Course: Core Fields of European Culture III

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Course title Core Fields of European Culture III
Course code KHI/EFIII
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Ptáček Pavel, RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
This course offers a general view to socioeconomic change after 1989 and its geographical patterns in Central and Eastern Europe during the period of transition to capitalism. The course begins with general theoretical framework of the transition from the state socialism and will focus on differences among Central European countries - namely Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. 1. Introduction, course description and organisation, literature 2. Cultural geography of Central Europe 3. General trends and tendencies of socioeconomic transition (institutional framework, typology) 4. Trends in population and settlement development 5. Economic transition: the role of foreign direct investment in modernisation of industry 6. Heavy industry: decline or restructuring? Car and electrical industry: success stories? 7. Services: retail, tourism and progressive services 8. Central European countries and EU membership 9. Regional policy in Central European countries 10. Excursion to selected enterprises 11. Conclusion, course evaluation and feedback

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training), Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming), Work with Text (with Book, Textbook), Observation, Activating (Simulations, Games, Dramatization)
  • Homework for Teaching - 36 hours per semester
  • Excursion - 8 hours per semester
  • Semestral Work - 36 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 24 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Exam - 46 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to acquaint students with different ways of cognition and research methods in social sciences
The student gets the overview of different ways of cognition. He knows research methods in social sciences.
Knowledge within the scope compulsory subjects that precede this subject in the study plan.

Assessment methods and criteria
Mark, Essay, Seminar Work

Active class participation, presentation + paper.
Recommended literature
  • Bachtler, Downes, Gorzelak. (2000). Transition, Cohesion and Regional Policy in Central and Eastern Europe. Ashgate.
  • Magocsi, P., R. (2002). Historical Atlas of Central Europe. University of Toronto Press.
  • Myant, M., Drahokoupil, J. (2011). Transition Economies: Political Economy in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken, NJ.
  • Pavlínek, P. (2005). Alternative theoretical approaches to post-communist transformations in central and eastern europe. Acta Slavica Iaponica.
  • Pavlínek, P. (2002). Restructuring the Central and Eastern European Automobile Industry: Legacies, Trends and Effects of Foreign Direct Investment. Post-Soviet Geography and Economics. Vol 43, No. 1, pp. 41-77.
  • Turnock (ed.). (2005). Foreign Direct Investment and Regional Development in East Central Europe and the Former Soviet Union. Ashgate.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Arts Euroculture (2015) Philosophy, theology 1 Winter