Ukrainian Studies

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

CCR199H Section L0382. Fall 2017



Class meets on Tuesdays from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Alumni Hall 304.

Instructor:Maxim Tarnawsky121 St. Joseph St. Alumni Hall 403 926-1300 x3338 FAX 926-2076
Office hours: Fall 2017, T3–4

Course Description

This course surveys the representation of the Cossacks in literary and visual works ranging across a wide variety of cultures and eras. Were the Cossacks Russian, Polish, Ukrainian or all of the above? Were they the agents of a repressive Russian government, the hirelings of Polish kings, the tormentors of East European Jews, the protectors of Europe from the Ottomans, or the liberators of the Ukrainian nation? Were they East European cowboys, legendary warriors, defenders of Orthodox Christianity, or a motley collection of drunken mercenaries? We will survey depictions of the Cossacks in visual works, in works of folklore, and in literary works by Russian, Polish, Jewish, and Ukrainian writers.

Graded course requirements
ItemDue datePercent of Final Grade
Assignment 1 Week four Oct 3 15%
Assignment 2 Week seven Oct 24 15%
Assignment 3 Week ten Nov 2115%
Concluding Test Last Class Dec 5 25%
Final Paper, 6–8 pgs. After Last Class, Dec 8 20%
Attendance and Participation required 10%

There will be three Assignments due on the dates listed above. Each assignment will be a short essay of 2 pages (no less than 600 words) on an assigned topic. Your writing will be judged on its clarity, focus, and insight.

The Concluding test will be held in class at our last class meeting. It will cover material from the entire course. It will include a few factual questions, to make sure you have kept up with the readings, and a few analytical questions that will test your understanding of the material.

The Final Paper is to be emailed to the instructor directly after the last class and no later than Friday, Dec 8 at midnight. Sample topics are posted, but you are free to suggest your own topic to the instructor. Don't write on your own topics without FIRST getting the instructor's approval. Papers should be 6–8 pages long, formatted with 1 inch margins, double spacing, and 12 point type.

Attendance in class is required. Participation in class discussion improves your grade.

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