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HSS 325 20th Century Ideas - Reflected in European Literature, Film, and Visual Art Humanities & Social Sciences Program Spring 2022 Semester AAU Only - Prague

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HSS 325 20th Century Ideas - Reflected in European Literature, Film, and Visual Art

HSS 325 20th Century Ideas - Reflected in European Literature, Film, and Visual Art Course Overview


CEA Partner Institution: Anglo-American University
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Primary Subject Area: Humanities
Instruction in: English
Course Code: HSS 325
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 42


This course will take a number of the most dominant ideas/ideologies of the 20th century and explore how they have been addressed through a range of cultural mediums. Specifically, the impact and reception of Communism, Nazism and Liberal democracy (including anti-totalitarian activism) will be reviewed using a range of cultural sources. Areas which touch on current tensions between Liberal democracy and illiberalism /authoritarianism will be addressed.

The course will involve a core seminar approach.

Film, literature, and the arts have always played a central role in reflecting the attitudes towards the twin ideologies of Nazism and Communism in Central and Eastern Europe. They were central to propagandizing these ideologies and building their strength after World War I. However, they also provided the most vibrant forum for those challenging the totalitarian regimes established by Nazis and Communists. In the period since their fall, film, literature, and the arts have remained the core site of public debate on their nature, context and lasting impact.

This course will explore this theme in a multi-disciplinary way, drawing on history, political science, literature, film studies, and psychology. There is a broad and deep amount of material to draw upon which will allow students to easily inquire into areas of particular interest to them. In order to reinforce the point that the issues we are examining have meaning across regions and times, we will work thematically rather than chronologically.

In this course we will be mixing approaches to how we explore the issues.

Prague is one of the few capitals that experienced Liberal democracy, Nazism, Communism, and a return to Liberal democracy in little more than 50 years. Therefore, many opportunities emerge to meet people and visit places and events which can increase our understanding of the topic.

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