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Political Aspects of European Integration

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Course Unit Code711-0305/02
Number of ECTS Credits Allocated2 ECTS credits
Type of Course Unit *Choice-compulsory
Level of Course Unit *First Cycle, Second Cycle
Year of Study *
Semester when the Course Unit is deliveredWinter, Summer Semester
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Language of InstructionCzech, English, Polish, Russian, Slovak
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.
Course gives an elementary ovevwiew and information about political aspects of european
integration processes. History, institutions with their functions, democracy, main problems, future perspectives. Czech national interests and the role Czech Republic in EU.
Learning Outcomes of the Course Unit
Student demonstrates basic knowledge in the area of the political aspects of the European Union in the context with national interests of Czech Republic and international relations. He can prove orientation in politics EU, based on the knowledge and ability of independent judgment and is able, on the basis of knowledge of this subject to understand the political situation in the field od European Union.
Course Contents
1. Theory of Politics. Theory of democracy and ideology. Human rights. Theory of regionalism.
2. History of XXth century with regard to european integration processes.
3. Important integration organizations in Europe. EU, CE, NATO - aims and methods.
4. Decision- making processes in EU, role of institutions, role of member states.
5.Current status of the integration process in the economic and political spheres. Some of political aspects of the EU development.
6.Central European region and the EU. Visegrad Group.
7. National interests of the Czech Republic and their implementation
8. Significance of regtionalism for current International Relations. EU and the world. The preferred regions.
9.Euroscepticism and eurooptimism. EU development scenarios.
Recommended or Required Reading
Required Reading:
EU Treatment (last version)
El-Agraa, A.M. (1999). Regional Integration. London: MacMillan Press Ltd.
Fiala P., Pitrová M. (2009).Evropská unie. Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury
Smlouva o EU: konsolidované poslední znění
Říchová, B (2002). Úvod do současné politologie. Portál.
Recommended Reading:
The Third Wave, London: Pan Books 1981)
Judt, T. (2005) Poválečná Evropa, Slovart
Booker, Ch., North, R. (2006). Skryté dějiny evropské integrace. Brno: Barrister&Principál
Ústavy a Listiny základních práv a svobod evropských zemí
Šatava, L (1994) : Národnostní menšiny v Evropě. Nakl. Ivo Železný.
Honzák.F., Pečenka,M., Vlčková, J(1995). Evropa v proměnách staletí. Libri.
Toffler, A. Třetí vlna, nakl.Dokořán,(2001)on: Pan Books 1981)
Giddens, A. (2000). Unikající svět, Sociologické nakladatelství, Praha
Hungtington, S. (1996) Střet civilizací. Rybka Publishers,.
Prorok, V., Lisa, A.: Základy politologie, VŠE, Praha 1999
Fiala P., Pitrová M. Evropská unie, CDK 2009
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Lectures, Seminars, Individual consultations, Tutorials
Assesment methods and criteria
Tasks are not Defined