POLb1009 Heads of State, Governments and Parliaments

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 7 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Jakub Šedo, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Lubomír Kopeček, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Adam Folvarčný, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Pavlína Šedová (seminar tutor)
Mgr. et Mgr. Martin Vérteši (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Jakub Šedo, 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
Thu 10:00–11:40 P51 Posluchárna V. Čermáka
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! POL109 Political Systems && ! NOW ( POL109 Political Systems )
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The course is focused on the political systems of European democracies and USA, information about non-democratic regimes in Europe is also included. Comparative analysis of the political systems is also part of the course.
Learning outcomes
Students should be able to understand and analyse political systems of democratic and non-democratic countries.
  • 1. Models of political system, Swiss democracy 2. Parliamentary democracy 3. Presidential model 4. Semi-presidentialism 5. Half-semestral test 6. Chancellors model - Germany; West-European parliamentary systems 7. Democracy in the World 8. Scandinavian Democracies 8. Post-Communist democracies in the Central Europe 9. Model of the Eastern Europe - Russian Federation 10. Balkan states Class resources are available to students through Masaryk University’s online Information System (IS). Under the course title "POLb1009: Hlavy státu, vlády a parlamenty" you will find an interactive syllabus which contains important general information about the course and the weekly schedule with links to required course materials, such as the lecture files and quizzes.
    required literature
  • HLOUŠEK, Vít, Lubomír KOPEČEK and Jakub ŠEDO. Politické systémy (Political Systems). Brno: Barrister & Principal, 2011, 292 pp. Politika, Evropská unie. ISBN 978-80-87474-23-5. URL info
  • BRUNCLÍK, Miloš, Vlastimil HAVLÍK and Aneta PINKOVÁ. Skandinávie. Proměny politiky v severských zemích (Scandinavia. Transformations of Nordic Politics). Praha: Wolters Kluwer Česká republika, 2011, 320 pp. ISBN 978-80-7357-703-2. info
  • ŘÍCHOVÁ, Blanka. Komparace politických systémů : západoevropské politické systémy. Vyd. 1. V Praze: Vysoká škola ekonomická, 2009, 290 s. ISBN 9788024515168. info
  • Comparative politics today : a world view. Edited by Gabriel Abraham Almond. 9th ed. New York: Pearson/Longman Publishers, 2008, xxiv, 776. ISBN 9780205589760. info
  • Formal institutions and informal politics in Central and Eastern Europe : Hungary, Poland, Russia and Ukraine. Edited by Gerd Meyer. 2., rev. and updated ed. Opladen: Budrich, 2008, 324 s. ISBN 9783866491472. info
  • CABADA, Ladislav. Komparace politických systémů : nové demokracie střední a východní Evropy. Vyd. 1. Praha: Oeconomica, 2008, 434 s. ISBN 9788024513881. info
  • DVOŘÁKOVÁ, Vladimíra. Základní modely demokratických systémů : komparace politických systémů. Vyd. 1. V Praze: Oeconomica, 2008, 255 s. ISBN 9788024513577. info
  • KOPEČEK, Lubomír. Demokracie, diktatury a politické stranictví na Slovensku (Democracy, dictatorship and political parties in Slovakia). 1st ed. Brno: Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury, 2006, 347 pp. Politologická řada. ISBN 80-7325-076-4. info
    recommended literature
  • Semi-presidentialism and democracy. Edited by Robert Elgie - Sophia Moestrup - Yushan Wu. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, xii, 296. ISBN 9780230242920. info
  • Semi-presidentialism in Central and Eastern Europe. Edited by Robert Elgie - Sophia Moestrup. New York: distributed exclusively in the United States by Palgrave Macmillan and in Canada by UBC Press, 2008, xi, 282. ISBN 9780719087769. info
  • Etnické konflikty v postkomunistickém prostoru. Edited by Tomáš Šmíd - Vladimír Vaďura. 1. vyd. Brno: Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury (CDK), 2007, 278 s. ISBN 9788073251260. info
Teaching methods
The course consists of lectures, reading of the political systems analysis and writing of the seminar paper.
Assessment methods
Seminar paper (maximum 6 point), half-semestral test (maximum 10 points) and written final test (maximum 30 points). Students need at least 28 points (out of maximum 46 points) and at least 16 points for the final test.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Spring 2024, Spring 2025.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Spring 2021, recent)
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