SFU: Prague Humanities 2020

Czech Republic, Europe Past Program Humanities

"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. Shuyu Kong, shuyu_kong@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 309-4: Literature and Art Across Cultures: Kafka and Contemporary Chinese Fiction                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In this course, taught by SFU Faculty, students will examine the work of Franz Kafka and his huge influence on world literature. Writing in German-speaking and Jewish Prague and the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the early twentieth century, Kafka inspired writers from different cultures and periods to reflect on their own Kafkaesque situation.