Course: Theory of Historical Sources I

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Course title Theory of Historical Sources I
Course code KHI/QNP1
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
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)
  • Kalous Antonín, doc. Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Stejskal Jan, doc. Mgr. M.A., Ph.D.
Course content
The course concentrates on all historical sources which can be used for the study of medieval history. The attention is paid mainly to analysis and criticism of these sources. The seminar deals with narrative sources (aimed at historiography, hagiography but also medieval beletry)and sources of diplomatic character, which are often omitted. Various documents as well as city and office books will be examined as regards their content and formal aspects. Translations (a lot of sources are available in editions and digitalized versions at a webpage of the Department of History, Palacký University) and also original language versions will be used; original manuscripts or printed documents are available in the archive and Research Library in Olomouc and will be used in the course. The course will be aimed at European sources, however the attention will be paid especially to Central European sources (Czech, Austrian, German, Polish and Hungarian). The goal of this course is to acquaint students with various kinds of sources and to deepen their skills in an analysis and criticism of sources (manuscripts as well as editions) and utilizability of auxiliary sciences of history (paleography, codicology, diplomatics, sphragistics etc.) in practice. HF

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training), Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming)
  • Homework for Teaching - 100 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 25 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Students will be familiar with medieval historical sources, their typology and utilizability. This course is established under the terms of the project Innovation of Historical Sciences Studies at Palacký University, CZ.1.07/2.2.00/28.0025. HF
A student gains the overview of different types of medieval historical sources, their editions, value and methods of their utilizability. HF
Prerequisites
Good knowledge of medieval history. HF

Assessment methods and criteria
Student performance

Active class participation, to carry out the tasks. HF
Recommended literature
  • Černý, Václav. (1996). Soustavný přehled obecných dějin literatury naší vzdělanosti, 1. Středověk.. Praha.
  • Hlaváček I., Kašpar J., Nový R. (2002). Vademecum pomocných věd historických. Jinočany.
  • Nechutová, Jana. (2000). Latinská literatura českého středověku do roku 1400. Praha.
  • Šusta, J. (1933). Dějepisectví. Jeho vývoj v oblasti vzdělanosti západní ve středověku a v době nové. . Praha.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Arts History (2012) History courses - Winter
Faculty of Education Teaching History for Secondary Schools and Higher Primary Schools (NA16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Winter
Faculty of Education Teaching History for Secondary Schools and Higher Primary Schools (NA16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Winter
Faculty of Education Teaching History for Secondary Schools and Higher Primary Schools (NA15) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Winter
Faculty of Education Teaching History for Secondary Schools and Higher Primary Schools (NA15) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Winter
Faculty of Arts History (2012) History courses - Winter