Course: Democracy, populism and post-truth

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Course title Democracy, populism and post-truth
Course code KFHS/N505
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
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. Definition of democracy, populism and post-truth. 2. Decline of honor, history of lying. 3. Lying in the academic sphere. 4. Narrative truths and lies. 5. Masked media. 6. Suspicious company. 7. Corporate lies. 8. Lies and climate change, lies and immigration. 9. What do populists say? 10. What are populists doing? 11. How to treat populists? 12. Critical reflection of populism these. 13. How should contemporary democracy deal with populism and post-truth?

Learning activities and teaching methods
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Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to acquain students with current theories of post-truth, post-facticity and populism.
The student is able to use professional terminology. The student will gain an understanding of the phenomena of populism and post-truth. The student is able to place domestic phenomena in a broader western and global context. The student will learn ways to treat and resist populism and post-truth.
Passing of Political Philosophy

Assessment methods and criteria
To successfully complete the course, the followingis required: active participation in seminars (at least 70%), presentation of a paper and completion of the final colloquium.
Recommended literature
  • Jan-Werner Müller. Co je to populismus?. Praha, 2017.
  • Milligan. Pravda v době populismu. Praha, 2019.
  • Nadia Urbinati. Znetvořená demokracie: Mínění, pravda a lid. Praha, 2018.
  • Rabin-Havt. Lies, Incorporated. The World of Post-Truth Politics. New York, Penguin, 2016.
  • Šimsa. Relativismus a (post)pravda v demokracii. Ústí nad Labem, 2018.

Study plans that include the course
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