Course: History of Political Thought III

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Course title History of Political Thought III
Course code KPF/B080
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
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
  • Chotaš Jiří, PhDr. Ing. Ph.D.
  • Charvát Jan, Mgr. Ph.D., M.A.
Course content
1. Nicollo Machiavelli and new foundations of political theory 2. Machiavelli: The Prince and Discourses on Livy 3. Political thoughts of early Utopians, Thomas More 4. Tommaso Campanella, Francis Bacon 5. Political thought of European Reformation, Martin Luther 6. John Calvin 7. Jean Bodin and the theory of sovereignty 8. Hugo Grotius and the creation of theory of international law in Spain 9. The origins and development of absolutism 10. Thomas Hobbes and the theory of social contract 11. John Locke 12. John Locke and religious tolerance 13. Charles de Montesquieu and the separation of powers as a defence against despotism

Learning activities and teaching methods
Learning outcomes
Students should become familiar with the development of European political thought from Renaissance through Reformation and all the way to the revolutions of late 18th century.
Students will acquire the following competences: - Ability to critically assess political theories and works of political thinkers from the 16th to 18th century - They should be able to produce independent scholarly studies on selected subjects of political philosophy from the 16th to 18th century.
History of political thought, I and II

Assessment methods and criteria
Attendance (at most 3 absences), presentation on one of the course subjects or submission of a course paper, testing based on areas covered in the course
Recommended literature
  • BACON, F. Nová Atlantida. Praha, 1980.
  • CAMPANELLA, N. Sluneční stát. Praha.
  • GROTIUS, H. Prolegomena ke Třem knihám o právu válečném a mírovém, in: Filosofický časopis, 62, 4, s. 483-505.. Praha, 2014.
  • HOBBES, Th. Leviathan. Praha, 2009.
  • KUČERA, R. Politologická historie demokracie. Ústí nad Labem, 2012. ISBN 978-80-7414-552-0.
  • LOCKE, J. Dopis o toleranci. Brno, 2000. ISBN 80-7106-202-3.
  • Locke, J. Druhé pojednání o vládě. Praha, 1992. ISBN 80-205-0222-X.
  • Luther, M. O světské vrchnosti. Heršpice, 1993. ISBN 80-900696-2-2.
  • MACHIAVELLI,N. Úvahy o vládnutí a vojenství. Praha, 2008.
  • MACHIAVELLI,N. Vladař. Praha, 2008.
  • MÉNNISIER, Th. - ZARKA, Y. Ch. Machiavelliho Vladař. Nové umění politiky. Praha, 2015. ISBN 978-80-7298-434-3.
  • Montesquieu Charles. O duchu zákonů. Praha, 2010. ISBN 978-80-7298-405-3.
  • More, Th. Utopie. Praha.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Arts Study plan (Version): Political Science (Two-Subject Combination) (A14) Category: Social sciences 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer