The course introduces students to the political microanalysis. It introduces them to the politics in Czech Republic as a model of the political and other social problems that can be encountered in the region of Central Europe. At the end of the course the students shall be able to understand the processes of transformation of the post-communist country in Europe from a country-specific point of view.They shall be able to identify most imporatnt fields of polity, politics and policy in the Czech Republic.
2. Precursors of Czechoslovakia
3. History of Czechoslovakia 1918-1992)
4. Political Culture and Democracy in the Czech Republic
5. Constitutional and Institutional Framework of the Czech Republic
6. Party System of the Czech Republic
7. System of Organized Interests
8. Media in the Czech Politics
9. Policies in the Czech Republic
10. Foreign Policy of the Czech Republic
11. Czech Republic and the EU
12. Political Science in the Czech Republic
13. Course Synthesis and Review for Final Test
Dušek, Libor, Žigič (ed.): Czech Republic 2005. Year After. Prague: CERGE, NÚ AV ČR, pp. 71-86. http://www.cerge-ei.cz/pdf/books/CR2005.pdf
Further readings are available on internet (see detailed syllabus)
Perotino, M. (2005): Political Parties Finances in the Czech Republic. Praha: Europeum. http://www.europeum.org/doc/arch_eur/political_parties_finances_CZ.pdf
AGNEW, Hugh LeCaine. The Czechs and the lands of the Bohemian Crown. Stanford, Calif.: Hoover Institution Press, Stanford University, 2004. xxviii, 44. ISBN 9780817944926. info
Sessions are divided into the lectures (first half) and class discussions (second half). Readings for all class discussions are necessary.
1. Students are expected to read the required reading(s) for each seminar. If there are two or more required readings rather than one, students are expected to read all of them.
2. Students are encouraged to actively participate in the seminars by posing questions of clarification or bringing up problems for discussion.
3. Students are expected to present the outline of their final paper (power point presentation).
The presentation should be uploaded in the Information system MU (section “Homework vaults”/“Odevzdávárny”) and sent via e-mail to the lecturer responsible for the respective seminar. The presentations should be uploaded and submitted no later than 1 p. m. of the day before the seminar for which the paper is written. The personal presentation in seminar is necessary. Main components of presentation are: definition of goals of final paper, description of its structure, frameworks and methods and theoretical background, short description of chapters, presumed conclusion and information about sources. Topic of presentation (the same as the topic of final paper) should be consulted with lecturer (M. Mareš) and its is necessary to send him information about this topic to 14 March (e-mail email@example.com). He decides about the date of presentation (in relation to the topic).
4. At the end of the semester students should submit final paper (approx. 35 000 characters including spaces, without literature and notes) on a topic relevant to the course. Deadline for submission is May, 29th. Components of evaluation are original authors approach, relevant goals and methods, theoretical background, conceptualizing of the topic, structure, sources and literature.
5. There will be a final in-class written exam, consisting of five questions based on the required readings and the discussions and presentations in class (each final-exam question gets between 0 and 6 points).
The final grade will be calculated as a composite evaluation consisting of three parts:
1) evaluation on presentation of the outline of final paper (max 6 points)
2) evaluation on the final paper (max. 24 points)
3) evaluation of the final exam (max. 30 points)
The grade will be calculated on the basis of the number of points collected. In order to complete the course, students must collect at least 36 points (60% of the max. points for all parts, i.e. 60 points).
Approximately 600 pages of assigned reading (60 per week)
Final paper and its presentation
Literature is available from internet and from electronic resources of the Masaryk University.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only v češtině)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
Compulsory readings for the course is to be found in Study Materials folder of Information System.