BKV_ZAPO Introduction to Political Science

Faculty of Economics and Administration
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
26/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Teacher(s)
Mgr. Laura Fónadová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Alena Kluknavská, PhD. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Laura Fónadová, 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
Timetable
Fri 11. 10. 12:00–15:50 P106, Sat 7. 12. 8:00–11:50 P102
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course is designed to help students in the distant form of study extend their knowledge of social sciences by providing introduction to basic topics of political science. One of the main reasons is that there is a clear and explicit mutual relationship between politics, as the subject of study of political science, and economic processes in modern societies. Course participants should be able to understand fundamental political events, structures and developments taking place within modern societies, including their deeper ideological sources and justifications.
Learning outcomes
Course participants should be able to understand fundamental political events, structures and developments taking place within modern societies, including their deeper ideological sources and justifications.
Syllabus
  • 1. Introduction to Political Science, theoretical approaches
  • 2. Politics - definition, other key concepts, empirical approaches in Political Science
  • 3. Political ideologies
  • 4. Democracy, political theory
  • 5. The political system, state as the basic political community, institutions and regimes
  • 6. Political process, policy-making
  • 7. Political actors I - political parties, party systems
  • 8. Elections and electoral systems
  • 9. Political actors II - interest groups and social movements
  • 10. Media and politics
  • 11. Society and politics in the post-factual era
Literature
    required literature
  • CABADA, Ladislav and Michal KUBÁT. Úvod do studia politické vědy. 2. rozš. a dopl. vyd. Praha: Eurolex Bohemia, 2004. 494 s. ISBN 8086432637. info
  • HEYWOOD, Andrew. Politologie. Translated by Zdeněk Masopust. 3. vyd. Plzeň: Aleš Čeněk, 2008. 537 s. ISBN 9788073801151. info
    recommended literature
  • 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. ISBN 8086130096. info
  • BALÍK, Stanislav, Ondřej CÍSAŘ and Petr FIALA. Veřejné politiky v České republice v letech 1989-2009 (Public Policies in the Czech Republic 1989-2009). 1. vyd. Brno: Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury, 2010. 695 pp. ISBN 978-80-7325-236-6. info
  • BALÍK, Stanislav, Michal PINK, Andrew Lawrence ROBERTS, Marek RYBÁŘ, Peter SPÁČ, Petra SVAČINOVÁ and Petr VODA. Kvalita demokracie v České republice. 1. vydání. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2016. 223 stran. ISBN 9788021085374. info
  • WEBER, Max. Autorita, etika a společnost : pohled sociologa do dějin. Translated by Jan J. Škoda. 1. české vyd. Praha: Mladá fronta, 1997. 294 s. ISBN 8020406115. info
Teaching methods
lectures, class discussions, homework (analysis of the political problem)
Assessment methods
The course consists of two blocks of lectures on the given topics and of study hours. There is a final written examination. Students are required to be familiar with both the content of the lectures and the assigned readings. During the term, all students are expected to write a short essay, dealing with a specific issue related to the course curriculum.
If students commit a prohibited act, such as using various forbidden tools, cribbing, taking out any part of the exam or any other cheating, the teacher is allowed to interrupt an exam and to grade a student with F, FF or FFF according to the seriousness of the offence. The mentioned procedure relates to all the activities that are included in the final evaluation of the course (seminar work, essays, tests etc.).
Language of instruction
Czech
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: tutoriál 8 hodin.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2020.
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