FSS:EVS445 Politics and Society in Europe - Course Information

EVS445 Politics and Society in Europe: Analyses and Interpretations

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2016
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
prof. PhDr. Petr Fiala, Ph.D., LL.M. (lecturer)
Mgr. Sylvie Burianová (assistant)
doc. PhDr. Markéta Pitrová, 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 9:45–11:15 U42
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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: 1/24, only registered: 0/24
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course is offered to students who like to read, write and think about politics in a broader context. Based on texts with clearly defined opinions some essential issues, which European societies are facing and which are the subject of social science reflection, will be analyzed. Attention will be paid to the issues of European, respectively western identity, objectives and risks of European integration, the challenges facing democratic political order, the links between globalization and integration and a national state, the conditions of current politics and some key systems, which create an environment and topic of the politics, such as market or culture. Students will deepen their competence in the field of social science analysis, interpretation, discussion and ability to present and defend, in written and oral form, their opinions based on knowledge of political science.
  • 1. Europe and western civilisation: conditions and boarders 2. European identity: national and united existence 3. Democratic political order and its challenges 4. Nation and national state 5. Migration and integration: dying out society dilemma 6. Globalization: cultural context 7. Capitalism and democracy: market failure? 8. The weakening of politics 9. Religion and politics: new impulses 10. Society and time: the limits of the democratic society 11. The difficulty of the choice
  • NEMO, Philippe. Co je Západ? Translated by Petr Horák. 1. vyd. Brno: Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury, 2011. 135 s. ISBN 9788073252434. info
  • MANENT, Pierre. Proč existují národy : úvahy o demokracii v Evropě. Translated by Růžena Ostrá. 1. vyd. Brno: Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury, 2007. 87 s. ISBN 9788073251338. info
  • DAHRENDORF, Ralf. Hledání nového řádu : přednášky o politice svobody v 21. století. Translated by Miloš Havelka. Vyd. 1. Litomyšl: Paseka, 2007. 141 s. ISBN 9788071857198. info
  • SCRUTON, Roger. O potřebnosti národů. Brno: Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury, 2011, 87 s. ; ISBN 978-80-7325-245-8
  • SARRAZIN, Thilo. Německo páchá sebevraždu : jak dáváme svou zemi všanc. Translated by František Štícha. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 2011. 432 s. ISBN 9788020020185. info
  • JUVIN, Hervé and Gilles LIPOVETSKY. Globalizovaný západ : polemika o planetární kultuře. Translated by Martin Pokorný. V českém jazyce vyd. 1. Praha: Prostor, 2012. 231 s. ISBN 9788072602650. info
  • FISHER, Mark. Kapitalistický realismus. Translated by Radovan Baroš. Praha: Rybka, 2010. 107 s. ISBN 9788087067697. info
  • FIALA, Petr. Politika, jaká nemá být. 1. vyd. Brno: Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury, 2010. 163 s. ISBN 9788073252168. info
  • BURUMA, Ian, Krocení bohů. Náboženství a demokracie na třech kontinentech. Praha: Academie, 2012, 121 s. ; ISBN 978-80-200-2040-6
  • ERIKSEN, Thomas Hylland. Tyranie okamžiku : [rychlý a pomalý čas v informačním věku]. Translated by Daniela Sobková Zounková - Miluše Juříčková. 2. vyd. Brno: Doplněk, 2009. 167 s. ISBN 9788072392384. info
Teaching methods
Lessons are based on regular reading of papers and books, written preparation, moderated discussion and active individual and group work in seminars.
Assessment methods
Successful completion of the course assumes continuous preparation for sessions including regular reading of assigned literature, submitting shorter written seminar papers (4 group and 1 individual work) and active participation in seminars.
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Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018.
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