Course: Theory and Practice of Conservatism

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Course title Theory and Practice of Conservatism
Course code KFI/TPK
Organizational form of instruction Seminar
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
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
  • Vodešil Petr, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
The course concentrates on selected topics form the conservative thought: 1. Tradition and principle of conservation and correction 2. Pragmatism in action 3. Imperfection of a man and interpretation of human nature 4. Organic concept of society 5. Hierarchy 6. Authority 7. Possession

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming)
Learning outcomes
The course concentrates on the basic ideas and philosophical bases of conservatism as well as its development from the 18th century until present.
Graduates of the course will acquire survey about the basic ideas and philosophical bases of conservatism. They will know its development from the 18th century until present. Students comprehend the philosophical conceptions that form conservatism. They know their theoretical bases, historical context, and they also know practical results of the conservative politics. Students know the most important conservatives. 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. The graduate of the course can identify and formulate theoretical, i.e. above all political-philosophical context of present social action that is connected to the conservative view on the individual and society. The graduate can also write up an academic article reflecting political practise in wide context.
No special assumptions are required.

Assessment methods and criteria
Analysis of linguistic, Seminar Work

Report, essay Active participation in a class, completion of assignment
Recommended literature
  • Burke, E. Úvahy o revoluci ve Francii, CDK, 1997..
  • Garner, Oldenquist. Society and the Individual. Belmont - California.
  • Kirk, R. (1997). Edmund Burke: a genius reconsidered. Wilmington, Delaware: Intercollegiate Studies Institute.
  • Kirk, R. The Conservative Mind.
  • Nisbet, R.:. Konzervatismus: sen a realita. Praha: Občanský institut 1993..
  • Oakeshott, M., & Fuller, T. (1991). Rationalism in politics and other essays. Indianapolis: Liberty Press.
  • Scruton, R. (eds.). Konzervativní myslitelé.
  • Scruton, R., Ogrocká, J., Šimek, R., Jochmann, P., & Merta, Z. (1994). Konzervativní myslitelé: výbor esejů z britského konzervativního čtvrtletníku The Salisbury Review. Brno: Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Arts Philosophy (2016) Philosophy, theology - -
Faculty of Arts Philosophy (2015) Philosophy, theology - -
Faculty of Arts Philosophy (2015) Philosophy, theology - -
Sts Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology Philosophy (2011) Philosophy, theology - -