Course: Czech Political Culture

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Course title Czech Political Culture
Course code KAP/CPK
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech, English
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Krčál Petr, PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Strnadová Lenka, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. What is political culture? Political culture as a normative, empirical, aesthetic category 2. The differences among the theories of political culture. The horizontal nad vertical dimension of political culture 3. Types of political culture. The Czech Republic in typology. Postcommunism as a type of political culture. 4. Cultural determinism in political theory - does culture matter? Political culture and change. Historical-cultural preconditions of hte existence of democracsy in the Czech Republic. Communism and the development of protest culture. State/society as leading actors in transition 5. Political culture and constitutionalism 6. Political culture nad the quality of public discourse 7. Justice, historical resettlement, and the process of reconciliation - of memory and forgetting 8. Th civic ethos and social capital. Czech civic virtues. The middle class and its democratic capital. Economic efficiency and social capital. Corruption. Democracy and trust 9. Postcommunism, nationalism, patriotism, identity formation, and political culture 10. The impast of massmedia on political culture

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion, One-to-One tutorial, Individual study, Students' self-study, Self-study of literature, Lecture
  • Contact hours - 26 hours per semester
  • Preparation for an examination (30-60) - 52 hours per semester
prerequisite
professional knowledge
No particular prerequisites specified.
learning outcomes
Students will be familiar both with theoretical and empirical aspects of political culture and understand the process of historical formation of Czech political culture. Student will learn how to apply theories of political culture, social capital, civic ethos, and patriotism to the political milieu of individual countries. Students will be able to identify particular aspects of Czech political culture, describe the process of its formation, name its elements and aspects and distinguish its elements with regard to democratic political system. Students will be able to differentiate between various types of political culture, interpret the way in which political culture influences democratic political development and classify various types of political culture.
teaching methods
Lecture
Lecture supplemented with a discussion
Students' self-study
Self-study of literature
Individual study
One-to-One tutorial
assessment methods
Oral exam
Combined exam
Recommended literature
  • Občanské ctnosti : občanský étos a občanství v liberálnědemokratických společnostech. 1. vyd. Praha : Victoria publishing, 1995. ISBN 80-85865-12-2.
  • Almond, G., Verba, S. The Civic Culture. Boston, 1965.
  • ALMOND, Gabriel A. - VERBA, Sidney. The Civic Culture Revisited. Sage: Newsbury Park, 1989.
  • BANFIELD, Edward C. - BANFIELD, Laura F. The Moral Basis of a Backward Society. The Free Press: New York, 1967.
  • BARBER, Benjamin. Strong Democracy. Participatory Politics for a New Age. University of California Press: Berkeley, 4. vydání, 1990.
  • Cabada, Ladislav. Komunismus, levicová kultura a česká politika 1890-1938. 1. vyd. Plzeň : Aleš Čeněk, 2005. ISBN 80-86898-32-6.
  • Crothers, Lane - Lockhart, Charles. Culture and Politics. A Reader. St Martin´s Press: New York, 2000.
  • ČMEJRKOVÁ, Světla - HOFFMANOVÁ, Jana. Jazyk, média a komunikace. Academia: Praha, 2003.
  • Eatwell, Roger. European Political Cultures. Conflict or Convergence. Routledge: Londýn, 1997.
  • Huntington, Samuel P. Střet civilizací : boj kultur a proměna světového řádu. Praha : Rybka Publishers, 2001. ISBN 80-86182-49-5.
  • KEANE, John. The Media and Democracy. Polity Press: Cambridge, 1991.
  • Klicperová-Baker, Martina. Demokratická kultura v České republikce : občanská kultura, étos a vlastenectví ze srovnávacího pohledu. Vyd. 1. Praha : Academia, 2007. ISBN 978-80-200-1433-7.
  • KLICPEROVÁ-BAKER, Martina. Ready for Democracy? Civic Culture and Civility with a Focus on Czech Society. Institute of Psychology, Academy of Science of the Czech Republic: Praha, 1999.
  • KŘEN, Jan. Dvě století střední Evropy. Argo: Praha, 2005.
  • LEWANDOWSKI, Joseph D. - ZNOJ, Milan. Trust and Transitions: Social Capital in a Changing World. Cambridge, 2008. ISBN 1-84718-905-9.
  • Marada, Radim. Kultura protestu a politizace každodennosti. 1. vyd. Brno : Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury, 2003. ISBN 80-7325-027-6.
  • Pecka, Emanuel. Politická kultura v ČR. 1. vyd. Praha : Vysoká škola ekonomická, 2000. ISBN 80-245-0017-5.
  • PLASSER, Fritz - PRIBERSKY, Andreas. Political Culture in East Central Europe. Avebury: Brookfield, 1996.
  • POLLACK, Detlef - JACOBS, Jörg - MÜLLER, Olaf - PICKEL, Gert. Political Culture in Post-Communist Europe. Attitudes in new democracies. Ashgate: Aldershot, 2003.
  • Putnam, Robert D. Bowling alone : the collapse and revival of American Community. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2000. ISBN 0-684-83283-6.
  • PUTNAM, Robert D. Making Democracy Work. Civic Traditions in Modern Italy. Princeton University Press: Princeton, 1994.
  • R. A. Dahl. Demokracie a její kritici. Victoria Publishing Praha, 1995.
  • Rak, Jiří. Bývali Čechové : české historické mýty a stereotypy. 1. vyd. Jinočany : H & H, 1994. ISBN 80-85787-73-3.
  • Saktori, Giovanni. Teória demokracie. Archa: Bratislava, 1993.
  • SHILS, Edward. The Virtue of Civility. Liberty Fund. Indianapolis, 1997.
  • SKALNÍK, Petr. Politická kultura: antropologie, sociologie, politologie. Praha: SET OUT, 2004.
  • Skovajsa, Marek. Politická kultura: přístupy, kritiky a uplatnění ve zkoumání politiky. Karolinum: Praha, 2006.
  • Tocqueville, Alexis de. Demokracie v Americe. Vyd. 2., v Academii 1. Praha : Academia, 2000. ISBN 80-200-0829-2.


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 Political Science (15-3) Social sciences 2 Winter