Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

SLA200H1. Spring 2014

Culture and Politics in Europe

Class meets on Wednesdays from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM in Alumni Hall 107

Lead Instructor:Maxim Tarnawsky121 St. Joseph St. Alumni Hall 403
tarn@chass.utoronto.ca 926-1300 x3338 FAX 926-2076

Course Description

Introduction to the issues of the interaction between cultural expression and political life, with a historical focus on Central and Eastern Europe. The mutually influential relationship between artistic activity and political dynamics in modern societies is examined through literature, visual arts, drama, music, and film. Taught in English, all materials in English.


Graded course requirements
ItemDue datePercent of Final Grade
Assignment 1 Week four Jan 29 15%
Assignment 2 Week seven Feb 26 20%
Assignment 3 Week ten Mar 19 20%
Assignment 4 Due Apr 7, email to insturctor tarn@chass.utoronto.ca 15%
Concluding Test. Last Class Apr 2 20%
Attendance and Participation required 10%

There will be four 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 assignments are not posted in advance, the links will not work until after the last class before the assignment is due.

The Concluding test will be held in class at our last class meeting. It will cover material from the entire course. It will include factual questions, to make sure you have kept up with the readings, and analytical questions that will test your understanding of the material.

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

Plagiarism is not just a mistake, it's cheating. Don't do it. You will be VERY SERIOUSLY punished. Here's how to avoid it.





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