Courses for HUSI 2018

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)

Revolutionary Ukraine: Avant-garde Literature and Film from 1917 to the Euromaidan of 2014

Prof. George Grabowicz, Dmytro Čyževs’kyi Professor of Ukrainian Literature, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

Focus on Ukrainian avant-garde literature and film, in the context of modernism, socialist realism, the impact of Stalinism, the famine (Holodomor), WWII and the Holocaust, late Sovietism and dissent, Crimea and the Tatars, collapse of the USSR and independence, varieties of post-modernism, and the present conflict with Russia. Also forays into visual art. (4 credits)

Laboratory of Modernity: Politics, Culture, and Society in Ukraine, 1800-Present

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 to present. Ukraine will be analyzed as a territorial concept consisting of the historical experiences of its major communities such as Ukrainians, Poles, Jews, and Russians. Modern Ukraine has showcased several crucial issues of global modernity: making and unmaking of nationalities; the mobilizing potential of nationalism; the reactionary responses to modernity (ranging from anti-Semitism to religious conservatism); the long-lasting affects of wars and extreme violence on society; the “curse of resources”; the central role of city and urbanization; 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)

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