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The mentality of any ethnic group is a complex phenomenon that can be described through the connection of many of its components. This is an integral ethno-psychological phenomenon, a superstructure that combines: language, culture, folklore, traditions, values of a given ethnic group, features of the historical, cultural past and present in specific historical and geographical conditions.
To get the most complete picture describing the mentality of the Ukrainian ethnos, one must first of all get acquainted with the historical events that took place on this territory, study the historical, cultural and other contexts as deeply as modern science can allow.
The question of the mentality of the language also lies at the intersection of different sciences - philosophy, social linguistics, linguoculturology, history, psychology, and others. But the key point in the study of the linguistic mentality of the nation is the language. As the Ukrainian philosopher, linguist and teacher Ivan Ohiyenko said, language is the cipher of the people, it implicitly contains culture and traditions. Language is not only a simple symbol of understanding, but also the first guardian of our mental self. And the language in this case acts as a kind of "mirror", looking into which you can understand the main features of the ethnos.
The purpose of this workshop is to show the peculiarities of the Ukrainian linguistic mentality through the study of the main linguistic, geographical, historical and cultural characteristics of the Ukrainians and their distinctive features. Particular attention will be paid to the 21st century, namely the metamorphoses that occur in the Ukrainian language after 2014 and after February 24th 2022 in real time.
The methodological ground of the workshop is based on the principle of a ”flipped class”. This means that in order to master the material students will be offered video and audio to deal with. Having done this on their own, they will be able to form their own opinion on the problem being studied before the start of classes, which will free up time in the classroom for higher-order thinking activities and reasoned debate.
We are planning interactive international work of two universities: the State University of Trade and Economics (Kyiv, Ukraine) and the University of Potsdam (Potsdam, Germany).
In the theoretical part, students will have to get acquainted with the sources that the teacher will offer, accept one of the sides of the problem under discussion and reason their point of view.
During the workshop, German students of the University of Potsdam and Ukrainian students of the State University of Trade and Economics will participate in discussions, prove their opinions formed in the course of studying the problem.
The practical result of the work will be a written presentation on one of the most relevant topics for students covered during the workshop. One of the desired results will be the emergence of their own reasoned point of view on the problem of the language mentality as an important reference point for the study of any language. Since the emphasis of the workshop will be shifted towards the Ukrainian language, Ukrainian students will also serve as experts and co-moderators of the discussions.
The target idea of the project is the evolvement and strengthening of international relations that will contribute to the formation of a new positive image of Ukraine in the world community.
3 ECTS (for appropriate BA modules):
15-minute presentation on a chosen topic
6 ECTS (for appropriate StudiumPlus modules)
10-page course paper on a chosen topic
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