POL104 Introduction into Political Science

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Otto Eibl, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Miloš Gregor, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Šárka Bidmonová (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Katarína Chovancová (seminar tutor)
Ing. Bc. Martina Nedomová, DiS. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Jonáš Syrovátka (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Otto Eibl, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Mgr. Lucie Pospíšilová
Supplier department: Division of Politology - Department of Political Science - Faculty of Social Studies
Wed 10:00–11:40 P31 Posluchárna A. I. Bláhy
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
POL104/IZ03: Mon 14. 10. 8:00–9:40 PC25, Mon 21. 10. 8:00–9:40 PC25
POL104/IZ01: Mon 30. 9. 8:00–9:40 PC25, Mon 7. 10. 8:00–9:40 PC25
POL104/IZ02: Mon 30. 9. 14:00–15:40 PC25, Mon 7. 10. 14:00–15:40 PC25
POL104/01: Mon 25. 11. 10:00–11:40 P22, Mon 2. 12. 10:00–11:40 P22
POL104/02: Mon 25. 11. 12:00–13:40 P22, Mon 2. 12. 12:00–13:40 P22
POL104/03: Tue 26. 11. 18:00–19:40 U41, Tue 3. 12. 18:00–19:40 U41
Course Enrolment Limitations
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Course objectives
Unit analyses defines the term "political science" and attempts to answer a basic question: What is politics? In searching to do so it analyses changes in understanding this term and brings up concepts which accompany it: state, society, constitution, political power, division of power, authority, institutions, representation, system of checks and balances, sovereignty, actor, political practice. It doesn't shun some terms loaded with values, such as democracy, absolutism, ideology etc. Some attention is given to concepts on the edge between political science and sociology (participation, socialization, political culture). This unit should therefore equip students with basic terminology used in political science.
  • Introduction and organizational issues. University
  • Politics--legacy of old Greece and Rome
  • Politics--legacy of medieval times
  • The basics of academic writing
  • Politics as a term
  • Political science as a term
  • Self-study week
  • Sociology of politics
  • Political system
  • Political regimes
  • Exam
    required literature
  • VAJDOVÁ, Z.: Politická kultura – teoretický koncept a výzkum, Sociologický časopis, XXXII., č. 3, 1996, s. 339-351.
  • GRIGSBY, Ellen. Analyzing politics : an introduction to political science. 5th ed. Belmont: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2012. x, 351. ISBN 9781111342777. info
  • Political science : an introduction. Edited by Michael G. Roskin. 12th ed. Boston: Longman, 2012. xvi, 383. ISBN 9780205006274. info
  • KUČERA, Rudolf. Politologická historie demokracie. Vyd. 1. Ústí nad Labem: Univerzita Jana Evangelisty Purkyně, 2012. 144 s. ISBN 9788074145520. info
  • NOVÁK, Miroslav and Lubomír BROKL. Úvod do studia politiky. Vyd. 1. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství (SLON), 2011. 783 s. ISBN 9788074190520. info
  • ŠANC, David. Česká politologie : etablování oboru. 1. vyd. V Plzni: Západočeská univerzita, 2009. 318 s. ISBN 9788070438039. info
  • STRMISKA, Maxmilián. Politické strany moderní Evropy : analýza stranicko-politických systémů. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 2005. 727 s. ISBN 8073670380. URL info
  • BLACKWELL, Basil. Blackwellova encyklopedie politického myšlení. Edited by Janet Colemanová - William Connolly - Alan Ryan - David Miller, Trans. Vyd. 2., dotisk. Brno: Barrister & Principal, 2003. xiii, 560. ISBN 80-85947-56-0. info
  • VOEGELIN, Erich. Nová věda o politice. Translated by Tomáš Suchomel - Ivo Lukáš. 1. vyd. Brno: Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury, 2000. 170 s. ISBN 80-85959-67-4. info
  • BERG-SCHLOSSER, Dirk and Theo STAMMEN. Úvod do politické vědy. Translated by Rudolf Kučera. Vyd. 1. Praha: Institut pro středoevropskou kulturu a politiku, 2000. xi, 372 s. ISBN 80-86130-09-6. info
  • SCRUTON, Roger. Slovník politického myšlení. Translated by Petr Pithart. Vyd. 2., rozš. Brno: Atlantis, 1999. 187 s. ISBN 80-7108-184-1. info
  • WEBER, Max. Metodologie, sociologie a politika. Translated by Miloš Havelka. 1. vyd. Praha: OIKOYMENH, 1998. 354 s. ISBN 80-86005-48-8. info
Teaching methods
The basic pedagogical method used in the course is a lecture oriented to an explanation of basic terms and classification of political science. Students are preparing to lectures by home-readings of demanded texts.
Assessment methods
Core workload of the course lies in lectures and literature (approx. 370 pages). Graduation requirements include a seminar paper on a selected topic, 500-700 words in length. Exam consists of the contents of lectures as well as literature, to pass a minimum of 36 points out of 60 has to be reached.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught each semester.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 1999, Autumn 2000, Autumn 2001, Autumn 2002, Autumn 2003, Autumn 2004, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2006, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018.
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