Course: Introduction to Political Science

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Course title Introduction to Political Science
Course code KBO/4222
Organizational form of instruction Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Bláha Petr, Mgr.
Course content
1. What is Political Science? Significant workplaces and personalities in Czech Republic. 2. Political philosophy. 3. Democracy. 4. State establishments and political regimes. 5. Political ideologies. 6. Political parties and their systems. 7. Elections and elective systems. 8. Lobbing and interest groups. 9. Civil society and social movements. 10. Europian integration and EU. 11. Communal policy. 12. Political radicalism and extremism. 13. Security policy.

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
Learning outcomes
This course introduces students to political science; objective of the course is to provide students with basic information about the operation of the policy and political systems in the context of modern democratic regimes. The gained capability should be the ability to understand the problems of actual political world in broader context. Requirement for completion of the course is to prepare a seminar paper on pre-consulted topic. The exam is written, control of knowledge is done by a written test.
Student understands the focus of the discipline; he orientate himself in the subject, subfields and methods of the discipline, he has an idea about terms as policy and political thinking, he has a basic overview of political activities and their forms in CR.
knowledge of the field on the level of GCSE exam knowledge of disciplines connected to the central domain of study knowledge of appropriate terminology

Assessment methods and criteria
attendance activity presentation test
Recommended literature
  • Vybrané stati z odborných časopisů, doporučované dle aktuálních témat.
  • Císař, O. Politický aktivismus v České republice. Brno: CKD, 2008.
  • Ftorek, J. Public relations a politika. Praha: Grada, 2009.
  • Hloušek, V. - Kopeček, L. (ed.). Demokracie. Brno: IIPS, 2003.
  • Novák, M. (ed.). Úvod do studia politiky. Praha: SLON, 2011.
  • Swift, A. Politická filozofie. Praha: Portál, 2005.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Education Czech Language for Media and Public Sphere (A14) Philological sciences 2 Summer