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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Ukraine: History, Culture and Identities by University of Washington

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About the Course

Explore the history, culture and society of the people of Ukraine from the Middle Ages to the present in this introductory course developed by the Ukrainian Institute, educational studio EdEra, and the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and offered on Coursera in cooperation with the University of Washington.   The culture and identities of Ukrainian people have existed in this region for more than a thousand years. Like most Eastern European countries, Ukraine is a rather young country — it declared its independence in 1991. Since then, it managed to survive three revolutions struggling for the protection of democratic values ​​and human rights; radically changed the vector of international politics; and advanced significantly in the development of arts and culture.  Learn about the events and processes that took place before independence was declared and see what historical and cultural heritage was preserved by the Ukrainian people when it entered the 21st century in this program taught by researchers, experts in history and political science, and professors from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.  Dr. Natalia Shlikhta, Associate Professor, Head of the Department of History, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Dr. Maksym Yakovlev, Head of the Department of International Relations, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Director of the School for Policy Analysis Dr. Tetiana Grygorieva, Associate Professor of the Department of History, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Dr. Vadym Aristov, Senior lecturer of the Department of History, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Dr. Kateryna Dysa, Associate Professor of the Department of History, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy...

Top reviews


Feb 22, 2023

A fascinating look at the history of the country we now know as Ukraine. It really puts into perspective why they continue the fight for their freedom against the Russians.


Jul 15, 2023

This course was very well done and thought provoking. I am glad I signed up for it and learned much more about Ukraine's great history.

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By Quang N

May 4, 2024

It is interesting to study Ukraine

By Tanya A

Apr 24, 2024

I'd like the course to be longer

By Анна В

Aug 6, 2023

Було дуже цікаво і корисно

By Marina M

Apr 15, 2024

Дуже цікавий курс! Дякую!


Sep 18, 2023

Short but substantial.

By Marco B

Feb 12, 2023

interesting course.

By Akramova S

Dec 22, 2023

Akramova Saida

By Jennifer S

Apr 4, 2024

Great class.

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By gail c

Feb 1, 2024

This is a short but comprehensive overview. It provides a broad picture of what certain long time periods were like, and it highlights key issues. The professors are Ukranians who specialize in specific periods of history. The reason for 4 instead of 5 stars is there were only two methods of instruction: watching videos of the professors speaking and reading transcripts of what they said.

By Kryvolap A

Sep 12, 2023

It wasn't a very interesting course. But the questions were easy. The speakers are great. One of them need to work with pronunciation. I hope later you will organise courses for specific epochs with interesting presentation. Good luck.

By Irina B

Oct 1, 2023

A great summary of Ukrainian history. It really inspires one to take a longer course to learn more details about the fascinating history of Ukraine.

By Federico P

Apr 16, 2024

Great course! I would only just liked to have a certificate from this course, tho...

By jewel T

Aug 10, 2023

Good course. I had some difficulty understanding the accent of the professors

By Галимжанова А С

Jan 23, 2024

Very interesting course/I learned new things about ukranin history

By Martin C

Jan 24, 2023

Excellent course, just a bit too short!

By Мантаева Т С

Jan 26, 2023

When will you issue the certificate?

By Anastasiya K

Jul 19, 2023

The course as a holistic introduction to Ukraine as a young and developing country could be supported with the references to cultural, music, voklorique treasure to more or larger extent or at least equally to chronology and history of wars.

As it stated in the course, right from mid 17th century the spread within Ukraine for West and East become visible. This idea could be accentuated and stressed with more insights and facts, reasoning and giving the ideas to why's of today's Ukraininal polivence and polarity of developments.

Also the recent developments, after 2014 would be an interesting material to add.

In the information hype of 2022 events, a special chapter on Ukrainian natural resources, geopolitical location would raise the interest of thousands Europeans.

By Mary E

Mar 7, 2023

Mediocre account of Ukraine. I think more people are interested in learning about current history in Ukraine than about medieval history which I skipped.