Course syllabus POMYA - Political Thinking in English (FRDIS - WS 2020/2021)Help

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Course code:
Course title in Czech:
Political Thinking in English
Course title in English:
Political Thinking in English
Semester: WS 2020/2021
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)
Level of course: master; master continuing
Course type:
Type of delivery:
Mode of delivery for our mobility students abroad:
Online delivery, subject to consultations with the lecturer.
Language of instruction:
Course supervisor:
Course supervising department:
Martin Kovanič, MA, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, tutor)
doc. PhDr. Mgr. Josef Smolík, Ph.D., MBA, LLM (supervisor)
Timetable in this semester:
11.00-12.50Z8 (ČP II.)
not set
Every week
13.00-13.50Z8 (ČP II.)
not set
SeminarEvery week
Aim of the course and learning outcomes:
The main aim of the course is to present the main concepts in contemporary political philosophy, regarding the roots and extent of political obligation, need to conform to political authority, its limits and the foundations of democratic regimes and universal human rights. These concepts will then be applied to the various political ideologies, which interpret these concepts in a variety of ways. After the course completion, the student should gain knowledge of the variety of modern political ideologies and its philosophical sources.
Course content:
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Learning activities and teaching methods:
Type of teaching method
Daily attendance
24 h
12 h
36 h
Assessment methods:
Preliminary – the necessary preconditions to be allowed to take the final test is the submission of book review and presentation:

1. Each student has to choose a political philosophy book to read during the seminar of the second week of semester. The book needs to be approved during the seminar by the lecturer.
2. The book review will have to be 1000-1200 words long, the deadline for the book review is November 1, 2020, 23:59. Submission through the electronic system.
3. Each student has to prepare a 10 min long presentation of the book, which should obtain information about the author, context of its writing, its situation within the wider philosophical discussion of the era, presentation of main findings and arguments and then its evaluation and criticism. Presentations will start in the 4th week of the semester.

Written test – in the test, you will have to demonstrate and apply the obtained knowledge, it is 100 percent of your course evaluation. Minimal score that needs to be obtained is 60 percent.
Assessment criteria ratio:
Requirement type
Daily attendance
Final test
100 %
100 %
Recomended reading and other learning resources:
MILLER, D. Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. 147 p. ISBN 0-19-280395-6.
WOLFF, J. An Introduction to Political Philosophy. Revised Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. 215 p. ISBN 978-0-19-929609-5.

Course listed in study plans for this semester:
Programme C-INTSE International Territorial Studies, full-time form, initial period SS 2018/2019
Field of study C-ITSE-IDSE International Development Studies, full-time form, initial period SS 2018/2019
Field of study C-ITSE-IDSE International Development Studies, full-time form, initial period WS 2019/2020
Programme C-INTSE International Territorial Studies, full-time form, initial period WS 2019/2020
Course listed in previous semesters:
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Last modification made by Bc. Vít Karber on 09/07/2020.

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