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  • Locations: Chisinau, Moldova; Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
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  • Program Sponsor: SRAS 
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Homestay, Residence Hall/Dormitory Language of Instruction: English, Russian
Program Description:

Kyiv: Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space

Multiple Post-Soviet States; Multiple Post-Soviet Policy Problems

Based in Kyiv, Ukraine, this program takes you to Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia to discuss with local experts the conflicts in all these states, both past and present. You will explore identity as it is shaped by history and culture and consider how group interests and foreign interests influence policy-making and governance in multi-ethnic states. You will search for pragmatic solutions using the experience you gain on the ground. This program provides invaluable experience for anyone interested in diplomacy, policy, or conflict studies. 

This program includes Russian as a Second Language study at all levels.

- Curriculum -

 

REES 390 Post-Soviet Conflict Studies
This course introduces the general theories of conflict and conflict resolution. It then focuses on a select number of specific case studies in the Post-Soviet Space (PSS). These include events in the Caucasus region and Eastern Europe, particularly Ukraine and the “frozen conflicts.” Links between state policy and conflict, conflict resolution and prevention, international terrorism, and processes of integration and disintegration are discussed. Students produce several policy papers as part of the course.
4 credits.

REES 390 Identity in the Post-Soviet Space
Conflicts between groups often arise due to conflicting identities. To understand conflict, then, it is imperative to understand these identities and how they are formed. It is also necessary to understand how identities can be impacted by mass media, popular culture, and propaganda from sources within and without the group identity. Lastly, it must be understood that identities are natural formations of any social group, arising from historical influences and also affected by the geography, climate, and geopolitical position of the area in which the group resides. Guest speakers from various groups and an extensive regional travel program will introduce students first hand to these factors. Students will write a research paper for this course.
4 credits.

PLUS ONE OF THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS:

Option 1 - Language intensive

Choose One Language Component:

RUSS 101-102/201-202/301-302-303/401 Russian Language Study
Russian is a still a lingua franca for politics and business in much of the Post-Soviet Space. Small, intensive classes with additional focus on political and diplomatic language.
8 credits.

- OR -

Ukrainian Language Study
While Russian is widely used in Ukraine, Ukrainian can be particularly valuable for those hoping to work in Ukraine and particularly with the Ukrainian government. Small, intensive classes are offered at levels that can accommodate all from complete beginners to the advanced as well as heritage speakers.
8 credits.

Option 2 - Internship focus

Professional Internship
Participate in a professional internship at a company, not-for-profit organization, think tank, museum, or media organization. Internships are supervised by Novomova staff and faculty. Students will complete a regular journal and final paper for credit for this course.
4 credits.

Plus - one language component:

RUSS 101-102/201-202/301-302-303/401 Russian Language Study
Russian is a still a lingua franca for politics and business in much of the Post-Soviet Space. Small, intensive classes with additional focus on political and diplomatic language.
4 credits.

- OR -

Ukrainian Language Study
While Russian is widely used in Ukraine, Ukrainian can be particularly valuable for those hoping to work in Ukraine and particularly with the Ukrainian government. Small, intensive classes are offered at levels that can accommodate all from complete beginners to the advanced as well as heritage speakers.
4 credits.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2020 05/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission 08/22/2020 12/13/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.