Program Dates: June 16 - July 28, 2018
This course will contextualize our immediate environment—selected Prague sites--vis-à-vis ever changing notions of geography, history, and politics in Czech Republic and East Central Europe more generally. It provides an understanding of the culture and politics of the East Central European region from the end of WWI to the communist regimes and later on to the NATO and EU memberships. The course is divided into two distinct sections. The first part of the course surveys Czechoslovak cultural history from the end of World War I to the Velvet Revolution. We explore the "golden years" of the First Czechoslovak Republic up to the "betrayal" at Munich; we examine the subsequent Nazi occupation, Jewish deportations and moments of resistance; we then examine the contours of communist culture as it develops from the 1948 to 1989. The second part of the course positions the experience of Czech Republic in a broader context of East Central Europe looking for broader trends shared by other East Central states as well. It will therefore discuss the ‘hated regimes’ of communism, the 1989 revolutionary moment, and the difficult economic and democratic transitions. It will conclude by focusing on the recent security challenges the region experiences created by the NATO membership and a more assertive Russian state in the East. We will use Prague (and some nearby locales) as our classroom as we observe these transitions through the prism of literature, film, and the physical environment. Through visits at Museum of Communism, Czech Parliament, Radio Free Europe, and Terezin ghetto, students will be able to see in their immediate environment the effects of many political and cultural developments we study in class.
- tuition for 6 c.h.
- international health insurance
- in-program transfer transportation
- in-country support
Does not include:
- passport fees
- visa fees (if applicable)
- most meals
- spending money
3 ECU credits:
POLS 3235 East European Political Systems OR
POLS 3233 Visegrad in the 21st Century
3 transfer credits from Anglo-American University (2017 AAU courses included: Central European History, Jewish Experience in Central Europe, Digital Photography, or Prague Art and Architecture)
Accommodations & Meals:
Students will be housed in residence halls.
- Spend 6 weeks in the heart of Europe, Prague
- Visit Radio Free Europe, Museum of Communism, Czech Parliament, US Embassy, and the Terezin Fortress
- Spend a magical weekend in Cesky Krumlov (UNESCO site)
- Mingle with international students at the Anglo-American University (our Prague host)
- Choose 3 credits from a variety of courses in Humanities, Social Sciences, Business, Journalism, and Law offered by AAU
Accessibility: ability to walk up to five miles per day
Minimum 2.5 GPA
An expressed interest in politics and culture of Eastern Europe, Political Science students and Russian Studies students will be given priority consideration.
- Dr. Magda Giurcanu has spent two years in Czech Republic as a post-doctoral fellow at Charles University (2015 Jan - 2016 Dec). She also led a study abroad program at the Anglo-American University in summer 2016 with students from University of Florida.