Course: Political Science, An Introduction

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Course title Political Science, An Introduction
Course code KPP/PPOLI
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
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.
  • Novák Václav, RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Concept of political science, historical genesis of this discipline, changes in content, trends 2. Position of political science in the context of social sciences, behaviour of political subjects 3. Relation of politics and morality, interaction of ethical principles for implementing the political power 4. Conceptual trends of politics, ideology as a reflection of political interests of social groups 5. Basic conceptual trends of politics, ideology, political radicalism and extremism 6. Civil society, subjects in the civil society, political culture 7. Political systems and political parties, implementing the power, state and legitimacy, electoral systems. 8. Political power and its time division, conflicts in politics, consensus, public supervision 9. Democracy, plurality of opinions and political subjects, economics a politics 10. Direct democracy, referendum, pressure groups, public opinion and the role of media 11. Societal elites, factors of recruitation, typology and hierarchy, circulation of elites 12. International relations, role of the state and its vital interests, sovereignty, integration of the state, multinational institutions 13. Globalization, weakening of the state role, networking of international relations, ecological factor.

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
  • unspecified - 26 hours per semester
  • unspecified - 26 hours per semester
  • unspecified - 13 hours per semester
  • unspecified - 13 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
Continuous assessment, concluding test, presentation
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 Regional Development (D) Economy 3 Winter
Faculty of Social and Economic Studies Business Administration and Management (B) Economy 3 Winter