History and Cultural History of Polan

Course content

In this class we study the dynamic history and culture of Poland. We begin in the Middle Ages and Mieszko I’s baptism in 966, and move through Reformation and the Renaissance, the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth era, Enlightenment period, the Polish partitions, and the period from Polish independence in 1918 all the way through World War II and Communism until 1990. We read historical texts as well as literature, by for example Romanic poet’s Adam Mickiewicz’s and Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk. We watch canonical film by Academy Award Winners Andrzej Wajda, and Paweł Pawlikowski. We also look at art, and listen to music to illustrate life in these different periods.

Education
  • Programme curriculum Bachelor courses in East European Studies 2019 curriculum
  • Programme curriculum Bachelor elective courses in East European Studies 2019 curriculum
Learning outcome

BA 2019-studieordning(BA in Eastern European studies, 2019 study programme):
Polish history and cultural history (activity codde HPLB01271E)

BA-tilvalg i Østeuropastudier 2019-studieordning(BA electives in Eastern European studies, 2019 study programme):
Polish history and cultural history (activity code HPLB10171E)
Individually Studied Topic A (activity code HØEB10171E)
Individually Studied Topic B (activity code HØEB10181E)

Exchange students BA level:Polish history and cultural history (activity code HPLB10171E)

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  • account for the basics of Polish history and culture history.
  • address how major historical and cultural events shaped contemporary Polish culture.
  • identify a broad range of Polish “texts” (literature, film, popular culture, etc.) based on their content and stylistic features and place them in their broader historical and cultural context.
  • critically approach primary cultural text as well as secondary material.
  • explain major trends and issues in Polish history and culture in speech and in writing.
  • formulate their own critical problems concerning Poland in speech and writing.
  • use basic methods of literary and cultural analysis such as close reading, explication, and comparison “close read” various media such as literature, film, and other visual arts.
  • place Poland in contemporary geo-political configurations of Europe and the world
  • improve their current writing and analytical skills through written assignments

Will be available in Absalon

Written
Individual
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
ECTS
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Other
ECTS
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Other
Criteria for exam assessment

Academic targets

At the examination, the student can demonstrate:

Knowledge of

  • The main characteristics of the historical development of Poland or the Balkans up to the present.
  • The main characteristics of the development of Poland or the Balkans in terms of cultural history and literary history up to the present
  • Relevant concepts and approaches for analysing historical and cultural-historical issues.

 

Skills in

  • applying and adopting a critical approach to international academic literature.
  • assessing and applying sources of different types and from different media, including translated literature.
  • identifying and discussing significant issues within the history and cultural history of the country(-ies) studied.
  • explaining and communicating significant issues within the history and cultural history of the country(-ies) studied.

 

Competencies in

  • familiarizing oneself with comprehensive historical and cultural-historical topics.
  • adopting an independent and critical approach to academic literature and sources.
  • presenting knowledge and issues clearly and accurately.

 

Syllabus

The examiner compiles a syllabus of 800-1,000 standard pages of academic literature and a total of eight literary or cinematic works from the language field in translation/with subtitles.

 

Teaching and working methods

Class instruction with lectures, discussions and presentations. The instruction gives special emphasis to the training and development of written presentation.

 

Exam provisions

Form of exam: Take-home assignment on set subject.

Scope: 8–10 standard pages. The students have 7 days to complete their paper.

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.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 84
  • Preparation
  • 328,5
  • English
  • 412,5

Kursusinformation

Language
English
Course number
HØEB0103FU
ECTS
See exam description
Programme level
Bachelor
Bachelor choice
Duration

1 semester

Placement
Spring
Schedulegroup
see link below
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   (11-64717164316e75646e7876436b7870316e7831676e)
Teacher

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

Saved on the 27-05-2024

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