James R Felak
Explores the history of the lands and peoples of East Central Europe (Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, and Hungarians).
The history of the lands and peoples of East Central Europe (present day Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia) from the Middle Ages up to World War I.
Student learning goals
1. acquaintance with the history of the peoples of East Central Europe from the early Middle Ages to 1918
2. development of research skills—finding relevant sources; understanding historical context; framing pertinent questions; and presenting one’s argument in a coherent manner
3. acquaintance with some of the most significant literature produced by writers from the region of East Central Europe
4. development of skills in answering essay examinations
5. development of skills pertaining to reading various kinds of primary sources from various periods of history
6. development of the capacity to work within the constraints of time deadlines and page-length limtations
General method of instruction
Daily lectures; periodic discussions of readings. (Students are expected to do the course readings and participate in discussions). It is important that students attend class daily.
Some familiarity with European history.
Class assignments and grading
Mid-term examination, final examination, two short papers (4 to 5 pages), and discussions of readings and films.
Mid-term--20% Final--20% Papers--20% each Discussions--20%