University of Alberta launches a special course on the Euromaidan
In the Fall of 2014, the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies of the University of Alberta will be launching a special course, devoted to recent events in Ukraine.
Titled “SLAV 299 A2 – Europe and the Ukrainian (Euromaidan) Revolution,” this course can be found on BearTracks under Fall semester listings.
It will be taught on T & Th 2:00 – 3:20 pm by Professors
Oleh Ilnytzkyj and Natalia Pylypiuk, with guest speakers.
This course may be used for credits toward two streams of the Certificate in European Studies (i.e., “Histories and Politics” and “Cultures and Societies”). Its purpose is to introduce non-specialists to Europe, Ukraine and Russia. The course does not assume or require any previous knowledge of Slavic languages or history. All reading and lectures will be in English. No prerequisites.The registration deadline for the course, as for all courses in the department, including those under the rubrics UKR and SLAV is August 15. Please register as soon as possible.
Rationale for the course
This course will retrace the recent event of the Euromaidan (i.e., European Square), focusing on social, cultural, economic, anthropological and political issues. It will explore the fate of individuals and of a nation through the visual, cinematic, musical and journalistic record created by reporters as well as ordinary individuals through the Internet, Social Media and YouTube. We look at the discourses emanating from Ukraine, Europe and Russia, examining the civic values they represent. The issue of violence and nonviolent civic disobedience is explored. We highlight the role of women, the Church, educational institutions and cultural minorities (Muslims and Jews) in the creation of a pluralist society.