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Political Science

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Course Unit Code711-0303/26
Number of ECTS Credits Allocated2 ECTS credits
Type of Course Unit *Choice-compulsory
Level of Course Unit *First Cycle
Year of Study *First Year
Semester when the Course Unit is deliveredSummer Semester
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Language of InstructionCzech, English, Russian
Prerequisites and Co-Requisites Course succeeds to compulsory courses of previous semester
Name of Lecturer(s)Personal IDName
GUB30PhDr. Olga Gubová
RAK0014Mgr. Roman Rakowski, Ph.D.
The purpose of this course is to give basic information about political
science, its development, traditions, key terms, methods and theories. The
course dwells on the problems of ideologies, state, democracy, political
systems, political parties, political culture, human rights, international
relationships, political aspects of the european integration processes. Course
should give students basic knowledge abouot politics as well as the ability of
orientation in other particular courses.
Learning Outcomes of the Course Unit
Student demonstrates basic knowledge in the area of internal and international politics. He can prove orientation in politics, based on the ability of independent judgment and is able, on the basis of knowledge of political science to understand the political situation in the Czech Republic, international politics and the European Union.
Course Contents
1.Politics and political science
2. The rise and development of political science
3. The definition of democracy, history and theory of democracy, representative democracy
4. The state, state forms over time. The state in modern political thought
5. Political system as set of institutions, political organizations, interest groups and the relationships between those institutions.
6. Political party, Nonpartisan, Single-party, two-party, and multi-party governments
7. The Voting system, aspects of voting systems, proportional and major voting system
8. The ideology as organized collection of ideas, history of the concept of ideology. Political ideology: liberalism, conservatism and socialism
9. Political culture of the nations, states, and other groups
10. Civil society and democracy
Recommended or Required Reading
Required Reading:

HEYWOOD, Andrew. Political Ideologies. 2012 5th edition. Palgrave Macmillan
HEYWOOD, Andrew) Politologie. 2008 Nakl. A.Čeněk, IBSVN 978-80-7380-115-1
PROROK,Vladimír, Lisa,Aleš Základy politologie. 2009.Nakl.A.Čeněk, ISBN: 978-80-7380-141-0
CÍSAŘ, Ondřej Politologie. 2005 M U. ISBN 80-210-3856-X
Heywood, A.: Political Theory. London 2007.
Recommended Reading:
JUDT, Tony. Postwar : a history of Europe since 1948-1990. 2010 London
JUDT,Tony, SNYDER, Timothy. Thinking the Twentieth Century. 2013 Palgrave MacMilan
Bělohradský V. : Kapitalismus a občanské ctnosti, Praha 1992.
Dahrendorf, R.: Moderní sociální konflikt, Bratislava 1991.
Jodl, M.: Teorie elit, VŠE Praha 1994.
Klíma, M.: Volby a politické strany v moderních demokraciích, Radix 1998.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Lectures, Seminars, Individual consultations, Tutorials
Assesment methods and criteria
Task TitleTask TypeMaximum Number of Points
(Act. for Subtasks)
Minimum Number of Points for Task Passing
Exercises evaluationCredit85 85