Community Classroom on "Human Rights Crisis: The War in Ukraine" (May 16- July 1, 2022)

April 11, 2022

May 16, 2022 to July 01, 2022

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has resulted in a massive, very fast-moving humanitarian crisis. Millions of Ukrainians are internally displaced or fleeing the country as refugees. Russian human rights activists have also fled their country, as have others opposed to the war and tightening autocratic rule. In this timely course from the University of Arizona's Human Rights Practice Program, you will:

  • Take part in video conferences and webinars with leading, journalists, Ukrainian cultural icons, the only Ukrainian judge on the European Court of Human Rights, Ukrainian human rights attorneys, activists gathering evidence for war crimes, those driving Ukrainians out of conflict areas by mini-van, and many more.

  • Learn about such critical issues as War Crimes and Genocide, Rape as a Weapon of War, Ukrainian Cultural Resistance,  Putinism, Propaganda and Disinformation, and Ukrainian History, Language, and Identity 

  • Work with others on real-world projects to help those affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  

Participants in this community class will follow along with a University of Arizona class on these topics and can take part in as many of the class activities as they choose.  This course is offered online and is self-paced with various opportunities to attend guest lectures & live discussions. The cost is $150 US, and discounts might be available for those from Ukraine and others in need. 

Co-Instructor Olena Tanchyk is former dean of the Faculty of Economics at Donetsk State University of Management whose apartment was destroyed in the 2014 Russian invasion of the Donbas and then moved with her husband to Mariupol where tragically their apartment building was destroyed in the past couple of months. The UA Co-instructor is Mette Brogden, a medical and cultural anthropologist with long experience in resettling refugees and addressing severe trauma in survivors of mass human rights violations.

Each week, the class will incorporate readings and video overviews (available on Sundays), a variety of guest lectures from the field (usually Mondays or Tuesdays), and three webinars (usually Fridays). You can read the full course outline.

Lectures and webinars will be recorded for those who cannot attend the live Zoom meetings. We will also offer optional weekly Zoom meetings for class discussions; these will not be recorded. Students will choose and complete project-based assignments during the course.


For more information and to register:

Note that there is also a related online 3-credit course (HRTS 496a/596a: Human Rights Crisis: The War in Ukraine) being offered by the Human Rights Practice Program during the same time period (May 16-July 1). This course is open for registration to all UArizona undergrad and grad students (AZ Online, Main Campus, Global Direct).

Students interested in earning credits for this course who are not already enrolled at UArizona may be eligible to apply to be non-degree seeking students and earn credits for this affordable course.  You may contact  regarding this option.