergence of a New Profession
ASSIGNMENT: interviews with "clip-makers"

week-14:

Tuesday 11 Apr

Advertising 3: TV Commercials

Thursday 13 Apr

WRITING ASSIGNMENT # 2 DUE
Advertising 4: Images and New Russians
ASSIGNMENT: review and prepare for in-class review

week-15:

Tuesday 18 Apr

IN-CLASS REVIEW FOR EXAM
Media 4: Integrating Russian Media into TNC

Thursday 20 Apr

EXAMINATION # 3


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