Course syllabus RRRSO - Regional Sociology (FRDIS - SS 2019/2020)Help

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Course code: RRRSO
Course title in Czech: Regional Sociology
Course title in English: Regional Sociology
Semester: SS 2019/2020
Mode of completion and number of credits:
Exam (5 credits)
Mode of delivery and timetabled classes:
full-time, 2/1 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
part-time, 18/0 (lectures per period / seminars per period)
Level of course:
Course type: required
Type of delivery:
usual, consulting
Mode of delivery for our mobility students abroad: -- item not defined --
Language of instruction:
Course supervisor:
Course supervising department:
Faculty: Faculty of Regional Development and International Studies
Teachers: Beatrice-Elena Chromková Manea, Ph.D., MA (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor, tutor)
Prerequisites: not Regional Sociology in English
Timetable in this semester:
Z3 (ČP II.)B.-E. Chromková Manea
Every week32
Z3 (ČP II.)
Every week
Z11 (ČP II.)
Every week
Aim of the course and learning outcomes:
Acquiring basic knowledge about the spatial arrangement of social phenomena, acquiring knowledge concerning systematic ways of obtaining information about regional social phenomena, mastering of research methods relevant in regional sociology and urban sociology.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
The student will identify, understand and will be able to interpret regional and urban social problems.
The student will be able to apply the theoretical knowledge. The student’s sociological approach. Student will learn the critical way of thinking and to use qualitative and quantitative research to analyse the regional and urban problems. The student will understand and will be able to interpret empirical research.

Course content:
1.Spatial arrangement in diskurse of regional development and sociology: identities and differences. (allowance 2/1)
Theoretical conditionality of regional sociology (allowance 4/2)
Theories of spatial arrangement: geography, social anthropology, political science, demography, sociology
Diffusionism, evolutionism, strcturalism and funktionalism on arrangement of social space.

Methodological conditionality of regional sociology (allowance 4/2)
Social space and region in system paradigms: positivism and postpositivism.
Social space and region in development paradigms: constructionism and action research.

Problem conditionality of regional sociology (allowance 6/3)
a.Traditional group arrangement of social space: settlements, communication, resources.
Modern organizational arrangement of social space: organizational units, communication, resources.
c.Late modern networking of social space: network, communication, resources.

Contemporary wals of social space arrangement and relevant issues (allowance 4/2)
a.Political, economical, military ways of regionalization; consequent social problems.
b.Global regions, regions in European Union, regions in Czech Republic; consequent social problems.

Regional sociology in development plans (allowance 4/2)
Identification of strengths, limitations and social development problems of the region; research opportunities.
b.Share of development projects; possibilities of linking academic and non-academic approaches.

Learning activities and teaching methods:
Type of teaching method
Daily attendance
Combined form
26 h
24 h
14 h
0 h
field work
4 h0 h
preparation for exam
36 h54 h
preparation for regular assessment20 h0 h
preparation for regular testing
15 h15 h
preparation of presentation
15 h
0 h
elaboration and execution of projects
10 h
15 h
writing of seminar paper0 h32 h
Total140 h
140 h
Assessment methods:
The course work consists of four types of activities:
1. It is assumed that for each lesson students will have read the prescribed literature.
2. In each seminar, a text overview will be presented based on the literature available in the UIS folder. Selection of texts (incl. team composition - 2 persons) will take place in the first week. The paper is devoted to max. 20 minutes. This is followed by a short discussion in which students ask questions about the paper (max. 5 minutes). Presentations are scored. At least 10 out of 20 points are required to be allowed to take the exam and complete the course.
3. Each team (2 persons) will prepare a seminar paper. The topic is chosen from the list of topics provided at the beginning of the semester. The seminar paper has a range of 7,000 characters (including spaces) with a tolerance of + 10% (that is, +700 characters). It does not include the title page, literature and tables. Deadline for submission of seminar paper is the 3rd of May 2020. Within the last two weeks’ seminars (on the 7th and 14th of May 2020), each team will briefly (in 5 minutes) present the topic of the seminar paper and the main findings. The schedule for presentations will be available by the 30th of April 2020. Seminar papers are scored. At least 20 out of 30 points are required to complete the course and be allowed to take the exam.
4. The course ends with a written exam. It takes the form of open and closed-ended questions that will test the knowledge of the prescribed literature and the issues discussed during the lectures. Only those who complete the above activities no. 2 and 3 and have a minimum score of 30 points will qualify for the exam.

Course rating:

Quality of the presented paper: 0 - 20 points
Quality of seminar work: 0 - 30 points
Final exam: 0 - 50 points

Final grade:
A (93-100 pts.)
B (85-92 pts.)
C (77-84p.)
D (69-76 pts)
E (61-68 pts)
F (0-60 pts)
Assessment criteria ratio:
Requirement type
Daily attendanceCombined form
0 %
0 %
Recomended reading and other learning resources:
HEŘMANOVÁ, E. -- PATOČKA, J. Regionální sociologie, sociologie prostoru a prostředí. Praha: Oeconomica , 2006.
POMAZALOVÁ, N. Regionální sociologie = Regional sociology. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova univerzita v Brně, 2014. 82 p. ISBN 978-80-7509-087-4.
BLAŽEK, J. -- UHLÍŘ, D. Teorie regionálního rozvoje. Praha: Karolinum, 2002.
HRUŠKATVRDÝ, L. Změny ve struktuře osídlení a jejich dopad na rozvoj měst a regionů: pohled prostorové sociologie s využitím multikriteriálních analýz. Ostrava: Accendo , 2012.
KADEŘÁBKOVÁ, J. Region a regionální vědy: (vybrané sociální, kulturní a environmentální aspekty). 1st ed. Praha: Vysoká škola finanční a správní, 2008. 77 p. ISBN 978-80-7408-009-8.
HUBÍK, S. Sociální konstrukce regionu: teoretická a metodologická východiska. 1st ed. Brno: MSD, 2006. 102 p. ISBN 80-86633-73-X.
PATOČKA, J. -- HEŘMANOVÁ, E. Lokální a regionální kultura v České republice: kulturní prostor, kulturní politika a kulturní dědictví. 1st ed. Praha: ASPI, 2008. 199 p. ISBN 978-80-7357-347-8.
HEŘMANOVÁ, E. Koncepty, teorie a měření kvality života. 1st ed. Sociologické nakladatelství (SLON), 2012. 239 p. Studijní texty ;. ISBN 978-80-7419-106-0.
HEŘMANOVÁ, E. -- CHROMÝ, P. et al. Kulturní regiony a geografie kultury: kulturní reálie a kultura v regionech Česka. 1st ed. Praha: ASPI, 2009. 348 p. ISBN 978-80-7357-339-3.
PATOČKA, J. -- HEŘMANOVÁ, E. Lokální a regionální kultura v České republice. Praha: ASPI, 2008. 200 p. ISBN 978-80-7357-347-8.

CASTELLS, M. The Information Age: Economy, Society and Culture, Vol I: The Rise of the Network Society (selected parts). Oxford: Blackwell, 2000.
KELLER, J. Tři sociální světy: sociální struktura postindustriální společnosti. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 2011. 211 p. ISBN 978-80-7419-044-5.
MEČIAR, J. Obecná regionální geografie I. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2006.
SOUKUP, V. Antropologie: teorie člověka a kultury. Praha : Portál, 2011.
VOTRUBEC, C. Lidská sídla, jejich typy a rozmístění ve světě. Praha: Academia, 1980. 393 p.
SCHERM, I. -- WAACK, C. -- GARSZTECKI, S. Regionální identita a transnacionální prostory ve středovýchodní Evropě. Plzeň: Aleš Čeněk, 2012.

Course listed in study plans for this semester:
Field of study B-RD-SEDR Socioeconomic and Environmental Development of Regions, full-time form, initial period WS 2018/2019
Programme B-RED Regional Development, full-time form, initial period WS 2018/2019
Course listed in previous semesters:
WS 2020/2021, WS 2019/2020, SS 2018/2019, SS 2017/2018, SS 2016/2017, WS 2016/2017 (and older)
Teaching place: Brno

Last modification made by Bc. Vít Karber on 02/05/2020.

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