Course code LitZ3031
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of seminars and practical work hours Number of student independent work hours
2 3 32 16 16 48
E-courses LitZ3031: Creative Work of Rainis
Course annotation The course deals with the versatile creative work of Rainis, as well as his significance in the context of Latvian culture. Rainis’ selections of poetry and plays are discussed within the poetic discourse of romanticism and modernism. Attention is devoted to children’s poetry, diaries, notes, different projects, letters, translations. The personality of Rainis is viewed within the conception of the ”man of the future”. Rainis’contribution to journalism is treated in close connection with his political activity. The course emphasizes his overall importance in the cultural life of Latvia.
Results On finishing the course the student is supposed to
1)be able to demonstrate basic knowledge about Rainis’ creativity and to evaluate critically of Rainis’ creative work;
2)have the knowledge of the basic terminology necessary to investigate the creative work of an author;
3)have the knowledge of how to use the acquired knowledge when treating the creativity of other authors and issues in literature;
4)have the abilities and skills necessary to obtain information about the creativity of a writer from different sources of information.
Course plan 1.Introduction to the course. Childhood and youth of Rainis as an impulse for his creative activity. 4L
2.Rainis’ contribution to the newspaper ”Dienas Lapa”, his imprisonment and exile. 2L 2S
3.Rainis’ poetry: the development of literary schools and the most significant selections of poetry. 4L 6S
4.Rainis’ plays.2L 6S
5.Rainis – a journalist and a political figure of the Republic of Latvia. 2L
6.The significance of Rainis in the development of Latvian culture. 2L 2S
Requirements for obtaining credit points The assessment consists of the following:
1) 75% of course attendance;
2) presentation of an independently written report (amount 5-6 pages) – 50%;
3) written examination – 50%.
Study programmes Baltic Philology