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Mary Neuburger, Chair BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Mark Hopkins

Lecturer PhD, UT Austin

Mark Hopkins

Contact

  • Phone: (512) 471-3607
  • Office: BUR 462
  • Office Hours: Spring 2014: Thurs 2:00-­3:45pm
  • Campus Mail Code: F3600

CZ 301K • Intro To Czech Hist/Culture

45343 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm JGB 2.202
(also listed as EUS 307, REE 302 )
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Intro To Czech Hist/Culture: Puppets, Pubs, and Polyglots

An introduction to Czech culture from 870 to the present. The first half of the course will begin with the ninth century Premyslid dynasty and Czech legends and will chronicle critical moments in the historical evolution of Czech culture up to the 19th-century Czech National Revival. The second half of the course will focus on the 20th and 21st centuries and will conclude with a field trip tour of a local brewery.

Texts:

  • Alois Jirasek, Old Czech Legends
  • Jan Neruda, Prague Tales
  • Jaroslav Hasek, The Good Soldier Svejk
  • Vaclav Havel, Disturbing the Peace
  • Bazant, Bazantova, Starn, The Czech Reader: History, Culture, Politics
  • Hugh Agnew, The Czechs and the Lands of the Bohemian Crown

Requirements and Grading

  • 2 Exams  50%
  • Short Paper  10%
  • Final Paper  20%
  • Attendance and Participation  20%

CZ S324 • Communist Countercultures

87550 • Summer 2014
Meets MTW 100pm-300pm PAR 204
(also listed as REE S325 )
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During the Soviet period, strict state censorship severely restricted the activities of a significant number of writers and artists.  Undeterred, however, many continued their work secretly in an unofficial and potentially dangerous capacity.  In this course, discover how artistic movements such as rock music, theater of the absurd, new wave film, and samizdat (self-published) literature contributed to the ultimate demise of the Soviet Union.

 

Reading list:

Worlds of Dissent: Charter 77, the Plastic People of the Universe, and Czech Culture Under Communism by Jonathan Bolton Notes from Underground: Rock Music Counterculture in Russia by Thomas Cushman Back in the USSR:  The True Story of Rock Music in Russia by Artemy Troitsky Samizdat, Tamizdat, and Beyond:  Transnational Media During and After Socialism by Friederike Kind-Kovacs and Jessie Labov Disturbing the Peace by Vaclav Havel + Supplemental readings  

 

Grading:

30% Final Exam

30% Research Paper

20% Short Response Paper

20% Attendance/Participation

 

 

CZ 507 • First-Year Czech II

45650 • Spring 2014
Meets MTWTHF 1100am-1200pm UTC 4.120
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The course is the second semester of an introduction to the Czech language with an emphasis on speaking, listening, and reading. In addition to the textbook, videos will be used not only to increase comprehension, but also to expose the student to Czech culture.

Attendance and active participation, while important to any course, are vital to foreign language study. Students are thus urged and expected to ask questions and contact the instructor in cases of uncertainty—whether regarding course content, assignments or any other aspect of the class. The instructor, in turn, will make every effort to respond as quickly and accurately as possible to student questions or concerns.

Grading: Short tests: 35%, Final exam: 15%, Homework: 15%, Quizzes: 10%, Attendance/participation: 15%, Portfolio: 10%

CZ 412L • Second-Year Czech II

45655 • Spring 2014
Meets MTWTH 1200pm-100pm UTC 4.120
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Second Year Czech continues in developing communicative, reading, and writing skills.

Prerequisites: First Year Czech.

Readings: Susan Kresin, Czech for Fun (Cestina hrou).

Grading: Midterm 20%, Final Exam 20%, Participation, Quizzes, Presentations, Short Essays 60%.

CZ 330 • Modern Czech Literature

45660 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm BUR 130
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“As we know, the absurd and comic dimensions of the world are always best seen from below.” — Václav Havel

Every culture has its own way of telling stories, its own models (in the visual, literary, and musical arts) for registering experience.  The stories that “fit” become a permanent part of a nation’s identity.  This course is designed to give students some idea of the narratives that have become a part of the Czech experience.

We begin with a brief outline of Czech literary history and the development of nineteenth-century Czech prose against the background of world literature.  Our focus, however, will be on Czech twentieth-century master works by Milan Kundera, Jaroslav Hašek, Karel Čapek, Bohumil Hrabal, Josef Škvorecký, among others.  We will read works from all three literary currents – official literature, unofficial or underground literature, and literature published abroad – and discuss them within their literary and political contexts.

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Format, prerequisites and requirements of the course

Seminar format.  Active attendance expected (attendance will be taken).  From 50–230 pages of reading per week

Three 3-4-page papers, with one rewrite.

2 Short In-Class Exams

Texts.  The following books (all in paperback) can be purchased under CZ 330 at the UT Coop on Guadalupe:

Jaroslav Hašek, The Good Soldier Švejk                                            (Penguin)

Karel Čapek, War With the Newts                                                      (Catbird)

Bohumil Hrabal, I Served the King of England                                   (Harcourt Brace)

Bohumil Hrabal, Too Loud a Solitude                                                (Harcourt)

Milan Kundera, Laughable Loves                                                      (HarperPerennial)

Vladimír Páral, Catapult                                                                      (Catbird)

Jiří Weil, Life With A Star                                                                   (Northwestern)

A required course packet is also available for purchase at Speedway Copies in the Dopey Mall.

Grading:  Papers:  60%; Exams:  20%; Attendance:  5%; Critiques:  10%; Participation: 5%

CZ 301K • Puppets, Pubs, And Polyglots

45387 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm RLM 5.126
(also listed as EUS 307, REE 302 )
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This course is a survey of Czech history and culture from the middle ages to the present day. From beer brewing monks to underground rock bands and pornographic puppets, this course will cover the culture of daily life, as well as the Culture of literature, history, philosophy, and the arts. In addition to weekly reading assignments and lectures, film and music selections will also be assigned.

 

CZ 506 • First-Year Czech I

45390 • Fall 2013
Meets MTWTHF 1100am-1200pm GDC 2.402
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This course is an introduction to Czech language and culture with an emphasis on speaking, listening, and reading.  In addition to the textbook, videos, music, and film will be used not only to increase comprehension, but also to expose the student to Czech culture.

Attendance and active participation, while important to any course, are vital to foreign language study.  Students are urged and expected to ask questions and contact the instructor in cases of uncertainty—whether regarding course content, assignments, attendance or any other aspect of the class. The instructor, in turn, will make every effort to respond as quickly and accurately as possible to student questions or concerns.

Grading:  Short tests: 40%, Final exam: 20%, Homework: 15%, Quizzes: 10%, Attendance: 15%

Textbook:  Susan Kresin, Čeština hrou and Čeština hrou pracovní sešit

CZ 412K • Second-Year Czech I

45395 • Fall 2013
Meets MTWTH 1200pm-100pm BUR 128
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This course is the continuation of First-Year Czech.  The primary goal of the course is to increase students’ confidence in spoken Czech, and to strengthen proficiency in listening and reading modern Czech.  In addition to the textbook, videos will be used not only to increase comprehension, but also to expose the student to Czech culture.

Attendance and active participation, while important to any course, are vital to foreign language study.  Students are thus urged and expected to ask questions and contact the instructor in cases of uncertainty—whether regarding course content, assignments or any other aspect of the class. The instructor, in turn, will make every effort to respond as quickly and accurately as possible to student questions or concerns.

Grading:  Short tests:  40%, Final exam:  20%, Homework:  15%, Quizzes:  10%, Attendance:  15%

Textbook:  Susan Kresin, Čeština hrou and Čeština hrou pracovní sešit (workbook) 

CZ 507 • First-Year Czech II

44950 • Spring 2013
Meets MTWTHF 1100am-1200pm GAR 0.120
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The course is the second semester of an introduction to the Czech language with an emphasis on speaking, listening, and reading. In addition to the textbook, videos will be used not only to increase comprehension, but also to expose the student to Czech culture.

Attendance and active participation, while important to any course, are vital to foreign language study. Students are thus urged and expected to ask questions and contact the instructor in cases of uncertainty—whether regarding course content, assignments or any other aspect of the class. The instructor, in turn, will make every effort to respond as quickly and accurately as possible to student questions or concerns.

Grading: Short tests: 35%, Final exam: 15%, Homework: 15%, Quizzes: 10%, Attendance/participation: 15%, Portfolio: 10%

CZ 506 • First-Year Czech I

44810 • Fall 2012
Meets MTWTHF 1100am-1200pm BUR 228
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Course Description

This course has an emphasis on speaking, reading, and listening.  In addition to the textbook itself, music, video, and the Internet will be used not only to increase proficiency, but also to expose students to Czech culture. 

Attendance and active participation are vital to foreign language study.  Students are thus expected to attend class regularly,  and ask questions. 

Periodic quizzes and dictations not listed on the syllabus (some of them unannounced) will be scheduled between the regularly scheduled tests and quizzes.

Text

Czech for Fun by Susan Kresin

Requirements and Grading

4 short tests                  40%

Final Exam                    20%

Homework                    15%

Quizzes                        15%

Attend/Participate           10%

Prerequisite: None

CZ 507 • First-Year Czech II

44785 • Spring 2012
Meets MTWTHF 1100am-1200pm PAR 208
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The course is the second semester of an introduction to the Czech language with an emphasis on speaking, listening, and reading. In addition to the textbook, videos will be used not only to increase comprehension, but also to expose the student to Czech culture.

Attendance and active participation, while important to any course, are vital to foreign language study. Students are thus urged and expected to ask questions and contact the instructor in cases of uncertainty—whether regarding course content, assignments or any other aspect of the class. The instructor, in turn, will make every effort to respond as quickly and accurately as possible to student questions or concerns.

Grading: Short tests: 35%, Final exam: 15%, Homework: 15%, Quizzes: 10%, Attendance/participation: 15%, Portfolio: 10%

CZ 506 • First-Year Czech I

44620 • Fall 2011
Meets MTWTHF 1200pm-100pm SZB 240
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Course Description

This course has an emphasis on speaking, reading, and singing.  In addition to the textbook itself, music, video, and the Internet will be used not only to increase proficiency, but also to expose students to Czech culture. 

Attendance and active participation are vital to foreign language study.  Students are thus expected to attend class regularly,  and ask questions. 

Periodic quizzes and dictations not listed on the syllabus (some of them unannounced) will be scheduled between the regularly scheduled tests and quizzes.

Text

Czech for Fun by Susan Kresin

Requirements and Grading

4 short tests                  40%

Final Exam                    20%

Homework                    15%

Quizzes                        15%

Attend/Participate           10%

Prerequisite: None

CZ 507 • First-Year Czech II

45365 • Spring 2011
Meets MTWTHF 1100am-1200pm CAL 419
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The course is the second semester of an introduction to the Czech language with an emphasis on speaking and reading.  In addition to the textbook, videos will be used not only to increase comprehension, but also to expose the student to Czech culture.

CZ 506 • First-Year Czech I

44720 • Fall 2010
Meets MTWTHF 1200pm-100pm GAR 0.132
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Course Description

This course has an emphasis on speaking, reading, and singing.  In addition to the textbook itself, music, video, and the Internet will be used not only to increase proficiency, but also to expose students to Czech culture.

Attendance and active participation are vital to foreign language study.  Students are thus expected to attend class regularly,  and ask questions.

Periodic quizzes and dictations not listed on the syllabus (some of them unannounced) will be scheduled between the regularly scheduled tests and quizzes.

Text

Czech for Fun by Susan Kresin

Requirements and Grading

4 short tests                 40%

Final Exam                   20%

Homework                    15%

Quizzes                        15%

Attend/Participate           10%

Prerequisite:

None

CZ 507 • First-Year Czech II

45655 • Spring 2010
Meets MTWTHF 1200-100pm CAL 419
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The course is the second semester of an introduction to the Czech language with an emphasis on speaking, listening, and reading. In addition to the textbook, videos will be used not only to increase comprehension, but also to expose the student to Czech culture.

 

CZ 412L • Second-Year Czech II

45660 • Spring 2010
Meets MTWTH 1100-1200 PAR 306
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Czech 412L

Second-Year Czech II (Second Semester)

 

Instructor:  Mark Hopkins                                                Unique No.:  45660

Office:  Calhoun 429A                                                Class time:  MTWTH 11:00- 12:00

Place:  PAR 306                                                            E-mail:  markhopkins@mail.utexas.edu           

Office Hours:  Tue/Thur 10:00 – 11:00 or by appointment

 

Textbook:  Susan Kresin, ?eština hrou and ?eština hrou pracovní sešit (workbook)

 

GENERAL

The course is the second semester of intermediate Czech language study with an emphasis on speaking, listening, and reading.  In addition to the textbook, videos will be used not only to increase comprehension, but also to expose the student to Czech culture.

 

Attendance and active participation, while important to any course, are vital to foreign language study.  Students are thus urged and expected to ask questions and contact the instructor in cases of uncertainty—whether regarding course content, assignments or any other aspect of the class. The instructor, in turn, will make every effort to respond as quickly and accurately as possible to student questions or concerns.

 

Attendance policy:  Each student will have five (5) accepted unexcused absences.  Any absences beyond the allowed five must be approved by the instructor.  Outside of emergencies and documented needs, each absence over the allotted five will decrease the student's attendance/participation grade by a full letter grade.

 

Grading:  Short tests:  40%, Final exam:  20%, Homework:  15%, Quizzes:  10%, Attendance/participation:  15%

 

Syllabus

Week:                                    Date:                                    Topic(s):

Week 1                        January 19-22                     Course introduction, Review

Week 2                        January 25-29                     Chapter 9 Part 2, Chapter 9 Exam

Week 3                        February 1–5                      Begin Chapter 10,  Location and Destination

Week 4                        February 8–12                     Imperative

Week 5                        February 15-19            Imperative and Comparison of Adjectives

Week 6                        February 22-26            Adverbs.  Chapter 10 Exam

Week 7                        March 1 – 5                        Begin Chapter 11, Conditional Mood

Week 8                        March 8 – 12                       Aby

BREAK                        March 15 -19                        SPRING BREAK

Week 9                        March 22 – 26                     Prefixes, modal verbs,

Week 10                        March 29-April 2            Conjunctions, Chapter 11 Exam

Week 11                        April 5 – 9                        Begin Chapter 12, Verbal Prefixes

Week 12                        April 12 – 16                     Past Passive Participles

Week 13                        April 19 – 23                     Expressing Passive, Verbal Nouns

Week 14                        April 26 – 30                     Chapter 12 Exam, Individual Vocabularies

Week 15                        May 3 – 7                        Final Review

CZ 506 • First-Year Czech I

45775 • Fall 2009
Meets MTWTHF 1100-1200 CAL 221
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This course has an emphasis on speaking, reading, and listening.  In addition to the textbook itself, music, video, and the Internet will be used not only to increase proficiency, but also to expose students to Czech culture. 

Attendance and active participation are vital to foreign language study.  Students are thus expected to attend class regularly,  and ask questions. 

Periodic quizzes and dictations not listed on the syllabus (some of them unannounced) will be scheduled between the regularly scheduled tests and quizzes.

Text

Czech for Fun by Susan Kresin

Requirements and Grading

4 short tests                  40%

Final Exam                    20%

Homework                    15%

Quizzes                        15%

Attend/Participate           10%

CZ 507 • First-Year Czech II

44885 • Spring 2009
Meets MTWTHF 1200-100pm CAL 419
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The course is the second semester of an introduction to the Czech language with an emphasis on speaking, listening, and reading. In addition to the textbook, videos will be used not only to increase comprehension, but also to expose the student to Czech culture.

 

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