Bible paper by Dave Bullock CC BY 2.0

Teacher: Inna Sukhenko, postdoctoral researcher, PhD, HUH Program

The course is open for all University of Helsinki degree and exchange students.

Please note:
-Teaching programme might be subject to changes and additions, so please check course-specific information before the start of the course.
-Registration is binding. In case you cannot participate, please cancel your participation in WebOodi. After end of registration time, contact the planning officer (see contact information below) for cancellation.
-In case the registration period has ended, but you wish to participate, please turn to the planning officer (see contact information below).

1) to introduce students to some major theoretical approaches to the study of Nuclear Narrative Studies in the aspect of its implementation in the Ukrainian context;
2) to equip students with the foundational knowledge about Chornobyl Studies strategies for various sectors dealing with nuclear culture, nuclear identity, nuclear fiction, “the Chornobyl Syndrome”, “Atom for Peace” initiative, “Exclusion Zone” culture at the regional/national/global levels;
3) to provide students with the critical toolkit for examining political/social/cultural contents of the Chornobyl accident and its aftermath as well as its impact on Ukraine’s national identity formation, on “nuclear energy” discourse in Ukraine and Europe;
4) to focus students’ attention on the steps required in developing nuclear environmental humanities, including appropriate environmental humanities assessment methodologies, “memory studies” methodologies and” identity narrative” discourse.
5) to expand students’ conceptual notions of Chornobyl Studies within the energetic history of humanities as well as under the contemporary energy policy at the regional/national/global levels.

Learning outcomes:
While taking the course the students are able to:
1) identify the key issues of Nuclear Narrative Studies and their implementation in the context of Ukraine;
2) use their skills of combining the theoretical bases of nuclear environmental humanities’ issues in order to form their own understanding of the theoretical and practical background of the role of nuclear identity making in human development within the Nuclear Anthropocene;
3) apply the methodological basis effective for researching energy humanities in Ukraine and other similar post-traumatic societies;
4) critically assess any information on the bases of its usage in measuring needs and priorities of energy humanities as well as its benefits and outcomes in order to introduce “nuclear narrative” issues in national development planning at every level (global, national, regional, local and community)

1) Tue 12.3.2019 10:15 - 11:45 Porthania, P723, Yliopistonkatu 3
“Nuclear Narrative” within Environmental Humanities and Energy Humanities: the Outline of the Phenomenon

2) Fri 15.3.2019 10:15 - 11:45 Metsätalo, sali 18, Unioninkatu 40
The Chernobyl Accident within the Nuclear Anthropocene: What-How-Why
Online speaker – Prof. Plokhii Serhii (Professor, Harvard University, US)

3) Tue 19.3.2019 10:15 - 11:45 Porthania, P723, Yliopistonkatu 3
Eco-Imperatives of Ukrainian Consciousness: Towards Ukrainian Environmental Discourse

4) Fri 22.3.2019 10:15 - 11:45 Metsätalo, sali 18, Unioninkatu 40
Chernobyl within Memory Studies: National/Transnational Parameters
Invited guest – Lindsay Stuart (PhD, the University of Stirling, UK)

5) Tue 26.3.2019 10:15 - 11:45 Porthania, P723, Yliopistonkatu 3
Chernobyl as Trauma Management
Invited guest – Zhukova Ekatherina (PhD, The University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

6) Fri 29.3.2019 10:15 - 11:45 Metsätalo, sali 18, Unioninkatu 40
“Politizised” Chornobyl: Truth-Myth-PostTruth
Online speaker – Prof. Yuriy Matsiyevskiy (Professor, Ostroch Academy, Ukraine)

7) Tue 2.4.2019 10:15 - 11:45 Porthania, P723, Yliopistonkatu 3
“Chornobyl Genre” within Nuclear Narrative
Online speaker – Prof. Korzeniowska-Bihun Аnna (Professor, the University of Warsaw, Poland)

8) Fri 12.4.2019 10:15 - 11:45 Metsätalo, sali 18, Unioninkatu 40 Week
“Chornobyl Fiction” (class)

9) Fri 5.4.2019 10:15 - 11:45 Metsätalo, sali 18, Unioninkatu 40
Nuclear Identity: “the Chornobyl Syndrome” and “the Nuclear Other”

10) Tue 9.4.2019 10:15 - 11:45 Porthania, P723, Yliopistonkatu 3
“Commercialised” Chornobyl: Commodification of a Disaster
Online speaker - Nikolayenko Iryna (Kyiv, Ukraine, the producer and leader of the short documentary “Arch”, awarded at California International Shorts Festival (US), Creation International Film Festival (Canada).

11) Tue 30.4.2019 10:15 - 11:45 Porthania, P723, Yliopistonkatu 3
Chornobyl within the Contemporary Nuclear Culture: from “Atom for Peace” Initiative Towards Energy Humanities (class)

12) Fri 3.5.2019 10:15 - 11:45 Metsätalo, sali 18, Unioninkatu 40
“Chornobyl: Local/Global Dimensions” (seminar, students’ presentations)

The course is designed as a pass-fail course and includes 9 lectures, 2 classes, 1 seminar for students’ project representations. Students are required to attend most of the lecturer/seminars and are encouraged to participate actively. Students are expected to read the assigned texts for each lecture/seminar in advance, summarize the main arguments of the text and go through the tests.
In order to successfully carry out the course the student needs:
- to participate actively in lectures while being aware of obligatory readings (1/3),
-to prepare the “idea paper”, based on the fiction, read for the seminar (1/3)
-to prepare and present a PP presentation on “Chornobyl: Local/Global Dimension” (1/3).
Common scale (0-5).

Realisation and working methods :
Reading and other eventual material will be posted to Moodle. Ukrainian Studies Planning Officer will send instructions how to log in for those who have registered to the course. NB: Moodle instructions will be sent to your University of Helsinki email address ( The enrolment key will also appear at the Course page when the course begins.
Course can be also accepted as:
• KIK-UK105,
• ALKU-E319, ENS-339
• ExpREES optional studies
• Please note that in most BA/MA programmes you can transfer credits to optional studies. In case you wish to transfer the credits to some other study unit please contact the teacher responsible for the study unit / module or BA/MA programme
• This course is part of Bachelor's Programme in Languages, but it can also be accepted as master level study units (for example ENS-339 and ExpREES optional studies)

Other information:
This course is organized by the Ukrainian Studies module (KIK-UK100, 30 ECTS) that is carried out in cooperation with Bachelor's Programme in Languages and the Aleksanteri Institute.

Contact person: Ukrainian Studies Planning Officer minna.oroza at
Ukrainian Studies:

19.12.2018 at 15:30 - 7.3.2019 at 23:59
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Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Tue 12.3.2019
10:15 - 11:45
Fri 15.3.2019
10:15 - 11:45
Tue 19.3.2019
10:15 - 11:45
Fri 22.3.2019
10:15 - 11:45
Tue 26.3.2019
10:15 - 11:45
Tue 2.4.2019
10:15 - 11:45
Tue 9.4.2019
10:15 - 11:45
Fri 12.4.2019
10:15 - 13:45
Tue 30.4.2019
10:15 - 11:45
Fri 3.5.2019
10:15 - 13:45


Opintojaksosta vastaa kielten kandiohjelma.

Opintojakso on pakollinen Ukraina-opintokokonaisuutta suorittaville. Opintojakso on avoin muiden ohjelmien opiskelijoille.

Opintojakson suoritettuaan opiskelija tuntee ukrainalaisen kulttuurin ja kirjallisuuden kehityksen osana slaavilaista, erityisesti itäslaavilaista, kulttuuriperintöä.

Järjestetään lukuvuosittain.

Opintojaksossa opiskelija tutustuu ukrainalaisen kirjallisuuden keskeisiin teoksiin ja kulttuurivaikuttajiin. Opintojaksossa tarkastellaan ukrainalaisen kulttuurin historiallista kehitystä ja eri ilmentymiä.

Opintojaksossa käytettävä kirjallisuus määräytyy suoritettavan kurssin mukaan.

Opetusmenetelmät ja aktiviteetit määräytyvät kurssikohtaisesti. Palaute kerätään systemaattisesti.

Opintojakso arvostellaan asteikolla 0-5. Opintojakson arvosana määräytyy suoritustavan (esim. luentokurssi) mukaisesti määriteltyjen tehtävien, aktiivisuuden ja muiden suoritusvaatimusten perusteella. Arviointimenetelmät ovat kiinteässä yhteydessä osaamistavoitteisiin ja opintojakson opetusmenetelmiin.

Opintojaksoon soveltuva luentokurssi, johon sisältyy kirjallisuutta ja kurssin mukaan sovellettuja tehtäviä. Vaihtoehtoisena suoritustapana kirjallisuuskuulustelu.