Course: Democracy and secularization

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Course title Democracy and secularization
Course code KFHS/N502
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
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. What does democracy mean? Brief history of the concept. 2. What does secularization mean? Brief history of the concept. 3. Secularization - Max Weber. 4. Secularization - Böckenförde. 5. Secularization, Christianity and democracy - Masaryk. 6. Value-neutral democracy - Schumpeter, Popper. 7. Secularization and Christianity - Bonhoeffer. 8. Secularization and human rights - Komárková. 9. Desecularization: West and world, America and Europe- Berger, Davie, Casanova. 10. Rawls and secular democracy. 11. Secular, liberal democracy and pragmatism -Talisse. 12. Post-secular democracy - Habermas. 13. Course summary and definition of the relationshop between democracy, secular state and secularization.

Learning activities and teaching methods
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Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to acquaint students with important classical and contemporary texts related to the problem of the secular state and democracy, secularization, enlightenment and modernity. Examining whether and how the crisis of liberal democracy is related to the crisis of secularization.
The student is able to use professional terminology. The student is familiar with the basic texts on democracy and secularization. The student will acquire knowledge of the ways of their study. The student will gain the ability to name their advantages and disadvantages.
Passing of the subject Political Philosophy

Assessment methods and criteria
To successfully complete the course, the following is required: active participation in seminars (at least 70%), presentation of a paper and completion of the final colloquium.
Recommended literature
  • Böckenförde. Vznik státu jako proces sekularizace. Brno, 2007.
  • Habermas. Víra a věděni in Budoucnost lidské přirozenosti. Praha, 2003.
  • Hanyš, Arnason. Mezi náboženstvím a politikou. Praha, 2016.
  • Komárková. Sekularizovaný svět a evangelium. Brno, 1992.
  • Šimsa. Náboženství a filosofie v sekulární demokracii. Ústí nad Labem, 2016.
  • Weber, M. Věda jako povolání in Metodologie, sociologie a politika. Praha, 2009.

Study plans that include the course
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