SAKS003 Cultural Perspectives on the Colonization of North America

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2024
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 8 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
PhDr. Athena Alchazidu, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Denisa Krásná, BA (Hons), Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Petr Kyloušek, CSc. (lecturer)
Jeffrey Alan Vanderziel, B.A. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Petr Kyloušek, CSc.
Center for North American Studies – Department of English and American Studies – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Tomáš Hanzálek
Supplier department: Center for North American Studies – Department of English and American Studies – Faculty of Arts
Prerequisites (in Czech)
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 20 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/20, only registered: 0/20, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/20
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
This course offers an overview of the critical historical events that define the history of European colonization of North America beginning at the end of the fifteenth century. Selected original documents and texts are use to supplement scholarly texts on the topic, covering areas relating to culture, literature and art as well as history.
Learning outcomes
Upon completing this course students will have an understanding of the history of European colonization of North America and how this colonization has contributed to the creation of historical and cultural legacies that still dominate the relationships between America’s indigenous peoples and the majority populations of Canada, Mexico and the United States.
  • This course will provide students with an overview of European colonization of North American, focusing on the interactions between the colonizers and the indigenous populations of North America. The course is divided into three modules: Spanish Colonization, French Colonization and Anglo-American colonization. Readings will include a general historical overview of colonization and primary period texts relating to the specific modules. The readings for this course will be available in English and either French or Spanish. Seminars and discussions will be held primarily in English.
    required literature
  • JANÁČEK, Josef. Čtyři plavby Kryštofa Kolumba. Praha: Panorama. 322 s., [1. ISBN 80-7038-213-9. 1992. info
  • Select letters of Christopher Columbus, with other original documents, relating to his four voyages to the New World. Edited by Christopher Columbus - Richard Henry Major. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate. xc, 240 p. ISBN 9781409415077. 2010. info
  • CASAS, Bartolomé de las. In defense of the Indians : the defense of the Most Reverend Lord, Don Fray Bartolomé de las Casas, of the Order of Preachers, late Bishop of Chiapa, against the persecutors and slanderers of the peoples of the New World discovered across the seas. Edited by Martin E. Marty, Translated by Stafford Poole. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press. xxvi, 385. ISBN 0875805566. 1992. info
  • DÍAZ DEL CASTILLO, Bernal. Pravdivá historie dobývání Mexika. Praha: Odeon. 445 s. 1980. info
  • FERRO, Marc. Dějiny kolonizací : od dobývání po nezávislost 13.-20. století. Vyd. 1. Praha: NLN Nakladatelství lidové noviny. 503 s. ISBN 9788071060215. 2007. info
  • KAŠPAR, Oldřich. Dějiny Mexika. Edited by Eva Mánková. Praha: Lidové noviny. 389 s. ISBN 80-7106-269-3. 2000. info
    not specified
  • DICKASON, Olive Patricia. The myth of the savage : and the beginnings of French colonialism in the Americas. Edmonton, Alta.: University of Alberta Press. xvii, 372. ISBN 0-88864-285-7. 1997. info
  • DICKASON, Olive Patricia. Le mythe du sauvage :traduit de l'anglais par Jude des Chenes. Sillery, Québec: Septentrion. 451 s. ISBN 2-921114-96-8. 1993. info
  • YOUNG, Robert. White mythologies : writing history and the West. London: Routledge. viii, 232. ISBN 0415053722. 1990. info
Teaching methods
Seminar: lectures, class discussion and group projects
Assessment methods
Group presentation and written exam
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2022, Autumn 2023.
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