Cultural Topography of Prague 1

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311CTP1 Z 1 30S English winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Notion of Prague, its history and presence. Cultural insight. Learning more about potential shooting locations.

Mode of study

5 Prague tours per semester (from 9:30 a.m. till 2 p.m.):

Tour 1 - October 5 (9:30, by the horserider statue at the top of Wenceslas Square,

Tour 2 - November 2

On Sunday, Oct 28 we celebrate 100th Anniversary of the Foundation of an Independent Czechoslovakia and on Friday, Nov 2 we will remind this event during our tour.

Meeting time: 9:30

Place: „Hradčanská“ A-line subway vestibule (

What to expect? I have booked a visiting slot of the current exhibition organized by „Memory of Nation“, read the short annotation: „We have transformed the space below the former statue of the dictator Stalin into an audio-visual exposition. Here, we are confronted by the most crucial moments of Czechoslovak modern history and, foremost, two of its totalitarianisms, Nazism and Communism, including the heroism of the Second World War, the fates of political prisoners, dissent, informers, the Prague Spring, August 1968, Normalization, and November 1989.“

After we see the exhibition, we will continue with exploring the neighboring area of Prague.

Again, if needed, call me: 608819295

Don't be late and please get dressed according the weather.

Tour 3 - November 16

On Nov 16 we will once again meet at the horse statue (

The meeting time is 9:40 exactly, please don’t be late

The program is quite packed: a) National Muzeum newly re-open building, b) Vinohrady district as a wealthy neighbourhood, c) remains of Duke Canal’s gardens (today’s Rieger’s park), d) old Jewish cemetery, e) TV Tower (finally!) and f) large cemeteries at Olšany. We will mostly walk and it is uphill.

Tour 4 - November 23

Tour 5 - December 14

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Basic knowledge of European history, awareness of WWI and WWII, familiarity with the history of the region since WWII. We will start the course with a short recap anyway.

Course contents

Students with the teacher’s guidance reveal the essence of the famous city and the culture that has formed it over the centuries to this day. They will leave the beaten daily paths to explore the urban jungle textbook of modern times in Central Europe. Gothic Prague, Renaissance Prague, Baroque Prague, Prague that tore down its walls to give rise to new settlements and finally Prague so remote that its inhabitants journey to see Charles Bridge.

From the structure of the city we move on to its particularities - houses, parks, events and suburbs, often neglected and falling apart.

Within one semester (two in total if students attend both the autumn and spring term courses) students may try to read the city and its structure to grasp the historical and social background of it as well as discover important artists/galleries.

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Assessment methods and criteria

The assignment is as follows:

2-3 pages reflection on selected tour or on the semeter in Cultural Topography in general. Please use on-line sources but do not misuse or exploit them, pay attention to quoting them properly and please emphasize your point of view and try to introduce it in a compact essay-like way.

The final essay to be sent to till Sunday, January 13 2019


Please get ready for a healthy dose of walking in any weather.

Have some money on you. We will need some refreshments.

Please have a valid public transport card.

Further information

This course is an elective for all AMU students

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

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The subject is a part of the following study plans