711-0308/03 – Political Regionaliziation of Visegrad Countries (with grant support of IVF http://visegradfund.org/) (PRVC)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Social SciencesCredits3
Subject guarantorMgr. Roman Rakowski, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorPhDr. Olga Gubová
Study levelundergraduate or graduate
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2015/2016Year of cancellation2020/2021
Intended for the facultiesUSP, FEI, FMTIntended for study typesFollow-up Master, Bachelor, Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
GUB30 PhDr. Olga Gubová
RAK0014 Mgr. Roman Rakowski, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit 2+0
Part-time Credit 0+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

The aim of the course is to give the students a comprehensive overview of the content and development of current major theoretical approaches to the processes of regionalization and interregionalization and the potential of Visegrad Group cooperation and integration in the context of European Union and in international context. The subject provides skilled information on all types of regionalization – from economic and cultural cooperation to integration on political level.

Teaching methods

Individual consultations
Other activities


The main objective is to understand more by defining of main differences and main commonalities of the Visegrad group's capabilities. The purpose is to highlight the potential of the Visegrad Group particularly in the political sphere. This is possible by comparing the political history, political system, political ideology, political culture and national interests to be promoted within the European Union and external international relations. Some of lesson of the course will be taught university teachers (with a long experience of teaching in the Erasmus program) from foreign universities in Visegrad countries - Hungary and Poland. Their contribution will be in direct contact of students with an expert from the country of Visegrad group and obtaining historical and theoretical overview and immediate information on the current trends of political development of these countries.

Compulsory literature:

Krejčí O. Geopolitics in the Central European Region: The View from Prague and Bratislava. Bratislava: Veda, 2005 Judt, T, Snyder, T. Thinking the Twentieth Century. 2013 Söderbaum,F. New Regionalism and the European Union. Routledge 2011. Gubová, O. Several Remarks on the theory of Regionalism and Interregionalism. ICEI 2014, pp. 182-192

Recommended literature:

Rothschild, J., Wingfield, N.M. Return to diversity. A political history of East Central Europe since World War II. New York, Oxford Univ. Press, 2008. (4th ed.) Petrovic, M. The Democratic Transition of Post-Communist Europe. Palgrave-MacMillan, 2013. Klingemann, H.D., Fuchs, D., Zielonka, J. Democracy and Political Culture in Eastern Europe. London, Routledge, 2006. Lendvai, P. Hungary. Between democracy and authoritarianism. New York, Columbia Univ. Press, 2012. Szczepański,M. Śliz A., The Transition from Socialist to Market Economy Privatization: the Point of View of the Polish Society, Polish Sociological Review, Issue 170, 2010 M. Kosman, Political culture-historical culture, Poznań 2009 J. Kucharczyk, J. Zbieranek, Democracy in Poland 1989-2009. Challenges for the future, Warszawa 2010 Ryniejska-Kiełdanowicz, M. Cultural Diplomacy as a form of international communication, Institute for Public Relations. Wrocław 2010

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Active participation in lectures, writing an essay, an examination



Other requirements

ongoing study under compulsory and recommended literature pass an examination


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Systematic approach to the changes of international relations after cold war. 2. The value of new regionalism in transformation of contemporary international relations. 3. Interregionalism as one of effective projects in international relations (Götteborg's school theory). 4. Visegrad Group cooperation – history, areas, objectives. 5. The roots of the common history of Central European countries - the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. 6. Hungarian democratic transition. 7. Current political system of Hungary. Relations of political institutions. The political structure. Limitation of democracy. Hungarian national interests. 8. Sources of Hungarian political culture. The stereotypes of Hungarian political culture, prevailing type of ideology. Nationalism as a distinctive feature of the Hungarian public life. 9. Poland development after 1989 - the evolution of Polish society. The role of Solidarity movement: its origins, leaders, influence to central-europan countries. Poland in current Europe and European Union. 10. Current political system of Poland. Relations of political institutions. The political structure. Limitation of democracy. Polish national interests. 11. Sources of Polish political culture. The stereotypes of Polish political culture, prevailing type of ideology. The religiosity of Poles as the distincitve feature of society. John Paul II as the religious and political leader and his role in Polish transformation. Track II diplomacy - focus on the issues connected with Visegrad Countries. 12. National interests of countries of the Visegrad group - common and different. 13. Cooperation and Integration of Visegrad Group countries in foreign and defense policy.

Conditions for subject completion

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USP 2017/2018 Full-time English Optional USP - University Study Programmes stu. block
USP 2016/2017 Full-time English Optional USP - University Study Programmes stu. block
USP 2015/2016 Full-time English Optional USP - University Study Programmes stu. block