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Introduction to Contemporary Slovakia



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Course Introduction

Introduction to Contemporary Slovakia will provide you with basic knowledge about the history, politics, social norms, and customs in today’s Slovakia. You will learn about famous figures often referenced in conversation and place names, like Ľudovít Štúr, Cyril and Methodius, and Svätopluk, whose statue guards the famous Bratislava Castle. This course will introduce you to the colorful world of Slovak politics and provide you strategies for navigating conversations about politics, art, and culture in everyday life. If you utilize the knowledge of Slovak social norms presented here, you’ll likely make a good impression on hospitable Slovaks who invite you into their homes for a meal, and you’ll be comfortable dining in a restaurant.

Learning Outcomes

Participants in this course will be able to:

  • Recognize key figures and moments in Slovak history.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with modern Slovak politics and political figures.
  • Recognize and enact basic Slovak social norms and customs while in the country.

Meet the Instructor

Nina HaviernikovaNina Haviernikova was born and raised in Slovakia, where she earned a Master’s degree in Slovak language and literature from Comenius University in Bratislava. She earned a PhD in Slavic linguistics from The Ohio State University in 2017. She has taught Slovak language and culture, as well Czech language at various universities in Slovakia, South Korea, and in the United States. She resides in Columbus, Ohio where she works at the Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures of The Ohio State University.

For more information, contact Nina Haviernikova.


Length:1 hour


Language Training Center


Credit: Certificate


Audience: General audience

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