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Teacher: Nataliya Teramae, MA (Journalism)

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).

ANNOUNCEMENT 1.3.2019: The course will take place as a web course. Lecture topics will be introduced on Mondays starting from 11.3. until 13.5.

The goal of this course is to familiarize students with modern Ukrainian culture in order to give them the tools to use cultural production as a way of learning about society and social issues. It is important to be able to use the production of culture as a reflection of current social themes and realities, particularly in times of crucial social changes as a revolution or war.

This course will feature seven core lectures on different forms of modern cultural production: cinema, art, music, literature and theatre. There will be an introductory lecture on the development of cultural production in independent Ukraine, as well as two final lectures on the role of cultural production after the Revolution of Dignity (known as Euromaidan) and during Russian-Ukrainian war. These lectures will focus on the events of the people’s protests and the subsequent war in eastern Ukraine and their usage in the production of culture. Reading material will consist of media publications, academic books as well as visual content relating to the lectures.

1: Introduction. Cultural development in independent Ukraine (1991-nowadays)
2: Forms of culture
2.1: Cinema
2.2: Art
2.3: Music
2.4: Literature/Theatre
3: Cultural production after the Revolution of Dignity/during Russian-Ukrainian war

(Lectures 20 h, reading, essay) -> 10 web lectures, reading, weekly assignments, and essay (lenght of essay will be confirmed when the course starts)

Background reading:
You can take a look at the following books and articles in case you are not familiar with the course topic:

1/ Marko Pavlyshyn. Andrukhovych’s Secret: The return of colonial resignation (

2/ Bohdan Nebesio. Are we there yet?: Studies of National Cinema in Ukraine (

Words for War : New Poems from Ukraine, edited by Oksana Maksymchuk, and Max Rosochinsky, Academic Studies Press, 2017. (

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:
• 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 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:

18.12.2018 at 09:00 - 7.3.2019 at 23:59
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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.