[Aaus-list] Columbia University Fall 2015 Courses in Ukrainian Studies

Mark R Andryczyk ma2634 at columbia.edu
Mon Aug 31 09:15:39 EDT 2015




Regional Institute


Points: 3

Wednesdays, 2:10-4PM

Instructor*: *Olga Bertelsen

This course focuses on the 2013-2014 Ukrainian revolution that became known
as Euromaidan or the Revolution of Dignity, and examines the events in
the *Maidan
Nezalezhnosti* (Independence Square--the main square of Ukraine’s capital —
Kyiv) in comparative perspective—historical, historiographic and spatial.
The course traces the evolution of political activism of the Ukrainians,
associated with their unequal status within the Russian Empire and the
Soviet Union, and explores the reasons for their grievances during the
years of Ukraine’s independence. In particular, the course investigates
complex political, social and cultural foundations of Euromaidan, and
examines the role of various institutions and agencies in the eruption of
the revolutionary situation in Kyiv, which resulted in human casualties.
Special attention is paid to the Russian Federation’s interventions in the
political, social, economic and cultural processes in Ukraine during the
revolution and during the period that preceded it (since 1991). Importantly,
the course explores the continuity of the secret police’s activities and
traditions, and analyzes the agency’s behavior during the stable phases and
during the revolutionary cataclysms, such as the Orange Revolution and
Euromaidan. In addition, a new culture that emerged after the revolution
and manifested itself in literature, poetry, crafts and language will be
analyzed. The events in Ukraine will be discussed and assessed in the
context of colonial and national liberation academic and popular
discourses, offering a much-needed assessment of “negative” and “positive”
functions of revolutions, and the inevitable politicization of their goals
and objectives. The course is interdisciplinary in nature, and provides
theoretical and empirical understandings of the transnational significance
of Euromaidan, and the subsequent Russian-Ukrainian war.

Dr. Bertelsen can be reached at: ob2241 at columbia.edu


Regional Institute


Points: 3

Tuesdays, 2:10pm-4:00pm

Instructor: Valerii Kuchynskyi

As a result of Russia’s continued illegal intervention and provocative acts
in Ukraine, the worst political crisis since the end of the cold war has
evolved on the European continent. Moscow has challenged the basic
principles of international law, numerous bilateral agreements and
threatens global peace and security. Is there anything the world community
can do to stop the aggressor? Can diplomacy still play a role? These and
other issues are dealt with in a newly revised course, delivered by a
career diplomat. The instructor will share his own diplomatic experience,
will trace the trajectory of Ukraine’s foreign policy and analyze the
current international crisis.

If you are interested in foreign policy and diplomacy, this is the course
to take. It is aimed at both graduate and advanced undergraduate students.

Ambassador Kuchynskyi can be reached at: vk2187 at columbia.edu


Comparative Literature/Slavic


Points: 3

Tuesdays, 6:10pm-10:00pm

Instructor: Yuri Shevchuk

The course will discuss how filmmaking has been used as a vehicle of power
and control in the Soviet Union and in post-Soviet space since 1991. A body
of selected films by Soviet and post-Soviet directors that exemplify the
function of film making as a tool of appropriation of the colonized, their
cultural and political subordination by the Soviet center will be examined
in terms of post-colonial theories. The course will also focus on the often
over looked work of Ukrainian, Georgian, Belarusian, Armenian, etc.
national film schools and how they participated in the communist project of
fostering a as well as resisted it by generating, in hidden and, since
1991, overt and increasingly assertive ways, their own counter-narratives.




Points: 4

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 8:40am-9:55am

Instructor: Yuri Shevchuk

Designed for students with little or no knowledge of Ukrainian. Basic
grammar structures are introduced and reinforced, with equal emphasis on
developing oral and written communication skills. Specific attention to
acquisition of high-frequency vocabulary and its optimal use in real-life




Points: 4

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10:10am-11:25am

Instructor: Yuri Shevchuk;

Prerequisites: UKRN W1102 or the equivalent. Reviews and reinforces the
fundamentals of grammar and a core vocabulary from daily life. Principal
emphasis is placed on further development of communicative skills (oral and
written). Verbal aspect and verbs of motion receive special attention.




Points: 3

Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:40pm-3:55pm

Instructor: Yuri Shevchuk

Prerequisites: UKRN W1202 or the equivalent. The course is for students who
wish to develop their mastery of Ukrainian. Further study of grammar
includes patterns of word formation, participles, gerunds, declension of
numerals, and a more in-depth study of difficult subjects, such as verbal
aspect and verbs of motion. The material is drawn from classical and
contemporary Ukrainian literature, press, electronic media, and film.
Taught almost exclusively in Ukrainian.

Dr. Shevchuk can be reached at: sy2165 at columbia.edu


Courses at Columbia are open to students from other universities in the New
York metropolitan area seeking credit.  Please contact the university at
which you enrolled to determine whether it participates in this manner with
Columbia University.  Some courses are also open to outside individuals
interested in non-credit continuing studies. Additionally, through the
Lifelong Learners program, individuals over 65 years of age who are
interested in auditing courses, may enroll at a discount rate as Lifelong
Learners. Please visit the Columbia University School of Continuing
Education (http://www.ce.columbia.edu/auditing/?PID=28) for more details.

September 8th is the first day of classes and September 18th is the final
day to register for a class. For more information about courses or the
Ukrainian Studies Program at Columbia University, please contact Dr. Mark
Andryczyk at ukrainianstudies at columbia.edu or (212) 854-4697.
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