541-0307/04 – History of Natural and Montaneous Sciences (DPMV)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Geological EngineeringCredits3
Subject guarantorIng. Miloš Duraj, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorIng. Miloš Duraj, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2019/2020Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesHGFIntended for study typesBachelor
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DUR20 Ing. Miloš Duraj, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+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

Knowledge during the semester is checked by means of a semester project and a presentation in MS Power Point. The course is completed by a written / oral exam.


Other requirements

Supplemented by information from other AV sources.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Introduction to the issue - basic terms. 2. Time distribution of individual stages of the development of human society. 3. Mineral raw materials and their importance for human development. 4. Characteristics of individual stages of human development – Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age... 5. Slavic mining in our territory - significance. 6. Mining of metals in the Czech feudal monarchy. 7. Overview of production forces and production relations during the heyday of feudal mining. 8. Important areas of mineral extraction in our country and in Slovakia - history. 9. Legal embedding of mining in society. 10. Mining technology - development, significance. 11. Georgius Agricola – life, work, significance for mining and metallurgy. 12. The beginnings of coal mining. 13. Mining education and professional education.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2019/2020 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of pointsMax. počet pokusů
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 33  17
        Examination Examination 67  18 3
Mandatory attendence participation: exercises: submission of assigned programs, exam: written and oral part

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Conditions for subject completion and attendance at the exercises within ISP: Optional participation in lectures and exercises. Processing of specified programs. Personal participation in the exam.

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Occurrence in study plans

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2019/2020 (B1088A330001) Geoscience and Industrial Tourism P Czech Most 1 Compulsory study plan
2019/2020 (B1088A330001) Geoscience and Industrial Tourism P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan

Occurrence in special blocks

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Assessment of instruction

2023/2024 Summer
2022/2023 Summer
2020/2021 Summer
2019/2020 Summer