Timothy Snyder, the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University, is a renowned expert on the history of Central and Eastern Europe. He is teaching a class on the history of Ukraine at Yale, which he has kindly made available as an open educational resource. You can find the syllabus here and follow the lectures on Youtube here. He has also written an article on “Ukraine Holds the Future: The War Between Democracy and Nihilism” for Foreign Affairs – worth reading.
We and our contributors are working hard to make the full course available as soon as possible. In the meantime, our first two classes are fully ready with a lecture, course materials and an assigment: Organizational Decision-Making in Times of Crisis (by Markus Reihlen from the Leuphana University Lüneburg) and Democratic Leadership, Dictatorship and the Sensemaking Battle (by Jochen Koch from the European University Viadrina). In addition, we have prepared an introductory video. We have also conducted two “Practice-Research Dialogue” interviews as supporting material for our classes, one with Prof. Dr. Dorothée Baumann-Pauly (Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights and NYU Stert School of Business) discussing business responsibilities from a human rights perspective and one with Priv.-Doz. Dr. Jan Pospisil (Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution and University of Vienna) about peace keeping and conflict resolution.
A key task for students in the course “Organizing in Times of Crisis: The Case of Covid19” will be to write a research essay at the very end of the course. Reflecting on all they have learnt, the essay shall focus on one issue and deliver one point of insight gathered throughout the course. The mini lecture by Leonhard Dobusch on “How to Essay” focuses on the difference between research essays and seminar papers and offers a brief introducion on writing research essays.