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Prague Courses – 2021 Summer Session I

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Courses

You will enroll in three to five credits per session, plus one additional credit if enrolled in the optional Vienna and Budapest Field Study. At least one 3-credit course is required each summer session. Course availability is contingent upon student interest and enrollment and is subject to change.

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Session I

  • Summer Session I
    Anthropology Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course provides critical insights into a social function of modern and postmodern art, street-art, underground, dissent, alternative, experimental, performance, situationist, alter-globalization movement, etc. Multidisciplinary perspectives of cultural, literary, and media studies are explored. Seminal readings on the listed topics are used to discuss the practices of ‘alternative’ urban lives in postindustrial society and certain trends of artistic production. Focus is on political interpretation of youth subversion and disclosures of power mechanisms. Visuals and field trips to diverse events and sites are a part of this course.

  • Summer Session I
    Architecture Art 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The course is an introductory survey of styles, trends and movements focusing on the fine arts and architecture in Prague and Czech Lands against the background of European influences. It covers the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque times, up to Modernism and the Contemporary art scene. Special attention will be paid to the unique characteristics and developments of art (e.g. Prague Castle, Baroque churches, Czech cubism) and to the most glorious periods in the history of Czech Lands (era of Charles IV, Rudolf II). Tours, field trips and visits to museums and galleries are a substantial part of the course.

  • Summer Session I
    Czech 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    Czech 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

    This course is designed to introduce you to the Czech language and to provide skills for basic communication. The instructor supervises model conversations as well as real conversational situations during walks in the Old Town. Students with previous knowledge of the Czech language attend the advanced module of this course, read short articles in local newspapers, and do independent research on the social and cultural life of Czech society.

  • Summer Session I
    Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Decades after successful transitions from communism, liberal democracy in some Central European countries continues to be challenged. In this course, students will develop the theoretical and historical foundation necessary to analyze political transition of central European nation states as well as an advanced understanding of Czech, Polish, and Hungarian politics. This course will cover topics related to the challenges of democratic transitions in central Europe, the rise of populism, and ongoing polarization. Students will be encouraged to challenge the mainstream understanding of “transition” as a predictable, gradual, and irreversible progress, as understood by the western model.

    Prerequisite: one semester of college level political science

  • Summer Session I
    Agriculture Geography 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Food is central to our lives; and this in many more ways than the action of eating to sustain body and brain. Food is embedded in culture and acts as a strong binding link in families and societies and even between societies as food products and recipes travel the world. More importantly, what is less known is that food production and consumption stand at the crossroad of the big world challenges that humanity faces: hunger, poverty, energy, environment, climate change and population growth. Finally, access to food is a condition to the political stability of a country as mass demonstrations against high food prices (known as ‘food riots’) have showed in recent years.

  • Summer Session I
    Art Journalism 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    Art Journalism 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

    Because the development of photography has always been closely connected to both the technical and creative spheres, in this course the theoretical and historical aspects of photography are introduced through practical exercises.

    Ultimately, this will lead to the development of students’ own ways of visualizing their traveling experiences. Students who complete the course successfully will have produced a small book of well-crafted photographs that professionally documents their summer semesters abroad.

  • Summer Session I
    History 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The course will provide the students with basic knowledge of the Modern Central European political, social and cultural history. For practical reasons, the course will primarily use the example of the Czech history in order to stimulate independent reflection of another culture, seemingly familiar yet very different from that of the students. It will compare and contrast the Czech modern experience with the histories of other Central European countries, which all historically shared the same fate of small nations between two large historical rivals, Germany in the West and Russia in the East. An integral part of the class will be several field trips.

Session II

  • Summer Session II
    Art English Film 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The course will offer intensive insight into the Czech cinema. The aim is to show different faces of Czech filmmaking, i.e. the variety of approaches toward the film media. Alongside the classic Czech movies, the students will have a chance to watch and analyze experimental films, the documentary, and poetic film.

  • Summer Session II
    Sociology Women's Studies / Gender Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The course is focused on a region in political and economic transition, as well as on a mode of interpreting the self and the world which is itself constantly in transition. We will explore the extent to which gender relations have operated, been acknowledged and have a bearing on political, social and cultural life in the Czech Republic and in the wider post-communist Eastern European context.

  • Summer Session II
    English 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course will cover topics in Czech literature from the Czech National Revival in the nineteenth century to the present. Students will read and analyze texts by iconic Czech novelists of the twentieth century, such as Hašek's The Good Soldier Švejk, Hrabal's Too Loud a Solitude, Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and Topol's selected texts. This course will challenge students to explore the historical and cultural contexts of literary works and make theoretical connections between them and film adaptations.

    Prerequisite: one semeseter of college-level writing composition

  • Summer Session I
    Czech 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    Czech 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

    This course is designed to introduce you to the Czech language and to provide skills for basic communication. The instructor supervises model conversations as well as real conversational situations during walks in the Old Town. Students with previous knowledge of the Czech language attend the advanced module of this course, read short articles in local newspapers, and do independent research on the social and cultural life of Czech society.

  • Summer Session II
    Czech 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

    A continuation of Introduction to Czech Language I.

  • Summer Session II
    Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Central and East European (CEE) countries seem to be standing at the crossroads. Liberal democracy is challenged across the region. Populist, authoritarian and anti-politics tendencies are rising. Does this stem from unresolved legacies of the Communist past? Or does it reflect pre-Communist authoritarian political cultures? Or does it simply mirror contemporary global tendencies of anti-establishment moods? With a similar geopolitical position in the former East Bloc, countries like Czechoslovakia, Poland and Hungary differed significantly in the types of their communist regimes, as well as their transitions to democracy in 1989-1991. This comparative aspect will be studied with special focus. Students will be also encouraged to challenge the mainstream understanding of “transition” as a predictable, gradual and irreversible progress towards the standard “Western” model. The course is designed as a seminar based on a guided discussion about carefully selected texts collected in a reader; active participation of the students is essential.

  • Summer Session II
    History Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    In this course, students will explore twentieth-century Jewish theology and analyze specific events from the Holocaust, or properly speaking shoah, meaning catastrophe, annihilation, or devastation. This course will help students develop the theoretical foundation necessary for identifying and analyzing the role of ideology and faith in the Holocaust.

    Prerequisite: college-level humanities

  • Summer Session I
    Art Journalism 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    Art Journalism 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

    Because the development of photography has always been closely connected to both the technical and creative spheres, in this course the theoretical and historical aspects of photography are introduced through practical exercises.

    Ultimately, this will lead to the development of students’ own ways of visualizing their traveling experiences. Students who complete the course successfully will have produced a small book of well-crafted photographs that professionally documents their summer semesters abroad.

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

Field studies

Optional field studies are an excellent way to deepen your academic experience abroad. During your 1-credit field study course, you will participate in carefully planned excursions that allow you to explore the cultural, historical, and natural features of the Czech Republic. These overnight field experiences, combined with required academic components such as readings, research, and written assignments, will increase your understanding of the sites and locales visited.

As an experiential learning method, optional field studies complement the larger academic program and provide you with opportunities to learn in new ways, to gain hands-on experience, and to connect your classroom learning to the world around you.

Optional field studies have an additional fee and are subject to meeting minimum enrollment requirements to run.

For more information about field study options, see the Prague tour and field study page.

Quick Details

2021-22 App. Cycle

Fall/Yearlong: Open

Spring: Open

Spring Accelerated: Open

2022-23 App. Cycle

Summer Sessions: Opens 9/1
Fall/Yearlong: Opens 9/1
Spring/Spring Accelerated: Opens 9/1

Eligibility

Preferred GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

US Credit

Program Capacity

Semester: 85 students

Summer: 55 students per session

Instruction

English | Czech

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