Course: Introduction to Czech Culture II

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Course title Introduction to Czech Culture II
Course code KDT/745
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Frequency of the course Each academic year
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Polanecký Jaroslav, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
These informations are in the annotation of the course.

Learning activities and teaching methods
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Learning outcomes
In this course, students will become acquainted with the Czech cultural milieu and its placement into a broader Central European context. The lectures programme will focus on systematic and cross-sectional presentation of outstanding figures of literature (Hašek, Čapek, Werfel, Brod, Kafka, Hrabal, and Kundera), music (Dvořák, Janáček, and Martinů), theatre (prewar avant-garde, Krejča, Radok), ballet (Kilián, Klimentová) and film ("new wave") who have worked in the context of the Czech lands. The course will focus on a description of the Czech Republic as a country, which history and even the geographical position are markedly influencing and inspiring moment of various creative activities. The subject has a comparative character; the Czech lands, but also the surrounding countries and nations are presented as part of a bigger entity, which individual parts have been changing in various times under influence of both external and internal historical events, but whose common existence has always reflected the picture of a broader coherent entity. The course programme will use a chronological historical method as a guidepost to facilitate and unify the viewpoints of the lectures. The compendium of historical turning points will respect the different level of students' input foreknowledge. Therefore, the basic knowledge structure that will become the output platform of the course participants will be a general overview of historical events, their reflection in a general historical context and orientation in the most basic specific author's approaches in the whole range of artistic disciplines. Although the sense of the course is edification, there will be emphasis on the points, in which students can find a parallel in experience arising from perception of their own cultures. The course will not leave out the language and national variety and multiculturalism of inhabitants of the Czech lands until 1945, and will analyze it in the contrast with the different development and the political seclusion of the following years. A specific section will deal with culture originating under pressure of the Nazi and communist dictatorships.
The gained capabilities constitute an encompassment and an aquirement of knowledge and experience in the given field of study, they result from a concrete annotation of the subject and are aimed at a profile´s fulfilment of the graduate of the given field of study.
Successful completion of the previous study

Assessment methods and criteria
Recommended literature
  • Bauer, Otto. Question of Nationalities. University of Minnesota, 2000.
  • Brych, Vladimir. A Thousand Years of Czech Culture, Riches from the National Museum in Prague. Old Salem, 1996.
  • Sachar, Howard, M. Dreamland, Europeans and Jews in the Aftermath of the Great War. Knopf Press, 2002.
  • Saver, Derek. The Coasts of Bohemia, A Czech History. Princeton University Press, 1998.
  • Spector, Scott. Prague Territories, National Conflict and Cultural Innovation in Franz Kafka´s Fin de Si?cle. University of California, 2000.
  • Storti, Craig. The Art of Crossing Cultures. Nicholas Breatey Pub, 2001.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Art and Design Photography and Time-Based Media (B) Art and applied art 1 Summer
Faculty of Art and Design Photography and Time-Based Media (A) Art and applied art 1 Summer