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)
MIchael S. Flier, Oleksandr Potebnja Professor of Ukrainian Philology, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
An exploration of the Ukrainian language in linguistic, historical, sociolinguistic, anthropological, and political terms. Topics will include the historical emergence of Ukrainian on East Slavic territory, its varied relationships to Russian, the status of Rusyn within the Ukrainian language sphere, the typology and function of Ukrainian linguistic hybrids (surzhyk), current problems of Ukrainian standardization, and Ukrainian language politics.
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)