541-0307/01 – History of Natural and Montaneous Sciences (DPMV)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Geological EngineeringCredits4
Subject guarantorIng. Miloš Duraj, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorIng. Miloš Duraj, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduate
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction1999/2000Year of cancellation2008/2009
Intended for the facultiesHGFIntended for study typesBachelor
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 3+1

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

The main goal of this subject is to make the students acquainted with the history and development of the natural and montaneous sciences from the firsts to present. The students gain basic knowledge about the history of human evolution and its relation to the nature. The subject is especially intent on the problems of human relation to the mineral raw materials, their exploitation, processing and utilization. These have been main factors informing the development of the whole human society from the beginnings to the present day. The students can gain overview about particular periods of human evolution and its relation to natural and montaneous science forming, they will be able to describe, characterize and judge their importance for the development of human society by use of the comparative analysis. They have to learn to ilustrate and explain the importance of mining for development of the other branches of human actvity immediately or less connected with mining by use of practical examples. They have to learn to apply gained theoretical knowledge and experience by the presentation of their seminary projects within the frame of practical tutorials. The important part of tutorials is also discussion about theme dated up. The student must be able to state their elected solution processes. The form of public presentation is one of ways how to develop student´s ability to demonstrate their work and state their cases, to analyse elected solution processes and achieved results and to point out this knowledge, which will be the contribution to their next professional activity.

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The subject offers a total review of the historical development of the geological and montaneous sciences. The significant part of the scheme is paid to the mining and its importance for the evolution of the human society. The subject scheme takes in these main topics. Main evolutionary stages of the human society – characteristics. Mining influence on a development of human civilization. Mineral raw materials and their importance for human society development. Mining and its importance for advancement of crafts, trade, science and politics. History of Slavic mining in our countries. Czech feudal monarchy – metal mining and its development. Mining importance for town and community building up and their economy. Legal status of mining in the society. Mining technical means used during the feudal period. Georgius Agricola – his life and work. Beginning of the coal mining in our countries and its influence on an industry development. Mining educational system and technical education (culture). Coal and ore mining future in the Czech Republic – fundamental problems.

Compulsory literature:

DOUET, J. (ed.). (2012) Industrial Heritage Re-tooled: The TICCIH guide to Industrial Heritage Conservation, Lancaster: Carnegie, ISBN 978-1-85936-218-1.

Recommended literature:

GRIFFIN, E. (2010). Short History of the British Industrial Revolution. Palgrave.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester


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Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Introduction to the topic - basic concepts. 2. Time division stages of development of human society. 3. Raw materials and their importance for human development. 4. The characteristics of the various stages of human development - Stone Age, Bronze Age,Iron ... 5. Slavic mining in our area - meaning. 6. Mining and metals in the Czech feudal monarchy and an overview of the productive forces and production relations in the heyday of feudal mining. 7. Major mining sector in the country and the Slovak Republic - history. 8. The legal establishment of the mining company. 9. Mining technology - development, importance. 10. Georgius Agricola - life, work, relevance to mining and metallurgy. 11. The beginnings of coal mining. 12. Mining education and vocational education. 13. What is the future of coal and ore mining?

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 1960/1961 Summer semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Exercises evaluation and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (145) 51
        Examination Examination 100  0
        Exercises evaluation Credit 45  0
Mandatory attendence parzicipation:

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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.FormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2003/2004 (B2110) Geological Engineering (2101R004) Geoscience and Industrial Tourism (00) GMT P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2002/2003 (B2110) Geological Engineering (2101R004) Geoscience and Industrial Tourism (00) GMT P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2001/2002 (B2110) Geological Engineering (2101R004) Geoscience and Industrial Tourism (00) GMT P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2000/2001 (B2110) Geological Engineering (2101R004) Geoscience and Industrial Tourism (00) GMT P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan

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