FaThe Department of Political Science is announcing a new direct-credit study abroad program in Ukraine. This program is designed for university students who want a fresh approach to understanding political, socio-economic and cultural transformations taking place in post-communist countries. The program enables students to work directly with professors from Ukraine and University of Arizona to examine the region’s problems.
The program offers 15 units in 3-months of academically challenging and intellectually stimulating semester courses in political science focusing on post-communist and post-Soviet themes and issues. The program utilizes the UA Department of Political Science’s strong research environment and educational resources in collaboration with Ukraine’s leading political scientists and political sociologists. The courses, designed for upper-level undergraduate students, fulfill credits towards bachelor degrees at selective American universities and colleges. Classes are conducted at the facilities of Kharkov National University of Economics. The program’s curriculum includes courses, which can be better studied in Ukraine due to the relevance of this socio-economic and political environment to the nature of offered courses. Classroom teaching is strongly enhanced by an extensive program of course-integrated, hands-on field studies, comparative field projects, and study tours.
UA COURSES OFFERED:
POL 443 - Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics (3 units)
POL 451 - Soviet and Post-Soviet Foreign Policy (3 units)
POL 315 - Political Sociology (crosslisted as SOC 315) (3 units)
POL 499 - Independent Study (1 to 3 units)
The Arizona in Ukraine program will also have a unique Model United Nations component and will offer in addition to the courses listed above:
POL 297A - United Nations (3 units)
POL 397A - Advanced Model United Nations Workshop (3 units)
In addition to Political Science classes, students are also strongly encouraged to take Russian language classes, also offered for direct University of Arizona credit through the Russian and Slavic Studies Department. Courses currently offered are:
RSSS 101a/101b - Elementary Russian (4 units)
RSSS 201a/201b - Intermediate Russian (4 units)
RSSS 199, 299 for Independent Study, Ukrainian (3 units)
RSSS 399, 499 for Independent Study, Advanced Russian (3 units)
RSSS 345 World War II: The Soviet Cultural Experience (3 units)
Tier II Humanities, or Russian major (Culture-intensive track)
Courses are taught in English (except for language instruction) by American and Ukrainian professors who all hold final university degrees. They teach at institutions of higher education, or work in research institutions.
Ukraine is located in southeast Europe. The country consists largely of fertile black soil steppes. Mountainous areas include the Carpathians in the southwest and the Crimean chain in the south. Ukraine is bordered by Belarus on the north, by Russia on the north and east, by the Black Sea on the south, by Moldova and Romania on the southwest, and by Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland on the west. Kharkov is located in a primarily Russian-speaking region of Ukraine. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about the politics, history and culture of an authentic Eastern European city.
Study tours include visits to historic sites, art collections, political, educational, and defense institutions, and other places of interest in the context of a political science curriculum.
Housing in the Student Dormitory will be arranged for students. The program includes housing in Kharkov, tuition, all instructional materials, some of local excursions as well as concert and event tickets. The program will provide Ukrainian guides who will do their utmost to help you have a wonderful experience in Ukraine. Not included: roundtrip airfare, health insurance, and personal expenses.
Professor Mikhail Beznosov received his Master's and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Arizona where he has alos taught a number of courses. His research interests are post- communist transformations, post- Soviet politics, political markets, energy politics, and energy security. Prof. Beznosov leads a group of students every summer to Yalta and has recently expanded to a semester- long program in Ukraine.