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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)

Tradition and Modernity in Ukraine, 19th and 20th Centuries

Serhiy Bilenky, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

This 4-credit course focuses on cities and the complex relations between Tradition and Modernity in Ukraine in a wider imperial and transnational context. The course will introduce students to the most important social, political, and cultural issues facing modern Ukraine, from the imperial to Soviet and post-Soviet times, primarily in urban settings. We will consider major cities – Kyiv, Odessa, Lviv, Kharkiv, and Dnipro, as well as Jewish shtetls and monuments of the Soviet “industrial sublime” such as the Dnipro Hydroelectric Station – each representing a particular crucial issue of the epoch. We will explore such topics as the reactionary responses to modernity (ranging from antisemitism to religious conservatism); the central role of the city and urbanization; the making and unmaking of nationalities; public hygiene and the limits of control; revolutionary culture and the artistic avant-garde; the long-lasting effects of wars and extreme violence on society; the “curse of resources”; and the rise of mass culture and sport, among others. Students will learn why studying Ukraine is essential for our understanding of the modern world. We will use a variety of sources, including literary and audiovisual. The course is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. (4 credits)