Course: Idea of Europe

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Course title Idea of Europe
Course code KPF/N029
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
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
Lecturer(s)
  • Kroupa Daniel, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. What is Europe? Geographical and historical determination, its knottiness. 2. European culture. Intellectual and cultural resources of European tradition. 3. Hellenic polis and philosophy. 4. Roman legal and political thought. 5. Judeo-Christian religion. 6. Birth of Europe in the early Middle Ages. 7. State and Europe. The emergence of the state in the Middle Ages and its historical transformations. 8. Nation and Europe. The origin of the idea of nation and nationalism. Herder, Renan, Gelner ... 9. Attempts to unify Europe politically in the Middle Ages and modern times. 10. Attempts to unify Europe on the basis of totalitarian ideologies. Communism and National Socialism. 11. Modern ideas of European unification. The birth of the European federalism - British liberal historians, Lord Acton, A. Briand, Masaryk, Coudenhove Kalergi, Ortega y Gasset, F.A.von Hayek, Churchill, Spinelli, Monet, Schumann ... 12. Basic idea of European integration after World War II. European Convention on Human Rights in 1950, Council of Europe, ECSC, Treaty of Rome (1957), Maastricht Treaty, EU enlargement and deepening, the Constitutional convention and the proposition of Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe, Lisbon Treaty ... 13. EU as a community of values. "The Union is established on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of minorities. These values are common to Member States in a society characterized by pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and gender equality" 14. Philosophical reflection about Europe and Europeanness. Hegel, Husserl, Ortega y Gasset ... 15. Patočka and his conception of Europeanness: care of the soul and the idea of spiritual power.

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to present intellectual and cultural resources of the European tradition as the basis of political unification of Europe.
Learning outcomes: - knowledge of intellectual and cultural resources of European tradition - knowledge of historical attempts to create political unity - knowledge of philosophical reflection of Europeanism - ability to be oriented in current debate about the future direction of the European Union - ability to distinguish ideological sources of different approaches to the future of EU -ability to present arguments for different approaches.
Prerequisites
The course has no prerequisite courses and knowledge.

Assessment methods and criteria
unspecified
The course will be finished with seminar paper on one of the topics of lectures, in the extent of 7 pages, using one primary and three secondary sources
Recommended literature
  • Cajthaml M. Evropa a péče o duši. Praha, 2010.
  • Dawson Ch. Zrození Evropy. Praha, 1994. ISBN 80-7021-114-8.
  • Jantač P. Hledání Evropy. Praha, 2010.
  • Kroupa D. Patočka a česká otázka, v: Jan Patočka: České dějiny a Evropa,. Semily, 2008.
  • Patočka J. Česká vzdělanost v Evropě. Praha, 1940.
  • Patočka J. Evropa a doba poevropská. Praha, 1992.
  • Patočka J. Kacířské eseje o filosofii dějin. Praha, 2007.
  • Patočka J. Platon a Evropa. Praha, 2007.


Study plans that include the course
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Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Teaching Social Sciences for Secondary Schools (A14) Category: Philosophy, theology - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: -
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Civic Education (A14) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: -
Faculty: Faculty of Arts Study plan (Version): Social Sciences (Two-Subject Combination) (A14) Category: Philosophy, theology - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: -
Faculty: Faculty of Arts Study plan (Version): Teaching Social Sciences for Middle School (Two-Subject Combination) (A14) Category: Philosophy, theology - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: -
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Civic Education (A14) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: -
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teaching of Social Sciences for Secondary Schools (A14) Category: Philosophy, theology - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: -
Faculty: Faculty of Arts Study plan (Version): Political Philosophy (A14) Category: Social sciences - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: -