Courses

Ukrainian for Reading Knowledge

Volodymyr Dibrova, Preceptor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

This 8-credit language course is designed primarily for graduate students of the humanities and social sciences who wish to acquire a reading knowledge of Ukrainian for research purposes. Texts from a variety of fields are used. Reading selections include annotated articles on contemporary issues in business, economics, politics, science, technology, environment, and culture. Prerequisite: Some previous background in Ukrainian, Russian, or other Slavic languages with permission of the instructor. This course meets 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, four hours daily, Monday through Friday, for seven weeks, a total of 140 contact hours of instruction. This is a FLAS eligible course. (8 credits)

State-Society Relations in Independent Ukraine

Sophia Wilson, Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

This course examines the patterns and dynamic of interaction between the state and society in Ukraine. A state-society approach emphasizes the interdependence of state and social actions, rather than assuming that political developments are predominantly influenced either by state rules or social formations. We will analyze the problems of nation-building in post-independence Ukraine, and examine the legacies of the Leninist socialist regime. We will look at shifts in state-society relations during and after the Orange Revolution of 2004, the Maidan Revolution of 2013-14 and the on-going war with Russia/separatists. We will also study the pursuit of Ukraine’s growing civil society to influence state-building and promote human rights and the rule of law in the country. To analyze these developments in Ukraine we will engage major political science perspectives, namely structuralism, rational choice and constructivism. (4 credits)

Society, Culture, and Politics in Modern Ukraine

Serhiy Bilenky, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

This 4-credit course focuses on the history of modern Ukraine through the study of its society, culture, and politics since the late 18th century. Ukraine will be analyzed from a territorial concept consisting of the historical experiences of major communities such as Ukrainians, Poles, Jews, and Russians. The course will illuminate how ethnic Ukrainians, despite enormous obstacles, have become the dominant group in the formation of contemporary Ukraine. Students will also discuss different social, economic and regional cleavages that permeate contemporary Ukrainian politics. Among other topics to be covered will be: multicultural life in Ukraine’s cities such as Kyiv and Odessa; nationalism, communism and anarchism in the Ukrainian Revolution of 1917-1921; Ukraine as a “bloodland” in the 20th century; and how popular culture and football have shaped contemporary Ukraine. (4 credits)

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