Slavic Languages and Literatures | Topics Course: Breaking the Code
E103 | ALL | Volkova


This course is an interdisciplinary course. It serves to introduce
students to the fundamentals of semiotics, communication theory,
linguistics, as well as to an innovative way of looking at texts
from the point of view of the underlying feelings and implied human
values and from the point of view of cultural conditioning. Students
learn about different types of texts and the goal of the course is
to teach them how to be more discerning readers.

Another goal of this course is to teach students the basic concepts
of semiotics and communication theory in a practical and
entertaining way, employing a hands on approach. The course uses an
innovative approach to texts. Instead of the usual analysis of texts
which allows us to understand their surface meaning, we teach
students how to see the authors hidden prejudices as regards to
sexism, racism, nationalism, etc. We focus on hidden, underlying
values and silent implications which affect the readers often
without them realizing it. Values which are unconsciously adopted
and often spread without noticing are explored. One of the methods
to reach this goal is exploration of major world religions and myths.