Course: Liberal Democracy II

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Course title Liberal Democracy II
Course code KPF/N004
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 6
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
  • Šimsa Martin, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. What is Liberal Democracy? Attempt to delimit. Standards and facts 2. Brief History of Democracy, Liberalism and Human Rights 3. Liberal democracy, religion and secularization 4. Liberal democracy and freedom, negative and positive liberty 5. Liberal democracy and institutions. Parliament, human rights, elections, political parties, laws, constitution, rule of law, procedures, procedural theory 6. Liberal democracy and the market, capitalism - critique of liberalism, critique of capitalism, socialism, neoliberalism 7. Liberal Democracy and Republicanism 8. Liberal Democracy and Justice 9. Communitaristic critique of liberalism 10. Libertarian, Conservative critique of liberal democracy 11. Deliberative Versions of Liberal Democracy 12. Agonal, averse, representative version of liberal democracy 13. Populism, nationalism, fake news, non-liberal democracy

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified, unspecified
Learning outcomes
Introduction, definition and discussion of liberalism, democracy and republicanism in political philosophy of the 20th and the 21st centuries.
The student will learn basic questions, discourse, institutions and issues related to liberal democracy.
Liberal Democracy I

Assessment methods and criteria
Seminar work in the range of 6-10 standard pages on a topic to be approved by the lecturer. The seminar paper will focus on one of the basic questions or problems of liberal democracy. Reading at least three titles pertaining to liberal democracy.
Recommended literature
  • Dahl, R. Demokracie a její kritici. 1995.
  • Habermas, J. Diskursivní teorie liberální demokracie. 2018.
  • Popper, K. R. Otevřená společnost a její nepřátelé I - II. 1994.
  • Rawls, J. Political Liberalism. 1993.
  • Rawls, J. Teorie spravedlnosti. 1995.
  • Sartori, G. Teoria demokracie. 1993.
  • Shapiro, Habermas. Teorie demokracie dnes. 2002.
  • Shapiro, I. Skutečný svět demokratické teorie. 2012.
  • Schumpeter, J. Kapitalismus, demokracie a socialismus. 2004.
  • Urbinati, N. Znetvořená demokracie: minění, pravda a lid. 2018.

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 Philosophy (A14) Category: Social sciences 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer