Course: Czech Culture and the Olomouc Region

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Course title Czech Culture and the Olomouc Region
Course code KAA/CULT
Organizational form of instruction Seminar
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction English
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Schwartzhoff Steven, Mgr.
Course content
Olomouc: The City and Region The Czech Calendar and Seasonal Traditions Folk Customs Etiquette Family Life The Educational System Work and Business Culture UNESCO sites

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming), Observation
  • Homework for Teaching - 70 hours per semester
  • Excursion - 20 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 28 hours per semester
  • Semestral Work - 15 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
This class is intended to give foreign students studying in the Czech Republic an introduction to Czech society and culture. Special emphasis will be given to the urban environment of Olomouc along with its historical, architectural and social development. It will also examine Czech holidays and seasonal traditions, traditional crafts, the educational and welfare systems, as well as family life and the relations between generations. Part of the class will include short excursions to places of interest in Olomouc and its surroundings. The class is primarily taught in a lecture format with time set aside for discussion and comparison of Czech culture with that of students' home countries. The class is taught in English, and all readings and assignments are in English.
Students should finish the class with an appreciation of contemporary Czech society and culture, and an appreciation of its position in European culture.
This class is open to any foreign students studying in the Czech Republic. At least an intermediate knowledge of English is required. This class is not intended for students from the Czech and Slovak Republics as these students should already be familiar with the topics covered. In exceptional cases, Czech or Slovak students may be admitted at the discretion of the teacher when their presence would provide a unique contribution to class discussion.

Assessment methods and criteria
Mark, Analyssis of the Student's Portfolio, Seminar Work

80% attendance of lessons Final test Term paper or final presentation
Recommended literature
  • Nollen, Tim. (2001). Culture Shock Czech Republic: Guide to Customs and Etiquette. Portland.
  • OTFINOSKI, STEVEN . (2004). The Czech Republic. New York.
  • Roberts, Andrew Lawrence. (2005). From Good King Wenceslas to the Good Soldier Svejk .
  • Sayer, Derek. (1998). The Coasts of Bohemia: A Czech History. Princeton.

Study plans that include the course
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