POLb1127 Referenda

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2022
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. Mgr. Michal Pink, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Peter Spáč, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Jakub Jusko (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Martina Mudríková (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Bc. Barbora Šenkýřová (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Andrea Lukáčová (assistant)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Michal Pink, 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 8:00–9:40 U34
Completing the course Introduction in to the political sciences.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 30 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 9/30, only registered: 0/30, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/30
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The students of the course are able to understand the function of referendum in the political system, knows the basic theoretical concepts and is able to compare the importance of voting in elections and referendum. Based on a number of cases, students are able to predict how successful a referendum could be.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course students should be able to understand and explain the role of referendum in national politics.
  • Course organization 1. Organization of the course, introduction to compulsory literature 2. Theoretical introduction to the basics of voting and referendum 3. Referendum versus elections 4. Referendum on EU accession, Central and Eastern Europe 5. Referendum in France 6. Referendum in Britain and Brexit 7. Referendum in Switzerland 8. Referendum in Sweden 9. Referendum in Slovakia 10.Referendum in Bulgaria 11.Referendum at local level 12. Final seminar and evaluation (list of countries updated according to schedule and election calendar)
    required literature
  • Spáč, Peter. 2010. Priama a zastupiteľská demokracia na Slovensku. Volebné reformy a referendá po roku 1989. Brno: CDK, pp. 185-190, 254-259.
  • Clem, Ralph S. – Chodakiewicz, Marek Jan. 2004. Poland Divided: Spatial Differences in the June 2003 EU Accession Referendum. Eurasian Geography and Economics, 45(7), pp. 475-490.
  • Hollander, Saskia. 2019. The Politics of Referendum Use in European Democracies. Basingstone: Palgrave-Macmillan.
  • Qvortrup, Matt. 2014. Referendums around the world, Basingstone: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • QVORTRUP, Matt. Government by referendum. First published. Manchester: Manchester university press, 2018. 99 stran. ISBN 9781526130037. info
  • PINK, Michal. Francouzské referendum v květnu 2005 (The French referendum in May 2005). Politologický časopis. Brno: MPU, 2005, XII, No 4, p. 482-499, 17 pp. ISSN 1211-3247. info
Teaching methods
lectures, class discussion, reading
Assessment methods
The students are expected to read the literature and attend lectures. Attendance at lectures is not obligatory. On the contrary, students have to atennd the seminars and participate actively at discussion. The students are required to write a term-paper or present a report focusing on some of the aspects of governance in Europe. Evaluation: written exam (maximum 30 points), term-paper (maximum 10 points), presentation (maximum 10 points) and participation at seminars (maximum 10 points). Grading:A: 50-46 B: 45-42 C: 41-38 D: 37-34 E:33-30, F: 29 and less points.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Spring 2021.
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