Course: Approaches to Language and Literature 1

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Course title Approaches to Language and Literature 1
Course code KAL/ALL1
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
Course content
This is a course where we learn to suggest answers but, most of all, we learn how to ask questions and how not to be afraid of leaving some of the questions unanswered until later in life! Most students at the Faculty of Arts will find, in this interdisciplinary course, topics which they will like reading and discussing about: we shall discuss texts on whatever good or bad the tongue (language) is about: in proverbs, folk literature, the Old and New Testament (for students of philology and philosophy); we shall discuss what Plato and Aristotle thought of the role of literature, morality and history (for students of classics, history, philosophy); we shall look at images of ancient cities and discuss the message of art and culture transmitted to us through history (for students of history, archaeology, art history, classics); we shall compare the meaning of image, symbol and text and the way they may relate to each other (for students of art history and philosophy); we shall meet the challenge of the language of music and the language of the text (for students of musicology and literature); we shall find out whatever the English knew about Bohemia and Moravia, as it appears in texts from the Middle Ages to the modern age (for students of literary theory and literary history, anthropology, philosophy); we shall look at approaches to self-education and training through a ´strategy of peace and harmony´ as in early patristic and paraenetic literature (for students of history, sociology, anthropology, and psychology). Each student may also agree with the tutor to bring a text of his or her choice to discuss in class.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training), Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming), Work with Text (with Book, Textbook)
  • Attendace - 26 hours per semester
  • Homework for Teaching - 20 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
This is a two-semester course for students in Humanities and it will be held in English. The course aims at discussing a variety of themes (such as the nature of language and the oral/written tradition of literature, imagination, manners/culture, criticism, a.s.o.) on the basis of literary texts which will partially be selected according to the participants' interests and fields of study. The course requires an advanced command of English: reading subject-related texts, speaking and writing. This is not a course in English grammar, therefore clarity of expression in the students' both spoken and written performance is required. Requirements for obtaining the credits, bibliography and other information will be given by the tutor at the beginning of each semester and also posted on: http://www.kal.upol.cz Length of course: 2 (two) semesters. Number of credits: the student receives 4 (four) credits at the end of each semester and 2 (two) more credits after having passed the exam at the end of the second semester. Students can take the exam ALLZ only if they have attended the whole of the two-semester course, i.e. ALL1 and ALL2, and acquired the due number of credits. Total number of credits at the end of the course: 10 (ten).
The students should become competent to take notes in English during the tutor´s lectures, to discern what the main points of the texts prepared by them, of the tutor´s lectures or their colleagues´ ideas are, to express their own analytical and critical view of the texts discussed, both orally and in written academic English (during the lectures and seminar discussions).
Prerequisites
The texts proposed in this course are not long, but they represent a variety of views on what language or literature is, as well as on the relationship between the realm of spoken and written language and the realms of arts (visual arts and architecture, music, film and theatre) and of other disciplines such as history, philosophy, sociology or psychology. The student is therefore expected to develop an analytical and connotative, as well as a critical mind, to acquire an interdisciplinary approach to the texts studied and thus to be able to understand more deeply and widely the reality of the past cultures which have become the roots of present European and North-American cultures, and, by doing so, to understand more authentically their own, local, contemporary cultures.

Assessment methods and criteria
Student performance, Analysis of Creative works (Music, Pictorial,Literary), Systematic Observation of Student, Anamnestic Method

Students are to read short texts and prepare each his/her own comments on them before each class. During the class, the tutor´s short presentation will be followed by discussions based on the comments prepared by the students on the respective texts and theme. Attendance is compulsory once the student has signed up for the course. It is an intense course, but working for it brings satisfaction and a lot of credits! Credits given on the basis of attendance and participation in the seminar discussions, of the work done in preparation of each class.
Recommended literature
  • Andrew Laird. (2006). Ancient Literary Criticism. Oxford.
  • David Daiches. (1967). Critical Approaches to Literature . London.
  • Egon Sendler. (1995). The Icon: Image of the Invisible. Elements of Theology, Aesthetics and Technique. Torrance, CA.
  • G. E. Lessing. (2005). Lacoon: An Essay upon the Limits of Painting and Poetry. NY.
  • Jan Janoušek. (2006). Dynamika antického mytu a symbolu v křesťanství. Olomouc.
  • Karen Boston. (2003). The Power of Inscriptions and the Trouble with Texts. Aldershoot: Ashgate Publishing Ltd.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Sts Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology Journalism (2011) Journalism, library science and informatics 1 Winter
Faculty of Arts Musicology (2014) Theory and history of arts 1 Winter
Faculty of Arts Musicology (2014) Theory and history of arts 1 Winter
Faculty of Physical Culture Journalism (2011) Journalism, library science and informatics 1 Winter
Sts Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology Philosophy (2011) Philosophy, theology 1 Winter