SFU Field School: Prague Humanities 2019

Czech Republic, Europe May 2019 Humanities Interdisciplinary

"Prague stands at the crossroads of the most important historical, cultural, artistic, religious, and political developments in all of Europe."

The Field School provides around an eight week, in-depth study of European society and culture, history, literature, art, film and contemporary politics seen through the window of the Czech Republic. The program includes courses in language, film and art history, and political science, which are intended to enrich the three core field school courses.

Field School Director: Dr. Samir Gandesha, gandesha@sfu.ca

The program consists of three courses totalling 11 SFU units. Arrangements can be made for students who have taken one or more of these courses to receive credit for other suitable courses. All instruction will be in English.

HUM 240-3: Studies in European Cultures
This course (taught by Charles University faculty) covers topics such as the cultural foundations of the Czech peoples then and now as well as Czech architecture and landscape. The class will take five one-day field trips into the outlying regions of Bohemia, as well as a four-night stay in southern Bohemia. Visits include pre-historical, Romanesque, Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque historical sites on which churches, cathedrals and museums are located. This course also includes Czech language units.

HUM 340-4: Great Cities in their Time and Place
This course (taught by Charles University faculty) will examine the political and social history of Prague through courses in art and architecture, history, politics, and film. Students will attend weekly lectures and seminars and participate in site visits and excursions.

HUM 350-4: Selected Topics in European Studies: FRANZ KAFKA
In this course, (taught by SFU faculty) students will study the life and work of Franz Kafka, the 20th century writer world-famous for his enigmatic reflections on the nature of human existence. We will analyze Kafka's work in the context of German-speaking and Jewish Prague and the Austro-Hungarian Empire of the turn of the century. The course will focus on some of Kafka's short stories as well as his novel The Castle. It will pose the question of whether Kafka's writings can best be understood as a sociological response to the increasingly bureaucratic nature of social life (Kafka, himself, was an insurance adjuster), on the one hand, or as an essentially theological commentary on the fallen nature of human existence, on the other. 

February 28     Acceptance Session
March 6 - 20 Field School 101 Online Canvas Program (mandatory)
March 21 Pre-departure Orientation
Early May Sessions at SFU
May 9 Study in Prague
June 29 End of Program
*These dates are provided only as guidelines and are subject to change.

Please email fieldschools@sfu.ca for more information. 

Application Deadline: February 6th at 11:59pm, 2019