Course on the Euromaidan

University of Alberta launches a special course on the Euromaidan

Photo: Panorama of the "March of Millions" in Kyiv. Illustration for announced course on the Euromaidan at the University of Alberta.
Aerial panorama of Kyiv’s “March of Millions.” Source:

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.

Photo: Euromaidan protesters. Illustration for announced course on the Euromaidan at University of Alberta
Euromaidan protesters. Source:

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

Ukraine is at the heart of Europe. As the first major geopolitical shift in the 21st century, Ukraine’s ongoing revolution (2013-2014) may determine the fate of Europe. This course examines the events and values of the revolution against the background of Europe and Russia.
Photo: Child at Euromaidan. Illustration for announced course on the Euromaidan at the University of Alberta
Child at Euromaidan. Source:

Course Topics

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.

Photo: Wedding of protesters Lisa Shaposhnyk and Vitaly Popov. Illustration for announced course on the Euromaidan at the University of Alberta.
Wedding of protesters Lisa Shaposhnyk and Vitaly Popov. Source:

Background information

Ukraine’s crisis began in Nov. 2013 when its corrupt president, V. Yanukovych, broke a promise to sign a political and economic accord with the European Union! This led to massive peaceful demonstrations, against which he unleashed violence and terror. Having embezzled state funds, Yanukovych fled the country, taking refuge in Russia, an opponent of Ukraine’s European orientation. A confrontation ensued. On one side, Ukraine and the West, and, on the other, Putin’s Russia, which annexed Crimea. Despite these problems, Ukrainians elected a pro-European president on May 25, 2014.
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