Course: Theory of the State 2

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Course title Theory of the State 2
Course code KAP/TS2
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
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
  • Malast Jan, JUDr. et PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Stulík Ondřej, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Authoritatian, totalitarian and democratic state 2. Concepts of constitutionalism and sovereignty 3. National state, nation and the people 4. Decay of the national state, crisis of statehood 5. Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic - characteristics of the state(s) 6. Liberal democracy and the concept of the postmodern state 7. Statehood as an inviolable attribute of definition 8. Failed states and the crisis of statehood

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion, Textual studies, Seminar
  • Contact hours - 13 hours per semester
  • Preparation for an examination (30-60) - 40 hours per semester
  • Undergraduate study programme term essay (20-40) - 30 hours per semester
professional knowledge
No particular prerequisites specified.
learning outcomes
Graduates will have knowledge of the basic contemporary concepts of the state (contreactualism, corporativism, constitutionalism), sovereignty, as well as of the contemporary theoretical models of statehood. They will be able to distinguish the main characteristics of individual theoretical models (concepts) and compare them. Stdents will be able to identify the main types of states in the contemporary international system, identify their characteristic attributes, compare and analyse them and they will be able to illustrate the typology with practical examples.
teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion
Textual studies
assessment methods
Combined exam
Seminar work
Individual presentation at a seminar
Recommended literature
  • Adamová, Karolina; Křížovský, Ladislav. Dějiny myšlení o státě. 1. vyd. Praha : ASPI, 2000. ISBN 80-86395-07-3.
  • Aristotelés. Politika. 2. vyd. Praha : Rezek, 1998. ISBN 80-86027-10-4.
  • Hobbes, Thomas. Leviathan or the matter, forme and power of a commonwealth ecclesiasticall and civil. New York : Collier books, 1973.
  • Holzbachová, Ivana. Dějiny společenských teorií. 1. vyd, 1. dotisk. Brno : Filozofická fakulta Masarykovy univerzity, 1997. ISBN 80-210-1318-4.
  • Platón. Ústava. 1. vyd. Praha : Svoboda-Libertas, 1993. ISBN 80-205-0347-1.
  • Říchová, Blanka. Přehled moderních politologických teorií : [empiricko-analytický přístup v soudobé politické vědě]. Vyd. 1. Praha : Portál, 2000. ISBN 80-7178-461-3.
  • S?rensen, Georg. Stát a mezinárodní vztahy. Vyd. 1. Praha : Portál, 2005. ISBN 80-7178-910-0.
  • Valeš, Lukáš. Dějiny politických teorií. Plzeň : Aleš Čeněk, 2004. ISBN 80-86898-00-8.

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 International Relations and East European Studies (11-5) Social sciences 3 Summer
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Humanities (14-3) Philosophy, theology 2 Summer
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Humanities (14-3) Philosophy, theology 2 Summer
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Humanities (14-4) Philosophy, theology 2 Summer
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Humanities (14-4) Philosophy, theology 2 Summer