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Summer 2024 Courses

This is an unofficial list of courses that will be offered in Polish, Russian, and Lithuanian Studies in Summer 2024. It is strictly for the use of expanded course descriptions. For the complete official course offerings, please consult the My.UIC portal.

For a list of all courses and general course descriptions, please see the UIC Academic Catalog.

For information on Majoring and Minoring in Polish, Russian, and Central and East European Studies, including course requirements, please visit:

Literature and Culture Courses (Taught in English) Heading link

RUSS 140: Understanding the Body: Health, Gender, and Disability in Russian Culture

Offered Online Asynchronous

May 13 – July 5 (CRN 22402)

June 10 – August 2 (CRN 22401)

3 hours.

Through the prism of Russian literature and art, the course explores the various ways in which the human body is socially constructed and imbued with political and aesthetic significance. In particular, the course examines the body as the site of competing desires and interpretations, at the intersection of medical, scientific, and aesthetic discourses. To what extent do medicine, science, politics, and art influence, inform, or clash with each other in their approaches to physicality? The course will discuss such topics as labor efficiency and fatigue, production and reproduction, health and illness, biopolitics and bioethics, and finally, the concepts and experiences of ability, gender, class, and race.

Satisfies World Cultures or Creative Arts GenEd requirement.

Counts towards the Russian Studies Major or Minor, & the CEES (Central & Eastern European Studies) Major or Minor.



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POL 101: Elementary Polish 1

Offered Online Synchronous

MWF 5:30 PM – 7:10 PM

4 hours. CRN: 24618

In this course, students will learn how to engage in everyday conversation in Polish while expanding their knowledge of Polish customs and culture. The course is designed for people who would like to communicate Polish speakers (both in the US and in Poland), but also for those who would like to gain a necessary foundation for the further study of the language. Students will learn through interactive, synchronous online tasks guided by an instructor (3 x 100 min per week) as well as asynchronous materials that they will complete on their own (1 x 100 min per week). While the former will ensure the development of the essential speaking skills, synchronous materials will provide necessary input and allow students to study at their own pace. After completing the course, students will be able to communicate in spontaneous spoken, written, or signed conversations on both very familiar and everyday topics. Additionally, they will become familiar with the basics of Polish grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary.

The course is designed for absolute beginners! Students with some background in Polish must take the Polish placement test.

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