Course syllabus RRVARO - Selected Aspects of Community Development (FRDIS - SS 2014/2015)

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Course code: RRVARO
Course title in language of instruction: Vybrané aspekty rozvoje obcí
Course title in Czech: Selected Aspects of Community Development
Course title in English: Selected Aspects of Community Development
Mode of completion and number of credits: Exam (5 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes: full-time, 3/0 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction: Czech
Level of course: bachelor
Semester: SS 2014/2015
Name of lecturer: Mgr. Petr Klusáček, Ph.D. (supervisor)
Prerequisites: not Selected Aspects of Community Development in EN
Aims of the course:
Students will get acquainted with the selected issues associated with municipal development at the territory of the Czech Republic -- the issues will be discussed in the international context - from perspective of the other selected EU-member countries.
Course contents:
1.Size of municipalities in the Czech Republic and in the selected EU-member countries (large share of small municipalities and fragmented municipal structure in the Czech Republic) (allowance 1/0)
2.Aspects of municipal development in the different types of municipalities (statutory cities, municipalities with extended powers, small countryside municipalities) (allowance 1/0)
3.Intermunicipal cooperation -- effort to develop the functional cooperation and eliminate the problems with small municipalities, types of intermunicipal cooperation. (allowance 2/1)
4.Development of municipalities in the different geographical locations -- specifics aspects of municipal development in the peripheral, semi-peripheral and core regions (allowance 2/1)
5.Types of different development zones in municipalities-- brownfields versus greenfields (the problems with urban sprawl) (allowance 2/1)
6.The most important groups of stakeholders influencing municipal development --development projects and clashes of interest among different groups of stakeholders (entrepreneurs , NGOs, representatives of public administrations, local citizens), role of public administration in search of the balanced and sustainable modes of the development (allowance 2/1)
7.Demographic changes and their impacts on municipal development -- current demographic trends (for example aging, depopulation, decrease of average size of households) and their impacts on housing and social policies in the municipalities (allowance 1/1)
8.Issue of the socially excluded and deprived communities and persons (for example Roma population, homeless people) -- activities of municipalities for integration of the socially excluded and deprived communities and persons to the society (for example model area of so called Brno "Bronx") (allowance 1/1)
9.Evaluation of the municipal development -- potentials of the developments at municipal level -- different methods and approaches demonstrated on concrete examples from Atlas of landscape Czech Republic (allowance 1/1)
Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-Ability to analyse and synthesize
-Ability to apply knowledge
-Capacity to learn
-Professional knowledge
-Skilled at utilizing and processing information

Specific competences:
-Analyse municipal problems
-Conceptual answers to issues of municipal development in economic, economic-political, environmental and social context.
-Prepare and evaluate proposals for solution to eliminate problems at municipal level.

Type of course unit: required
Year of study: Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement: There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules: -
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load):
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture12 h
     practice6 h
     preparation for exam90 h
     preparation of presentation12 h
     writing of seminar paper20 h
Total140 h
Assessment methods:
Final evaluation is based on the two parts: (1) RESULTS OF TWO SEMINARS PAPERS, (2) RESULTS OF THE WRITTEN EXAMS
(1) RESULTS OF TWO SEMINAR PAPERS: (a) critical analysis of information for the given issue and for the concrete municipality, (b) presentation of the most important knowledge in the form suitable both for experts and local citizens (for example for public meetings to the different development problems with local citizens). Maximum of points for each seminar paper is 10 points. The students have to receive minimum 10 points from two seminars papers in total (50 % ). At the same time the students have to get minimum 2 points from each seminar paper. If students meet these two conditions they will be allowed to participate at the written exams.
(2) RESULTS OF THE WRITTEN EXAMS. Maximum number of points from written exams is 80. To be successful, it is necessary to obtain minimum 60 %, it means 48 points. The final evaluation is based on summation of points from two seminars papers and from written exams. The intervals of the results are then the following:
A 90, 1-100 points
B 82,1-90 points
C 74,1-82 points
D 66,1-74 points
E 58,0-66 points
Recommended reading:
TypeAuthorTitlePublished inPublisherYearISBN
RQMICHAL, I. -- VAJDOVÁ, Z. -- DANIEL, Č.Autonomie a spolupráce: důsledky ustavení obecního zřízení v roce 1990PrahaSociologický ústav AV ČR200680-7330-086-9
RQDENTERS, B. -- LAWRENCE, R.Comparing Local Governance. Trends and DevelopmentsLondonPalgrave Macmillan2005978-0-333-99556-3
RQSWIANIEWICZ, P.Consolidation or Fragmentation? The Size of Local Governments in Central and Eastern EuropeBudapestOpen Society Institute 2002
RQSWIANIEWICZ, P.Public Perception of Local Governments, Between Active Appreciation, Passive Approval and Distrustful WithdrawalBudapestOpen Society Institute2001


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