Course: Introduction to the study of East Europe

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Course title Introduction to the study of East Europe
Course code KAP/UVES
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Naxera Vladimír, PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Šanc David, PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Romancov Michael, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
- identification of the so-called East European area - morphology of East European area - present state of the theories of the migration period - ideological and economic structure of early medieval East Europe - medieval states - Eastern and Western scholarship - symbolic meaning of oral culture - East Europe as a periphery - East Europe in the Enlightenment period - romanticism and science - positivism - Slavic studies and the history and political sciences in East Europe - historical materialism - East European studies in the West - structuralism, meta-theory, area studies theories - anti-liberal tradition and national history

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion, Self-study of literature
  • Contact hours - 26 hours per semester
  • Preparation for an examination (30-60) - 60 hours per semester
professional knowledge
No particular prerequisites specified.
learning outcomes
Graduates will be able to contextualize key historical events from the early Middle Ages to the early period of national awakening that had contributed to the "West-East" dichotomization. They will be familiar with major issues within East European studies and identify basic topics of Byzantine and Latin scholarship that have been shaping political and cultural discourse until the present day. Students will be able to compare the development in particular countries with the Czech model of statehood. They will understand contemporary languages and specificities of East European countries.
teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion
Self-study of literature
assessment methods
Combined exam
Recommended literature
  • Dostálová, Růžena. Byzantská vzdělanost. Vyd. 2. Praha : Vyšehrad, 2003. ISBN 80-7021-409-0.
  • GIMBUTAS, MARIJA. The Slavs. London, Thames and Hudson, 1971.
  • Havelka, Miloš; Cabada, Ladislav. Západní, východní a střední Evropa jako kulturní a politické pojmy. Plzeň : Západočeská univerzita, 2000. ISBN 80-7082-706-8.
  • Kontler, László. Dějiny Maďarska. 2., dopl. vyd. Praha : Nakladatelství Lidové noviny, 2002. ISBN 80-7106-616-8.
  • Rychlík, Jan. Dějiny Bulharska. Praha : Lidové noviny, 2000. ISBN 80-7106-404-1.
  • Šatava, Leoš. Národnostní menšiny v Evropě : encyklopedická příručka. 1. vyd. Praha : Ivo Železný, 1994. ISBN 80-7116-375-9.
  • Šesták, Miroslav. Dějiny jihoslovanských zemí. 2. vyd. Praha : NLN, Nakladatelství Lidové noviny, 2009. ISBN 978-80-7106-375-9.
  • Švankmajer, Milan. Dějiny Ruska. null. Praha : Nakladatelství Lidové noviny, 2004. ISBN 80-7106-658-3.
  • Treptow, Kurt W. Dějiny Rumunska. Praha : Lidové noviny, 2000. ISBN 80-7106-348-7.
  • Vašica, Josef. Literární památky epochy velkomoravské : 863 - 885. 2. vyd. Praha : Vyšehrad, 1996. ISBN 80-7021-169-5.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts International Relations and East European Studies (11-5) Social sciences 1 Winter