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Courses in winter term of academic year 2022/2023


YBAJ083 Animation Design with Moviestorm (Winter)
YBA334 Anthropological methods: fieldwork and ethnography (lecture) (Winter)
YBAJ082 Anthropological methods: fieldwork and ethnography (seminar) (Winter)
YBAJ200 Bible and Literature in the Middle Ages (Winter)
YBAJ192 Body, Affect and Society (Winter)
YBH238 Cities in Civilization (Winter and summer)
YBAJ012 Communication Skills in Czech (Winter and summer)
YBAJ013 Competence in English (Winter and summer)
YBAJ063 Czech Intermediate (Winter)
YBAJ056 Czech Language Course (for Beginners) (Winter and summer)
YBAJ057 Czech Language Course for Beginners (Winter)
YBAJ186 Czech Literature in Translation Seminar (Winter)
YBAJ191 History of Western Medicine from Antiquity to the Middle Ages (Winter)
YBAJ081 Language Consultation Seminar – Tandem (Winter and summer)
YBAJ048 Oral history perspectives on Cold War 1945-1989 (Winter)
YBH335 Preparatory Seminar for Introduction to European History (Winter)
YBA211 Theory of Strategic Interaction (Winter)
YBAJ036 Virtues, Vices, and Formation of Society (Winter)


Animation Design with Moviestorm

Code: YBAJ083 Lecturer: Říha,D.
Semester: Winter Language: English
ECTS credits: 3
Schedule: see SIS
This course is designed for those students who have the interest in animation movies. The production process is realized in a software Moviestorm, that allows to produce original animation without prior knowledge of 3D animation softwares.

Anthropological methods: fieldwork and ethnography (lecture)

Code: YBA334 Lecturer: Verbuč,D.
Semester: Winter Language: English
ECTS credits: 4
Schedule: wed 10:00 - 11:20, room YT241 (Faculty of Humanities, Pátkova 2137/5, Praha 8 - Libeň)
Ethnography is the art and science of studying and writing about human culture and society. It is one of the most important methods in qualitative research, not only in anthropology, but also in other social science disciplines. It helps scholars and students to effectively approach and address, as well as to gain valuable and in-depth understanding of, relevant social and cultural phenomena. Students learn in this course about the main ethnographic fieldwork methods and techniques (participant-observation, interviewing, grounded theory, coding, eliciting of meaning, textual analysis, Internet ethnography, ethnography of [music] performance). In addition, they also practice how to develop a research design (including research questions, and a thesis statement), as well as how to present, analyze, and interpret ethnographic data in writing (in papers, articles, theses). In regard to the latter, students will master different forms of ethnographic writing for this course (fieldnotes, vignettes, ethnographic description, analysis of data, transcription). Furthermore, class topics also address the issues of positionality, reflexivity, and research ethics. Students are required to submit weekly reading and writing assignments, design and conduct a small fieldwork study, and present it in a final paper. The course also prepares the students for the writing of their BA theses in the field of anthropology and other related disciplines (including ethnomusicology). Advisably for the second year BA students. This class is taught in two interconnected classes (co-requisites: YBA334 and YBA082), and it is mandatory to register for both, in order to successfully complete either of them.

Anthropological methods: fieldwork and ethnography (seminar)

Code: YBAJ082 Lecturer: Verbuč,D.
Semester: Winter Language: English
ECTS credits: 2
Schedule: wed 11:30 - 12:50, room YT241 (Faculty of Humanities, Pátkova 2137/5, Praha 8 - Libeň)
Ethnography is the art and science of studying and writing about human culture and society. It is one of the most important methods in qualitative research, not only in anthropology, but also in other social science disciplines. It helps scholars and students to effectively approach and address, as well as to gain valuable and in-depth understanding of, relevant social and cultural phenomena. Students learn in this course about the main ethnographic fieldwork methods and techniques (participant-observation, interviewing, grounded theory, coding, eliciting of meaning, textual analysis, Internet ethnography, ethnography of [music] performance). In addition, they also practice how to develop a research design (including research questions, and a thesis statement), as well as how to present, analyze, and interpret ethnographic data in writing (in papers, articles, theses). In regard to the latter, students will master different forms of ethnographic writing for this course (fieldnotes, vignettes, ethnographic description, analysis of data, transcription). Furthermore, class topics also address the issues of positionality, reflexivity, and research ethics. Students are required to submit weekly reading and writing assignments, design and conduct a small fieldwork study, and present it in a final paper. The course also prepares the students for the writing of their BA theses in the field of anthropology and other related disciplines (including ethnomusicology). Advisably for the second year BA students. This class is taught in two interconnected classes (co-requisites: YBA334 and YBA082), and it is mandatory to register for both, in order to successfully complete either of them.

Bible and Literature in the Middle Ages

Code: YBAJ200 Lecturer: Doležalová,L.
Semester: Winter Language: English
ECTS credits: 3
Schedule: wed 11:30 - 12:50, room YT113 (Faculty of Humanities, Pátkova 2137/5, Praha 8 - Libeň)
Most medieval writing is in some way related to the Bible: some texts are very close to it, others are linked in less obvious ways. This course will introduce a number of medieval stories, always focusing on their relationship to their biblical inspiration. Students will thus get acquainted with both the Bible and medieval literature. Emphasis will be placed on joints discussions and interpretation of the assigned texts.

Body, Affect and Society

Code: YBAJ192 Lecturer: Lorenz - Meyer,D.
Semester: Winter Language: English
ECTS credits: 3
Schedule: thu 14:30 - 15:50, room YT242 (Faculty of Humanities, Pátkova 2137/5, Praha 8 - Libeň)
This course introduces students to interdisciplinary social scientific scholarship of bodies, affect and society. We explore how bodily materiality is shaped by societal norms and practices and is active and indispensable for modes of disidentification, refusal and acting otherwise. The course will examine modalities of bio- and necropolitics and focus on alternative approaches to a pervasive body-mind divide through examining the mutual constitution of reason and emotion, body and society, flesh and signification. How are bodies sexed, gendered and racialised? What are methods to research and represent bodies and affects, including what might be unavailable to verbalisation? Inspired by the method of memory work, students will also experiment with writing from the body.

Cities in Civilization

Code: YBH238 Lecturer: Tourek,J.
Semester: Winter and summer Language: English
ECTS credits: 3
Schedule: thu 8:30 - 9:50, room YT121 (Faculty of Humanities, Pátkova 2137/5, Praha 8 - Libeň)
In the summer semester 2022 there will be lessons on contemporary development of global cities - Architecture, Cities, and Capitalist Globalization. … THIS COURSE IS INTENDED FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE STUDENTS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ENROL BUT THE LIMIT OF STUDENTS IS FULL DO NOT HESITATE AND LET ME KNOW.

Communication Skills in Czech

Code: YBAJ012 Lecturer: Císařovská,L. + Převrátilová,S.
Semester: Winter and summer Language: English
ECTS credits: 5
Schedule: without the schedule or the schedule has not been defined yet
This is the final exam, not a regular course, that builds on courses Czech language for Beginners, Czech (Pre)-Intermediate and Intermediate I and II.The exam focuses on basic communication competence in Czech, including key grammatical structures as well as sociocultural competence. It can be taken independently or after taking the four Czech courses.Topics and structures:1. Meeting people for the first time: Verb to be2. Giving and asking for personal information: Numbers3. Ordering and shopping for food: Grammatical gender, accusative4. Describing people around us: Grammatical gender, verbs and verb conjugations5. Making an appointment: Modal verbs, telling time6. Describing what happened: Past tense7. Making plans: Future tense8. Housing: Plurals9. Human body, doctor: Accusative constructions10. Travelling around: Prefixes11. Comparing things and people: Adverbs and adjectives, comparatives12. Communication and Technology: Dative constructions13. Imaginary situations: Conditionals14. Weights and measurements: Genitive constructions15. Talking about and at work, job interview16. Culture: reflexive verbs17. Talking about the Czech Republic: dialects18. Czech national holidays: Verb aspect

Competence in English

Code: YBAJ013 Lecturer: Císařovská,L.
Semester: Winter and summer Language: English
ECTS credits: 5
Schedule: without the schedule or the schedule has not been defined yet
This is a compulsory examination whose objective is an overall assessment of the student's competence in English required for successful completion of their final BA paper.

Czech Intermediate

Code: YBAJ063 Lecturer: Převrátilová,S. + Lukešová,L.
Semester: Winter Language: English
ECTS credits: 4
Schedule: mon 14:30 - 15:50, room YT113 (Faculty of Humanities, Pátkova 2137/5, Praha 8 - Libeň)
Lekce budou prezenční, pokud to bude možné. Tento kurz je pro studenty, kteří chodili na kurzy Beginners a Pre-Intermediate nebo jsou na začátku úrovně A2. Používáme učebnici ČESKY KROK ZA KROKEM 1 (http://eshop.czechstepbystep.cz/p/191/cesky-krok-za-krokem-1-anglicka) a pracujeme s lekcemi 13 - 24 podle aktuální potřeby studentů.Kurz probíhá formou blended learningu - jednou týdně prezenčně a další úkoly plní studenti asynchronně. Kurz NENÍ určen pro studenty na úrovni B1, B2 a výše (např. studující na české vysoké škole v českém jazyce nebo ty, kteří již podobný kurz absolvovali jinde). Docházka na prezenční část je povinná (min.75%).This course if for students who have taken the Beginner and Pre-Intermediate courses or are the start of A2 level. We use the ČESKY KROK ZA KROKEM 1 (http://eshop.czechstepbystep.cz/p/191/cesky-krok-za-krokem-1-anglicka) course book and work with units 13 - 24 depending on current needs of the students. The lesson take place once a week face-to-face and students work on other tasks in their own time (approx. 2 hours per week). Please do not register if you study at a Czech school in the Czech language or if your level is B1 or higher.Attendance in the face-to-face classes is mandatory (minimum 75%).

Czech Language Course (for Beginners)

Code: YBAJ056 Lecturer: Převrátilová,S. + Lukešová,L.
Semester: Winter and summer Language: English
ECTS credits: 4
Schedule: fri 13:00 - 14:20, room YT113 (Faculty of Humanities, Pátkova 2137/5, Praha 8 - Libeň) / mon 11:30 - 12:50, room YT113 (Faculty of Humanities, Pátkova 2137/5, Praha 8 - Libeň)
This course is designed for the students of Faculty of Humanities.It the spring semester, both full degree students as well as the Erasmus students can attend. In the fall semester, this coures is open primarily for the full degree students only.The aim of this course is to acquire basic language skills to deal with every-day life in the Czech Republic, including cultural awareness.

Czech Language Course for Beginners

Code: YBAJ057 Lecturer: Převrátilová,S. + Lukešová,L.
Semester: Winter Language: English
ECTS credits: 4
Schedule: fri 11:30 - 12:50, room YT113 (Faculty of Humanities, Pátkova 2137/5, Praha 8 - Libeň) / mon 13:00 - 14:20, room YT113 (Faculty of Humanities, Pátkova 2137/5, Praha 8 - Libeň)
The course will be taught on-line as long as necessary. Registered students will receive a link to the vitrual classroom.This course is primarily for ERASMUS students.It targets students that are staying in the Czech Republic for a limited period of time and need to cover the basis of the language in order to communicate in everyday situations. The ultimate aim is to provide the students with basic skills, grammar and vocabulary to deal with the life in the Czech Republic, to give them an idea of the Czech language system as well as Czech culture.

Czech Literature in Translation Seminar

Code: YBAJ186 Lecturer: Partridge,J.
Semester: Winter Language: English
ECTS credits: 4
Schedule: mon 17:30 - 18:50, room YT131 (Faculty of Humanities, Pátkova 2137/5, Praha 8 - Libeň)
This is a new course intended for foreign students studying in the Czech Republic who would like to learn more about Czech literature, culture and (some) history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. No knowledge of Czech is assumed or required for this course. We will study a cross-section of some of the most important works of Czech literature (poems, short stories and extracts from novels) from a variety of authors including K. H. Mácha, K. J. Erben, Jan Neruda, Karel Čapek, Vladislav Vančura, Josef Škvorecký, Bohumil Hrabal, Ota Pavel, and others if we have time. All the works we study are available in English translation, and where possible are chosen so that students can read not just the examples we study in class, but also other works by each author, with a better understanding of historical and literary context.

History of Western Medicine from Antiquity to the Middle Ages

Code: YBAJ191 Lecturer: Doyle,C.
Semester: Winter Language: English
ECTS credits: 4
Schedule: fri 10:00 - 11:20, room YT117 (Faculty of Humanities, Pátkova 2137/5, Praha 8 - Libeň)
The course will introduce methods and topics for the study of pre modern Western medicine, that is medicine practiced primarily in Western Europe from the time of the Roman Empire to the establishment of prestigious medical faculties at Universities throughout Europe. The history of medicine is not just the history of great doctors, but is also the history of the diseases that every human suffered, from deadly pandemics such as the Black Death to the natural processes of birth, aging and death.

Language Consultation Seminar – Tandem

Code: YBAJ081 Lecturer: Převrátilová,S. + Císařovská,L.
Semester: Winter and summer Language: English
ECTS credits: 2
Schedule: without the schedule or the schedule has not been defined yet
If the situation does not permit meeting face-to-face, students should meet online. This autonomous language course is a one-semester course for students learning a foreign language here at the faculty (including Czech as a foreign language for incoming students). Native speakers of two different languages work together to help each other learn the target language as well as to learn about the target culture and community. The tandem is expected to set goals, discuss the methods of learning/teaching each other. Both partners should benefit equally from the exchange. ONLY FOR English-language speakers!

Oral history perspectives on Cold War 1945-1989

Code: YBAJ048 Lecturer: Wohlmuth,P.
Semester: Winter Language: English
ECTS credits: 3
Schedule: wed 14:30 - 15:50, room YT120 (Faculty of Humanities, Pátkova 2137/5, Praha 8 - Libeň)
This course aims to provide an introduction to oral history using the historical phenomena of the Cold War with special emphasis at ex-communist countries such as Czechoslovakia, Eastern Germany, Soviet Union, and China and also actors of Western leftist groupings. Most histories emphasize major political events or structures of economic development. Professor Donald A. Ritchie, the author of the influential book Doing Oral History, once explained the core of the discipline in these telling words: we do not do oral history to confirm what we already know, but rather to question what we consider to be supposedly clear. So, our main goal will be entirely different from the usual perspectives on Cold War: we will avoid major narratives and attempt to understand the structures and meaning of the historical subjectivity of so-called „ordinary people“, living under these oppressive regimes. How was life beyond the Iron Curtain for them? In which terms they had conceptualized their life experience? How did they relate to people, ideas, and material objects from the West? Oral history understands „ordinary people“ to be much more than just „onlookers“ to the actions of major historical actors.

Preparatory Seminar for Introduction to European History

Code: YBH335 Lecturer: Suchý,M.
Semester: Winter Language: English
ECTS credits: 3
Schedule: thu 16:00 - 17:20, room YTAULA (Faculty of Humanities, Pátkova 2137/5, Praha 8 - Libeň)
Upon completion of the course students will have an overview of European history from antiquity through the Middle Ages to modern history. Students will learn the importance of basic historical terms, such as the Reformation, the Lenten System, the Papal Schism and many others. The course will consist of thematic-oriented lectures and will be finished by a written test concentrated on important historical concepts. Completition of said course will help students with their preparation for following mandatory examination from European History. Thanks to this structure, the course will be designed primarily for students from non-European countries.PRACTICAL INFORMATION: This module will be taught in person. However, this may change depending on the current covid situation. Classes will be also available in audio form for those who miss them for whatever reason.

Theory of Strategic Interaction

Code: YBA211 Lecturer: Špecián,P.
Semester: Winter Language: English
ECTS credits: 3
Schedule: fri 13:00 - 14:20, room YT212 (Faculty of Humanities, Pátkova 2137/5, Praha 8 - Libeň)
Is strategic thinking confined to battlefield? Or is it an important part of our everyday lives? The seminar in strategic interaction and decision-making will show the omnipresence of strategic deliberation. We will get acquainted with an approach known in economics as well as other social sciences as "game theory". It will allow us to see the behavior of rational agents like firms, political parties and (at least sometimes) also ourselves from a new angle. Despite the name of the seminar, our interest in games and strategies will not be just theoretical.

Virtues, Vices, and Formation of Society

Code: YBAJ036 Lecturer: Kunca,T.
Semester: Winter Language: English
ECTS credits: 3
Schedule: tue 16:00 - 17:20, room YT131 (Faculty of Humanities, Pátkova 2137/5, Praha 8 - Libeň)
Course should be taught online via MS Teams from 6 October 2020: Tuesday 15:30 - 16:50, link: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/channel/19%3a40c5f99f3fc34026b075dfdd737e7836%40thread.tacv2/Obecn%25C3%25A9?groupId=01a59a2f-1022-408b-852b-4834ad7d1e26&tenantId=e09276da-f934-4086-bf08-8816a20414a2 Are the good, amiable qualities of man, virtues, or the bad, hateful ones, vices, the true foundation of human sociability, and consequent formation of society towards its civil and commercial stage? Dilemma famously exposed by Mandeville and still acute not only thanks to his disturbing arguments which are quite frequently misunderstood. What Mandeville really said, what was the main set of arguments proposed by his antagonists, what is say anthropological background of the debate? This kind of questions is to be posed and discussed when reading a selection of primary sources, state-of-art interpretations and even confronting these with observations of present social sciences.Students are expected to submit a 2000 words final academic essay. The word count should include all footnotes, endnotes, and quotations but should exclude the bibliography. Please include the word count on the title page of your coursework. Moreover, students are free to make a choice to write an essay on topics discussed and inspired by seminar programme or write an independent essay. Distance learning 2020 ( in COVID era): Seminar will be held in time scheduled (Tuesday, 15:30 - 16:50) via TEAMS class (link will be provided here by the first session) and students working on an independent essay or preferring individual tutorials may attend an online one-to-one tutorial or see me in my Troja office (2.22), if it would be allowed. Details will be published here by 5 October 2020.


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