Course: Commonwealth: Society and Politics

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Course title Commonwealth: Society and Politics
Course code KAP/COM
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
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
  • Piknerová Linda, PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Hlaváček Pavel, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. British Empire - periodization of the origin and territorial expansion 2. Road to the Statute of Westminster 3. Statute of Westminster, Great Britain and the world in the interwar period 4. Empire during WW II and in the postwar period 5. Disengagement in India 6. Australia and New Zealand 7. Canada 8. The Union of South Africa - Republic of South Africa 9. The Caribbean 10. Asia 11. Great Britain and European integration

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion, Students' self-study
  • Preparation for an examination (30-60) - 50 hours per semester
  • Contact hours - 26 hours per semester
  • Preparation for comprehensive test (10-40) - 30 hours per semester
professional knowledge
No particular prerequisites specified.
learning outcomes
After passing the course, students will indentify the main aspects of the development of Commonwealth countries, determine their similarities and differences. Students will be able to analyze and compare particular political systems and to describe the regional and global position of selected countries and their relationship with Europe.
teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion
Students' self-study
assessment methods
Combined exam
Seminar work
Recommended literature
  • Barkan J. D. and Okumu J. J. (eds). POLITICS AND PUBLIC OPINION IN KENYA AND TAZANIA. NEW YORK, NY: Praeger, 1979.
  • Blainey, Geoffrey. Dějiny Austrálie. Praha : Lidové noviny, 1999. ISBN 80-7106-334-7.
  • Carter, G. M. and O'Meara, P. (eds) (1985), African Independence. AFRICAN INDEPENDENCE: The first twenty five year!. Bloomington, Ind.: University of Indiana Press, 1985.
  • Clapham, C. THIRD WORLD POLITICE. LONDON: Croom Helm, 1985.
  • Cliffe, L. Tanzania. Nairobi: East Africa Publishing House Halpern, M. (1963), The Politics of Change in the Middle East and North Africa. Princeton University Press.
  • Glassner, Martin Ira; Fahrer, Chuck. Political geography. 3rd ed. Hoboken : John Wiley & Sons, 2004. ISBN 978-0-471-35266-2.
  • Hulec, Otakar. Dějiny Jižní Afriky. Praha : Nakladatelství Lidové noviny, 1997. ISBN 80-7106-247-2.
  • Judd, Denis. Impérium : Britská imperiální zkušenost od roku 1765 do současnosti. Praha : BB art, 1999. ISBN 80-7257-046-3.
  • Liščák, Vladimír; Fojtík, Pavel. Státy a území světa. 2., aktualizované, přepracované a rozšířené vyd. Praha : Libri, 1998. ISBN 80-85983-53-2.
  • Šanc, David; Ženíšek, Marek. Commonwealth : z perspektivy politické vědy. Plzeň : Aleš Čeněk, 2008. ISBN 978-80-7380-146-5.
  • Tordoff, W. GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS IN AFRICA.. LONDON: Macmillan, 1984.
  • Young, C. IDEOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA.. NEW HAVEN, CONN.: Yale University Press, 1982.
  • Ženíšek, Marek,; Šanc, David. Commonwealth : politické systémy. Plzeň : Aleš Čeněk, 2007. ISBN 978-80-7380-078-9.

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
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Foreign Relations (10-3) Social sciences 2 Winter