History of Croatian Culture
Code: 144304
ECTS: 4.0
Lecturers in charge: doc. dr. sc. Domagoj Brozović
Take exam: Studomat
English level:


In agreement with the students enrolled in the course, the lecturer will provide as many teaching elements in English as possible, or in both English and Croatian for mixed groups (i.e., bilingual teaching materials and bilingual exams). Level 2 also includes additional individual consultations with foreign students (as in Level 1) for the teaching elements which will be held in Croatian.

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
History of Croatian Culture
(Course outline)

Instructor: dr. sc. Davor Piskač, asist. prof.
email: dpiskac@hrstud.hr
Course material: Norwich, John Julius (Ed.). (2009). Croatia: Aspects of Art, Architecture and Cultural Heritage, London: Frances Lincoln Limited Publications. Literature that can be used for essays writing is listed on the end of the syllabus.

Course goals:
The course goal is to familiarise you with the basic paradigms of the Croatian culture and art from the middle ages to the present day. So, during this course, you will get some knowledge and be able to recognize the most important cultural : historical facts about Croatia. These facts include basic knowledge about the origin of Croats and Croatian Glagolitic script. After that, you will learn about Croatian history including main events and influential people in cultural, social and political life. The oldest written texts, monuments and architecture will be presented to you using maps and other similar material. In the next step, you will be able to recognize some of the most important paintings of Croat painters, sculptors and architects. In the third step, the most important scientists, philosophers and writers will be presented to you. You will be able to also recognize some of specific art styles across Croatian cultural heritage.
Classes and topics:

Week, dates
Knowledge covered
Introduction week
: Introduction and presentation of class
: Primary evaluation
Croatian Glagolitism,
: Old Slavic language
: Glagolitic stone (epigraphic) monuments: the Baška tablet
Glagolitic script
: Reading and pronouncing and simple words
: Writing Glagolitic letters and numbers
Origin of Croats
: Immigration of Croats in today's homeland
: Language
: Literacy
: Cultural and literal monuments
Land of immigration before the arrival of the Croats (before Slavic period)
: Prehistoric ages
: Antiquity
Croatian older history
: Ethno genesis
: Middle ages
: Croatian land until the arrival of the Turks
Croatian newer history
: Croatian national revival
: Croatia and Yugoslavia
: Pre : Romanic
: Romanic
: Gothic and Renaissance
: Baroque
: Bauhaus
: 20th century
Visual arts
: Vučedol culture
: Pre : Romanic (9th : 11th centuries)
: Romanic (11th : 13th century)
: Gothic (13th : 15th century)
: Renaissance and Mannerism (15th : 16th centuries)
: Baroque and Rococo (17th : 18th century)
: The 19th century
: The 20th century
Croatian musical arts
: Glagolitic singing
: Croatian music during the Renaissance and Baroque
: Croatian music in the 17th century (Luka and Antun Sorkočević)
: Croatian music in the 19th century (Ferdo Livadić, Ivan Zajc)

Croatian musical arts
Croatian music in the 20th century (Mia Čorak, Zinka Kunc, Ruža Pospiš, Baloković, Neralić, Ruždjak, Matačić, Papandopulo)
: Croatian music in the 20th century
Croatian scientists, inventors and researchers of international reputation
Herman Dalmatin
Marko Polo
Marin Getaldić
Frane Petrić
Ruđer Bošković
Spiridon Brusina
Andrija Mohorovčić
Nikola Tesla
Lavoslav Ružička
Vladimir Prelog

Course structure, requirements and grading:
Grade breakdown:
Attendance 20%
Participation 20%
Essay 60%

Attendance: For each attendance student gets one point (plus). By achieving 12 points (pluses), students may receive 100% of the attendance mark.
Participation: For active, polite and constructive participation in class each student gets one point (plus) by one attendance. By achieving 12 points (pluses), students may receive 100% of the participation mark.
Writing assignments:
Students are required to write essay. Essay should contain from 800 to 1000 words (please do not exceed the maximum amount of words). Essay is worth up to 60% of the final grade.
Points of reference for essay marking
Maximum points you may achieve for certain point of reference. (Points ads up).
Some evidence of even superficial understanding 0 : 30
Understanding of subject matter 2
Using of the literature (at least 3 sources) 2
Evidence of assimilating knowledge base. (Students should be able to develop insights and come to logical conclusions based on a their previous assimilation of the knowledge) 4
Evidence of critical and analytical thinking based on usage of the literature (at least 3 relevant critical allegations from literature) 4
Proven extensive knowledge base with appropriate and related citations/allegations from the literature (at least 3 related and relevant allegations from scientific literature) 4
Superior grasp of subject matter with critical evaluations proven from scientific literature (at least 3 related and relevant allegations from scientific literature) 4
Innovative thinking explained, proven and converging from at least three related and relevant scientific sources 4
Original and new idea/approach proven and converging from at least three related and relevant scientific sources 6

The essay must be handed in by the email cro.essay@gmail.com.
Topics for essay:
A survey of Croatian history
Ancient Greeks in Croatia
Roman art in Croatian Dalmatia
Croatian in early middle ages
Illuminated manuscripts in Croatia
Gothic art & the friars in late medieval Croatia
The Renaissance in Croatia
Croats and Christianity
The rise of feudalism in Croatia
Croatia in the 13th and 14th centuries
Croatia and Venetian Republics
Croatia and Ottoman E mpire
Development of the middle class in Croatia
Croatian Identity and the European Union
In the essay originality is highly valued if it is strongly supported by and proven by the sources. Sources must be clearly indicated.
Students with Disabilities:
Students with disabilities may request this document and other materials related to this class in alternate formats: Braille, large print, audio tape, or computer disk. Please contact your instructor for more information.
Learning outcomes:
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