Each quarter, numerous courses on campus deal primarily with Russia, East Europe, and/or Eurasia across a variety of disciplines. Those at the 200 level or above (300 for HISTORY) are open to REEES MA students. Please visit Explore Courses for information on instructors, scheduling, and units. Detailed profiles of REES courses may be found here.

Other courses that may count toward the REEES MA degree, pending approval, may be found here.


Fall 2015

  • ARTHIST 90/490A  Indigenous Cultural Heritage: Protection, Practice, Repatriation (Jessiman)
  • COMPLIT 144A  Istanbul the Muse: The City in Literature and Film (Karahan)
  • COMPLIT 248A  Reading Turkish I (Karahan)
  • HISTORY 103F The Changing Face of War: Introduction to Military History (Vardi)
  • HISTORY 201C; INTNLREL 140C  The U.S., U.N. Peacekeeping, and Humanitarian War (Patenaude)
  • HISTORY 201E/301E  Life Under Nazism (Sheffer)
  • HISTORY 220G/320G  Demons, Witches, Old Believers, Holy Fools, and Folk Belief: Popular Religion in Russia (Kollmann)
  • HISTORY 266C; INTNLREL 154  The Cold War: An International History (Rakove)
  • IPS 210  The Politics of International Humanitarian Action (Morris)
  • IPS 230; INTNLREL 114D; POLISCI 114D/314D  Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (Fukuyama)
  • MS&E 193/293  Technology and National Security (Hecker)
  • REES 100/200  Current Issues in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (Levi)
  • REES 209:  Democratic Transition in Ukraine: Values, Political Culture, Conflicts (Khutka)
  • REES 301B; FILMSTUD 245B/445B  History and Politics in Russian and Eastern European Cinema (Levi)
  • SLAVIC 77Q  Russia's Weird Classic: Nikolai Gogol (Fleishman)
  • SLAVIC 88N  Ukraine at a Crossroads (Illchuk)
  • SLAVIC 129/329  Russian Versification: History and Theory (Fleishman)
  • SLAVIC 145/345  Survey of Russian Literature: The Age of Experiment (Fleishman)
  • SLAVIC 195/395  Russian and East European Theater (Greenleaf)
  • SLAVIC 224 The Russian Postmodern Text (Skakov) 
  • SLAVIC 300B  Research Tools and Professionalization Workshop
  • SLAVIC 329  Russian Versification: History and Theory (Fleishman)
  • SLAVIC 345  Survey of Russian Literature: The Age of Experiment (Fleishman)
  • SOC 113; POLISCI 143S  Comparative Corruption (Young)

Winter 2015

  • COMPLIT 157/357  Contemporary Turkish Cinema and Society (Karahan)
  • COMPLIT 248B  Reading Turkish II (Karahan)
  • HISTORY 38A/138A;JEWISHSTU 38A Germany and the World Wars (Lele/Sheffer)
  • HISTORY 87/187  The Islamic Republics: Politics and Society in Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan (Crews)
  • HISTORY 202/306E; POLISCI 216E/316  International History and International Relations Theory (Holloway)
  • HISTORY 202G/302G  Peoples, Armies and Governments of the Second World War (Vardi)
  • HISTORY 224C/324C; JEWISHST 284C/384C; PEDS 224  Genocide and Humanitarian Intervention (Patenaude)
  • HISTORY 226E/326E; PEDS 226  Famine in the Modern World (Patenaude)
  • JEWISHST 385B; HISTORY 385B  Core in Jewish History, 20th Century (Zipperstein)
  • ME 421  European Entrepreneurship and Innovation Thought Leader Seminar (Lee)
  • POLISCI 114S; HISTORY 104D; IPS 241  International Security in a Changing World (Sagan/Vardi)
  • REES 85B/185B; CSRE 85B/185B; HISTORY 85B/185B; JEWISHST 85B/185B Jews in the Contemporary World: Faith and Ethnicity, Visibility and Vulnerability (Zipperstein)
  • REES 100/200  Current Issues in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (Levi)
  • REES 224A; HISTORY 224A/424A  The Soviet Civilization (Weiner)
  • REES 320  State and Nation Building in Central Asia (Lapidus)
  • SLAVIC 146/346 The Great Russian Novel: Tolstoy and Dostoevsky
  • SLAVIC 156/356; COMPLIT 115/315  Nabokov in the Transnational Context (Greenleaf)
  • SLAVIC 185/285; FILMSTUD 131/331 Cinemato-graph (Skakov)
  • SLAVIC 188/388  20th Century Russian Poetry: From Aleksandr Blok to Joseph Brodsky (Fleishman)
  • SLAVIC 218  Modernist Journeys (Skakov)
  • SLAVIC 370  Pushkin (Fleishman)
  • SLAVLANG 60H  Culture and Politics of Russian Athleticism through the lens of Sochi 2014 (Safran)


Spring 2015

  • ARCHLGY 140/240; REES 240  Post-Socialist Heritages: Memorialisation, Past Mastering and Nostalgia in Eurasia
  • COMPLIT 245  Introductory Ottoman Turkish
  • COMPLIT 248C  Advanced Turkish-English Translation
  • FEMGEN 5C/105C; HISTORY 5C; HUMBIO 178T; SOMGEN 205  Human Trafficking: Historical, Legal, and Medical Perspectives (Jolluck)
  • HISTORY 102; INTNLREL 102  History of the International System
  • HISTORY 103E; POLISCI 116  The International History of Nuclear Weapons
  • HISTORY 201A/301A  The Global Drug Wars
  • HISTORY 204G/304G; REES 304G  War and Society
  • HISTORY 224A/424A/424B/224D  The Soviet Civilization, Part 2 (Weiner)
  • HISTORY 227/327  East European Women and War in the 20th Century
  • HISTORY 230F/330F  Surveillance in Modern Europe 
  • HISTORY 252B; INTNLREL 174  Diplomacy on the Ground: Case Studies in the Challenges of Representing Your Country
  • HISTORY 201A/301A  Global Drug Wars 
  • REES 100/200  Current Issues in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (Levi)
  • REES 145D; ENGLISH 145D; JEWISHST 155D  Jewish American Literature
  • REES 240  Post-Socialist Heritages: memorialisation, past mastering and nostalgia in Eurasia
  • REES 313; SOC 313A  Transformation of Socialist Societies
  • SLAVIC 103  Subversive Acts: Invention and Convention in the 20th Century 
  • SLAVIC 148/348  Dissent and Disenchantment: Russian Literature and Culture since the Death of Stalin
  • SLAVIC 224  The Russian Postmodern Text (Skakov)
  • SLAVIC 230  18th Century Russian Literature
  • SLAVIC 245  Slavic Literary Theory: Formalism Structuralism Semiotics, Formalism and Structuralism
  • SLAVIC 348 Dissent and Disenchantment: Russian Literature and Culture since the Death of Stalin
  • THINK 12 Century of Violence


Language Courses

In addition to Russian, CREEES supports Special Language Program (SLP) courses in the following languages:

  • Albanian
  • Czech
  • Hungarian
  • Kazakh
  • Polish
  • Romanian
  • Serbo-Croatian
  • Ukrainian
  • Uzbek
  • Yiddish

Please visit Explore Courses for information about specific courses.

For languages not listed above, please contact SLP director Eva Prionas (eprionas@stanford.edu) to learn about on-demand offerings each academic quarter.


Profiles of 2015-16 REES courses


This course explores the full expanse of Jewish life today and in the recent past. The inner workings of religious faith, the content of Jewish identify shorn of belief, the interplay between Jewish powerlessness and influence, the myth and reality of Jewish genius, the continued pertinence of antisemitism, the rhythms of Jewish economic life ¿ all these will be examined in weekly lectures, classroom discussion, and with the use of a widely diverse range of readings, films, and other material. Explored in depth will the ideas and practices of Zionism, the content of contemporary secularism and religious Orthodoxy, the impact Holocaust, the continued crisis facing Israel and the Palestinians. Who is to be considered Jewish, in any event, especially since so many of the best known (Spinoza, Freud, Marx) have had little if anything to do with Jewish life with their relationships to it indifferent, even hostile?

REES 100/200     Current Issues in Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies

Scholars present analyses of methodologies, challenges, and current issues in the study of Russia, E. Europe, and Eurasia. Enrollment limited to REEES MA students. Offered Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters.

REES 145D     jewish american literature

A study of Jewish-American literature from its Russian roots into the present. What distinguishes it from American mainstream and minority literatures? We will consider the difficulties of displacement for the emigrant generation who struggled to sustain their cultural integrity in the multicultural American environment, and the often comic revolt of their American-born children and grandchildren against their grand)parents¿ nostalgia, trauma, and failure to assimilate. Authors: Gogol, Dostoevsky, Babel, Olsen, Paley, Yezierska, Ozick, Singer, Malamud, Spiegelman, Roth, Bellow, Segal, Baldwin.

REES 209     Democratic transition in ukraine:values, political culture, conflicts

This course introduces students to issues of social and political transition in Ukraine from the early 1990s through the Orange Revolution to the Euromaidan and the present-day Russian-Ukrainian crisis in a comparative perspective. Topics to include: democratization, shifts in values, identity, dynamics of political protest and revolutions, economics, corruption, and the international security context (NATO, EU). Class discussions to be based on analysis of relevant survey data and live, online interviews with experts on selected topics.

rees 224a     The Soviet civilization

Socialist visions and practices of the organization of society and messianic politics; the Soviet understanding of mass violence, political and ethnic; and living space. Primary and secondary sources. Research paper or historiographical essay. Same as: HISTORY 224A/424A

REES 240  Post-Socialist Heritages: memorialisation, past mastering and nostalgia in Eurasia

The post-Soviet story is far from resolved! While national identities and geopolitical alliances are being (re)negotiated across Eurasia, unresolved atrocities continue to reopen old wounds. Within this process the past is skillfully embraced to support and sustain conflicting political discourses. Drawing on a variety of highly topical case studies this course will explore the main dynamics and historically entrenched structures that define how the past plays out in the present since the disintegration of the Soviet Empire. Same as: ARCHLGY 140/240

REES 301B     History and politics in russian and eastern european cinema

From 1945 to the mid-80s, emphasizing Polish, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, and Yugoslav contexts. The relationship between art and politics; postwar establishment of film industries; and emergence of national film movements such as the Polish school, Czech new wave, and new Yugoslav film. Thematic and aesthetic preoccupations of filmmakers such as Wajda, Jancso, Forman, and Kusturica. Same as: FILMSTUD 245B/445B

REES 304g  war and society

How Western societies and cultures have responded to modern warfare. The relationship between its destructive capacity and effects on those who produce, are subject to, and must come to terms with its aftermath. Literary representations of WW I; destructive psychological effects of modern warfare including those who take pleasure in killing; changes in relations between the genders; consequences of genocidal ideology and racial prejudice; the theory of just war and its practical implementation; and how wars are commemorated. Same as: HISTORY 204G/304G.

rees 313  Transformation of Socialist Societies 

A quarter-century from the fall of the Berlin Wall, we have gained broad perspective on the challenges of wholesale transformations away from socialism. This course explores the process and social consequences of opening the economies of Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and China to market forces. We will answer questions about how individuals and social systems respond to the particular challenges of rapid economic and political openings, including demographic challenges, corruption, nationalism, and growing inequality. We will compare the Eastern European and Post-Soviet experiences of these issues with the Chinese experience, and highlight the similarities and distinctions between transformations in these societies. Same as: SOC 313A

rees 320     State and nation building in central asia

Issues of identity, development, and security following the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the emergence of independent states in Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus. Topics include the impact of 9/11, the spread of radical Islamist movements in the region, its growing role as a transit route for drugs, weapons, and possibly nuclear materials, the impact of the Soviet legacy, the nature of political and economic transformations, relations with neighboring countries, security challenges, and options facing U.S. policy makers.