Course: The idea of the University

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Course title The idea of the University
Course code KFHS/B108
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Šimsa Martin, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Definition, possibilities and limits of humanities and social studies and university 2. Idea, meaning and future of the university 3. Different methodology of humanities and social studies 4. History of humanities and social studies and history of universities 5. Current issues and procedures of humanities and social studies 6. Czech philosophy in the dispute over the meaning of Czech history 7. Contemporary Czech philosophy and sociology 8. Humanities and democracy 9. Humanities, human rights and civil society 10. Humanities and Europe 11. Humanities, globalization and cosmopolitanism 12. Humanities, religion, multiculturalism and intercultural dialogue 13. Objections, criticism, strengths and weaknesses of the course, recommendations for improvement 14. Colloquium

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
Learning outcomes
Introduction to the place, role and meaning of the university in history and present. Discussing the relationship between universities and humanities and social studies. Introduction and discussion on topics related to the university and humanities. Asking a question about the idea of the university and sketching classic and contemporary answers.
Motivation for university studies. Orientation in the constitution and structure of universities. Knowledge of university study methods Ability to ask questions about the idea and meaning of universities, humanities and social sciences.

Assessment methods and criteria
1. At least 70% participation 2. Motivational essay, encyclopedic keyword, text analysis and interpretation 3. Colloquium
Recommended literature
  • Chotaš, Prázný, Hejduk. Moderní univerzita. Ideál a realita. Praha, 2015.
  • Jirsa, J. Idea univerzity. Praha, 2015.
  • Petrusek, M. Společnosti pozdní doby. Praha, 2007.
  • Petříček, Petrusek, Halík, ad. K čemu dnes humanitní vědy?. Praha, 2008.

Study plans that include the course
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