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UPCES Programme

Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies courses provided in cooperation with the Faculty of Humanities partner UPCES, CERGE-EI, CU

Courses of the academic year 2021/2022

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YBAU08 CEE Economic Growth and Development (Fall)
YBAU011 Comprehending the Holocaust (Fall)
YBAU037 Economic History and Long-Run Development (Fall)
YBAU005 Economics of Transition (Fall)
YBAU017 European-American Relations in the 21st Century (Fall)
YBAU020 Film as a Mirror of History, Ideology, and Individual Freedom (Fall)
YBAU015 Global Communication (Fall)
YBAU28 Human Rights in Central and Eastern Europe (Fall)
YBAU004 Prague as Living History: Anatomy of a European Capital (Fall)
YBAU026 Surveillance in Central and Eastern Europe: Social Control Methods Before and After Communism (Fall)
YBAU018 Urban Anthropology of Central European Cities (Fall)


CEE Economic Growth and Development

Code: YBAU08 Lecturer: Kudashvili,N. + Havlištová,V. + Skladanová,N.
Semester: Fall Language: English
ECTS credits: 6
This is one of the UPCES courses (the Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies); comprehensive information is available at: http://fhs.cuni.cz/FHSENG-350.html#2. Why are some countries poor and other countries rich? What are the factors of growth? What is the role of political and economic institutions in the development process? How can aid foster growth and development? This course aims to address these questions in view of the theory and empirics of economic growth.

Comprehending the Holocaust

Code: YBAU011 Lecturer: Plzák,M. + Havlištová,V. + Skladanová,N.
Semester: Fall Language: English
ECTS credits: 6
This is one of the UPCES courses (the Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies); comprehensive information is available at: http://fhs.cuni.cz/FHSENG-350.html#2.We will go through the rise and history of Christian anti-Judaism, its transformation into modern forms of anti-Semitism, we will discuss what is exceptional and what is normal about the Holocaust and define the role and responsibility of the individual in modern democracy. We will learn about the role of intellectuals during the Holocaust and discuss how good people can kill other people so easily. We will also try to understand the function of Nazi propaganda and its major themes. We will touch on the phenomenon of "denying the Holocaust", which is a modern form of anti-Semitism.

Economic History and Long-Run Development

Code: YBAU037 Lecturer: Ochsner,C. + Havlištová,V. + Skladanová,N.
Semester: Fall Language: English
ECTS credits: 6
This is one of the UPCES courses (the Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies); comprehensive information is available at https://fhs.cuni.cz/FHSENG-1016.html. This course provides an overview of economic history and the long-run development of socio-economic figures and focuses on the situation in CEE in particular. It provides the big picture of economic development from a European and US-centric point of view and links that to specific circumstances in CEE countries.

Economics of Transition

Code: YBAU005 Lecturer: Semerák,V. + Skladanová,N. + Havlištová,V.
Semester: Fall Language: English
ECTS credits: 6
This is one of the UPCES courses (the Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies); comprehensive information is available at: http://fhs.cuni.cz/FHSENG-350.html#2.The course deals with main economic issues related to transition from centrally-planned economies of the Soviet bloc, Yugoslavia, and China to market economies. Compared to other similar courses, this course will be less descriptive and more analytical; we will use economic models and results of econometric studies where appropriate.

European-American Relations in the 21st Century

Code: YBAU017 Lecturer: Zieleniec,J. + Havlištová,V. + Skladanová,N.
Semester: Fall Language: English
ECTS credits: 6
This is one of the UPCES courses (the Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies); comprehensive information is available at: http://fhs.cuni.cz/FHSENG-350.html#2.This course explores the history and the current state of political, economic and culturalrelations between the United States and Europe.

Film as a Mirror of History, Ideology, and Individual Freedom

Code: YBAU020 Lecturer: Brdečková,T. + Havlištová,V. + Skladanová,N.
Semester: Fall Language: English
ECTS credits: 6
This is one of the UPCES courses (the Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies); comprehensive information is available at: http://fhs.cuni.cz/FHSENG-350.html#2.This lively and original course is open to students who have an interest in studying the social and political transition in Central Europe through an understanding of its cinema. This is not a traditional film course: We will focus on the films’ social, political and historical contexts.

Global Communication

Code: YBAU015 Lecturer: Nesbitt,T. + Havlištová,V. + Skladanová,N.
Semester: Fall Language: English
ECTS credits: 6
This is one of the UPCES courses (the Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies); comprehensive information is available at: http://fhs.cuni.cz/FHSENG-350.html#2.This course aims to bring together diverse issues and perspectives in the rapidly evolving and changing area ofinternational/global communication.

Human Rights in Central and Eastern Europe

Code: YBAU28 Lecturer: Heřmanová,M. + Havlištová,V. + Skladanová,N.
Semester: Fall Language: English
ECTS credits: 6
This is one of the UPCES courses (the Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies); comprehensive information is available at: http://fhs.cuni.cz/FHSENG-350.html#2.This course invites students from all disciplines to explore and make sense of the current human rights issues, cases and problems in the region.

Prague as Living History: Anatomy of a European Capital

Code: YBAU004 Lecturer: Skripnik,O. + Skladanová,N. + Havlištová,V.
Semester: Fall Language: English
ECTS credits: 6
This is one of the UPCES courses (the Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies); comprehensive informationis available at: http://fhs.cuni.cz/FHSENG-350.html#2.This course and accompanying excursions will introduce students to the history of the Czech Republic and its capital city, Prague, while also showing the development of its urban structure and main social functions.

Surveillance in Central and Eastern Europe: Social Control Methods Before and After Communism

Code: YBAU026 Lecturer: Grigar,E. + Skladanová,N. + Havlištová,V.
Semester: Fall Language: English
ECTS credits: 6
This is one of the UPCES courses (the Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies); comprehensive information is available at: http://fhs.cuni.cz/FHSENG-350.html#2.The class dialogue will be focused on the analysis of historical rhetoric of surveillance and its wide range of tools used to gain social control and that of its individual members. We will focus on the comparative analysis of different methods of social control practice employed by select former communist states (mainly Czechoslovakia, Poland, and East Germany) during communism and after its fall. Therein this course will probe several issues emerging from different types of relationships between the latest technologies and our society, as they may be used by those in power to cultivate the culture of social control, fear, and empowerment.

Urban Anthropology of Central European Cities

Code: YBAU018 Lecturer: Zahradníková Štefánková,L. + Havlištová,V. + Skladanová,N.
Semester: Fall Language: English
ECTS credits: 6
This is one of the UPCES courses (the Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies); comprehensive information is available at: http://fhs.cuni.cz/FHSENG-350.html#2.Central European cities have been undergoing rapid social and economic change, which has had major effects on their physical make-ups. It has also affected the ways in which people - urbanites as well as non-urbanites - perceive these cities and urban life in general. This course aims to investigate how, in the post-communist context, city dwellers perceive, define and use this rapidly transforming urban space, as well as how they try to shape and appropriate it.


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