Course: Controversial Social Issues

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Course title Controversial Social Issues
Course code KFHS/KB312
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
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
  • Havlínová Ivana, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Diversity and controversy in society 2. When a social and political issue becomes controversial; problem analysis 3. Model situation, discussion: Rights of the individual - social good 4. Individual identity and social diversity 5. Model situation: Identity and social diversity 6. Why diversity and controversy are important in a democracy 7. Identification of controversial social issues 8. Work with case studies: Conflicts of life roles of an individual 9. Individual and multiculturalism: work with texts 10. Interethnic reality in the contemporary Europe 11. Model situation, discussion: Right to asylum 12. Unipolarity in today's world. 13. Case studies: International threats, international terrorism 14. Seminar on a topic selected by students

Learning activities and teaching methods
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Learning outcomes
The course is based mainly on the analysis of the term "controversial topics" as well as on an interactive approach to the topics of individual lessons. It will enable students to work with diversity of opinion through model situations, to form and formulate their own attitudes and to work with a text and case studies. Within the course, students will get acquainted with various forms of discussion and debate.
Students: - explain, analyze and demonstrate on specific examples the basic concepts (diversity, controversy, controversial social and political issues, identity, multiculturalism, unipolarity) - identify current controversial social and political issues and justify why they are controversial - analyse researched case studies and model situations and reflect their own attitudes - exercise the rights of a participant in various forms of discussion and respect the rights of other participants - identify and analyse selected controversial topic, present them in the form of essays, PowerPoint and oral presentations

Assessment methods and criteria
1. the student will have a maximum of 2 absences 2. the student analyses the selected controversial topic in writing and searches the literature and other sources on the topic 3. the student presents one of the selected controversial topics in the form of a PowerPoint and oral presentation
Recommended literature
  • GIDDENS, A. Sociologie. Praha, 2001. ISBN 80-7203-124-4.
  • HESS, D. Controversy in the Classroom: the Democratic Power of Discussion. New York - London, 2009. ISBN 0-415-96228-5.
  • HEYWOOD, A. Politologie. Praha, 2008. ISBN 978-80-7380-115-1.
  • HUNTINGTON, S. P. Střet civilizací. Boj kultur a proměna světového řádu. Praha, 2001. ISBN 80-86182-49-5.
  • JIRÁSKOVÁ, V. Multikulturní výchova: Předsudky a stereotypy.. Praha, 2006. ISBN 80-87027-31-0.

Study plans that include the course
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