Course: Political Philosophy

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Course title Political Philosophy
Course code KFI/POF
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 6
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course content
The course concentrates on an analysis of the philosophical bases of the main principles of the modern political theories that form above all Euro-American society. The main issue is relation between the individual and society (the state). Topics 1. Liberalism (Hobbes, Locke, J. S. Mill, Rawls, Nozick). 2. Conservatism (Burke, Ortega y Gasset, Scruton). 3. Socialisms, communism (More, Marx, Engels, Lenin). 4. Nazism, fascism (Hitler, Mussolini). 5. Anarchism, feminism, environmentalism (Kropotkin, Wollstonecraft, Leopold)

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming), Work with Text (with Book, Textbook)
  • Semestral Work - 10 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 20 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Exam - 20 hours per semester
  • Homework for Teaching - 20 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The course is capturing and analysis of the philosophical bases of the main principles of modern ideologies, which are involved in the particular form of Euro-American society. The course is based on classical texts shaping the major political ideologies ot the 19th, 20th and early 21st century. It is not only the ideas explikaci founders of directions, but also capture the changes and dynamics of ideology.
The graduate of the course will acquire survey about the bases, ideas, and theories of political philosophy, that participate on forming of the political systems and political practise mainly of Euro-American Society. The student knows philosophical conceptions that form the most important political theories from the 17th century to the present. Students can analyse classic and academic text respectively, and they comprehend it. Students can present results of their academic work in public and they are also able to react quickly during a discussion related to a topic of the course. Students can write up an academic article from area connected to the subject of the course. The graduate of the course can identify and formulate theoretical, i.e. above all political-philosophical context of present social action. It means he or she is able to orientate in relevant problems of the contemporary world. The graduate also can write up an academic article reflecting political practise in wide context. He or she can give a public lecture.
The course has no prerequisites.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam, Analysis of linguistic, Seminar Work

Report, essay, oral exam. Active participation in a class, completion of assignment.
Recommended literature
  • & Bratinka, P. (1991). Cesta k nevolnictví. Praha: Občanský institut.
  • Bauer, F., & Svátek, F. (1994). Hitlerův Můj boj očima historiků. Praha: Univers.
  • Berlin, I. (1991). Four essays on liberty. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Burke, E. Úvahy o revoluci ve Francii, CDK, 1997..
  • Garner, Oldenquist. Society and the Individual. Belmont - California.
  • Havel, V. (1990). Moc bezmocných. Praha: Lidové noviny.
  • Heywood, A., & Masopust, Z. (2005). Politické ideologie. Praha: Eurolex Bohemia.
  • Hobbes, T., Mertl, J., & Hrůša, J. (1941). Leviathan, neboli, O podstatě, zřízení a moci státu církevního a občanského. V Praze: Melantrich.
  • Kropotkin, P. A., Capouya, E., & Tompkins, K. (1975). The essential Kropotkin. New York: Liveright.
  • Lenin, V. I. (1950). Marxismus a revisionismus. V Praze: Svoboda, Vydavatelství knih.
  • Locke, J., Král, J., & Krejčí, O. (1992). Druhé pojednání o vládě. Praha: Svoboda.
  • Marx, K., Engels, F., & Dvořáček, Z. (1962). Manifest Komunistické strany. Praha: Mladá fronta.
  • Mill, J. S., & Randé, K. (1907). O svobodě. V Praze: Vlastním nákladem vydal J. Otto.
  • More, T., Křivský, P., Ryba, B., & Halada, J. (1978). Utopie. Praha: Mladá fronta.
  • Nozick, R. (2002). Anarchy, state, and utopia. New York: Basic Books.
  • Ortega y Gasset, J., Váňa, M., Černý, V., & Forbelský, J. (1993). Vzpoura davů. Praha: Naše vojsko.
  • Rawls, J. (1995). Teorie spravedlnosti.. Praha: Victoria Publishing.
  • Smith, A., Pavlát, V., Tryml, S., Irgl, V., Jindrová, A., & Pytelka, J. (1958). Pojednání o podstatě a původu bohatství národů. Sv. 1. Kniha 1-3. Praha: Státní nakladatelství politické literatury.

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