ETBA111 Introduction to Ethnology

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2022
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
prof. PhDr. Martina Pavlicová, CSc. (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Eva Chovancová (assistant)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Martina Pavlicová, CSc.
Department of European Ethnology – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Martina Maradová
Supplier department: Department of European Ethnology – Faculty of Arts
Tue 10:00–11:40 J31
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
there are 6 fields of study the course is directly associated with, display
Course objectives
The course introduces students into basic theoretical terminology of ethnology. Students learn about the position of ethnology in the structure of social sciences and lead them to the practical application of acquired knowledge.
Learning outcomes
After passing of this subject students will be able to describe a content and trends of ethnology and a change of its discourse at 20th century.
  • 1. Ethnology and its position in the scientific system of social and humanistic studies, evolution of the discipline in the Czech and international contexts.
  • 2. Historical relations of the discipline and related disciplines names (ethnography, ethnology, folkloristics, social and cultural anthropology).
  • 3. Methodology, problem of ethnographic error, ethnocentrism, cultural relativism, ethics.
  • 4. Ethnic studies (character, evolution, terminology – nation, nationality, people, ethnic group, ethnicity, nationalism, xenophobia, racism, affirmative action).
  • 5. Culture (definitions of culture and their branching toward ethnology and cultural anthropology, subculture and counterculture, culture apparent and hidden, mass culture, cultural studies).
  • 6. Language (linguistic anthropology, idiolect, dialect, multilingualism, diglossia, standard and non-standard language).
  • 7. Traditional culture, traditions.
  • 8. Research of urban areas, urban ethnology.
  • 9. Applied anthropology, ethnology and contemporary geopolitical issues (conflicts, globalisation, stereotypes).
    recommended literature
  • DOUŠEK, Roman. Úvod do etnologického výzkumu. Vyd. 1. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2014, 342 s. ISBN 9788021068834. info
  • Lidová kultura : národopisná encyklopedie Čech, Moravy a Slezska. Edited by Lubomír Tyllner - Stanislav Brouček - Richard Jeřábek - Dušan Hol. Vydání první. Praha: Etnologický ústav Akademie věd České republiky, v.v.i., v Praze a Ústav evropské etnologie Filozofické fakulty Masarykovy univerzity v Brně v nakladatelství Mladá fronta, 2007, 634 stran. ISBN 9788020414502. info
  • DÜLMEN, Richard van. Historická antropologie : vývoj, problémy, úkoly. Translated by Josef Boček. 1. vyd. v čes. jaz. Praha: Dokořán, 2002, 116 s. ISBN 8086569152. info
  • COPANS, Jean. Základy antropologie a etnologie. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 2001, 124 s. ISBN 80-7178-385-4. info
  • Sociální a kulturní antropologie. Edited by Olga Vodáková - Václav Soukup - Alena Vodáková. Vyd. 2., rozš. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 2000, 175 s. ISBN 808585029X. info
  • SALZMANN, Zdeněk. Jazyk, kultura a společnost : úvod do lingvistické antropologie. Translated by Zdeněk Hlavsa - Jaroslava Hlavsová - Vladimíra Šatavová. 1. vyd. Praha: Ústav pro etnografii a folkloristiku AV ČR Praha, 1997, 211 s. info
  • GELLNER, Arnošt. Národy a nacionalismus [Gellner, 1993, 2. vyd.] : Nations and nationalism (Orig.). Translated by Jiří Markus. 2. vyd. Praha: Josef Hříbal, 1993, 158 s. ISBN 80-901381-1-X. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, class discussion, homeworks, readings.
Assessment methods
A student passes a written test with open questions and hands in an essay for public reading.
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: Kombinované studium 14 hodin přímé výuky v semestru.
Information about innovation of course.
This course has been innovated under the project "Faculty of Arts as Centre of Excellence in Education: Complex Innovation of Study Programmes and Fields at FF MU with Regard to the Requirements of the Knowledge Economy“ – Reg. No. CZ.1.07/2.2.00/28.0228, which is cofinanced by the European Social Fond and the national budget of the Czech Republic.

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The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2023, Autumn 2024.
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