It’s been months since Russia invaded Ukraine. The former sent their troops to Ukraine on February 24, 2022. However, the two countries have long had a difficult relationship. From cybercrimes to diplomatic moves, a lot has happened during this time. To help people understand the multiple facades of the geopolitical event, several universities around the world offer courses on the same subject. Here is an overview of the Russian-Ukrainian War Studies curriculum –
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. As a result, over the past eight years there has been continuous conflict between Ukraine and Russia, with regular bombings and skirmishes along the Russian and Ukrainian borders in the eastern part of the country.
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On February 24, 2022, Russia launched a full-scale military invasion of Ukraine.
The course covers the history and origins of the war in Ukraine, as well as its immediate and long-term impacts. 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.
War in Ukraine: History, Politics, Culture – Academic Liberal Arts
This online program from the University of Liberal Arts answers questions such as: “Who are Ukrainians today?” How do they understand the attack on their country? How has Ukrainian society reacted in politics, literature and the arts? The course allows students to connect with Ukrainian scholars and artists. Students interested in learning more about Russia and its politics can enroll in the course. It accommodates a maximum of 25 students.
The Ukrainian Crisis and Its Historical Roots – University of Nevada, Las Vegas
This five-week course explores the historical relationship between Ukraine and Russia, understanding how and why today’s conflict occurred. It also examines Russian political formations and the conception of the nation over the centuries, as well as the place of Ukraine within these formations.
Students who are interested in Russian-Ukrainian history can take the course. After completing the online program, students can take courses in contemporary international relations, European diplomatic history, or Russian and Eurasian history.
Be brave like Ukraine – Choice31
Choice31 Online University and Ukraine’s Ministry of Digital Transformation offer a course called “Be Brave Like Ukraine” about 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 the formation of the country. It is available in English and Ukrainian.
In addition to online courses, Indiana University Bloomington is offering up to 20 Ukrainian scholars in the humanities and social sciences for one-year non-residential fellowships. The IU Robert F Byrnes Russian and Eastern European Institute at the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies will lead the IU-Ukraine Nonresident 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 about several historical and contemporary armed conflicts and engage in a humanitarian approach.
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