Course: Modern Political Theories 2

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Course title Modern Political Theories 2
Course code KAP/MPT2
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 unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Strnadová Lenka, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Krčál Petr, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Interest organization - syndicalism and the structural, class perspective 2. Corporativism - corporativism - thatcherism 3. The theory of political behavior - mass opinion and communication, political socialization, belief systems, political psychology, political communication 4. The theory of public policy - policy analysis, formation, dynamics, and impact of politcies, policy instruments, what restricts policies?, political interventions, advisory and evaluation activities vis-a-vis policies 5. Totalitarianism 6. Other non=democratic systems 7. The theory of transition to democracy 8. The coalition theory 9. The theory of modernity and its critics 10. The theory of modernization and dependency - modernization nad social change (the paradigm of political culture, individual modernity, right-left orientations, post-materialist values), centre-periphery relations, cleavages, development, postcolonialism, the dependency theory 11. Transformations of the state and governance

Learning activities and teaching methods
Interactive lecture, Lecture supplemented with a discussion, Individual study, Students' self-study, Self-study of literature, Lecture
  • Contact hours - 26 hours per semester
  • Preparation for an examination (30-60) - 30 hours per semester
  • Undergraduate study programme term essay (20-40) - 30 hours per semester
professional knowledge
No particular prerequisites specified.
learning outcomes
Students will gain insight into another part of theoretical and paradigmatical perspectives on the research of political phenomena. Students will be capable of classifying individual theories from the point of view of general approaches in Political Science, identify their general sources and apply theim in the analysis of poltiical reality. Students will be able to utilize and employ structural, system, institutional, behavioral, and cultural perspectives so as to distinguish the causal mechanisms, which direct political processes, and reveal the possibilities opened by political theories and models on the way to an in=depth analysis of poltical phenomena.
teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion
Interactive lecture
Students' self-study
Self-study of literature
Individual study
assessment methods
Combined exam
Recommended literature
  • Budge, I. - Keman, H. Parties and Democracy. Coalition Formation and Government Functioning in Twenty States.. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990.
  • Laver, M. - Schofield, N. Multiparty Government. The Politics of Coalition in Europe,. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992.
  • Lijphart, A. Democracies. Patterns of Majoritarian and Consensus Government in Twenty-One Countries,. London: Yale University Press, New Haven,, 1984.
  • Lijphart, A. Democracy in Plural Societies. A Comparative Exploration.. London: Yale University Press, New Haven, 1977.
  • Lijphart, A. The Politics of Accomodation. Pluralism and Democracy in the Netherland. Los Angeles: Berkeley, 1968.
  • Morrow, J. D. Classical Game Theory. In: Game Theory for Political Scientists.. Princeton, N. J.: Princeton University Press.
  • Novák, Miroslav; Miltová, Alena; Ryba, Jiří. Systémy politických stran : úvod do jejich srovnávacího studia. 1. vyd. Praha, 1997. ISBN 80-85850-22-2.
  • Ordeshook, P. C. A Political Theory Primer.. London: Routledge, New York, 1992.
  • Riker, W. Theory of Coalition.. London: Yale University Press, New Haven,, 1961.
  • Říchová, Blanka; Lisa, Aleš. Antologie světových politologů II. Vyd. 1. Praha : Vysoká škola ekonomická, 1995. ISBN 80-7079-881-5.
  • Říchová, Blanka. Přehled moderních politologických teorií : [empiricko-analytický přístup v soudobé politické vědě]. Vyd. 1. Praha : Portál, 2000. ISBN 80-7178-461-3.
  • Schelling, T. C. The Strategy of Conflict.. London: Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass, 1980.
  • Tóka, G. Koaliční preference ve střední a východní Evropě.. Politologický časopis, č. 2, s. 71-86, 1996.

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