Course: Political Parties and Party Systems 2

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Course title Political Parties and Party Systems 2
Course code KAP/STR2
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
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
  • Kubát Michal, Doc. PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Jurek Petr, PhDr. Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Status of parties in party system (relevance, pro-system vs. anti-system) 2. Status of parties in party system (minor and major parties) 3. Political parties and political systems (democracy, authoritarianism, totalitarianism) 4. Political parties and political regimes (parliamentarism, semi-presidentialism, presidentialism) 5. Coalition theory 6. Theory of opposition 7. Party systems and electoral systems 8. Fragmentation and polarization of party systems 9. Political parties and party system in the Czech republic 10. Political parties and party systems in Western European and American consolidated democracies 11. Political parites and party systems in the new Central and Eastern European democracies 12. Political parties and party systems in selected areas outside Europe 13. European supranational parties in the European parliament

Learning activities and teaching methods
  • Contact hours - 26 hours per semester
  • Preparation for an examination (30-60) - 60 hours per semester
professional knowledge
No particular prerequisites specified.
learning outcomes
Graduates will have detailed knowledge of political systems and party systems. They will be able to reflect on their status in connection with presidential, semi-presidential of parliamentary systems of government. They will be able to analyse the status of national political parties in the context of the process of europeisation and describe the related changes in party systems.
teaching methods
assessment methods
Combined exam
Recommended literature
  • Cabada, Ladislav; Kubát, Michal. Úvod do studia politické vědy. Praha : Eurolex Bohemia, 2004. ISBN 80-86432-63-7.
  • Fiala, Petr; Strmiska, Maxmilián. Teorie politických stran. Brno : Barrister & Principal, 1998. ISBN 80-85947-31-5.
  • Klíma, Michal. Volby a politické strany v moderních demokraciích. Praha : Radix, 1998. ISBN 80-86031-13-6.
  • Kubát, Michal; Balík, Stanislav. Teorie a praxe totalitních a autoritativních režimů. Praha : Dokořán, 2004. ISBN 80-86569-89-6.
  • Novák, Miroslav; Miltová, Alena; Ryba, Jiří. Systémy politických stran : úvod do jejich srovnávacího studia. 1. vyd. Praha, 1997. ISBN 80-85850-22-2.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts International Relations and East European Studies (11-5) Social sciences 3 Summer