Kaisa_2012_3_photo by Veikko Somerpuro

Teacher: Nataliya Teramae, MA (Journalism)

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

Learning outcomes:
Students will learn about Ukraine in the 20th century through the images and history of cinema classics. As art is the reflection of society and historical changes, cinema might be used as the best example of such a 'mirror'. Ukrainian avant-garde (1920-30) pictured key processes of the Ukrainian Soviet Republic. Poetic cinema, on the contrary (1960-70) dealt with traditional national images.

Course outline:
The course will consist of 12 lectures of which two are introductions (about avant-garde and poetic cinema) and 10 are screenings combined with discussions and in class presentations. Students can see well-known world silent film classics (‘Man with a Movie Camera’, ‘Earth’) as well as unknown forgotten avant-garde masterpieces (‘In Spring’, ‘Bread’). The collection of poetic cinema is presented by the films of prominent Ukrainian filmmakers Ivan Mykolaychuk and Yurii Illienko.

1. Introduction to Ukrainian Filmmaking in the 1920
2. Man with a Movie Camera (1929) by Dziga Vertov, VUFKU – 66 mins
3. In Spring (1929) by Mikhail Kaufman, VUFKU – 60 mins
4. Bread (1929) by Mykola Shpykovskyi, VUFKU – 44 mins
5. Earth (1930) by Oleksander Dovzhenko, VUFKU – 83 mins
6. Earth (discussion)/Ukrainian Poetic Cinema
7. Shadows of Forgotten ancestors (1964) by Serhiy Paradzanov, Dovzhenko studio – 96 mins
8. A Well for the Thirsty (1965) by Yurii Illienko, Dovzhenko studio – 71 mins
9. The White Bird with a Black Mark (1970) by Yurii Illienko, Dovzhenko studio – 97 mins
10. The Lost Petition (1972) by Borys Ivchenko, Dovzhenko studio – 74 mins
11. Babylon XX (1979) by Ivan Mykolaichuk, Dovzhenko studio – 95 mins
12. Discussion: ‘Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors’, ‘The White Bird with a Black Mark’, ‘Babylon XX’

Lectures 24 h, reading, essay (5 pages)

Background reading:
You can take a look at the following articles (E-articles available in Helka) in case you are not familiar with the course topic:
• Nebesio, Bohdan Y (2009): Competition from Ukraine: VUFKU and the Soviet film industry in the 1920s in Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television vol.29, June 2009, pp.159-180
• First, Joshua J. (2014): Dovzhenko Studio in the 1960s: Between the Politics of the Auteur and the Politics of Nationality, in Canadian Slavonic Papers, 01 March 2014, Vol.56(1-2), p.57-81

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 (Helsinki.fi). The enrolment key will also appear at the Course page when the course begins.

Course can be accepted as:
• KIK-UK104
• TTK-EL260
• ExpREES optional studies
• Please note that in most bachelor’s/master’s 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 bachelor’s/master’s programme

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).

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 helsinki.fi
Ukrainian Studies: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/aleksanteri-institute/ukrainian-studies

13.8.2019 at 09:00 - 10.9.2019 at 23:59
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Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Tue 10.9.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Fri 13.9.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 17.9.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Fri 20.9.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 24.9.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Fri 27.9.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 1.10.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Fri 4.10.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 8.10.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Fri 11.10.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 15.10.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Fri 18.10.2019
14:15 - 15:45


The results will be announced at the course Moodle site. Information on the distribution of grades (a graph showing how many grades were given and how they were distributed to the grade categories 0-5) will appear on this site once the results have been registered and show on your transcript of studies.


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.