POLb1004 History of the Czech Politics

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2023
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
prof. PhDr. Jan Holzer, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Tadeáš Celý (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Adam Folvarčný (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Petr Konečný (seminar tutor)
Ján Michalčák, MSc. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Jan Holzer, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Mgr. Lucie Pospíšilová
Supplier department: Department of Political Science - Faculty of Social Studies
Wed 10:00–11:40 P51 Posluchárna V. Čermáka
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
POLb1004/01: Wed 19. 4. 14:00–15:40 M117, Wed 3. 5. 14:00–15:40 M117
POLb1004/02: Thu 20. 4. 8:00–9:40 U43, Thu 4. 5. 8:00–9:40 U43
POLb1004/03: Thu 20. 4. 12:00–13:40 U23, Thu 4. 5. 12:00–13:40 U23
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! POL013 Theory of Political Regimes && ! NOW ( POL013 Theory of Political Regimes )
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
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Course objectives
Learning outcomes of the course unit: The aim of the subject is to provide basic information on the characteristics of political systems and regimes of Czech lands (Slovakia only secondary, in logical contexts) in the period 1848-1992. The substance of subject is examined in chronological order, combining the concentration on the dimensions of polity and politics.
Learning outcomes
Course graduates have knowledge and understanding of key realities of modern Czech policy development and are ready to apply classical political theory, concepts and typology to modern Czech politics.
  • Introduction Introduction into debates on sense of Czech history and politics Development of political systemof Czech lands 1848-1918 First Czechoslovak republic – political system First Czechoslovak republic – party system Authoritarianism of Second Czechoslovak republic and totalitarism during the war period Third Czechoslovak republic Czech totalitarianism 1948-1956 Political system of Czech lands 1956-1968 Political system of Czech lands 1969-1989 Reading week Reading week Transition to democracy and fall of Czechoslovak federation
    required literature
  • BALÍK, Stanislav. Politický systém českých zemí 1848-1989. 3. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita Brno, Mezinárodní politologický ústav, 2011. 178 s. ISBN 9788021054387. info
  • KOPEČEK, Lubomír. Éra nevinnosti. Česká politika 1989-1997 (The Age of Innocence. Czech Politics 1989 to 1997). Brno: Barrister & Principal, 2010. 380 pp. edice Politika, ekonomika a mezinárodní vztahy. ISBN 978-80-87029-98-5. URL info
  • Spor o smysl českých dějin. Edited by Miloš Havelka. Vyd. 1. Praha: Torst, 2006. 723 s. ISBN 8072152920. info
  • MALÍŘ, Jiří and Pavel MAREK. Politické strany : vývoj politických stran a hnutí v českých zemích a Československu 1861-2004. Brno: Doplněk, 2005. 1021 s. ISBN 8072391801. info
  • KOŘALKA, Jiří. Češi v habsburské říši a v Evropě 1815-1914 : sociálněhistorické souvislosti vytváření novodobého národa a národnostní otázky v českých zemích. Vyd. 1. Praha: Argo, 1996. 354 s. ISBN 8072030221. info
  • Spor o smysl českých dějin. Edited by Miloš Havelka. Vyd. 1. Praha: Torst, 1995. 867 s. ISBN 8085639416. info
  • MALÍŘ, Jiří. Politické strany na Moravě v období habsburské monarchie. (Pokus o srovnání systému českých a německých stran na Moravě). (Political Parties in Moravia in the Era Habsburg Monarchy. Comparison of Systems og Czech and German Political Parties). In Politické strany a spolky na Moravě. Sborník XXII. Mikulovské sympozium. Břeclav-Brno: MVS, 1993. p. 11-35, 24 pp. ISBN 80-85048-44-2. info
    not specified
  • VODIČKA, Karel and Ladislav CABADA. Politický systém České republiky : historie a současnost. 3. aktualiz. a rozš. vyd. Praha: Portál, 2011. 486 s. ISBN 9788073678937. info
Teaching methods
Assessment methods
Requirements for ending the subject 1. Obligatory attendance at seminars. The seminars involve an active involvement in the discussion, which will be appreciated by the leaders of the seminar group by awarding points, on a scale of 0-2 in each of the four exercises. Together, you can get up to 8 points that will be taken into account during the final oral exam. 2. At the beginning of the semester (Wednesday 8 and 15 March 2017), two written written tests will be carried out. The questions will be based on the historical historiographical literature, relating to the first test for the period 1848-1938 and the second test for the period 1939-1992 (see the topics listed below, topics 3 and 4 in the semester program). For these historical data tests (i.e. names, titles, events, dates), it is possible to obtain a maximum of 40 points (a structure of 10 open questions per 2 points), and only those who obtain at least a final oral examination 24 points. Possible examples of questions: - After which war was the Austro-Hungarian settlement? - Date (month and year) the departure of Masaryk into exile. - In which two government posts did Beneš mostly? - Who was the Foreign Minister of Czechoslovakia in February 1948? - What was the most renowned action of the domestic second resistance? - Dating the First, Second and Third Republics. Continuous tests can only be corrected once the two tests have been written and the sum of the points obtained on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 (time and room will be specified, the structure of 10 open questions for 2 points, the test substance from both periods, the final oral examination only those who get at least 12 points in this fix will be able to pass). This term is also intended for students who will not be able to take part in any of the written tests at their respective dates due to illness, which will be duly certified by the SZŘ MU with a medical certificate. 3. During the exam period, a final oral exam will be held on all lecture topics and complete literature.
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Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022.
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