The course starts on 1st October 2019.
One requirement of the course is that you complete your Reflective Journal to help you reflect on your learning process. Your entries are private and can only be viewed by yourself and your teacher. It is primarily a feedback on your learning and a tool for sharing with a teacher. Secondarily, it is intended to improve your writing.
I ask you to write here after every class even if it´s only a couple of lines. Here are some ideas but this is personal so please feel free to write about what is important to you.
- What did you enjoy in today´s class?
- What surprised you ?
- What puzzled you?
- What did you learn?
- How does that relate to your own context and beliefs?
- What is your progress in your research and presentation?
This is a one-semester course, 1x2 lessons per week. The objective of the course is to offer especially Erasmus students (but also Czech students) an insight into Czech literature, language, culture and mentality through key Czech literary and film works of the 20th and 21st century. The second practical part of the course deals with analyzing Czech cultural norms and specifics, etiquette and mentailty in order to avoid prejudice and intercultural misunderstanding. Required knowledge of English - B2 minimally.
Based on studied texts, videos and audios students analyze, critically evaluate and discuss the given topics. The course covers basic terminology of literary science, linguistics and humanities. The course increases students´ language competence in all 4 areas - reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students are also encouraged to increase their presentation skills.
The language of the course is English.
Here you can find recommended sources for studying.
Familiarize yourself with the requiremnts of the course.
Introduction to the Course - Objectives, Principles, Key Terms and Concepts
Watch a short video about the CR. Compare your previous knowledge with what you have learnt. Share in groups.
Czech Literature and Czech Exile Literature I
Here you can find the quotations from The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Try to find your own interpretation of them.
Please find attached the extracts from Kundera´s novel.
Czech Literature II
Here you can find some extracts from Kafka´s Metamorphosis. Describe the language used and Kafka´s style. Think about the atmosphere which is created by Kafka´s unique style.
Czech Cinematography, Famous Czech Film Makers I
Czech Cultural Norms and Specifics
Analyzing Literary Texts
World Famous Czech Films II
Czech Language - Typology
Czech History and Politics
Czech History and Politics II
Final Presentations and Evaluation of the Course