Ukraine 101

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INSTRUCTOR: Malgorzata Durygin


SCHEDULE: Monday and Wednesday, 12:30pm – 1:45pm

Course Description

This course will provide students with an opportunity to survey Ukraine, investigating basic issues related to the Ukrainian language and cultural heritage including art, music, literature, and cuisine, and its significant contributors. Historical and contemporary context, and geographical conditions influencing both the development and the oppression of the Ukrainian language, culture and the arts via the study of primary and secondary sources (written and audiovisual aids) will be examined. Among the related topics to be explored and critically reflected upon are linguistic diversity, linguicide, ethnocide, colonialism, cultural appropriation, and decolonization. The goal is to develop an awareness of the interconnectedness between Ukraine with its past and its current fight for freedom and democracy, as well as the significance of Ukraine as the center of the struggle for international values globally, and the present and future of the rule of law, democracy, and security for the larger world, and, in turn, to develop an ability of multiple viewpoint analysis of the world and become motivated to act and collaborate locally and globally.