BPV_VESP Public and social policy

Faculty of Economics and Administration
Spring 2024
Extent and Intensity
2/1/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
doc. JUDr. Ivan Malý, CSc. (lecturer)
Ing. Marek Pavlík, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Ing. Mirka Wildmannová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. Ing. Juraj Nemec, CSc.
Department of Public Economics – Faculty of Economics and Administration
Contact Person: Jana Biskupová
Supplier department: Department of Public Economics – Faculty of Economics and Administration
Thu 10:00–11:50 P312, except Thu 4. 4.
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
BPV_VESP/01: each even Thursday 8:00–9:50 P302b, except Thu 4. 4., I. Malý, M. Pavlík, M. Wildmannová
BPV_VESP/02: each odd Thursday 8:00–9:50 P302b, I. Malý, M. Pavlík, M. Wildmannová
The course is for students of programmes focused on Public Economics but open open to all
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
Public and Social Policy
Public and Social Policy (VESP) the course is introduction to public and social policy problems. We assume that students have previous knowledges from following cources: Public Economics, Public Finance and Economics of Public Sector.
The aim of the course is to present actual information about the system of Czech public and social policy for selected areas (e.g. education, social system and social health, health policy,political system, etc.
Student will be able to analyse and compare Czech system with selected foreighn coutries through seminar works and its presentation.
Learning outcomes
Student will be able to:;
- to clarify goals, principles of social policy;
- to clarify goals, principles of public policy;
- present to the structure of public and social policy;
- explain the content, tools and legislation of public and social policy;
- to give practical examples.
  • The content of the course
  • 1. Introduction to the public and social policy
  • 2. Social policy - definitions and problems of modern social statesv 3. Public policy - definitions, models and actors
  • 4. Publicy policy - formulation and implemenation, lobbing
  • Selected public and social polices
  • 5. Health policy
  • 6. Education policy
  • 7. Family policy
  • 8. Housing policy
  • 9. Problems of social exclusion
  • 10. Pension system
  • 11. Social care - system of support
  • 12. Social care - analysis of selected issues
  • 13. Actual European trend in public and social policy
    required literature
  • Jan Mertl a kol. Sociální politika. 7. vyd. Praha: Wolters Kluwer, 2023. s. 354-390, 36 s. ISBN 978-80-7676-675-4
    recommended literature
  • MLČOCH, Lubomír, Martin POTŮČEK and Jiří KAMENÍČEK. Ekonomie, ekologie, veřejná politika, eudaimonia. Lidské hodnoty a problémy rozvoje civilizace : připomínka dvaceti šesti let studenstké ceny Josefa Vavrouška na Fakultě sociálních věd Univerzity Karlovy. Vydání druhé, aktualizova. Praha: Univerzita Karlova, Nakladatelství Karolinum, 2022, 118 stran. ISBN 9788024651002. info
  • BÉLAND, Daniel and Rianne MAHON. Advanced introduction to social policy. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2016, ix, 137. ISBN 9781783478026. info
  • Ageing, health and pensions in Europe : an economic and social policy perspective. Edited by Arthur van Soest - A. L. Bovenberg - M. Asghar Zaidi. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, xiv, 400. ISBN 9780230282902. info
  • MALÝ, Ivan and Marek PAVLÍK. Tvorba a realizace programů veřejné politiky. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2007, 108 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-4507-1. info
Teaching methods
Presentation and class discuson related to introduced topic. Student prove knowledges through homeworks and its public presentation. Reading is a part of homework.
Assessment methods
The course is concluded by a written exam (0-180pts) if student gaiun at least 10pts during a semestr via voluntary acitivities
- midterm test max. 40pts
- attendance (each 1pt at max 20pts)
- seminar paper max. 10pts
- discussion of recommended literature max. 10pts

Grades are base on a sum of total points gained during the semester:
A 183+
B 167-182
C 152-166
D 136-151
E 120-134

Important information! If student commits a prohibited act, such as usage of various forbidden tools, cribbing, taking out any part of the exam or any other cheating, teacher is allowed to interrupt an exam and to grade a student with F, FF or FFF according to the seriousness of the offence. Mentioned procedure relates to all the activities that are included to the final evaluation of the course (seminar work, essays, tests etc.).
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Follow-Up Courses
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Spring 2025.
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