Ukraine-Related Courses at Harvard 2018-2019

The Ukrainian Research Institute is pleased to announce the following Ukraine-related courses offered by Harvard University.

Fall

Ukrainian language courses

  • Ukrainian AA. Elementary Ukrainian I
  • Ukrainian AR. Elementary Ukrainian Tutorial
  • Ukrainian BR. Intermediate Ukrainian
  • Ukrainian CR. Advanced Ukrainian

Ukrainian AA. Elementary Ukrainian I

Volodymyr Dibrova
Contact for schedule

An introductory course in modern Ukrainian language and culture, designed for students without previous knowledge who would like to speak Ukrainian or use the language for reading and research. All four major communicative skills (speaking, listening comprehension, reading, writing) are stressed. Students are exposed to Ukrainian culture through work with prose and poetry as they learn to use the language both as a means of communication and as a tool for reading and research.This year-long full course satisfies the foreign language requirement and prepares students for continued study of Ukrainian in intermediate-level courses and for study or travel abroad in Ukraine. Part one of a two-part series. Course catalog listing.  

Other Ukrainian language courses require application and tutorial arrangements. 

Literature and culture courses

Cultblf 38. Apocalypse Then! Forging the Culture of Medieval Rus'

Michael Flier
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30am-11:45am

When the natives of Medieval Rus (later Russians, Ukrainians, and Belarusians) accepted Orthodox Christianity in the 10th century, their nature-based paganism gave way to a powerfully sensual belief system that made good use of the visual and the verbal to prepare these newest Christians for the coming Apocalypse and Last Judgment. We investigate this transformation from the conversion of Saint Vladimir and the excesses of Ivan the Terrible through the Time of Troubles and the modern turn of Peter the Great. The class features close analysis of architecture, icons and frescoes, ritual, folklore, literature, and history to understand this shift in worldview, including the role of women. Special attention is devoted to the ways in which Medieval Rus is portrayed in film, opera, and ballet. Course catalog listing.

Slavic 167. Revolutionary Ukraine: Between the Russian Revolution and the Euromaidan of 2014

George Grabowicz
Wednesdays 12pm-2:00pm

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. Course catalog listing. 

Slavic 220. 20th Century Ukrainian Modernist Prose

George Grabowicz
Contact for schedule

A survey of Ukrainian modernist and avant-garde prose, from turn-of-the century symbolism to post WW II surrealism, focusing primarily on shorter forms. Authors examined will be Stefanyk, Vynnychenko, Khvylovyi, Kosynka, Iohansen, Domontovych, Ianovskyi, Dovzhenko, Kosach, Kosteckyj and Andiievska. Reading knowledge of Ukrainian required. Course catalog listing.

Ukrainian studies seminar

Ukrainian 200A. Seminar in Ukrainian Studies 

Serhii Plokhii
Mondays, 4:30pm

Interdisciplinary seminar in Ukrainian studies with broad regional and comparative perspective. Faculty and invited scholars discuss a variety of topics in the humanities and social sciences. Students conduct an individually tailored reading and research project under the guidance of a faculty advisor and in consultation with other resident specialists. Part one of a two-part series. Course catalog listing. 

Spring

Ukrainian language courses

  • Ukrainian AA. Elementary Ukrainian II
  • Ukrainian AR. Elementary Ukrainian Tutorial
  • Ukrainian BR. Intermediate Ukrainian
  • Ukrainian CR. Advanced Ukrainian

Ukrainian AB. Elementary Ukrainian II

Volodymyr Dibrova
Contact for schedule

An introductory course in modern Ukrainian language and culture, designed for students without previous knowledge who would like to speak Ukrainian or use the language for reading and research. All four major communicative skills (speaking, listening comprehension, reading, writing) are stressed. Students are exposed to Ukrainian culture through work with prose and poetry as they learn to use the language both as a means of communication and as a tool for reading and research. This year-long full course (together with the first part in the fall) satisfies the foreign language requirement and prepares students for continued study of Ukrainian in intermediate-level courses and for study or travel abroad in Ukraine. Part two of a two-part series. Please see language course notes for information about sectioning, pass/fail, satisfactory/unsatisfactory, auditing, and language track information. Course catalog listing.

Other Ukrainian language courses require application and tutorial arrangements.

Government courses

Gov 2152. Post-Soviet Conflict

Alexandra Mary Vacroux 
Mondays 3:00pm-5:45pm

This course will use case studies, intensive simulations, and negotiation exercises to explore the dynamics underpinning hot spots in the post-Soviet space (e.g. Nagorno-Karabakh and Eastern Ukraine). Complements Gov 2887 and Gov 2151. Course catalog listing.

Ukrainian studies seminar

Ukrainian 200B. Seminar in Ukrainian Studies

Serhii Plokhii
Mondays, 4:30pm

Interdisciplinary seminar in Ukrainian studies with broad regional and comparative perspective. Faculty and invited scholars discuss a variety of topics in the humanities and social sciences. Students conduct an individually tailored reading and research project under the guidance of a faculty advisor and in consultation with other resident specialists. Part two of a two-part series. Course catalog listing.

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