Palacký University Olomouc
Palacký University Olomouc is a university with long-standing tradition. Founded in the 16th century, it is the oldest university in Moravia and the second-oldest university in the Czech Republic. Today it is a modern higher education facility with a wide range of study programmes and copious scientific and research activities. In 2020, 21,824 students studied in 840 accredited study programmes at eight faculties. The university also provides exchange programmes and lifelong learning programmes. Palacký University Olomouc is one of the very top Czech universities, and ranks among the best universities in the world, according to international rankings.
This course provides an introduction to the key topics in media and culture studies. The course aims at introducing basic concepts for the study of media communication, and to demonstrate how the media are related to culture and society. Using a wide range of theoretical constructions, students will learn to develop critical tools to explore media from different perspectives: media as structure, production, content and from an audience/reception point of view. In the second part of the course the specific areas of media studies will be addressed: TV series, depictions of age, gender and ethnic groups, media consumption and usage in families, media fandoms and the participatory cultures.
Using experience-based learning the students acquire knowledge in cross-cultural relationships applicable in their future professional practice.
The social and emotional abilities (soft skills) are important for everyone. The course will provide an overview of the basic principles, evidence-based theories, and applications of soft skills. We will focus on soft skills topics which we need and use in personal life and at work. Every lesson will consist four parts: 1) Reflection of why the basic theory is important;
2) Introduction to the basic theory of a selected topic;
3) Practising techniques of that topic;
4) Implementing the theory in our lives.
The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the historical development of the city of Olomouc in the broader context of European development. The urban organism will serve here as a model for demonstrating the effects of significant events on the appearance of the historic city. The student will be acquainted with the historical, economic, architectural and general urban development of the city from the early Middle Ages to the 20th century.
The aim of the course is to acquaint students briefly with evolutionary developments in the past, the main global problems of the present and key challenges for the future. These include not only the often discussed information technologies, nanotechnologies and biotechnologies, but also the development of Western civilization and possible scenarios of future development – collapse, transformation and regeneration of society.
The course is taught in English by experts from the UP Faculty of Law and also visiting experts from partner universities or from practice. It aims to gain deeper knowledge and acquaint students with current issues of public international law and European law, especially in a comparative perspective.
The aim of the course is to provide students with information about: – basic topics of pedagogical and school psychology; – “traditional” and “alternative” approaches to learning and teaching; – factors influencing the learning process (eg memory, motivation, intelligence, etc.); – job opportunities of a psychologist in the education system and in the school environment.
The course focuses on the life and work of composers who are considered to be key figures in Czech music history. Topics related to their predecessors and followers, influential music institutions, musical tastes or major historical events are not left out. The questions of their predecessors and successors are discussed as well as music life of their time from the point of view of influential cultural institutions, prevailing music taste, historical events etc. Individual music styles demonstrate analyses of selected compositions.
Modern methods how to learn basic Czech language. Conversation lessons with native speakers.
The course presents selected aspects of the development of politics, culture and society in Central Europe from the past to the present and emphasizes their interconnectedness. Great emphasis is placed on the key cultural and socio-political moments that in modern history have shaped contemporary Central Europe and its heritage and reflection in the current political, cultural and social situation. The course combines lectures, projections of audio-visual materials and discussions and is divided into seven thematic blocks.