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INSH 3003 PRAG
Internship: Work Experience and Seminar
This three-credit course combines both on-site work experience and a required seminar to meet both the needs of today’s university students and satisfy the academic requirements of CIEE and Charles University.
The Council on International Educational Exchange offers an internship opportunity for its students through the Central European Studies Program and the Communications, New Media, and Journalism Program. This internship opportunity responds to a clear necessity among multicultural societies: the need to educate young people abroad by offering them an opportunity to gain professional experience to complement their academic experience. The core of this education is a significant on-site work experience, both in terms of time spent and the tasks completed.
Apart from the on-site work experience, this internship program has a strong and challenging academic component that exposes students to the world of non-governmental organizations, education, social services, and the media industry in the Czech Republic and the European Union. The aim of the seminar is to broaden students’ perspectives of their international professional experience through a series of guided discussions, a professional journal, a final project and presentations, in addition to required reading and other classroom activities. The seminar helps students to evaluate their development in the workplace during their on-site work experience, through discussions of organizational theory and intercultural skills for business.
CZEC 1001 PRAG
Beginning Czech Language, I
This course is designed to develop students’ practical knowledge of Czech language. The successful student will learn to function in everyday situations, (i.e. restaurants, grocery stores, ticket inspections, dorm, etc.), so as to allow greater integration with Czech culture and society, gain greater confidence in speaking the Czech language, Students will develop the most basic foundation necessary for gaining conversational ability, focusing on situations, pronunciation, and understanding basic phrases. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.
Students who have previously studied Czech language will have the opportunity to take Intermediate or Advanced level language, as determined by prior study and proficiency.
The following is a sample list of courses offered by CIEE, FAMU, and Charles University (FSV). Final course lists and schedules will be available to students prior to the start of each semester.
CNMJ focused courses at CIEE (3 semester credits each)
CEAS 3006 PRAG/COMM 3002 PRAG - Ethnic and Religious Identity and Prejudice in a Central European Context
CINE 3012 PRAG – Uses and Misuses of Propaganda in European Film
COMM 3001 PRAG/CEAS 3004 PRAG - Media Impact in Central Europe: Past and Present
COMM 3301 PRAG - Intercultural Communication and Leadership
JOUR 3001 PCMJ - International Reporting
JOUR 3004 PCMJ - Social Media’s Revolutionary Impact on Journalism and Society
CNMJ focused courses at FSV, Charles University (1.5 semester credits unless otherwise marked)
JJM233 - Intercultural Communication Management
JJM117 - Popular culture
JJM234 - Media and Society: An Introduction
JJM240 - Cultural Studies
JJM232 - Globalization of Media Industry
JJB154 - Introduction to Photojournalism (your own film camera is needed)
JJB282 – Marketing Strategy Planning
JJB148 – Audiovisual Interpreting the Reality
JJB086 – Managing Multimedia Project
JJM235 – New Media and Convergence Culture
JJM239 – Sociology of Media
JJM242 – Comics as a medium
JJM191 – Children and the media
CNMJ focused courses at FAMU (1.5 semester credits unless otherwise marked) - tentative
Central European Cinemas in a Central European Context
Circulating within the Modern Cinematic Image – 3 semester credits
European Film Analysis
Film Adaptations of Literary Sources
Film Style and Form 1 – 3 semester credits
History of Animation
Introduction to International Film/TV Production
Nature and City in the Cinema
Photographic Imaging 1
Realm of Montage
Short Film Practical Analysis: Directing
Visual Theory 1
CIEE Elective Courses (3 semester credits each)
AHIS 3001 PRAG - Art and Architecture of Prague
AHIS 3003 PRAG - Modern Czech Art
AHIS 3005 PRAG - Czech Architecture and Design
ANTH 3001 PRAG - Anthropology of Czech Society and Culture
ARCH 3001 PRAG – Architecture and Design in the Czech Republic from 1945
ARTS 3001 PRAG / POLI 3019 PRAG – Communism and Nazism Reflected in the Arts
CEAS 3001 PRAG - Czech and Central European History
ANTH 3003 PRAG - Anthropological Perspectives on Czech and Slovak Roma
CEAS 3002 PRAG - Contemporary Czech Culture: Alternative Literature, Music, and Lifestyles
CINE 3009 PRAG - Czech Cinema
CINE 3011 PRAG - East European Cinema
CINE 3012 PRAG – Uses and Misuses of Propaganda in European Film
ECON 3003 PRAG - Comparative European Economic Systems
ECON 3004 PRAG - Economics of the European Union
ECON 3005 PRAG – Economies in Transition
ENVI 3001 PRAG - European Environmental Studies
FILM 3002 PRAG - The Holocaust in the Films and Literature of Arnost Lustig
FILM 3003 PRAG - Hollywood and Europe
FILM 3004 PRAG - The Feminine Aura in Film
FILM 3006 PRAG – History through Film of Europe between Hitler and Stalin: A Search for Identity
GEND 3002 PRAG - Gender in the Czech Republic and Europe
HIST 3003 PRAG - Tribal Myths and Traditions of the Czechs
HIST 3005 PRAG - Mitteleuropa: Germany & Central and Eastern Europe from 1848 to 2004
HIST 3006 PRAG / POLI 3014 PRAG - Cold War Confrontation: 1941-1989
HIST 3007 PRAG / RELI 3004 PRAG – Towards the Final Solution: Racism and Anti-Semitism in Western History
INRE 3001 PRAG / HIST 3001 PRAG - Europe and the United States: Transatlantic Relations Past and Present
LITT 3001 PRAG - Modern Czech Literature
LITT 3002 PRAG / ANTH 3002 PRAG - Interpretation of Czech Fairy Tales
LITT 3003 PRAG – Language, Space, Identity: German Literature in the Czech Lands
LITT 3004 PRAG – Franz Kafka: A Prague Writer
PHIL 3001 PRAG / CEAS 3005 PRAG - Technology, Totalitarianism, and the Inpidual
POLI 3003 PRAG – Rise and Fall of Central European Totalitarianism
POLI 3005 PRAG - Politics and Economics of the European Union
POLI 3006 PRAG - Central European Politics
POLI 3011 PRAG - Political History of Europe after World War 2
POLI 3015 PRAG - Nationalism, Democracy, & Conflict in Central Europe: The Czech Case
PSYC 3005 PRAG - Psychoanalysis and Society
PSYC 3004 PRAG - Psychoanalysis and Art
PSYC 3006 PRAG - Third Force Psychology in a Central European Context
RELI 3002 PRAG - History of the Jews in Bohemia and Central Europe
RELI 3003 PRAG - Introduction to the Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism
SOCI 3001 PRAG - Civic Engagement and Social Issues: Central European Perspective
SOCI 3002 PRAG / ANTH 300 PRAG – Migration and Mobility in Central and Eastern Europe
CIEE CNMJ Electives
CEAS 3006 PRAG/COMM 3002 PRAG
Ethnic and Religious Identity and Prejudice in a Central European Context
The course will examine the role of ethnic/religious identity in group prejudice in Central European context and its geopolitical, cultural, ideological and ethical implications. It will explore the function of communication in large groups and in mass movements and the opportunities it provides for social research. Comparison of the Anglo-American and Continental European traditions of social research will provide insights into complementarities of the two approaches and potential richness for new methodological approaches in the field of communication research. Exploring the historical circumstances in which particular social research scholarship has developed will provide students with more realistic understanding of the scientific process. The course will also discuss the mutual influence of society and social research and the benefits and dangers of this dynamic for democracy. The students will learn how to identify research problems and build adequate research methodologies. They will be given opportunity to design their own research methodology. This course will enhance students´ critical thinking and provide them with the understanding of decisive role of connecting the theory and praxis. The theoretical knowledge and research skills acquired in this course will help the students to make competent decisions in their future careers, directly or indirectly dependent on social research: media, advertising, business management, politics, intelligence and law enforcement, and sociological research institutions – to name just a few.
CINE 3012 PRAG
Uses and Misuses of Propaganda in European Film
It could be said that all films are propaganda because they convey messages consciously or unconsciously. However, this course, through the use of a wide range of clips, and relevant texts, will look at two kinds of propaganda in films, the overt and the covert, and the different categories within each type. Thus there is a distinction to be made between the Propaganda film that does not disguise its intentions to influence and even to convert audiences, and those films that have an ideology embedded in it, be it a western, thriller, comedy or melodrama. The course, which will be mainly structured chronologically, will take a contextual and intertextual approach to the subject, while seeking out the specificity of cinema.
The course will be supplemented and illustrated by the use of clips from films, and one or two complete feature films, to which the students will be expected to apply historical and critical analyses, seeing films from different perspectives. In other words, students will be required to learn how to ‘read’ films. They will also be expected to contribute to in-class discussions.
COMM 3001 PRAG/CEAS 3004 PRAG
Media Impact in Central Europe: Past and Present
This course examines the role and impact of international and domestic media on political developments in Central Europe, examining the way of doing journalism at Prague-based Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and comparing it to the approaches of other media companies. The course looks at journalism, technology, and logistics used by RFE/RL during the Cold War, and at its current ways of providing information to areas of the world where the press is restricted or tightly controlled. Journalists from RFE/RL and other media are frequent guest speakers. A key aspect of the course is the focus on coverage of religious, ethnic, and other emotionally sensitive issues, and students gain special insights into coverage of current events. They learn about the dynamics of social tensions in transitional and post-communist societies, and how the media is contributing to shaping the history of countries faced with their legacy and with the new challenges of EU membership.
COMM 3004 PRAG
American Media’s Impact on Post-Communist Czech Media
This course examines the influence of the American media model on media in the Czech Republic. The course will in this context mostly focus on the Television news. Students will get an introduction to American cultural influence in Europe and how this developed after the end of World War II, but specifically in Central Europe after 1989. The course will then focus on the existing various media models and will in detail analyze the American, or North American media model. Through studying Television news items in both the United States and the Czech Republic students are challenged to answer questions such as: In what way is there an American cultural influence in Europe, specifically in Central Europe? What falls under the definition of the (North) American Media Model? Has this media model influenced the (Television) news in the Czech Republic? What effect does this influence have on the Czech news? Does the Czech news have its own identity? If so, how can it be described? Is this identity in danger because of American influence? Is this a one-way influence, or is the American media influenced by European factors as well?
COMM 3301 PRAG
Intercultural Communication and Leadership
In this class, you will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help you communicate and engage more appropriately and effectively in [host city] as well as in other intercultural contexts. We will explore various topics in intercultural communication in the context of your experience abroad, and will practice intercultural learning processes that you can apply when working across difference in a wide variety of contexts. You will increase your own cultural self-awareness and develop personal leadership skills to help you become more effective in an interdependent world.
JOUR 3001 PRAG
This is a practical journalism course that provides students with an unrivaled opportunity to learn the craft of the foreign correspondent right in the Czech Republic. Students will discover what makes foreign reporting different from domestic reporting by doing it. That means focusing on the issues foreign reporters frequently cover in the Czech Republic and other transitional countries including education, health, gender, history, the arts, corruption, politics, drugs, minorities, tourism and intriguing personalities. Students will have a chance to fine tune their news and feature writing skills and interviewing tactics in four well researched-articles. We will continuously review current foreign reportage in a variety of media to see what we can glean from the best and the worst. Stimulating debates on style, ethics and story structure are guaranteed. Guest speakers will be real, live foreign correspondents from outlets such as Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. There will be visits to political hot spots (Parliament, Radio Free Europe) and other sites representing journalistic areas of interest.
JOUR 3004 PRAG
Social Media's Revolutionary Impact on Journalism and Society
This course will examine the tremendous impact of social media on many walks of life, with a special emphasis on how social media have been transforming the profession of journalism and how the public now consumes news and information. We will, however, look beyond the field of journalism to consider how social media and online communities are profoundly affecting the ways in which young people form their identities and then how those identities develop later in life. Special sessions will tackle the influence of social media on relationship building and gender differences; race relations and racial identity; activism; the law; and marketing. We will look at many of these issues in the context of Central and Eastern Europe and compare the “Western” experience of social media with the situation in the post-communist world.
Introduction to Photojournalism
The aim of this class is to master practical basics of photography. Students will learn technical and creative basics of photography, darkroom process and make their own BW enlargements. Important part of the class is analysis of pictures and achieving of greater visual literacy of students. Students should be interested in visual culture and photography. Please note you will need a film camera for this course.
Context of Television
The students get complex information about television as a medium, communication principle, institution, space for creativity (role of author´s in a factory principles, genres) and a short historical context. The lecturer puts a question about existence of television in our digital era of cyberspace and tries to draft the future of it.
Intercultural Communication and International Marketing
This seminar focuses on intercultural communication with a special regard to international marketing and advertising. The aim of the intercultural communication is to share the information across different cultures and various social groups. Intercultural communication is synonymous to cross-cultural communication, and it's closely bound to other social sciences, such as media studies, cognitive linguistics, cultural anthropology, sociology, psychology and philosophy. We will derive from Geert Hofstede's understanding of cultural dimensions, and we well first define culture in all aspects of human life (rituals, food, entertainment, education, relationships, religion, art, science etc.). We will then work with intercultural specifics and examine how to communicate them in international marketing and advertising. We will talk about globalization and localization of campaigns, and analyze specific examples. The aim of this seminar is to understand the important and deeply rooted role of culture in social communication. After completing the course the students will be able to better understand and predict barriers or misunderstanding which can emerge in international marketing and communication.
Campaigns and Propaganda
The course focuses on modern propaganda, persuasion and their role in electoral campaigns. We will analyze propaganda, persuasion and campaigning from theoretical, historical and practical approach. Students will also learn how to analyze the contemporary campaign techniques and distinguish among propaganda and persuasion. Concurrently it will also explain the key concepts and term. Additional aim is to understand how campaigning and modern communication in Central and Eastern Europe The aim of the course is to provide students with a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of the region and campaigning style. We will distinguish between "modern and democratic campaigning style" and bring awareness how propaganda has permeated the political and daily life and consequently influenced campaigning (in the former Czechoslovakia, in the Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Poland, Hungary and other countries). The course is taught in English.
Democracy, Freedom, Human Values
Using writings from Thomas Jefferson, Henry David Thoreau and Vaclav Havel, we will do a phenomenology of democracy in practice. We will intertwine therein the questions of freedom, both inpidual and in a democratic society, as well as the question of the responsibility of free citizens in a society. Within this context we will also look at the shared human values that a free democracy entails.
The students should think of democracy, how it works, how it happens “in experience,” and they should ask the questions: What principles are essential to a democracy? And what actions are necessary to develop and to preserve the institution of democracy.
Intertwined with those questions is the issue of freedom, which includes inpidual freedom and the possibility and necessity of civil disobedience. What is responsible civil disobedience?
Future Media Experiences
The aim of the course is to provide students with a thorough grounding in evolving media experiences. The unit frames the latest debates and trends in media consumption and creative production in relation to current and future media platforms and environments. Students will be exposed to emergent issues surrounding a more fluid relationship between hitherto perceived distinct media platforms blending into a one continuous and holistic experience within a complex and perse media environment. By the end of semester students will acquire valuable conceptual frameworks for thinking critically and reflectively about past, current and future media experiences and their potential (professional and personal) role within them.
How many movies have you seen in the last 12 months? How many commercials have you seen on TV? How many songs have you heard on the radio, or in a club? How many magazines have you read? Why? Because these sorts of things form the world we live in, make our environment. We humans enjoy making meanings and sharing them with others. And these meanings have a lot of power to influence us, sometimes in ways we don’t even notice. What is the best way to understand popular culture and the media? This course will introduce you to several thinkers - some philosophers, some psychologists (at least one), some anthropologists, and others - who have thought long and hard about the media and popular culture. They have different answers about what is culture and media, how do they make meaning, what is the best ways to interpret their messages? And what do these theories tell us about what it means to be human, what is really real? If these kinds of questions interest you, and you would like know more about the media and popular culture and what it all means, then this course is for you. In this course, we shall focus upon theories of popular culture and media that characterize the postmodern era (late 1950s to the present).
Introduction to Cross-Cultural Studies
The seminar is concerned with some classic as well as new perspectives in cross-cultural studies. We will get familiar with some concepts of Modernization Theory (Ronald Inglehart, Gert Hofstede, and others) that basically understand "culture" as a value-system. In the seminar we will work on these concepts trying to reveal their basic thoughts and conclusions. Thereby, we will exercise ourselves in preparing presentations that in a short and clear manner summarize the main topics of a theoretical concept and become able to assess their advantages and disadvantages from a comparative perspective. Thus, we will find out which criteria a "good theory" should meet. Another basic subject of the seminar is the process of scientific research itself. We will work on the single steps of an empirically based cross-cultural research going from a concrete empirical observation over methods (content analysis) of its description up to its explanation by a theory. Together we will create some research projects in cross cultural studies. In the seminar we work in groups, a presentation should be worked out by a team of two students
Media and Culture Reading – Popular Culture
This course focuses on the recent changes in media cultures across the globe. User participation, fan communities and social networks are starting to play a major role in news, entertainment and business, and the traditional media are trying to accommodate to the situation and exploit them. The course traces the origins and tracks the development of the convergence between niche and mainstream, commercial and non-commercial, user-generated and professional contents and services. The course is based on readings from contemporary media theorists and critics.
- Participation in the pre-digital era
- Designing digital media
- Peer participation on the early Internet
- Collective intelligence
- Transmedia storytelling
- The so-called Web 2.0
- User generated content and the critique of Web 2.0 economics
- Sharing and piracy
- Spreadable media
- Social networks
- New media and democratic participation
Intercultural Communication Management
This course will focus on acquiring and developing intercultural communication competences, which means in the first part of the seminar an introduction to Geert Hofstede´s concept of "Cultural dimensions". We will try to analyze and understand our cultural and communicative specific behavior, search for and explain cultural differences. By encouraging our cultural sensitivity we will develop an attitude that sees persity as an opportunity rather than a danger. In the second part of the seminar we will develop more conscious communicative behavior by means of discussing so called "case studies", group work and role-plays, teamwork and plenary discussions.
Czech Media System in European Comparison
Subject Czech media system in European Comparison will provide basic outline of Czech media landscape. Students will learn basic trends of the development of Czech media in last twenty years and will understand key frameworks of functioning of Czech media; principles of regulation and economical and cultural conditions of Czech media. Subject will provide actual situation in print media, radio, television and internet markets. Students will learn the position of key media entrepreneurs within both audience and advertising markets. Czech media landscape will be introduced in comparison with key European media markets (Great Britain, Germany, and France). Understanding of the specifics and similarities of Czech media with European media systems will be one of the outcomes of the subject.
Memory, History and Cinema
In this course, students will interrogate representations of the past on cinematic screen. Historical films constitute one the most popular as well as critically acclaimed genre of the cinematic industry. As such, it has had an immense impact on collective memory and people’s imagination of historical events. Sometimes, historical films even become an object of current controversies about the interpretation of the past. Students will become acquainted with theoretical debates about the epistemological status of historical films. They will also acquire a set of concepts and analytical skills specifically suited for visual narratives about the past. The classes will combine discussion of academic texts with examples taken from world and Czech cinemas.