RLBcKA023 Religion in Historical and Comparative Perspectives

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 5 credit(s) (plus 3 credits for an exam). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: k (colloquium).
Taught online.
doc. PhDr. David Zbíral, Ph.D. (lecturer)
PhDr. Dalibor Papoušek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Jana Valtrová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
PhDr. Iva Doležalová (lecturer)
Dr. phil. Anna Michalík Kvíčalová, MA (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Jana Valtrová, Ph.D.
Department for the Study of Religions - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Ivona Vrzalová
Supplier department: Department for the Study of Religions - Faculty of Arts
Fri 16. 10. 10:00–11:40 G32, Fri 30. 10. 10:00–11:40 G32, Fri 13. 11. 10:00–11:40 G32, Fri 27. 11. 10:00–11:40 G32, Fri 11. 12. 10:00–11:40 G32, Fri 8. 1. 10:00–11:40 G32
Prerequisites (in Czech)
RLBcKA013 Introduction to Research && ! RLKA23 History and Comparison
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 50 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 9/50, only registered: 0/50
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
This course is a practical introduction in the basic procedures of historical research and critical comparison in the study of religions. Students gradually proceed from a basic bibliographic search through basics of textual and source criticism to a research project proposal. Students who pass the exam then follow this research project proposal and submit an essay.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, students will be able to:
  • perform and gradually deepen a bibliographic search using different resources and tools (efficient search on the internet, in library catalogues and databases of electronic resources; using footnotes of relevant contributions; searching for reviews; etc.);
  • distinguish sources from secondary literature;
  • understand the problem of genesis and tradition of a text (on a basic level);
  • use some basic concepts of textual criticism;
  • use the basics of source criticism in the interpretation of textual sources;
  • design and conduct a systematic critical comparison of two textual sources or their passages.
  • Syllabus
    • Introduction
    • Historical approach in the study of religions
    • Bibliografic search
    • Organization of information in research
    • Genesis and tradition of a text, textual criticism
    • Source criticism
    • Basics of the comparative approach
    • How to write a comparative research project proposal
      recommended literature
    • STORCHOVÁ, Lucie. Koncepty a dějiny: Proměny pojmů v současné historické vědě. Praha: Scriptorium, 2015. info
    • RÜPKE, Jörg. Historische Religionswissenschaft : eine Einführung. Stuttgart: W. Kohlhammer, 2007. 222 s. ISBN 9783170197961. info
    • VAŠÁK, Pavel. Textologie :teorie a ediční praxe. Vyd. 1. Praha: Karolinum, 1993. 235 s. ISBN 80-7066-638-2. info
    • ČEŠKA, Josef. Textová kritika ve filologické praxi. Brno: Univerzita J.E. Purkyně, 1973. info
    Teaching methods
    Lectures, practical training, submissions (bibliographic search, excercise in textual and source criticism, research project proposal, essay).
    Assessment methods
    Bibliographic search (10 %), excercise to textual and source criticism (15 %), research project proposal (25 %), written essay (40 %) and its oral presentation (10 %). For colloquium, the final assignment is the research project proposal (i.e., the essay is not required for colloquium).
    Language of instruction
    Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
    Study Materials
    Information on completion of the course: Posluchači religionistiky povinně ukončují zkouškou.
    The course is taught once in two years.
    Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 12 hod./sem. + tutorial 12 hod.
    Information on course enrolment limitations: Zápis mimo religionistiku je podmíněn souhlasem vyučujícího.

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