To acquire historical, geographical, social and artistic knowledge skills thus endowing students with full awareness of several cultural features characterizing Russian contemporary civilization.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of this course students should have acquired a basic knowledge of Russian history and culture. They will also be able to define the outstanding features of Russian identity. These are the necessary competencies and conditions for an effective transcultural dialogue.
Introduction into Russian history and culture from the origins to the end of end of the Nineteenth century. The course deals with different aspects of the history of Russian culture from the Middle Ages to the end of the Nineteenth century. Particular attention will be paid on the most important political, social, philosophical, religious and esthetic concepts, which were characteristic for the different epochs of Russian culture. The most important cultural concepts which dominated the successive historical epochs will be introduced and analysed on the background of the main events of political history. The principal cultural concepts are above all expressed in written literature, therefore we experience them through the study of literary sources. Thus, the story of literature and language constitutes a privileged field of research in order to scrutinize these concepts. The course will also deal with different fields of Russian culture in a transverse modality. The main goal of the proposed didactic route will be the acquisition of knowledge concerning the periodization of Russian culture, the Russian Orthodoxy, the geopolical particularities and the ideological structures, the general aspects of such areas of Russian culture like language, literature and arts.
Prerequisites for admission
1) Any one political history of Russia (Bushkovich, Bartlett, Riasanovsky ecc.). 2) Dmitrij Tschižewskij. Storia dello spirito russo. Firenze: Sansoni, 1965. 3) PowerPoint presentations 4) (optional:) Nicholas Rzhevsky (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Modern Russian Culture, Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2012 (chapters: Language; Religion: Russian Orthodoxy; Asia; The West; Ideological structures; Literature). Tschižewskij's book and the PowerPoint presentations used in the course will be present on the platform Ariel.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists in an oral colloquy about the contents of the course.