MPV_STNS Contemporary Theories and Concepts in Civil Society Research

Faculty of Economics and Administration
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
2/1/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. Ing. Vladimír Hyánek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. et Mgr. Jiří Navrátil, Ph.D.
Department of Public Economics - Faculty of Economics and Administration
Contact Person: Jana Biskupová
Supplier department: Department of Public Economics - Faculty of Economics and Administration
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
Course objectives
The course attempts to enhance analytical skills of the students in the study of civil society, its actors and events.
Learning outcomes
After the course the students shall be familiar with basic concepts for empirical analysis and with methods of their application in order to organize their own empirical research in this area.
  • 1. Definition and operationalization of the concept 2. Theories of emergence and evolution 3. Individual participation I.: patterns and explanations 4. Individual participation II.: new trends and forms 5. Collective action I.: social movements 6. Collective action II.: structure and dynamics 7. Social capital 8. Civil society and democratization 9. Civil society and democracy 10. Civil society in post-socialism 11. Civil society beyond nation state 12. Civil society and networks
  • BENNETT, W. Lance and Alexandra SEGERBERG. The logic of connective action : digital media and the personalization of contentious politics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. xiii, 240. ISBN 9781107642720. info
  • TILLY, Charles and Sidney G. TARROW. Contentious politics. Boulder, Colo.: Paradigm Publishers, 2007. xiii, 245. ISBN 9781594512469. info
  • DELLA PORTA, Donatella and Mario DIANI. Social movements : an introduction. 2nd ed. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2006. ix, 345. ISBN 1405102829. info
  • DIANI, Mario and Doug MCADAM. Social movements and networks : relational approaches to collective action. 1st pub. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. xix, 348. ISBN 0199251789. info
  • Beyond Tocqueville : civil society and the social capital debate in comparative perspective. Edited by Bob Edwards - Michael W. Foley - Mario Diani. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 2001. xi, 340. ISBN 1584651253. info
Teaching methods
lectures, seminar discussions
Assessment methods
evaluation of final paper (50%) and written exam (50%)
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.

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