|Semester||Fall Semester, 2019|
|Department||Sophomore Class A, Department of Slavics Sophomore Class B, Department of Slavics|
|Course Name||Central Europe : Culture Introduction|
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.
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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