Course: Topics in Contemporary Philosophy of Politics

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Course title Topics in Contemporary Philosophy of Politics
Course code KPF/N219
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
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Pokorný Vít, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1) Introduction: contemporary political chalenges and their reflection 2) Politics and multiculturalism 3) Populism and divided society 4) Politics and technology 1 - survaillance 5) Politics and technology 2 - internet and social networks, cyber politics 6) Identity and politics 1 - gender politics, new types of political subjects 7) Identity and politics 2 8) Post-colonialism and neo-colonialism: global power and its transformations 9) Politics and emancipation 1: hnutí civil disobedinece, anarchism, eco-politics 10) Politics and emancipation 2: social visibility, , vulnerability, class differences 11) Ecology and politics: ekological chalenges, politics of care 12) Politics and violence 13) Recapitulation and Discussion

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified, unspecified
Learning outcomes
This course focuses on analysis and interpretation of contemporary socio-political problems and chalanges. It is not a course in classical political philosophy, nor in anglo-american political theory, it does not adresses topics of a good polis, state, or social contract. It draws on contemporary political thought influenced by critical theory, post-colonial thinking, political aesthetics, eco criticism, neomarxism, or feminism. Yet, the course does not focus on authors or schools of thought, but on socio-political problems in order to allow students to analyse contemporary socio-political problems based on up-to-date political thought.
Students will get to know contemporary political thought Students will be able to discuss and interpret contemporary social and political issues. Student will be able to present and defend their interpretations. Students will be able to write theoretical papers on chosen topics
Reading command of Englisch is necessary. Orientation in 20th century philosophy is an advantage.

Assessment methods and criteria
Regular preliminary activities: reading of assigned texts, sylaby Activities in class: discussion, presentation of arguments and interpretations Essay on chosen topic, 5 - 10 pages
Recommended literature
  • Agamben, G. Homo Sacer. Suverénní moc a holý život. Praha: Oikoymenh, 2011.
  • Balibar, E. Násilí a civilita. Praha: Rybka Publishers, 2017.
  • Hauser, M. Kapitalismus jako zombie neboli proč žijeme ve světě přízraků.. Praha: Rybka Publishers, 2012.
  • Ranciér, J. Neshoda. Politika a filosofie. Praha: Svoboda Servis, 2011.
  • Žižek, S. Násilí. Praha: Rybka Publishers, 2013. ISBN 978-80-87067-22-2.

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 - 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: -