Course: Czech Democracy in Question

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Course title Czech Democracy in Question
Course code KFHS/B158
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
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. Czech question and the conflict about the meaning of Czech history 2. Democracy, religion and secular democracy 3. Democracy and Nationalism and its Critique 4. Reform, Revolution and Democratic Republic 5. Liberal and Conservative Critique of Masaryk 6. Philosophy, Democracy and Human Rights 7. Non-political Politics 8. Critical Marxism and Socialism 9. Democracy and Civil Society 10. Dictatorship, Totalitarianism and Freedom 11. Economy and Ecology 12. Contemporary Questions of Czech Philosophy and Democracy 13. Critical Evaluation of the Seminar

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
Learning outcomes
Reading, analysis, critique and discussion of key texts of Czech political thinkers. We will try to answer the question of the meaning of Czech (Czechoslovak) democratic existence, experience, thinking and acting.
Orientation in basic texts of Czech theory of democracy. Ability to critically read and interpret.
Knowledge of English

Assessment methods and criteria
Paper in Seminar Reading of Fundamental Literature Minimum 70 % participation in seminar
Recommended literature
  • E. Gellner. The Price of Velvet: Thomas Masaryk and Václav Havel. 1995.
  • E. Kohák. Hearth and Horizon. Cultural Identity and Global Humanity in Czech Philosophy. Praha, 2008. ISBN 978-80-7007-285-1.
  • M. Havelka. A Hundred Years of Czech Question. 1995.
  • R. Scruton. Masaryk, Kant and Czech Experience. London, 1990.

Study plans that include the course
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