Course: History of Spas and Baths

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Course title History of Spas and Baths
Course code UHV/DELA
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Hanulík Vladan, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1)Introduction, basic literature, goals of lectures and conditions of assessment, the definition of basic concepts and typologies of spa (spa as Kurort, Anstalt, Heilbad, Welt Bad, Wellnestempel) 2)Spa as a place of social differentiation? Methods of social distinctions, relations between doctors and patients, specialization of spa 3)Infrastructure and creation of space in a spa? Ways of shaping the spa area, consistency with the development of travel and traveling infrastructure 4)Professions in spa industry. Barbers, maids, spa owners 5)Gender aspects related to the history of the spa. Bath as marriage market 6)Spa as a closed body? Relations of spa visitors to the outside world, references to the spa in the media and spa discourses 7)Nationalization of the spa? Chauvinism, anti-Semitism and spa in the Bohemian Lands 8)TherapeutForm and intensity of different types of therapy, the adequacy and effectiveness of treatment 9)The financial aspects of the spa? Sost of staying in the spa, spa as a business plan 10)Contemporary problems of the spa. Effects of insurance for the transformation of the nature of spa, spa as a leisure activity

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with text (with textbook, with book), Demonstration, Projection, Stimulating activities (simulation, games, drama)
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Learning outcomes
Aim of the course History of the spa is to provide students the knowledge of the emerging historiographical research of spa history as well as sociological analysis of the temporary spa problematics. Presentation of the key historiographical works of foreign (German, English, French) origin and their results. Students will prepare for the discussion from the specified materials. Lessons will aim on the integration of the research trends with their application to the historical sources of Czech origin. Students will create in the frame of teamwork essays, which will be published in the form of internet presenatation.
Students will to develop their critical thinking skills, improve their teamwork abillities. They will acquire knowledge of current historical research relating to the history of the spas and will be able to use this knowledge in research work with the historical sources.
Passive knowledge of English or German speech.

Assessment methods and criteria
Home assignment evaluation, Systematic monitoring

Individual preparation for the seminar from the sepcified materials (via Stag). Participating in team work output in the form of essays, based on the acquired knowledge of current research methods and their application on the historical sources, related to the history of spa in the Bohemian Lands. The final work will be published on a website.
Recommended literature
  • Alain Corbin. Meerelust. Das Abendland und die Entdeckung der Küste 1750-1840. Berlin, 1988.
  • Manuel Frey. Der reinliche Bürger, Enstehung und Verbreitung bürgerlicher Tugenden in Deutschland, 1760-1860. Göttingen, 1997.
  • Miloš Kočka - Alois Kubík. Vincenz Priessnitz. Světový přírodní léčitel. Štíty, 2006.
  • Raingard Esser ? Thomas Fuchs . .), Bäder und Kuren in der Aufklärung. Medizinaldiskurs und Freizeitvergnügen. Berlin, 2003.
  • Reinhold P. Kuhnert. Urbanität auf dem Lande, Badereisen nach Pyrmont im 18. Jahrhundert. Göttingen, 1984.
  • Roy Porter. Největší dobrodiní lidstva. Historie medicíny od starověku po současnost. Praha, 2001.
  • Susanna Stolz. , Die Handwerke des Körpers, Bader, Barbier, Perückenmacher, Friseur, Folge und Ausdruck historischen Körperverständnisses. Berlin, 1992.
  • Sylvia Hahner-Rombach. Ohne Wasser ist kein Heil! Medizinische und kulturelle Aspekte der Nutzung von Wasser. Stuttgart, 2005.
  • Sylvie Ostrovská. Slavné ženy v Teplicích. Křižovatky moci a slávy. Teplice, 2006.
  • Vladimír Křížek. Obrazy z dějin lázeňství. Praha, 1987.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Arts and Philosophy History (2013) History courses 1 Winter
Faculty of Arts and Philosophy History (2013) History courses 1 Winter
Faculty of Arts and Philosophy Cultural History (2013) History courses 1 Winter