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Czech Physical Culture

Course name: Czech Physical Culture
Course number: PKIN701
Language of instruction: English
Credits: 3 ECTS
Contact Hours: 22
Term: Fall 2015, Spring 2016
Course meeting times: Will be updated
Course meeting place: Will be updated

Professor: Assoc. Prof. Irena P. Martínková, Ph.D.
Contact Information:

Office address: H225
Office hours: Will be updated

Course Description

In this course students will learn about Czech physical culture, from the point of view of Czech history, highlighting some specific features. They will learn some basic expressions and phrases of the Czech language, with respect to practical usage within Czech physical culture. The main topics will include: the concept of Czech physical culture, the development of Olympism in Czechia, Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic, description of the Czech education system, including university education with respect to PE and sport, famous Czech sports and athletes, the outdoor concept of Turistika, Czech literature with respect to physical culture, etc. Students will visit famous places of Czech physical culture in Prague, and will also visit a current (sport) culture event.

Learning Objectives
– Learn about Czech physical culture and its specific features.
– Learn about Olympism with respect to Czechia, Czechoslovakia and Czech Republic.
– Introduction of Czech literature with respect to physical culture.
– Learn basic Czech vocabulary and phrases with focus on the area of physical culture and sport.
– Visit some places in Prague that are important for Czech physical culture, and a current (sport) culture event.

Course Prerequisites
Intensive Czech Language Starter

Methods of Instruction
Short presentations of aspects of physical culture, highlighting the relevant vocabulary used in Czech language, facilitating questions and discussion.

Assessment and Final Grade
1. Assessment Type 1: Individual presentation 30%
2. Assessment Type 2: Homework 40%
3. Assessment Type 3: Participation in sessions 30%

Marking scheme assessment PG 1-4 (1 = excellent; 4 = fail)

Course Requirements

Individual presentations
An individual basic presentation in English about a selected topic, introducing a theme from Czech physical culture, but also must be interactive (including questions for other students), encouraging the group to contribute. Also, Czech expressions connected to the topic need to be presented.
Criteria of evaluation: ability to express ideas, level of originality and interest of the presentation, quality of questions asked, motivation of the group to talk about the topic, engagement of other students.

Reading recommended texts before the lessons, internet search for specific topics of interest, learning Czech words and phrases connected to Czech physical culture.
Participation in sessions
Engagement in groupwork, willingness to interact effectively, meaningful contribution to the sessions.

Attendance is mandatory.
Weekly Schedule

Week 1
Session 1: Czech physical culture and basic Czech history
Introduction to the course. Basic information about Czech history – Czech countries, Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. Introduction of Czech language expressions in the area of physical culture. Learning about Sokol and Spartakiáda.

Session 2: Czech system of education
Overview of the education system. Basic characterization of the system of Czech education with respect to sport and PE.

Week 2
Session 3: Development of Czech Olympism
Introduction to the beginnings of Olympism with respect to Czechia, Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic.

Session 4: Famous Czech sports and famous personas of Czech sport
Introduction to popular sports in the Czech Republic. Presentation and discussion of great Czech athletes within the most popular sports.

Week 3
Session 5: Preparation for the walk in Prague
Learning about the places to be visited in the session 6+7.

Session 6+7: Walk in Prague – visiting places important for Czech physical culture*
Visit to buildings related to Sokol, Tyršův dům, Strahov stadium, etc.

Week 4
Session 8: Czech countries and the outdoors
Introduction and discussion of the Czech concept of Turistika and Woodcraft – origin, development and contemporary characteristics.
Reading: Jehlička (2008).Turčová, Martin and Neuman (2005).

Session 9: Foreign influences on Czech Physical Culture
Presenting an example of martial arts and combat sports – the common Czech styles of contemporary practice and the Japanese influence on them.
Reading: Martínková (2008).

Week 5
Session 10: Czech popular culture – Kafka and embodiment
Introduction to Czech literature, especially to Franz Kafka – with respect to the discussion of human embodiment.
Reading: Kafka (2007).

Session 11: Visit to a current (sport) culture event*

Week 6

Required reading

Short thematic texts prepared for individual lessons

Jehlička, P. (2008) Indians of Bohemia: The Spell of Woodcraft on the Czech Society. In D. Blecking and M. Waic (Eds.), Sport – Ethnie – Nation. Zur Geschichte und Soziologie des Sports in Nationalitätenkonflikten und bei Minoritäten. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag Hohengehren, pp. 112–130.

Kafka, F. (2007). Metamorphosis and Other Stories. London: Penguin Books.

Martínková, I. (2008). The Problem of Intercultural Transfer of Martial Arts. In D. Blecking and M. Waic (Eds.), Sport – Ethnie – Nation. Zur Geschichte und Soziologie des Sports in Nationalitätenkonflikten und bei Minoritäten. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag Hohengehren, 152-158.

Turčová, I., Martin, A. J. and Neuman, J. (2005). Diversity in language: Outdoor terminology in the Czech Republic and Britain. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor learning, 5(2), 101–117..

* The exact time of this session is subject to change, depending on the upcoming event.

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