Course: The Medieval Origins of Cities in Central Europe.

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Course title The Medieval Origins of Cities in Central Europe.
Course code KHI/QSPM
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
  • Viktořík Michael, doc. PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Zajíček Petr, Mgr.
Course content
1) Opening lesson. 2) Introduction to the topic, literature and sources, terminology and the options of research. What exactly is the town. 3) Settlements in central Europe before 13th century. 4) Transformation in 13th century. 5) Mediaeval colonization. 6) Poland, Hungary, Holy Roman Empire, Czech lands - parallels and differences. 7) Foundation of the town in practice: newly found towns vs. "grown" towns. 8) Olomouc as an example of "evolution" of town. 9) Construction of the town - markets, walls, towers and churches. 10) "Stadtluftmacht frei" ? urban laws, rights and urban communities. 11) Towns of high middle age as political, economical and cultural element. 12) The heritage of mediavel towns. PZ

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming), Work with Text (with Book, Textbook)
Learning outcomes
The course deals with a question of mediaeval origins of towns, urban establishment and urban communities in central Europe. Students will learn about various aspects of mediaeval urbanization. The emergence of towns is multilayer topic, which includes both issues of legal, cultural, social and political aspects, as well as geographical and "material" aspects - that means how exactly looked an assassment and construction of newly found town. Students will learn about possibilities of interdisciplinary cooperation in the matter, especially between archaeology and history. One of the main goals of the course is to answer the question about the heritage of mediaeval towns - what of it survived until today and how origin of towns remained imprinted into contemporary urban plans and "character" of present towns in general. PZ
Students will become familiar with the issue of origins of mediaeval towns, urban system and urban societies, in the context with so called transformation of middle european states in 13th century. The rise of towns can be seen as long-term, evolutionary process which emerged to begin on several steps - participants of the course will learn how to analyze these steps in broader context. The important part of the course is to acquire the ability to analyze primal sources, be it both written and material sources. Material sources are represented not only by archaeological findings, but also by contemporary city-plans of historical town centers. Therefore students will learn about possibilities of interdisciplinar cooperation between history, archaeology and urbanlogy. Participants of the course should be able to see a town as complex organism, which mediaeval heritage survives until today. PZ
The knowledge of general history of Middle age. PZ

Assessment methods and criteria
Mark, Oral exam

- Active participation - Paper about chosen topic: The form of conference contribution (cca 15 minutes, introduction of topic and literature, opening of further discussion) The Exam: - Oral examination based on the course. PZ
Recommended literature
  • Baletka, T., Bistřický, J., Čermák, M., Červenka, S., Černušák, T., Elbel, P., Fiala, J., Hora, P., Chupík, F., Jakubec, O., & Schulz, J. (2009). Dějiny Olomouce. Olomouc: Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci.
  • Ennen, Edith. (1979). Die europäische Stadt des Mittelalters.. Göttingen.
  • Hoffmann, František. (2008). Středověké město v Čechách a na Moravě. Praha.
  • Kejř, J. (1998). Vznik městského zřízení v českých zemích. Praha: Karolinum.
  • Klápště, J. (2005). Proměna českých zemí ve středověku. Praha: Nakladatelství Lidové noviny.

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 Arts History (2012) History courses - Winter