Course: Czech Culture Through Anglophone Eyes

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Course title Czech Culture Through Anglophone Eyes
Course code KAN/ACPA
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech, English
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
Lecturer(s)
  • Quinn Justin John, Doc.
  • Vice William Bradley, Ph.D.
Course content
This subject deals with the way that Czech culture is reflected in anglophone media and literature. How do Americans, British and other foreigners perceive Czech culture? What kind of questions do they ask and what answers do they find? How do these differ from those of Czechs? This is not primarily an analysis of Czechness, but rather the aim is to teach students to see their own culture from the outside, here through anglophone approaches. Students will deal with three main areas - literature, film and politics - learning not only intercultural competence but also recognizing how these are dealt with in the anglophone world. In film, the course will deal with different types of reviews of Czech films, learning to see what anglophone viewers see in these; we will also consider the language and style of such reviews, as well as the other texts.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Seminar
  • Contact hours - 22 hours per semester
  • Presentation preparation (report in a foreign language) (10-15) - 15 hours per semester
  • Graduate study programme term essay (40-50) - 40 hours per semester
prerequisite
professional knowledge
No prerequisites.
learning outcomes
After completing the course students will know about: - key representations of Czechs and their land in anglophone literature during the 20th century - the dynamics of cultural interaction (e.g., stereotyping, projection, prejudice)
professional skills
After completing the course students be able to: - analyze anglophone texts stylistically and structurally - view their own culture through the eyes of foreigners - write their own texts from such a foreign viewpoint - master a range of writing registers in English
general eligibility
N/A
teaching methods
professional knowledge
Lecture
Seminar
assessment methods
Portfolio
Seminar work
Recommended literature
  • Allen Ginsberg. Kral Majales. 1965.
  • Bruce Chatwin. Utz. 1988.
  • Caleb Crain. Necessary Errors. 2013.
  • Gary Shteyngart. The Russian Debutante?s Handbook. 2002.
  • John Updike. Bech in Czech. 1998.
  • Philip Roth. The Prague Orgy. 1985.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Education BS Teacher Training in the English Language (17) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Winter
Faculty of Education SS Teacher Training in the English Language (16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Winter
Faculty of Education BS Teacher Training in the English Language (16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Winter