|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||18 x 50-minute sessions|
|Seminars / Tutorials||5 x 50-minute seminars|
|Seminars / Tutorials||Individual 10-minute 'feedback tutorial' per written assignment submitted|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||1 x 2,500 word essay||30%|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours (1 x 2 hour exam)||70%|
|Supplementary Assessment||1 x 2,500 word supplementary (resit) essay||30%|
|Supplementary Exam||2 Hours 1 x 2 hour supplementary (resit) examination||70%|
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
a) Identify and explain the key historiographical debates concerning the place of Czechoslovakia in European history
b) Demonstrate their knowledge of national identity, Stalinism, Communist reformism, post-Stalinism and dissent in Czechoslovakia.
c) Reflect critically on the nature of `totalitarianism' and of `civil society'.
d) Analyse and evaluate a range of primary sources related to the ideas and activities of `Reform Communists' and dissidents in Caechoslovakia.
e) Gather and sift appropriate items of historical evidence
f) Develop and sustain historical arguments - in both oral (not assessed) and written work
g) Work both independently and collaboratively whilst being able to participate in group discussions (not assessed).
The module is designed to alert students to the variety of sources available to contemporary historians, and in particular to the problems historians encounter in seeking to understand closed societies in which there is no freedom of expression, and thus no such thing as public opinion. It draws on samizdat documents and literature, memoirs, and the writings of Czechoslovaks who emigrated in the aftermath of the Soviet invasion of their country in 1968.
This module is at CQFW Level 4