Spring Session in Ukraine: 2016

Spring Session in Ukraine is again on offer this year, May 2-June 6, 2016. The program is organized in co-operation with STM’s university partner – Ternopil National Pedagogical University (TNPU), Ukraine. The program enables students to take a combination of UofS language and culture courses for university credit. Prof. Natalia Khanenko-Friesen, the founding director of Spring Session in Ukraine, will travel with the students to deliver the course ANTH 233 “Anthropological Perspectives on Ukraine,” and will coordinate the program with the TNPU program Director, Olena Huzar. Six students are scheduled to participate in the 2016 Spring Session in Ukraine program.

As a part of the course curriculum, students will also undertake a number of activities. These include visits to various historic sites and sites of recent civil protests (2013-2014) in Lviv, Ukraine; meet and dialogue with local volunteer groups; listen to special lectures by local faculty from the Ukrainian Catholic University; and write reflective papers on their engagement with local Ukrainian groups and individuals.

In addition, as a part of the program, curriculum students will travel to a number of other centres to explore the multicultural and historical heritage of Western Ukraine, for example, Kam’ianets Podilsky, and enjoy a two-day stay in the Carpathian Mountains where they will endeavour to hike the highest mountain in Ukraine, Mount Hoverla.

Prof. Khanenko-Friesen with the 2015 SSU Participants,  Ternopil, Ukraine

Prof. Khanenko-Friesen with the 2015 SSU Participants,
Ternopil, Ukraine

Ukrainian Studies Minor: Update

During the 2015-2016 academic year, the Ukrainian Studies Minor offered Ukrainian language courses (UKR114 and 117, and UKR 214 and 217), a course in political studies (POLS 465 Nationalism) and two courses in anthropology (ANTH 236 Ethnicity in Action: Ukrainian Canadian Experience and ANTH 233 Contemporary Ukraine). The new course ANTH 236 Ethnicity in Action: Ukrainian Canadian Experience was developed and taught in Term 1, 2015-16 by Prof. Natalia Khanenko-Friesen (STM Teaching Award 2015-16).

To allow for students to complete all three levels of Ukrainian language instruction at the UofS, third-year Ukrainian language courses UKR 314 and 317 are offered through STM’s Spring Session in Ukraine. All students participating in this program are signed up to take these two courses.

Overall the program enjoys good student enrolments and has attracted the first registrants for the Minor degree. For a number of consecutive years now, the language courses — taught by Prof. Nadya Foty-Oneschuk (who was nominated for an STM Teaching Award in 2015) — have registered a record number of students — the highest in North America for first-year Ukrainian language courses.