711-0303/38 – Political Science (Polit)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Social SciencesCredits2
Subject guarantorMgr. Tomáš Zemčík, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorMgr. Tomáš Zemčík, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementChoice-compulsory type B
YearSemesterwinter + summer
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2018/2019Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFSIntended for study typesBachelor, Follow-up Master, Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
RAK0014 Mgr. Roman Rakowski, Ph.D.
ZEM0106 Mgr. Tomáš Zemčík, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Graded credit 0+2
Part-time Graded credit 10+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Student demonstrates basic knowledge in the area of internal and international politics. He can prove orientation in politics, based on the ability of independent judgment and is able, on the basis of knowledge of political science to understand the political situation in the Czech Republic, international politics and the European Union.

Teaching methods

Individual consultations


The purpose of this course is to give basic information about political science, its development, traditions, key terms, methods and theories. The course dwells on the problems of ideologies, state, democracy, political systems, political parties, political culture, human rights, international relationships, political aspects of the european integration processes. Course should give students basic knowledge abouot politics as well as the ability of orientation in other particular courses.

Compulsory literature:

HEYWOOD, Andrew. Political Ideologies. 2012 5th edition. Palgrave Macmillan

Recommended literature:

JUDT, Tony. Postwar : a history of Europe since 1948-1990. 2010 London JUDT,Tony, SNYDER, Timothy. Thinking the Twentieth Century. 2013 Palgrave MacMilan

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

The research of study papers and their presentation on seminar.


Other requirements

Test at the end of semester


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1.Politics and political science 2. The rise and development of political science 3. The definition of democracy, history and theory of democracy, representative democracy 4. The state, state forms over time. The state in modern political thought 5. Political system as set of institutions, political organizations, interest groups and the relationships between those institutions. 6. Political party, Nonpartisan, Single-party, two-party, and multi-party governments 7. The Voting system, aspects of voting systems, proportional and major voting system 8. The ideology as organized collection of ideas, history of the concept of ideology. Political ideology: liberalism, conservatism and socialism 9. Political culture of the nations, states, and other groups 10. Civil society and democracy

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2016/2017 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of pointsMax. počet pokusů
Graded credit Graded credit 100  51 3
Mandatory attendence participation: 80%

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Conditions for subject completion and attendance at the exercises within ISP: Závěrečný písemný test Final written test

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2019/2020 (B0715A270012) Engineering P English Ostrava Choice-compulsory type B study plan

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