Course: Democracy, populism and post-truth

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Course title Democracy, populism and post-truth
Course code KPF/N213
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
Lecturer(s)
  • Šimsa Martin, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Definition of democracy, populism and post-truth. 2. Retorics, sofistics and demagogy in Ancient democracy 3. People 4. Modern democracy and populism 5. Nationalism, socialism, fashism, nazism 6. Populistic movements 7. Typical features of populism. 8. Arguments for populism. 9. Arguments against populism. 10. Populism and civic public/society 11. Opinion, Truth, Post-Truth in democacy and populism 12. Critical reflection of theories of populism 13. Critique as a therapy?

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
Learning outcomes
Presentation and discussion of contemporary theories of post-truth, post-facticity and populism.
Understanding the phenomena of populism and post-truth. The art of setting domestic phenomena in the wider Western and global context. Acquiring recipes on how to treat and resist populism and post-truth.
Prerequisites
Tentative knowledge of contemporary political philosophy

Assessment methods and criteria
unspecified
Reading at least two publications on populism and post-truth argumentation. 70% attendance at the seminar Report reading literature at the seminar. To pass a colloquium on seminar questions.
Recommended literature
  • Ari Rabin-Havt and Media Matters. Lies, Incoporated. The World of Post-Truth Politics. New York, 2016.
  • Jan-Werner Müller. Co je to populismus?. Praha, 2017. ISBN 978-80-7438-183-6.
  • Jan-Werner Müller. What is Populism?. Philadephia, 2016.
  • John Lukacs. Demokracia a Populizmus. Bratislava, 2006.
  • Kubát, Mejstřík, Kocian. Populismus v časech krize. Praha, 2015.
  • Nadia Urbinati. Znetvořená demokracie: Mínění, pravda a lid. Praha, 2018.
  • Ralph Keyes. The Post-Truth Era. Dishonesty and Deception in Contemporary Life. New York, 2004.
  • Timothy Snyder. Tyranie. Praha, 2017.


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