It has been months since Russia invaded Ukraine. The first sent their troops to Ukraine on February 24, 2022. However, the two countries had a difficult relationship for a long time. From cybercrime to diplomatic movements, a lot happened during this time. To help people understand multiple facades of geopolitical happenings, different varsities around the world offer courses on the same thing. Here’s a look at the curriculum surrounding the Russia-Ukraine war –
Russian Invasion of Ukraine Teach-Out – University of Michigan
The armed conflict in Ukraine began in early 2014, when Russia invaded and annexed the Ukrainian region of Crimea. After that, there has been an ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia for the past eight years, with frequent shelling and clashes taking place along the Russian and Ukrainian borders in the eastern part of the country.
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On February 24, 2022, Russia launched a large-scale military invasion of Ukraine.
The course covers the history and genesis of war in Ukraine, and its immediate and long-term effects. The course answers questions such as ‘How did we get here? Why did Russia invade Ukraine?’ , ‘What historical and cultural contexts do we need to know to understand this conflict?’, etc. It is self-paced and takes about five hours to complete.
War in Ukraine: History, Politics, Culture – University Liberal Arts
This online program of the University Liberal Arts answers questions such as: “Who are Ukrainians today? How do they understand the attack on their country? How has Ukrainian society reacted to politics, literature and art?” The course allows students to interact with Ukrainian scholars and artists.Students interested in learning about Russia and its politics can enroll in the course.It has a maximum enrollment of 25 students.
The Ukrainian Crisis and Its Historical Roots – University of Nevada, Las Vegas
This five-week course examines the historical relationship between Ukraine and Russia and understands how and why the current conflict took place. It also discusses Russia’s political formations and the conception of the nation through the ages, and Ukraine’s place within those formations.
Students interested in the history of Russia-Ukraine can take the course. After completing the online program, students can take courses on contemporary international relations, the diplomatic history of Europe or the history of Russia and Eurasia.
Be brave like Ukraine – Choice31
The online university Choice31, together with the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, offers a course called ‘Be Brave Like Ukraine’ on how Ukrainian identity and courage were formed. The course consists of 15 short lessons on culture, geography, history and business that give a clear picture of how the country came to be. It is available in English and Ukrainian.
Apart from online courses, Indiana University Bloomington offers up to 20 humanities and social science scholars from Ukraine for one-year, non-residential scholarships. The IU Robert F Byrnes Russian and East European Institute at the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies will conduct the IU Ukraine non-resident scholars program.
The US-based Clarks University also held a seminar and study on “Just and Unjust Wars” for its students. It examines why states and societies go to war, whether it is ever justified and what might make it so. Students can learn various historical and contemporary armed conflicts and take a humanitarian view of them.
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