MVZ220 Foreign Policy of Poland

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2017
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. et Mgr. Veronika Zapletalová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Vít Dostál, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Petr Suchý, Ph.D.
Department of International Relations and European Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Olga Cídlová, DiS.
Supplier department: Department of International Relations and European Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Mon 20. 2. 8:00–11:15 P21, Mon 6. 3. 8:00–11:15 P21, Mon 20. 3. 8:00–11:15 P21, Mon 3. 4. 8:00–11:15 P21, Mon 15. 5. 8:00–11:15 P21
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 24 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 2/24, only registered: 0/24
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The aim of this course is to introduce students to development and key issues of Polish foreign policy. Attention will be first given to ideological foundations of Polish foreign policy and brief summary of Poland´s foreign policies in the 20th century. Poland´s position in international relations in years 1989/1990, therefore in years when functioning of the independent polish foreign policy started, will then be explained. Following is outline of the legislative framework and introduction of main actors in Polish foreign policy. Main part of this course will focus on individual issues and areals, which play an important role in Polish foreign policy. The development of foreign policy since 1990 with emphasis on the major milestones will be introduced in each of the topics, as well as analysis of domestic Polish debate including causes, which shaped them. The current situation and issues in the given area will be outlined as well. One lecture with selected expert is also part of this course
  • Course structure and lectures overview 1) Introduction, introduction to structure of the course and passing requirements, development of Polish foreign policy thinking before the 2nd World war (Piłsudski x Dmowski). 2) Polish foreign policy thinking, both „at home“and in exile from the 2nd World war, the foreign policy position of Poland in 1989-1990 3) Legislative framework of Polish foreign policy and its main actors 4) Process of Poland´s entry to the EU and Poland as the EU member 5) Polish foreign policy towards Germany 6) Polish foreign policy towards the Czech Republic 7) Slovakia, Lithuania and Visegrad group in Polish foreign policy 8) Polish foreign policy towards Russia 9) Eastern Europe in Polish foreign policy 10) Polish foreign policy towards the U.S. 11) Security dimension of Polish foreign policy 12) Energy security dimension of Polish foreign policy 13) Expert´s lecture
  • KAMIŃSKA, Joanna. Siła zmiany - polska polityka zagraniczna po 2004 roku. Toruń: Wydawnictwo ECE, 2014. 321 stran. ISBN 9788362363995. info
  • KUŹNIAR, Roman. Polityka zagraniczna III Rzeczypospolitej. Wyd. 1. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar, 2012. 415 s. ISBN 9788373835788. info
  • Pravým okem : antologie současného polského politického myšlení. Edited by Maciej Ruczaj - Maciej Szymanowski. 1. vyd. Brno: Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury (CDK), 2010. 203 s. ISBN 9788073252113. info
  • KUŹNIAR, Roman. Poland's Foreign Policy After 1989. Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar. Varšava, 2009. ISBN 978-3-940755-41-4. info
  • CHWALBA, Andrzej. Polsko 1989-2008 : dějiny současnosti. Translated by Jiří Ogrocký. 1. vyd. Brno: Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury (CDK), 2009. 254 s. ISBN 9788073251857. info
  • Old Europe, new Europe and the transatlantic security agenda. Edited by Kerry Longhurst - Marcin Zaborowski. London: Routledge, 2005. vii, 213. ISBN 041534820X. info
Teaching methods
Lectures include discussion and require student´s active participation, position papers improve student´s abilities to summarize certain issues and evaluate it critically, reading aims to extend and deepen knowledge, which students gain at the lectures.
Assessment methods
3 opinion essays, oral examination
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020.
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