Kaisa_2012_3_photo by Veikko Somerpuro

Note: Due to the corona pandemic this course takes place online in Moodle. Course information is being updated to the course Moodle page. Contact the planning officer (see contact info at the bottom of this page) in case you have registered for the course, but don’t have access to course Moodle page. Welcome to study online!

Teacher: Inna Sukhenko, PhD (literary studies), postdoc, Helsinki University Humanities Program & other lecturers

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

Learning outcomes:
• to identify the key issues of historical transformations in Ukraine's social and cultural context
• to use the skills of combining the theoretical bases of social/cultural studies and environmental humanities and practical background of Ukraine’s historical/social shifts
• to apply the methodological basis to study the national cultural production in post-2000 Ukraine
• to critically assess information for measuring the priorities of social/cultural issues in the national development strategy

Teaching methods:
The course consists of theoretical and practical parts, therefore it is to be taught through interactive lectures, case-studies, discussions. Each lecture deals with the basic aspects of the course subject and emphasizes topics from the literature relevant to them. Seminars discuss and interpret points, mentioned in advance and represented in the literature related to the particular topics.

Course outline (updated 25.3.20):
10.3.) Topic 1: New Ukrainian Fiction (Natalya Bekhta)
13.3.) Topic 2: Eco-Imperatives of Ukrainian Consciousness within Trauma Studies (Inna Sukhenko)
17.3.) Topic 3: Fictional/Factual in Nuclear Narrative Studies: New Nuclear Criticism (Inna Sukhenko)
27.3.) Topic 4: Glory and Sorrow: cultural production in the beginning of Ukrainian-Russian war (Natalya Teramae)
31.3.) Topic 5: Show must go on: the rethinking of history, returning to the easy genres (Natalya Teramae)
03.4.) Topic 6: The loss of Crimea and the Crimean Tatar question in literature and movies (Natalya Teramae)
07.4.) Topic 7: Postmodernism Dimensions of Post-Chornobyl Writing (Inna Sukhenko)
17.4.) Topic 8: Popular culture and protest – the soundtrack of Orange revolution (Arseniy Svynarenko)
21.4.) Topic 9: Street art in Ukrainian Euromaidan revolution (Arseniy Svynarenko)

Info about teachers:
• Arseniy Svynarenko PhD (Kyiv), Finnish Youth Research Network, researcher
• Nataliya Teramae, MA (Kyiv), independent expert
• Bekhta Natalya, PhD (Giessen), Department of Philosophy, History and Art Studies, visiting scholar
• Inna Sukhenko, PhD (Dnipro), Helsinki University Humanities Program, the Faculty of Arts, postdoctoral researcher

Lectures 22 h, reading and learning diary

Background reading:
You can take a look at the following publications in case you are not familiar with the course topic from before:

-Contemporary Ukraine on the cultural map of Europe. Ed. Revakovych, Marii͡a ; Zalesʹka Onyshkevych, etc.
Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, Inc. in cooperation with the Shevchenko Scientific Society cop. 2009.

-The white chalk of days : the contemporary Ukrainian literature series anthology. Ed. Andryczyk, Mark. Academic Studies Press 2017. https://helka.finna.fi/Record/helka.3195682

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
• 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

11.2.2020 at 09:00 - 12.3.2020 at 23:59


Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Tue 10.3.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Fri 13.3.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Tue 17.3.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Fri 20.3.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Tue 24.3.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Fri 27.3.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Tue 31.3.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Fri 3.4.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Tue 7.4.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Fri 17.4.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Tue 21.4.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Fri 24.4.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Tue 28.4.2020
14:15 - 15:45


The results are 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.