SemesterFall Semester, 2019
DepartmentSophomore Class A, Department of Slavics Sophomore Class B, Department of Slavics
Course NameCentral Europe : Culture Introduction
InstructorONDREJ GEPPERT
Credit2.0
Course TypeElective
Prerequisite
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

The cultural profile of Central Europe is presented in the thematic blocks of lectures. Less attention goes to memorizing the factual details and more to general idea of Central Europe as a source of unique cultural experience. All the presentations, texts, and materials should be understood in the context with attention to the course participants – their goals and motivation to study the topic. A wider variety of approaches is involved to develop students’ knowledge and skills.



 












































































































































週次



Week



課程主題



Topic



課程內容與指定閱讀



Content of the lesson



教學活動與作業



Learning Activities / Homework



學習投入時間



 



In-class Hours + Out­of-class Hours



1



9/12



INTRODUCTION



Kundera’s Tragedy of Central Europe (essay on topic)



Reading/discussing



3+2



2



9/19



CONCEPT OF C.E.



Geographical, historical, and cultural concept: Location, natural conditions, landscape; States, regions and places



Map/story reading



3+1



3



9/26



UNIQUE CULTURE SPACE



Ethnic and social history; Cultural heritage (tracks of art&culture)



Art/Movie Presentation



3+1



4



10/3



LIVING PAST



Eastern and Western influence (from Christianity to Enlightenment); Three Kingdoms (Bohemia/ Poland/ Hungary) and the Holy Roman Empire; Religious diversity (Catholics, Protestants, Heretics)



Reading/discussing



3+2



5



10/10



HOLIDAY



NO CLASS



 



 



6



10/17



RECENT ASPECTS OF C.E. HISTORY



Hapsburg Monarchy as a model of common CE state; National Revivals in 19th C; Countries of CE between Russia and Germany



Documentary watching/discussing



3+1



7



10/24



LANGUAGES



Ethnic & linguistic variety of C.E.; National Literatures vs German as lingua franca



Reading/discussing



3+1



8



10/31



NATIONS AND MINORITIES



Current minorities in CE states; “Roma” people; Jewish culture (Prague, Krakow, Bratislava etc.)



Revising



3+2



9



11/7



MID-TERMS



Quiz



Testing



3+1



10



11/14



(NON-)SLAVIC CULTURES



Western Slavic cultures (Polish, Czech, Slovak); Moravia as a heart of CE; folk culture, songs, dances; German culture in Austria) & Germans in Sudetenland; Hungarians



Reading/discussing



3+1



11



11/21



“HIGH” CULTURE AND AVANT-GARDE



Great artists of CE; Baroque art and architecture; Modernism and Avant-garde movement



Documentary watching/discussing



3+1



12



11/28



CURRENT ISSUES



Sociocultural perspective of contemporary Czech/ Slovak/ Polish/ Hungarian society, reflections on “popular” culture & politics



Media and culture review



3+1



13



12/5



EUROPEAN UNION



New-member states in EU, mutual understanding in Europe, European idea



Reading/discussing



3+1



14



12/12



NEW IDENTITIES



Changing identities in C.E. United in diversity (Eu's vs national policies)



Reading/discussing



3+1



15



12/19



GUEST LECTURE



To be announced



 



 



16



12/26



PRESENTATIONS



By students on given topics



Presenting



3+3



17



1/2



PRESENTATIONS;REVISION



By students on given topics



Presenting, Revising



3+3



18



1/9



FINALS



Final Quiz



Testing



3+1




 


Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant
Requirement/Grading

Students have regular quizzes/worksheets given by teacher after finishing a thematic block during the semester. The final written exam includes knowledge as well as some general understanding issues and practical “Europe survival” points.



Homework assigned for some of the class meetings.



Attendance: Unexcused absences are reflected by lowering of final grade down progressively. Maximal number of unexcused absences is THREE (3).



Grading is from zero to 100%, 60% is min. to success. Final grading based on course requirements:



Active participation in lessons (Group Work, Homework, Extra activities) = 25%; Presentation = 25%;



Midterm Exam = 25%; Final exam = 25%


Textbook & Reference

Kundera (1984): The Tragedy of Central Europe. New York Review of Books, Vol. 31, No. 7.



Bazant, J. (2010): The Czech Reader: History, Culture, Politics. Duke University Press.



Reader (journal articles and book chapters chosen by a teacher, available since the first class)



Maps, Atlases, Encyclopedias, etc.



Specialized magazines and verified internet sources



Various pieces of art and literature, documentaries, movies, etc.



Note that there is no single textbook to the variety of topics.


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