Course: History of Political Thought IV

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Course title History of Political Thought IV
Course code KPF/B081
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 5
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) Life and work of J. J. Rousseau 2) Development of the theory of the state of nature and social contract in the work of J. J. Rousseau 3) Second Discourse and The Social Contract 4) French Revolution and its political foundations. Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen 5) E. J. Sieyes: What is the Third Estate? 6) E. Burke, life and work, between liberalism and conservativism 7) American Revolution and its political foundations up to the creation of the federal constitution of the United States of America 8) Declaration of Independence 9) The Federalist Papers and their main subjects 10) Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy in America, I 11) Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy in America, II 12) John Stuart Mill and his importance for the formation of liberalism 13) Karel Marx and Bonapartism

Learning activities and teaching methods
Learning outcomes
Students will become familiar with the development of European political thinking and personalities and issues which played a key role in the political development of modern democracy and Rechtsstaat.
Students will acquire the following competences: - Ability to critically assess political theories and works of political thinkers of the 18th and 19th century - They should be able to produce independent scholarly studies on selected subjects of political philosophy of the 18th and 19th century.
History of Political Thought I, II, III

Assessment methods and criteria
Attendance (at most 3 absences), homeworks, presentation on one of the course subjects or submission of a course paper, testing based on areas covered in the course
Recommended literature
  • BROGAN, H. Alexis de Tocqueville. Pokrok demokracie ve věku revoluce. Brno, 2011.
  • BURKE, E. Úvahy o revoluci ve Francii. Brno, 1997.
  • ELLIS, J. J. Jeho Excelence George Washington. Praha, 2006.
  • FURET, F. Francouzská revoluce, díl I. Od Turgota k Napoleonovi, 1770 - 1814. Praha, 2004.
  • HAMILTON, A. - JAY, J. - MADISON,J. Listy federalistů. Olomouc, 1994.
  • HUNTINGTON, S. P. Kam kráčíš, Ameriko? Krize americké identity. Praha, 2004.
  • KUČERA, R. Thomas Paine, život ve jménu přirozených práv člověka, in: Ch. Hitchens: Thomas Paine a jeho práva člověka. Praha, 2007.
  • MARX, K. Osmnáctý brumaire Ludvíka Bonaparta. Praha, 1949.
  • McCULLOUGH, D. Státník a prezident John Adams. Praha, 2005.
  • MILL, J. S. Vybrané spisy o etice, společnosti a politice, II. Praha, 2018. ISBN 978-80-7298-237-0.
  • Rousseau, J.J. Rozpravy. Praha, 1989. ISBN 80-205-0064-2.
  • TALMON, J. L. O původu totalitní demokracie. politická teorie za Francouzské revoluce a po ní. Praha, 1998.
  • TINKOVÁ, D. Zrození občana. Antologie dokumentů z Francouzské revoluce. Praha, 2015. ISBN 978-80-200-2423-7.
  • TOCQUEVILLE, de A. Demokracie v Americe, díl I a díl II. Praha, 1992.
  • TOCQUEVILLE, de A. Starý režim a revoluce. Praha, 2003.

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 3 Recommended year of study:3, Recommended semester: Winter