Bookpacking through Poland and World War II

Course content

It would be difficult to overstate the importance of the Second World War and the Holocaust on modern Europe. Roughly 3% of the 1940 population died, it resulted in the creation of the Eastern Block behind an Iron Curtain for half a century, and it changed the European map permanently. Around 6 million Polish citizens perished during World War II, 3.5 million of whom were Jews. In other words: about one fifth of the Polish pre-war population was killed, and 90% of all Polish Jews. The Polish cultural and geographical landscapes carry traces of these deaths and battles. Polish literature and cinema is full of stories about the war and in Polish villages and cities stand statues of battles and killed soldiers, remnants of former concentration camps, and museums testifying to the atrocities.

In this course we spend the first 8 weeks reading fiction and watching movies about East European World War II history with a special focus on Poland, and for 8 days in April we travel collectively to Poland and visit sights mentioned in the text and institutions where we learn from local experts about the war. The remaining 3 weeks of lessons will be organised as workshops on students’ individual papers.

Texts we will read include classics by Tadeusz Borowski and Czesław Miłosz as well as more rare finds by Zofia Nakowska, and films by Andrzej Wajda and Agnieszka Holland. Sites we visit might include the Auschwitz concentration camp outside of Krakow; The Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk; and the Institute of National Remembrance in Warsaw.

Expected expenses per person covering transportation from Copenhagen to Poland and within Poland (airplane and train tickets), lodging and entrance fees, approximately: 5.400 DKK

Education

Kurset udbydes til:

  • Programme curriculum Bachelor courses in East European Studies 2019 curriculum
  • Programme curriculum Master courses in East European Studies 2021
  • Programme curriculum Bachelor elective courses in East European Studies 2019 curriculum
  • Programme currirulum Master elective courses in East European Studies 2019 curricumum
Learning outcome

BA i Østeuropastudier 2019-studieordning:
Valgfrit emne (aktivitetskode HPLB01351E)
BA-projekt (aktivitetskode HPLB01361E)

BA-tilvalg i Østeuropastudier 2019-studieordning:
Valgfrit emne A (aktivitetskode HØEB10171E)
Valgfrit emne B (aktivitetskode HØEB10181E)

KA i Østeuropastudier 2019-studieordning:
Fordybelsesemne (aktivitetskode HPLK03551E)
Særligt studeret emne (aktivitetskode HPLK03591E)

KA-tilvalg i Østeuropastudier 2019-studieordning:
Fordybelsesemne (aktivitetskode HØEK13551E)
Særligt studeret emne A (aktivitetskode HØEK13591E)
Særligt studeret emne B (aktivitetskode HØEK13592E)
Særligt studeret emne C (aktivitetskode HØEK13593E)

Exchange students BA level:
Individually Studied Topic A (activity code HØEB10171E)

Exchange students MA level:
Individually Studied Topic A (activity code HØEK13591E)

Seminars (practical excercises + colloquia), excursion, group supervision in workshops

To be announced in Absalon

Expected expenses per person covering transportation from Copenhagen to Poland and within Poland (airplane and train tickets), lodging and entrance fees, approximately: 5.400 DKK

Oral
Individual
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
ECTS
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Other
Criteria for exam assessment
ECTS
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Other
Criteria for exam assessment

Academic targets

At the examination, the student can demonstrate:

Knowledge and understanding of a specifically studied topic within East European literature, history, society or culture. 

Skills in

  • carrying out a systematic literature search for the chosen topic and assessing the quality and views of the literature found
  • analysing sources
  • adopting a critical approach to both sources and secondary literature
  • using terminology and research methodology appropriate for the topic chosen
  • writing a well-structured presentation of the subject matter based on a clearly formulated issue.

 

Competencies in

  • processing complex material with a view to understanding correlations and solving problems within the subject area studied
  • communicating complex contexts in good and nuanced Danish or English.

 

Syllabus

The student compiles his/her own syllabus of at least 1,200 standard pages. The syllabus must be approved by the examiner. See deadlines and rules for the submission of the syllabus to the Student Counselling Centre under Examination - Find time and place and Examination -Type of examination and rules - Syllabus.

Teaching and working methods

Seminar, class instruction or individual supervision.

Exam provisions

Form of exam: Take-home assignment, optional subject.

Scope: 16-20 standard pages.

Assessment: Internal exam with a single examiner with assessment based on the 7-point grading scale.

Regulations for group exams: The exam can only be taken individually.

Exam language(s): Danish or English.

Permitted exam aids: All.

Make-up exam/resit: Conducted in the same manner as the ordinary exam.

Special provisions: The topic for the take-home assignment must be approved by the examiner.

ECTS
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Other
Criteria for exam assessment

Academic targets

At the examination, the student can demonstrate:

Knowledge and understanding of

  • a significant historical, cultural, linguistic or social theme within the region comprising Eastern Europe
  • academic terminology and theoretical approaches to this theme

 

Skills in

  • formulating an academically relevant issue
  • identifying and applying relevant sources and secondary literature
  • adopting an analytical and critical approach to the sources used and to secondary literature
  • producing an independent analysis of the issue in writing

 

Competencies in

  • using the relevant academic terminology in an extensive analysis
  • communicating the analysis in a coherent, written presentation

 

Syllabus

The student compiles his/her own syllabus of at least 1,500 standard pages. The syllabus must be approved by the examiner. See deadlines and rules for the submission of the syllabus to the Student Counselling Centre under Examination - Find time and place and Examination -Type of examination and rules - Syllabus.

Teaching and working methods

Lectures and seminars with discussion.

Exam provisions

Form of exam: Take-home assignment, optional subject.

Scope: 21-25 pages.

Assessment: Internal exam by a single examiner with assessment based on the 7-point grading scale.

Regulations for group exams: The exam can only be taken individually.

Exam language(s): Danish or English.

Permitted exam aids: All.

Make-up exam/resit: Conducted in the same manner as the ordinary exam.

 

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 84
  • Preparation
  • 126,5
  • Practical exercises
  • 24
  • Excursions
  • 60
  • Guidance
  • 18
  • Exam
  • 100
  • English
  • 412,5

Kursusinformation

Language
English
Partially in Danish
Course number
HØEK0112FU
ECTS
See exam description
Programme level
Bachelor
Bachelor choice
Full Degree Master
Full Degree Master choice
Duration

1 semester

Placement
Spring
Schedulegroup
See link below
Capacity
Max 20 studerende på dette kursus
Studyboard
Study Board of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
Contracting department
  • Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator
  • Anna Helena Alexandra Krakus   (11-6a77776a37747b6a747e7c49717e7637747e376d74)
Teacher

Anna Krakus, anna.krakus@hum.ku.dk

Saved on the 12-02-2024

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