Course: The Czech Party System

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Course title The Czech Party System
Course code KAP/CSS
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 2
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
  • Naxera Vladimír, PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Cabada Ladislav, Doc. PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
Seminar topics: 1. Genesis of political partisanship in the Czech lands 2. Interwar system of political parties and its reduction during the period of the Second Republic 3. System of limited party competition in 1945-1989 4. Establishment of party-political system after 1989 Paper topics: 1. formation of the Czech party system 2. interwar party system 3. party system in the Second Republic 4. system of the National Front 5. re-establishment of pasrty system after 1989 6. (all periods) development and pragmatics of particular political parties

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion, Discussion, Students' portfolio
  • Presentation preparation (report) (1-10) - 10 hours per semester
  • Undergraduate study programme term essay (20-40) - 20 hours per semester
  • Contact hours - 26 hours per semester
professional knowledge
Students have the knowledge of party systems typologies at the level of KAP/POL1 or KAP/PP2 and of the Czech party system at the level of KAP/CPSV and KAP/PSCR.
learning outcomes
After passing the course, students will be able to identify the main phases of the Czech party system, characterize these phases using political terminology and to determine relationships among relevant actors operating in particular phases of party system development. Students will be able to analyze changes in the relevance of particular actors, development of their relationships and interactions.
teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion
Students' portfolio
assessment methods
Seminar work
Individual presentation at a seminar
Quality of a written report
Recommended literature
  • Broklová, Eva. Československá demokracie : politický systém ČSR 1918 - 1938. 1. vyd. Praha, 1992. ISBN 80-901059-6-3.
  • Cabada, Ladislav. Český stranický systém 1890-1939. 1. vyd. Plzeň : Západočeská univerzita, 2000. ISBN 80-7082-696-7.
  • Cabada, Ladislav. Intelektuálové a idea komunismu v českých zemích 1900-1939. Vyd. 1. Praha : Institut pro středoevropskou kulturu a politiku, 2000. ISBN 80-86130-10-X.
  • Cabada, Ladislav; Krašovec, Alenka. Europeanisation of national political parties. Plzeň : Aleš Čeněk, 2004. ISBN 80-86473-78-3.
  • Cabada, Ladislav; Šanc, David. Český stranický systém ve 20. století. 1. vyd. Plzeň : Aleš Čeněk, 2005. ISBN 80-86898-50-4.
  • Marek, Pavel. Přehled politického stranictví na území českých zemí a Československa v letech 1861-1998. Vyd. 1. Rosice u Brna ; Gloria, 2000. ISBN 80-86200-25-6.

Study plans that include the course
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