Course: State and Bureaucracy

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Course title State and Bureaucracy
Course code KAP/BYR
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
  • Lupták Ľubomír, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. The state: introduction 2. Weber and the state 3. Bureaucracy and organization theory 4. Organized violence/organizing violence 5. Marx vs. state 6. Hegemony and ideology, base and superstructure 7. Foucault vs. state 8. Discipline, repression, knowledge 9. Formal and informal bureaucracy 10. Representations of the state 11. Field trip

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion, Instruction based on dialogue, Task-based study method, Seminar, Field trip
  • Attendance on a field trip (number of real hours - maximum 8h/day) - 40 hours per semester
  • Presentation preparation (report) (1-10) - 10 hours per semester
  • Contact hours - 52 hours per semester
  • Preparation for an examination (30-60) - 60 hours per semester
professional knowledge
No particular prerequisites specified.
learning outcomes
Graduates will be able to describe, understand and explain various concepts of the state and apply them in their own research; put them into context of international relations and political science theories. They will have detailed knowledge of everyday practice of bureaucratic organizations in post-communist countries in the context of formal state organization structure and they will be able to apply their knowledge in analysis of power relations and politics.
teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion
Field trip
Task-based study method
Instruction based on dialogue
assessment methods
Oral exam
Seminar work
Recommended literature
  • Althusser Louis; Balibar, Etienne. Reading Capital. Verso. 1998..
  • Arendt, H. Eichamnn v Jeruzalémě. Zpráva o banalitě zla. Mladá fronta, 1995.
  • Foucault, Michel. Dohlížet a trestat : kniha o zrodu vězení. Praha : Dauphin, 2000. ISBN 80-86019-96-9.
  • Foucault, Michel. Je třeba bránit společnost : kurs na College de France 1975-1976. Praha : Filosofia, 2005. ISBN 80-7007-221-0.
  • Gramsci, Antonio. Poznámky o Machiavellim, politice a moderním státu. Praha : Svoboda, 1970.
  • Keller, Jan. Sociologie organizace a byrokracie. 2., přeprac. vyd. Praha : Sociologické nakladatelství, 2007. ISBN 978-80-86429-74-8.
  • Lefort, C. The Political Forms of Modern Society: Bureaucracy, Democracy, Totalitarianism. Cambridge, 1986.
  • Marx. Karel. Kapitál. Praha: Státní nakladatelství politické literatury, 1954.
  • Marx, Karl. Německá ideologie. I, Feuerbach protiklad materialistického a idealistického nazírání. Praha : Svoboda, 1952.
  • Neubauer, Zdeněk. Státověda a teorie politiky. Praha : Sociologické nakladatelství (SLON), 2006. ISBN 80-86429-51-2.
  • Sharma, A.; Gupta, A. (eds.). The Anthropology of the State. A Reader.. Blackwell Publishing, 2006.
  • Schmitt, Carl. Pojem politična : text z r. 1932 s předmluvou a se třemi korolárii. Praha : OIKOYMENH, 2007. ISBN 978-80-7325-107-9.
  • Schmitt, Carl. Teorie partyzána : poznámka na okraj k pojmu politična. Praha : OIKOYMENH, 2008. ISBN 978-80-7298-265-3.
  • Staniszkis, Jadwiga. Postkomunismus : zrod hádanky. 1. vyd. Brno : Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury, 2006. ISBN 80-7325-093-4.
  • Tilly, Charles. Coercion, Capital, and European States, AD 990-1992. Blackwell Pub. 1990..
  • Tilly, Charles. Politika kolektivního násilí. Praha : Sociologické nakladatelství, 2006. ISBN 80-86429-60-1.
  • Weber, Max; Havelka, Miloš. Metodologie, sociologie a politika. Praha : Oikoymenh, 1998. ISBN 80-86005-48-8.

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 Political Science (15-3) Social sciences 2 Winter