May 12, 2014 - classes start at Villanova University
May 16 or 17, 2014 - the group leaves for Moscow
May 23, 2014, 11:00 PM - the group takes an overnight train to St. Petersburg
May 24, 2014, 7:00 AM - arrival in St. Petersburg
June 1, 2014 - flight from Moscow to Philadelphia
(There will be one day trip outside of Moscow, and one day trip outside of St. Petersburg.)
Program Coordinator and Instructor for the course: Dr. Boris Briker (Guest speakers will lecture at Villanova and in Russia.)
Designed to expose students to the richness of Russian culture, including contemporary society, popular culture, history, this three-week summer course will take students to Moscow and St. Petersburg. Conducted in English and open to all students, this course will enhance cultural competence, encourage students to pursue Russian language study, and foster an interest in Russian Area Studies.
This is a three-week course: the first week of classes will take place at Villanova, followed by two weeks in Russia. Classes at Villanova and in Russia will be held five or six days a week, four instructional hours daily. Students will receive 3 credits.
In Russia two-hour daily instruction will be organized by topic, and the daily schedule will consist of formal lectures, supplemented by guest lectures and organized visits with artists, journalists, media personalities, authors, politicians, and scientists. In addition to classes, there will be daily excursions to places of historical significance, including museums, churches and monasteries, theaters, and country estates. The program in Russia will be divided between Moscow and St. Petersburg, with students studying one week in each of the two cities.
Natasha's Dance (Figos)
Face of Russia (Billington)
Students are expected to attend all classes and all required excursions, actively participate in class discussion, and keep a daily journal while in Russia. A term paper is also required.
Day 1: Introduction: Russia and Her People. Russian Society and Politics of the Russian State
Day 2: A History of Russian Culture. Part I: Kiev and Moscow periods
Day 3: A History of Russian Culture. Part II: St. Petersburg
Day 4: Religions in Russia
Day 5: Russian Art, Popular Culture.
Soviet and Post-Soviet Culture. Traditions, Customs, Language
10AM-12 PM discussions and guest lectures
12PM-1:00 PM Break for lunch
1PM-5PM Excursions and field trips
4PM-6PM Free time, dinner
7PM-10PM evening performance at the ballet, opera, or circus, free time