HRTS 496A/596A: The Ukraine Crisis and Human Rights (3 units)
A 7-week fully online class
HRTS 496A/596A (Summer I, May 16 to July 1, 2022)
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, Refugees, 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.
Instructor Dr. 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. UA Co-Instructor Dr. Mette Brogden is a medical and cultural anthropologist with long experience in resettling refugees and addressing severe trauma in survivors of mass human rights violations.
We will consider differential vulnerabilities/impacts evidenced in contemporary wars and post-war recovery in relation to age, gender, and LGBTQ+ identification, and then delve into social movements for upholding human rights (such as protest art, NGO initiatives, and ways to activate humanitarian relief on the ground).
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 several webinars (usually Fridays).
Lectures and webinars will be recorded for those who cannot attend the live zoom meetings. We will also offer voluntary weekly zoom meetings for class discussions; these will not be recorded. Students will choose and complete project-based assignments during the course.
Those interested in learning more about this topic on a non-credit basis may wish to consider the Community Classroom version of this course, which is also running May 16-July 1.