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Elective: Ukraine: Anatomy of a Crisis



In 2014, Ukraine experienced a revolution, saw the Crimean peninsula annexed by Russia, and was confronted with separatist struggle in two of its regions. The ongoing crisis surrounding Ukraine is arguably the most important development in the region since the collapse of the Soviet Union. In order to understand the roots of the crisis, it is imperative to consider recent political developments inside Ukraine, but also to study the country’s history, international relations, and issues related to identity and cultural diversity. This course therefore adopts an interdisciplinary perspective to better understand the causes, implications, and prospects of the crisis surrounding Ukraine.

Course objectives

The objective of the course is to provide students with an insight into the variety of political, historical, economic, and cultural factors that sparked a major national and international crisis. By the end of the course, students are able to reflect on the different dimensions of this crisis. Students demonstrate their analytical and critical thinking skills through written assignments and a presentation of their research. They practice their research skills by submitting a presearch proposal and incorporating feedback from peers and lecturers. Finally, they demonstrate their ability to conduct independent research through a research paper.


(day to be informed) 5-7 pm, Lipsius (room to be informed)

Course load

Classes: 28 hours
Reading: 36 hours
Assignments and presentations: 116
Research paper: 100

Assessment method:

-5 written assignments (10% each)
-Research paper (50%)
-Paper proposal and presentation (10%)
Only the term paper can be retaken



Reading list

Selected articles and book chapter (see Blackboard)


Via Usis

Contact information

With the course coordinator, by e-mail: Dr. M. Bader