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Course Unit Code711-2303/01
Number of ECTS Credits Allocated2 ECTS credits
Type of Course Unit *Choice-compulsory type B
Level of Course Unit *First Cycle
Year of Study *First Year
Semester when the Course Unit is deliveredWinter Semester
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Language of InstructionCzech, English, Russian
Prerequisites and Co-Requisites There are no prerequisites or co-requisites for this course unit
Name of Lecturer(s)Personal IDName
RAK0014Mgr. Roman Rakowski, Ph.D.
The purpose of the course is complete and systematize general knowledge about politics and the organization of society. Form of teaching is based on the controversy over the various alternatives. The result is an orientation in politics, based on the ability of independent judgment.
Learning Outcomes of the Course Unit
The aim of the course is to introduce politics and political science as a science of the organization of society. The form of teaching is conducted systematically, individual political phenomena are analyzed in detail and inserted into broader contexts. The course is designed to provide students with an insight into current political issues. In lectures and exercises we will focus on political theory, the main political ideologies of modern times, the issue of democracy and especially on the political values that define current political events.
Course Contents
1. Political science in the complex of social sciences
2. Politics as a social phenomenon
3. History of the political thought
4. Political systems and political regimes
5. Democracy, elections and political institutions
6. The concept of ideology and its variations
7. Liberalism, socialism, conservatism
8. Fascism, communism, racism
9. New ideologies (environmentalism, feminism, religious fundamentalism, multiculturalism)
10. Political actors and interest groups
11. Influence of the Information and Communication Technologies
12. Globalization and transnational organizations
13. Threat of the depoliticization, populism and post-democracy
14. Politics, power and technology
Recommended or Required Reading
Required Reading:
Heywood, A.: Political Theory. London 2007.
Judt, T, Snyder, T. Thinking the Twentieth Century.2013
ALLMER, Thomas. Kritická teorie a sociální média: mezi emancipací a komodifikací. Praha: Filosofia, 2019. ISBN 978-80-7007-578-4.
CABADA, Ladislav a Michal KUBÁT. Úvod do studia politické vědy. Plzeň: Aleš Čeněk, 2007. ISBN 978-80-7380-076-5.
DAHL, Robert A. Demokracie a její kritici. Praha: Victoria Publishing, 1995. ISBN 80-85605-81-3.
FLORIDI, Luciano. Čtvrtá revoluce: jak infosféra mění tvář lidské reality. Praha: Karolinum, 2019. ISBN 978-80-246-3803-4.
HEYWOOD, Andrew. Politické ideologie. Plzeň: Aleš Čeněk, 2008. ISBN 9788073801373.
HEYWOOD, Andrew. Political theory: an introduction. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. ISBN 0–333–96179–x.
HARVEY, David. A brief history of neoliberalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. ISBN 0199283273.
MINOGUE, Kenneth R. Stručný úvod do politiky. Brno: Barrister & Principal, 2017. ISBN 978-80-7364-061-3.
SANDEL, Michael J. Spravedlnost: co je správné dělat. Praha: Karolinum 2015. ISBN 9788024630656.
SHAPIRO, Ian. Skutečný svět demokratické teorie. Praha: Karolinum, 2012. ISBN 978-80-246-1999-6.
VALEŠ, Lukáš. Dějiny politických teorií. Plzeň: Aleš Čeněk, 2007. ISBN 978-80-7380-031-4.

Recommended Reading:
Heywood, Andrew. Political Ideologies. 5th edition. Palgrave Macmillan 2012
Judt, Tony. Postwar : a history of Europe since 1948-1990, London 2010

FORD, Martin. Roboti nastupují: automatizace, umělá inteligence a hrozba budoucnosti bez práce. Praha: Rybka Publishers, 2017. ISBN 9788087950463.
LACLAU, Ernesto. Politics and ideology in Marxist theory: captialism, fascism, populism. London: Verso, 2011. ISBN 9781844677887.
POTŮČEK, Martin. Veřejná politika. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství (SLON), 2005. ISBN 9788086429502.
RŮŽIČKA, Vlastimil. Politika a média v konzumní společnosti. Praha: Grada, 2011. ISBN 9788024736679.
SUŠA, Oleg a Richard SŤAHEL. Environmentální devastace a sociální destrukce. Praha: Filosofia, 2016. ISBN 9788070074527.
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