Course: History of American Art and Architecture

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Course title History of American Art and Architecture
Course code KAJ/CAR2Q
Organizational form of instruction Exercise + On-line Activities
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Obenausová Světlana, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
An overview of the development of American art an architecture, its main schools and tendencies. Teacher's lectures and presentations will be accompanied by visuals. Students will prepare presentations about a work of art or a painter or architect of their own choice. Topics: Native Americans and their art. Colonisers and their architecture. Spanish and English influence. Building a new nation. 18th century. John Trumbull. Big business. 19th century. The Hudson River School. Urban development, skyscrapers, Harlem renaissance. Ashcan School. Tradition versus avant-garde. Bauhaus and its influence on the USA. Abstract expressionism. Plurality of styles. Modern American movements and trends. Other topics depend on students'choice of presentations.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Work with Text (with Book, Textbook), Demonstration, Activating (Simulations, Games, Dramatization)
  • Homework for Teaching - 13 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 26 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Course Credit - 2 hours per semester
  • Semestral Work - 2 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Students will be able to define different stages of American architecture and art in the context of historical and social events, characterise the most important personalities and their work.
Ability to study in English.
Understanding a lecture and communicating in English.

Assessment methods and criteria
Student performance, Analysis of linguistic, Dialog, Seminar Work

Active participation in lessons, completion of all tasks and tests, and a presentation of student's choice.
Recommended literature
  • Eco, Umberto. (2005). Děniny krásy.. Praha.
  • Johnson, Paul. (2006). Dějiny umění: Nový pohled.. Praha.
  • Pijoan, José. (2000). Dějiny umění 1. - 10. díl. Praha.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Education English with an Emphasis on Educational Aspects (BB16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Summer
Faculty of Education English with an Emphasis on Educational Aspects (BB16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Summer