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Post-Soviet Ukraine: from an "Unexpected Nation" to the Unwarranted War - JTM477
Anglický název: Post-Soviet Ukraine: from an "Unexpected Nation" to the Unwarranted War
Český název: Postsovětská Ukrajina: od "nečekaného národa" k "bezdůvodné" válce
Zajišťuje: Katedra ruských a východoevropských studií (23-KRVS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2022
Semestr: zimní
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:1/1, Zk [HT]
Počet míst: 30 / neurčen (30)
Minimální obsazenost: 5
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst: ne
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
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Garant: Valeriya Korablyova, Ph.D.
Vyučující: Valeriya Korablyova, Ph.D.
Třída: Courses for incoming students
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Valeriya Korablyova, Ph.D. (19.09.2022)
The course covers post-Soviet developments in Ukraine that made a way from an “unexpected nation” (Andrew Wilson), which was reckoned by many observers a temporal historical contingency doomed to disappear, to a strong and resilient polity successfully resisting the Russian aggression. It is aimed to critically address the existing interpretive frameworks of Ukraine’s recent history, among them: the transitology / democratization paradigm (Ukraine as a (poor) democratic student with largely dysfunctional weak institutions); patronalism (Ukraine as a captured state ruled by oligarchic elites); the civilizational approach (Ukraine as a “cleft country” (Samuel Huntington) / battleground of the West and Russia / Eurasia); nationalism studies (Ukraine as an alleged site of emergent aggressive nationalism). As an alternative to those largely misleading and one-sided interpretations, a more nuanced contemplation of developments in several important spheres is suggested, with a special emphasis on convergences and divergencies from the neighboring states, which defines the idiosyncrasy of the Ukrainian national project.

The course is structured through the main domains / topics of strategic importance, where the transformations of the political system via regular changes of power-holders set the stage, and economic developments create the preconditions for a changing social structure. The country’s socio-demographic profile and its regional diversity would be discussed in terms of the fluid national identity of the citizens, on the one hand, and the transformations of language and memory policies of the state, on the other. The last part of the course is dedicated to the Russian war and Ukrainian resistance, where several aspects will be covered: the Maidan of 2013-14 as a trigger; the annexation of Crimea and the beginning of the Russian invasion; post-Maidan reforms and the EU integration; the 2019 elections as a political landslide; the full-scale invasion of 2022; war-induced forced migration and IDPs.

The course has an interdisciplinary character combining theories and methodologies from history and social sciences. It provides a deeper context to the current situation in Ukraine disclosing the roots of the war and the patterns of resistance, and discussing the specificity of Ukraine’s national project in the regional and European context.
Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Valeriya Korablyova, Ph.D. (19.09.2022)

The course is aimed at a complex and multi-faceted exploration of Ukraine's post-Soviet development, where the emergence and consolidation of the national polity are considered through social and political transformations, whereas the Maidan uprisings and the ongoing Russsian aggression and Ukraine's resistance to it stand as the main nodal points.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • describe the main stages and challenges of Ukraine’s post-Soviet development;
  • explain the specificity of Ukraine’s national project;
  • assess how its complex history plays out in present-day Ukraine;
  • discuss the socio-demographic composition of the country;
  • raise arguments in discussions on debatable topics (Holodomor as a genocide; Ukraine as a failed state; Ukraine as a cleft country; the national church of Ukraine; and so on);
  • orient in the political landscape of present-day Ukraine;
  • discuss the shortcomings of the economic situation in Ukraine;
  • describe regional, linguistic, and religious diversity in present-day Ukraine;
  • put the current Russian-Ukrainian war in a broader context;
  • discuss the prospects of Ukraine in terms of regional and European integration;
  • enhance oral and writing skills in academic English.

Deskriptory - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Valeriya Korablyova, Ph.D. (19.09.2022)

Weekly schedule

Week 1

Introduction: putting Ukraine on mental maps.

Week 2

Political domain: elections as a game-changer.

Week 3

Patronalism: oligarchs, corruption, and media.

Week 4

Economic development: crony capitalism and energy dependence.

Week 5

Social-demographic composition. Migration as an issue.

Week 6

Regionalism: one Ukraine or many?

Week 7

Fluid national identity. Language and historic policies.

Week 8

The expanding civil society. The Maidan(s)

Week 9

Crimea, Donbas, and the beginning of the Russian invasion.

Week 10

The EU accession: on the path of reforms.

Week 11

The rise of ocular democracy: Zelensky.

Week 12

The big war of 2022: contexts and consequences.

Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Valeriya Korablyova, Ph.D. (19.09.2022)

Course Requirements and Assessment

 

Assignment

Weight in Final Grade

Evaluated Student Learning Outcomes

Active Class Participation

20%

Engagement in class discussion, demonstrating the knowledge gained from assigned weekly reading and other sources; making own point, asking and answering questions.

Presentation

30%

Ability to comprehend academic texts and to formulate their main ideas; present them in a well-structured and clear way; prepare visual materials to the presentation (power-point presentation and/or handouts); ability to assess the source critically.

Final Paper

50%

Ability to understand the main ideas, concepts and case studies covered; define a problem and look for answers; write in a clear, academic style; use cohesive argument.

TOTAL

100%

 

 

Detailed description of the assignments

 

  • Active Class Participation

Students should participate actively in the course. Mere attendance is not active participation. To take an active part in the class means, for instance, presenting findings from compulsory readings, commenting on the topic, discussing with other students, answering questions raised by the instructor, and to ask own questions.    

·       Presentation

The presentation should be based on one of the additional readings which are indicated to every class session. Selection is up to students. The presentation should take about 15-20 minutes.

·       Final Paper

The final paper should be based on a chosen topic approved by the instructor beforehand. It must be related to some of the topics presented in the course. At least some of the literature listed in the syllabus should be used. The length of the paper should be 2 000 words. The final paper is due on December 10, 2022.

 

Grading Scale

 

Letter Grade

Percentage

Description

A

90-100

Excellent performance. The student has shown originality and displayed an exceptional grasp of the material and a deep analytical understanding of the subject.

 

B

80-89

Good performance. The student has mastered the material, understands the subject well, and has shown some originality of thought and/or considerable effort.

 

C

70-79

Fair performance. The student has acquired an acceptable understanding of the material and essential subject matter of the course but has not succeeded in translating this understanding into consistently creative or original work.

 

D

60-69

Poor. The student has shown some understanding of the material and subject matter covered during the course. The student’s work, however, has not shown enough effort or understanding to allow for a passing grade in School Required Courses. It does qualify as a passing mark for the General College Courses and Electives.

 

F

0-59

Fail. The student has not succeeded in mastering the subject matter covered in the course.

 

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Valeriya Korablyova, Ph.D. (19.09.2022)

Main sources:

Wilson, Andrew (2015). The Ukrainians: Unexpected Nation, Fourth edition. Yale University Press.

Minakov, M.; Kasianov, G.; & Rojansky, M. (eds.) (2021). From „The Ukraine” to Ukraine. A Contemporary History, 1991-2021. Ibidem Verlag.

Wynnyckyj, Mychailo (2019). Ukraine’s Maidan, Russia’s War: A Chronicle and Analysis of the Revolution of Dignity. Ibidem Verlag.

D’Anieri, Paul (2019). Ukraine and Russia: From Civilized Divorce to Uncivil War. Cambridge University Press.

Recommended literature:

Aslund, Anders. (2015). Ukraine: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It. Peterson Institute for International Economic.

Hale, H. E. (2015). Patronal Politics: Eurasian Regime Dynamics in Comparative Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Balmaceda, Margarita (2007). Energy Dependency, Politics and Corruption in the Former Soviet Union: Russia’s power, oligarchs’ profits, Ukraine’s missing energy policy, 1995-2006. Routledge.

Plokhy, Serhii. (2015). The Gates of Europe: a History of Ukraine. Basic Books.

Wilson, Andrew (2014) Ukraine Crisis: What It Means for the West. Yale University Press.

Yekelchyk, Serhy. (2015). The Conflict in Ukraine: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Szporluk, Roman. (2000). Russia, Ukraine, and the Breakup of the Soviet Union. Stanford: Hoover Institution Press.

Pikulicka-Wilczewska, A.; & Sakwa, R. (eds) (2015). Ukraine and Russia: People, Politics, Propaganda and Perspective. E-International Relations Publishing.

Yermolenko, Volodymyr (ed.) (2019). Ukraine in histories and stories. Essays by Ukrainian intellectuals. Kyiv: Inernews Ukraine, UkraineWorld.

Metody výuky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Valeriya Korablyova, Ph.D. (19.09.2022)

The main teaching methods of this course are peer learning and focused discussions. Therefore, the instructor gives introductory mini-lectures to open the topic of the week, while the main attention and the learning medium are debates on the assigned reading. Thus, every class starts with an introductory micro-lecture by the instructor, then we proceed with a presentation by one or a couple of students followed by a general discussion of the literature on the topic. Whereas every enrolled student is obliged to do the mandatory reading for every class (2-3 papers), a presenter should pick a source from further reading and elaborate on it in her presentation (around 15 mins long, in a format of her choice). 

 

Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Valeriya Korablyova, Ph.D. (19.09.2022)

The final paper should be based on a chosen topic approved by the instructor beforehand. It must be related to some of the topics presented in the course. At least some of the literature listed in the syllabus should be used. The length of the paper should be 2 000 words. The final paper is due on December 10, 2022.

Assignment

Weight in Final Grade

Evaluated Student Learning Outcomes

Active Class Participation

20%

Engagement in class discussion, demonstrating the knowledge gained from assigned weekly reading and other sources; making own point, asking and answering questions.

Presentation

30%

Ability to comprehend academic texts and formulate their main ideas; present them in a well-structured and clear way; prepare visual materials for the presentation (power-point presentation and/or handouts); ability to assess the source critically.

Final Paper

50%

Ability to understand the main ideas, concepts, and case studies covered; define a problem and look for answers; write in a clear, academic style; use cohesive argument.

TOTAL

100%

 

 

A detailed description of the assignments

 

  • Active Class Participation

Students should participate actively in the course. Mere attendance is not active participation. To take an active part in the class means, for instance, presenting findings from compulsory readings, commenting on the topic, engaging in discussions with other students, answering questions raised by the instructor, and asking your own questions.    

·       Presentation

The presentation should be based on one of the additional readings which are indicated in every class session. Selection is up to students. The presentation should take about 15-20 minutes.

·       Final Paper

The final paper should be based on a chosen topic approved by the instructor beforehand. It must be related to some of the topics presented in the course. At least some of the literature listed in the syllabus should be used. The length of the paper should be 2 000 words. The final paper is due on December 10, 2022.

 

Vstupní požadavky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Valeriya Korablyova, Ph.D. (19.09.2022)

No fixed criteria for selection, as students of all levels of studies are accepted. The ability to critically address the suggested literature and engage in well-informed discussions in class is required. Basic knowledge of regional history would be a plus, although not a requirement.

Proficiency in English is required, as all the materials, and class discussions are to be held in English.

 

 
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