DOI: 10.24412/2470-1262-2021-2-67-75


This article is about a new and unique course that was introduced to students at the University of Iowa (USA) in spring 2020 and focused on the current global and international issues in the North Caucasus, life, and wellbeing of women. The North Caucasus through the centuries represents the women right violations in War and in Peace. Jihad of the new millennium looking at the world through female eyes. Early marriages, abductions for marriage, polygamy, honor killings, domestic violence are common in recent years. The course introduced students to today’s reality of the situation in The North Caucasus. With the help born in Dagestan and having a strong connection with this region, with help of young people from the Caucasus it was possible to build a partnership, understanding, and friendship. This course provides a unique opportunity for students to be in direct contact with people from the Caucasus via SKYPE and WhatsApp. Global Curriculum Development An award was granted for the proposal of this course.

Keywords: prevention, terrorism, right violations, discrimination, arranged marriages, revenge, female genital mutilation


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Information about the author:

Irina Kostina, Professor, Ph.D., Director of the Russian Program of the University of Iowa (USA), author of more than 30 publications on the method of teaching Russian language to foreigners, organizer, and participant of 15 grants (Fulbright-Hays, FIPSE, STARTALK). Kostina’ s work is recognized by the President of the University of Iowa for quality teaching (2011 The President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence, The University of Iowa) and the Prizes for the creation of courses on the Caucasus (2019-2020 Global Development Curriculum Award, International Programs, the UI, the course RUSS: 2050:0001 The North Caucasus as a crossroad of civilizations. A clear emphasis on global and international issues. 2005 Islamic Women in Dagestan. Instructional Improvement Award.)

For citation: Irina Kostina, (2021).

Women from an Unknown Land: The Fight for Independence (The university course from student’s and instructor’s point of view). Cross-Cultural Studies: Education and Science, Vol.6, Issue 2 (2021), pp. 67-75 (in USA)