[Aaus-list] Spring 2018 Courses in Ukrainian Studies at Columbia University

Mark R Andryczyk ma2634 at columbia.edu
Tue Jan 9 12:53:46 EST 2018


SPRING 2018 COURSES IN UKRAINIAN STUDIES



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FIN DE SIÈCLE UKRAINIAN LITERATURE: BEAUTY, DUTY AND DECADENCE



GU4033

3 points

Instructor: Mark Andryczyk

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:10-2:25PM



The course focuses on the emergence of modernism in Ukrainian literature in
the late 19th century and early 20th century, a period marked by a
vigorous, often biting, polemic between the populist Ukrainian literary
establishment and young Ukrainian writers who were inspired by their
European counterparts. Students will read prose, poetry, and drama written
by Ivan Franko, the writers of the Moloda Muza, Olha Kobylianska, Lesia
Ukrainka, and Volodymyr Vynnychenko, among others. The course will trace
the introduction of feminism, urban motifs and settings, as well as
decadence, into Ukrainian literature and will analyze the conflict that
ensued among Ukrainian intellectuals as they set out forging the identity
of the Ukrainian people. The course will be supplemented by audio and
visual materials reflecting this period in Ukrainian culture. Entirely in
English with a parallel reading list for those who read Ukrainian.



Mark Andryczyk can be reached at ma2634 at columbia.edu



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EURASIAN URBANISMS: FROM THE IMPERIAL TO THE POST-SOVIET



GU4044

3 points

Instructor: Markian Dobczansky

Wednesdays, 2:10-4PM



Cities encapsulate the social, political, and economic processes of their
time and studying them offers a window into the societies that produce
them. This course explores the institution of the city across Eurasia from
the nineteenth century to the present. Before World War I, rapid
urbanization began to significantly alter how the Russian Empire was run,
how its economy functioned, and how its various peoples interacted. With
the rise of Soviet socialism, the “socialist city” became an object of
intense discussions, while experimental architecture, massive public works
projects, and the Soviet forced labor economy changed the face of cities
across Eurasia. The Cold War ushered in a new era of state-sponsored
nuclear research, competition over consumer goods, and a new Soviet role in
the so-called Third World. Finally, with the collapse of Soviet socialism,
cities were simultaneously nationalized and globalized.

The Soviet city is at the core of the course, while its predecessors,
imitators, and successors are also considered. In taking this course,
students will examine broader processes and trends through focused case
studies of cities such as Moscow, St. Petersburg/Leningrad, Tashkent, Lviv,
and Berlin. Students will learn to think about these cities in a
comparative context as well as to tease out what was specific to the
experience of socialism. By examining primary sources, scholarly work on
urban history, and films, students will become familiar with the urban
experience in Eurasia and how it has been portrayed.



Markian Dobczansky can be reached at md3595 at columbia.edu



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TODAY’S UKRAINE: POWER, POLITICS AND DIPLOMACY



U8755

3 points

Instructor: Valerii Kuchynskyi

Tuesdays, 2:10-4PM



Ukraine is at war and the country is in turmoil. What is to be done by the
Government to rebuff foreign aggression, eradicate corruption, improve the
economic situation and implement reforms?  What are the chances of the new
opposition to succeed? Will the Minsk accords be implemented?  These and
other issues, including behind-the-scene politics, power struggle and
diplomatic activities, are dealt with in the newly revised course delivered
by a career diplomat. The course is aimed at both graduate and advanced
undergraduate students.



Valerii Kuchynskyi can be reached at vk2187 at columbia.edu



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POST/SOVIETOLOGICAL DEBATES: CONTENTIOUS ISSUES AND NON-ISSUES IN SOVIET
AND POST-SOVIET STUDIES



GR8251

4 points

Instructor: Alexander Motyl

Wednesdays, 2:10-4PM



This is an interdisciplinary course that examines some of the major
controversies and "non-controversies" in the study of the Soviet Union and
its successor states-including East Central Europe-and thereby traces the
evolution of post/Soviet studies in general and Ukrainian studies in
particular in light of actual political, historical and artistic
developments within the region. In particular, the course explores how
scholarly disciplines, academic discourses, political controversies, and
normative predispositions affect academic debates as well as how
scholarship and the objects of scholarly study interact to affect
conceptual, methodological, theoretical, and empirical understandings. The
course focuses on the following questions: 1) The Russian Revolution: Did
it come or was it made? 2) Was Stalinism inevitable? 3) Why was the
Ukrainian famine of 1932-1933 invisible for over four decades? 4) Socialist
realism: art or propaganda? 5) Are collaboration and resistance the only
responses to despotism? 6) World War II or the Great Patriotic War? 7) Why
was the totalitarianism-revisionism confrontation so contentious? 8) Why
were the non-Russians marginalized by Soviet studies? 9) Did Sovietologists
fail to predict the USSR's collapse? 10) Why are Gorbachev and Yeltsin
reviled and why is Putin adored? 11) Could the Soviet system be reformed?
12) What should post-Soviet societies remember? 13) What should post-Soviet
museums display and whom should monuments commemorate?



Alexander Motyl can be reached at ajmotyl at andromeda.rutgers.edu



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ELEMENTARY UKRAINIAN II



UN1102

Points: 4

Instructor: Yuri Shevchuk

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 11:40AM-12:55PM



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
settings.



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INTERMEDIATE UKRAINIAN II



UN2102

Points: 4

Instructor: Yuri Shevchuk

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



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.



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ADVANCED UKRAINIAN II



UN4002

Points: 3

Instructor: Yuri Shevchuk

Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:10-2:25PM



Prerequisites: UKRN W2102 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.



Yuri Shevchuk can be reached at sy2165 at columbia.edu



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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.



January 16th is the first day of classes and January 26th 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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