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Courses in winter term of academic year 2022/2023


YBAJ044 Diploma Seminar in History I (Winter)
YBAJ042 Diploma Seminar in Philosophy I (Winter)
YBAJ046 Diploma Seminar in Social Sciences I (Winter)
YBAJ019 Humor under the Iron Curtain: Jokes and Everyday Life under Totalitarianism (Winter)
YBAJ199 Introduction to Aristotle's Ethics (Winter)
YBAJ189 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences (Winter)
YBAJ196 Music, Culture and Technology (Winter)
YBAJ187 Philosophical Reading Group: 19th and 20th Century Philosophy (Winter)
YBAJ193 Philosophy of Life: Identity, Society and Action (Winter)
YBAJ198 Seminar in Social Psychology (Winter)
YBAJ197 Sociological Theory (Winter)
YBAJ190 The History of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia 1939-1945 (Winter)
YBAJ188 The Odyssey. On Philosophical Journeys, Literature, and the Space in Between (Winter)
YBAJ194 Travelling in the Middle Ages (Winter)


Diploma Seminar in History I

Code: YBAJ044 Lecturer: Vondráček,J.
Semester: Winter Language: English
ECTS credits: 10
Schedule: thu 11:30 - 12:50, room YT121 (Faculty of Humanities, Pátkova 2137/5, Praha 8 - Libeň)
Weekly schedule:1) The Past is a Foreign Country2) Choosing a topic3) Research methods4) Primary sources: Written Records5) Primary sources: Visual Material6) Secondary sources7) Journal databases8) Preparing bibliography9) Citational practices10) Avoiding plagiarism11) Thesis structure and work plan12) Writing process13) Formatting the thesis

Diploma Seminar in Philosophy I

Code: YBAJ042 Lecturer: Hanyš,M.
Semester: Winter Language: English
ECTS credits: 10
Schedule: thu 11:30 - 12:50, room YT121 (Faculty of Humanities, Pátkova 2137/5, Praha 8 - Libeň)
Weekly schedule:1) Choosing a topic2) Research methods in humanities3) Using critical editions4) Primary and secondary sources5) Journal databases6) Preparing bibliography7) Citational practices; avoiding plagiarism8) Academic Genres9) Presentation and discussion of students topics I10) Presentation and discussion of students topics II11) Thesis structure and work plan12) Writing process13) Formatting the thesis

Diploma Seminar in Social Sciences I

Code: YBAJ046 Lecturer: Heřmanský,M.
Semester: Winter Language: English
ECTS credits: 10
Schedule: thu 11:30 - 12:50, room YT121 (Faculty of Humanities, Pátkova 2137/5, Praha 8 - Libeň)
Weekly schedule:1) What is a dissertation? Structure of the dissertation in the social sciences and a work plan. The role of a supervisor and other support.2) Getting started. Choosing a topic.3) Presentation and discussion of individual topics.4) Primary and secondary sources. Literature searching.5) Citation managers and organization of knowledge.6) Citational practices. Avoiding plagiarism.7) Drafting a plan and writing an abstract. Writing a dissertation project proposal.8) Presentation and discussion of individual project proposals I. (anthropology, ethnomusicology)9) Presentation and discussion of individual project proposals II. (sociology)10) Presentation and discussion of individual project proposals III. (psychology)11) Presentation and discussion of individual project proposals IV. (economics)12) Writing process. Finding your academic voice in your writing.13) Formatting and proofreading. Submission and beyond: making the most out of your dissertation.

Humor under the Iron Curtain: Jokes and Everyday Life under Totalitarianism

Code: YBAJ019 Lecturer: Marková,A.
Semester: Winter Language: English
ECTS credits: 4
Schedule: mon 11:30 - 12:50, room YT121 (Faculty of Humanities, Pátkova 2137/5, Praha 8 - Libeň)
The course deals with the phenomenon of Soviet jokes (anecdotes) which were very popular during the existence of the Soviet Bloc. Jokes covered every aspect of daily life under socialism – the shortages, leisure, sport, propaganda of the media, ideology and many other aspects. They were told in each Soviet Bloc state as a Poland, Czechoslovakia, and others because they shared the same culture and live conditions of that period. The term “Communist jokes” could be more precisely described as anti-Communist or anti-Soviet jokes because this term better captures the sense of shared culture. There are many reason why Communist political jokes were very special. They had a unique homogeneity: the absolute monopoly of state power meant that any joke about any aspect of politics, the economy or media was a joke about Communism. Communism regime was inherently “funny” because of a unique combination of factors. The ineffectiveness of its theories, the mendacity of its propaganda and the ubiquity of censorship were all important. The cruelty of its methods interacted with the sense of humor of the people on whom it was imposed.The aim of the course is to introduce students to the reality of everyday life under the Soviet rule in the countries of the Soviet Bloc through Communist Jokes.

Introduction to Aristotle's Ethics

Code: YBAJ199 Lecturer: Synek,S.
Semester: Winter Language: English
ECTS credits: 4
Schedule: thu 13:00 - 14:20, room YT233 (Faculty of Humanities, Pátkova 2137/5, Praha 8 - Libeň)
The course is an introduction to Aristotle's Ethics. Close reading of selected passages of the Nicomachean Ethics will help us understand the main concepts of this line of ethical thinking. We will focus on the topics elaborated in books one (eudaimonia), two (ethical virtue), three (deliberated choice), six (rational virtues) and ten (pleasure and the highest good).

Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences

Code: YBAJ189 Lecturer: Urban,M.
Semester: Winter Language: English
ECTS credits: 4
Schedule: tue 10:00 - 11:20, room YT131 (Faculty of Humanities, Pátkova 2137/5, Praha 8 - Libeň)
The course will provide a step-by-step introduction to quantitative research methodology and quantitative data analysis. It will introduce you to statistical thinking and allow you to carry out your first quantitative research. The course will be especially beneficial to students who are interested in psychology and sociology.

Music, Culture and Technology

Code: YBAJ196 Lecturer: Verbuč,D.
Semester: Winter Language: English
ECTS credits: 4
Schedule: wed 13:00 - 14:20, room YT032 (Faculty of Humanities, Pátkova 2137/5, Praha 8 - Libeň)
Technology forms an immediate material basis of music culture, both in a sense of general technology (industrialization, mechanical and digital technologies), and music technology (music instruments, recording and music reproduction technologies). This class provides an insight into how historical technological changes affected music (its form, content, style), and its surrounding culture (listening modes, aesthetics, copy-right laws, social interaction, lifestyles), and vice versa. We start our journey with the pre-20th century music technologies (acoustic and mechanic music instrument technologies), and then spend most of the time with 20th and 21st century music technologies (electric and electronic music instruments and devices: gramophone, radio, tape, analog and digital music technologies). Class topics include: (1) an impact of the early recording formats and music technologies on the early-20th century reconfigurations in music, culture, and society, (2) relationship between music technology (recording formats, electric and electronic instruments, studio production) and music genres (especially jazz, rock, electronic dance cultures, and avant-garde music), (3) music-related technology as social power (standardization, control of behavior, laws, cultural appropriation) vs freedom (democratization, empowerment), (4) race, class, gender and music technologies, (5) cultural associations (authenticity), prejudices, and fears as related to music technologies (e.g., technophobia), (6) the role of technological mediation at live music events, (7) relation between place/space and technology (acoustics, urban soundscapes), and (8) retro(-futuristic) technological music trends. We approach these topics from a variety of theoretical and disciplinary frameworks, including anthropology, ethnomusicology, sociology, cultural studies, media studies, sound studies, and critical theory. With an aid of assigned readings, listening examples, film viewings, and class debates, we look into a variety of case studies discussing particular music technologies and their musical and cultural effects, both in Western and non-Western societies. We also have two class excursions: (1) visit of Prague’s Synth library (http://www.zvukpraha.cz/synthlibraryprague/; feminist approach to music technologies; demonstration of modular synth), (2) visit of Ankali club (https://anka.li/; presentation of nightclub technologies, and DJ technologies and techniques).

Philosophical Reading Group: 19th and 20th Century Philosophy

Code: YBAJ187 Lecturer: Marek,J.
Semester: Winter Language: English
ECTS credits: 4
Schedule: tue 14:30 - 15:50, room YT201 (Faculty of Humanities, Pátkova 2137/5, Praha 8 - Libeň)
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Philosophy of Life: Identity, Society and Action

Code: YBAJ193 Lecturer: Novák,A.
Semester: Winter Language: English
ECTS credits: 4
Schedule: wed 16:00 - 17:20, room YT032 (Faculty of Humanities, Pátkova 2137/5, Praha 8 - Libeň)
“To philosophize is to learn to die.” [« Philosophiser c’est apprendre a mourir »]. These are the famous words declared by the French essayist and philosopher Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), echoing the ancient statesman Cicero (106 – 43 BCE). And in this proclamation is an invitation for one to reflect on what it means to truly live. What sorts of persons are we? How can and do we come to define ourselves? What is the nature of the relationship between the individual and society? And most importantly, how ought we to edify and conduct ourselves in our lives and in the world at large? This course will survey these themes from prominent thinkers throughout the 19th and 20th century.

Seminar in Social Psychology

Code: YBAJ198 Lecturer: Urban,M.
Semester: Winter Language: English
ECTS credits: 4
Schedule: tue 8:30 - 9:50, room YT131 (Faculty of Humanities, Pátkova 2137/5, Praha 8 - Libeň)
The Seminar in Social psychology aims to familiarize students with core texts in the field, develop academic skills and foster critical thinking of students in themes associated to social psychology. The Seminar will be organized around reading core academic texts in social psychology, watching related audiovisual materials, discussions and written assessments.

Sociological Theory

Code: YBAJ197 Lecturer: Wladyniak,L.
Semester: Winter Language: English
ECTS credits: 4
Schedule: wed 14:30 - 15:50, room YT112 (Faculty of Humanities, Pátkova 2137/5, Praha 8 - Libeň)
The course is an introduction to the sociological theory and offers a closer analysis of the main sociological concepts (both classic and contemporary). In a form of a lecture, the course offers a comprehensive overview of the most influential theories and theoreticians. Individual lectures are devoted to particular issues in sociological theory. The course is recommended for the students, who already graduated from the course Introduction to Sociology.

The History of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia 1939-1945

Code: YBAJ190 Lecturer: Vondráček,J.
Semester: Winter Language: English
ECTS credits: 4
Schedule: without the schedule or the schedule has not been defined yet
The historiography of the "Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia" has so far been dominated by a narrative that primarily perceives political actors, i.e. occupiers and perpetrators on the one hand, resistance organizations and the government in exile on the other. In the seminar, the focus will be directed beyond these dichotomies to structures of rule, administration and everyday life in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. For each session, there will be a selected text that approaches a specific topic using a particular historical method. By writing a short excerpt for each session, the foundation for a fruitful discussion will be created and at the same time, academic writing will be practiced.The aim of this seminar is on the one hand to give an insight into the different aspects of the Protectorate and on the other hand to get familiar with different methodical approaches. In addition, academic reading as well as the clear and structured presentation of knowledge through excerpts and a presentation will be learned.

The Odyssey. On Philosophical Journeys, Literature, and the Space in Between

Code: YBAJ188 Lecturer: Marek,J.
Semester: Winter Language: English
ECTS credits: 4
Schedule: thu 14:30 - 15:50, room YT032 (Faculty of Humanities, Pátkova 2137/5, Praha 8 - Libeň)
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Travelling in the Middle Ages

Code: YBAJ194 Lecturer: Suchý,M.
Semester: Winter Language: English
ECTS credits: 3
Schedule: tue 19:00 - 20:20, room YT211 (Faculty of Humanities, Pátkova 2137/5, Praha 8 - Libeň)
The course provides students with insights into different aspects of medieval travelling. Source criticism to contemporary sources (chronicles, travel accounts, itineraries, books of travels, charters, etc.) within major topics (such as war campaigns, pilgrimage, university peregrination, diplomacy, trade and crafts) constitutes an important feature of the course.


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