The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
This module will enable students to:
• develop students knowledge in the sphere of State activities, its bodies and self-governing institutions in general
• critically evaluate the system of political parties and their operation, as well as other institutions linking the society and the State in general
• become aware of the importance of comparing constitutional systems in modern states in general
• analyse the constitutional bases of the Member States (focused on the Czech Republic)
• apply knowledge of the methods and forms of public regulation in practice
• analyse the system and activities of public administration in general
• become aware of the legal character of the European Union of its supranational character and interconnected principles
• analyse the system of European Union law, the process of its establishment including the role of European institutions
• analyse the relationship between EU law and national law and evaluate the role of EU law in Member States
After completion of the module the students should be able to:
a) explain the functioning of a State, its bodies and self-governing institutions,
b) discuss the importance of constitutional bases of a modern State and the development of applied and comparative methods in practice,
c) understand the methods and forms of public regulation in practice,
d) critically evaluate the principles of developing and creating the legal order of the European Union,
e) explain the relationship between European law and the law of the Member States,
f) apply legal knowledge of above said areas,
g) to use arguments in debate/practice.
• State, society and the status of an individual
• Constitutional bases of a State, particularly those of the Czech Republic
• Constitutional bases of a legal system and public regulation in modern states
• Role and function of public authorities in regulating social relations
• Methods and forms of public regulation
• Specific features of institutions operating within the society and the State. Political parties and the forms of state authority and the right to self-government
• Constitutional review, the role of the Constitutional Court
• European Union and European Community – their legal character (legal personality, international and supranational character), changes envisaged by the EU Constitutional Treaty
• Determination of competences of the EU in respect of Member States (including principles of subsidiarity and proportionality)
• System of EU law, relation to national law of a Member State (primacy and direct effect principles). Sources of EU law, their specific features in comparison with the sources of national and international law
• Institutional system of the EU
• Legislative procedures in the EU
• Recent Constitutional developments of the EU, Constitutional Treaty
• National, international and European system of the protection of human rights
TÝČ, Vladimír. Základy práva Evropské unie pro ekonomy (Foundations of EU Law for Economists). 5. aktualiz. vyd. Praha: Linde, 2006. 287 pp. Vysokoškolské právnické učebnice. ISBN 80-7201-631-8. info
FILIP, Jan, Jan SVATOŇ and Josef ZIMEK. Základy státovědy (Foundation of the theory of state). 4. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2006. 266 pp. Edice učebnic právnické fakulty MU; č. 399. ISBN 978-80-210-4057-1. info
Range of Modes of Contacts:
Lectures, use of commented presentations, group discussions, group seminar activities, brainstorming, case studies.
Range of Other Learning Methods:
Independent learning, self-study, elaboration of the written assignment, individual consultations.
Type and Weighting of Assessment Elements:
100 % written assignment
Further information on assessment
Active participation in module seminars includes the debate concerning individual topics, which is highly appreciated, the knowledge of case studies, written assignments.
Expected Form of Feedback:
Formative and summative feedback will be provided to each student individually. Written comments with individual coursework assignments. Oral feedback upon request.