Course: Political Science, An Introduction

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Course title Political Science, An Introduction
Course code KPP/KPOLI
Organizational form of instruction Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
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
  • Houžvička Václav, doc. PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. The notion of political science. The historical genesis of discipline, changing the content, opinions, directions 2. Position of Political Science in the context of social sciences, the behavior of political actors 3. The relationship of politics and morality. Interaction ethical principles of exercising political power 4. Ideological Guidelines. Ideology as a reflection of the political interests of social groups 5. Pivotal ideological policy orientations. Ideology, political radicalism and extremism 6. Civil Society and political culture 7. Political System. Political parties, the exercise of power, and legitimacy of the state, electoral systems 8. Political power-its electoral timing. The conflict in politics, consensus, public control 9. Democracy. An ideological pluralism of opinions and political subjects, economics and politics 10. Direct democracy. The referendum, pressure groups, public opinion and the role of the media 11. Social elites. Factors recruitment, typology and hierarchy, the circulation of elites 12. International Relations. The role of the state and its vital interests, sovereignty, integration of the state, supranational institutions 13. Globalization. Weakening the role of the state, networking interstate relations, factor of ecology

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
  • unspecified - 26 hours per semester
  • unspecified - 26 hours per semester
  • unspecified - 26 hours per semester
  • unspecified - 26 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The course aims to explain basic knowledge of political science as a modern art cross discipline investigating political activity, ideas and forms of organization of political systems. Will explain the basic concepts and relations, the process of formation of political will, the foundations of foreign policy and international relations. Linking political science with social science closely related disciplines (sociology, historiography, political geography etc.).
After successfully completing the course, students will be able to: - explain position of political science in the system of social sciences, - identify the most important players/key actors in the political system, - distinguish the role and relationship of key actors wwithin the basic segments of political power (the executive, legislative, judicial) - evaluate the process of formation of political will, - identify basic political and electoral systems.

Assessment methods and criteria
The course is completed by the final test of knowledge.Content of the test will be based on the interpretation of the issues based on structure referred to in the content of course. The evaluation will tolerate two wrong answers. Evaluation test in the case of credit: succeeded / failed. Attendance at lectures is optional, but students will be notified at the beginning of the course, the recommended minimum of participation is 50%.
Recommended literature
  • BRZEZINSKI, Z. Volba-globální volba nebo globální vedení. Praha: Mladá fronta 2004.
  • CABADA, Ladislav, KUBÁT, Michal. Úvod do studia politické vědy. 2. Vyd. Praha: Eurolex Bohemia. 2004. ISBN 80-86432-63-7..
  • DVOŘÁKOVÁ, Vladimíra, KUNC, Jiří. O přechodech k demokracii. Praha: Slon. 1994. ISBN 80-901424-8-6..
  • HEYWOOD, A. Politologie. EUROLEX Bohemia 2004..
  • LE MONDE DIPLOMATIQUE. Atlas der Globalisierung. Paris/Berlin. 2009. ISBN 978-3-937683-25-6..
  • MILLER, D. Blackwellova encyklopedie politického myšlení. Proglas/JOTA 1995..
  • MÜLLER, Karel. Politická sociologie. Praha: Portál, 2008. ISBN 978-80-7367-380-2..
  • MÜLLER, Z. Svaté války a civilizační tolerance. Praha Academia 2005.
  • RAWLS, J. Teorie spravedlnosti. Praha: Victoria Publishing 1995.
  • Říchová, B. Úvod do současné politologie. Portál, Praha. 2002.
  • SORENSEN, G. Stát a mezinárodní vztahy. Praha: Portál 2005.
  • WEBER, M. Metodologie, sociologie a politika.. Praha, 2009.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Social and Economic Studies Business Administration and Management (B) Economy 3 Winter
Faculty of Social and Economic Studies Regional Development (D) Economy 3 Winter