My project proposal focuses on the redesign of RUSN375/WLIT375, Russian Literature in Translation. This course is taught in the spring semester of 2010 and will be part of the Russian curriculum in consecutive academic years. Russian Literature in Translation is an interdisciplinary course by its nature, as it combines the examination of historical and cultural sources in addition to literary ones. This course crosses the boundaries of History, Art History, Film Studies, Religious and Cultural Studies. It is cross-listed as an upper-level course that counts toward the Minor in Russian and as a course in the World Literature program.
I propose to create an online learning portal with integrated multimedia technologies and digital tools, where students can have comprehensive exposure to textual and scholarly resources, interact with one another and the instructor, and efficiently fulfill their assignments. The topics and discussions in this class reflect my current research interests in the studies of Russian national identity. My involvement in this project will bring together various aspects of research, teaching and learning and encourage students' critical thinking. Furthermore, my project will be beneficial to other instructors of the humanities at Case and other institutions, since it will contain a broad range of materials .