Course: Question of Democracy II

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Course title Question of Democracy II
Course code USES/EP010
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • VALEŠ Lukáš, doc. PhDr. Ph.D.
  • HUŠEK Petr, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Introduction, organization of the course 2. Theory of non-democratic regimes 3. Theory of totalitarianism 4. Theory of authoritative regimes 5. Criticism of theory of non-democratic regimes 6. Theory of transition: waves of democratisation, models of democratisation and transformation 7. Theory of transition: identity of eliminated regime and influence on transition 8. Theory of transition: typology of ends of non-democratic regimes, phases of transition 9. Theory of consolidation 10. Semidemocratic regimes 11. Theory of hybrid regimes 12. Conclusion of the course

Learning activities and teaching methods
One-to-One tutorial, Monological (reading, lecture, briefing), Internship
  • unspecified - 40 hours per semester
  • unspecified - 20 hours per semester
  • unspecified - 20 hours per semester
  • unspecified - 1 hour per semester
  • unspecified - 39 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The course Question of democracy is focused on theory of non-democratic regimes. The attention is paid especially to individual basic theories non-democratic regimes, i.e. totalitarian and authoritative regimes and the concept of their functioning, next it deals with basic classification model of transitions from non-democratic to democracy, theory of consolidation of these regimes and currently also discussion about so called semi-democratic (hybrid) regimes. The aim of the course is to introduce the theory and practice of non-democratic regimes to students and managing of methods of application of this theory in political science. The course follows the course Question of Democracy I.


Assessment methods and criteria
Written exam, Seminar work

During the semester, the student will write a seminar paper, 10-12 standard pages long (1 standard page = 1800 characters including spaces) on the topic of a case study of a selected aspect of a non-democratic regime. Test based on the presented issues and basic literature.
Recommended literature
  • ARENDTOVÁ, H. Původ totalitarismu I-III. Praha: Oikoymenh, 1996.
  • ARON, R. Demokracie a totalitarismus. Brno: Atlantis, 1993.
  • BALÍK, S. a KUBÁT, M. Teorie a praxe totalitních a autoritativních režimů. Praha: Dokořán, 2004.
  • BROOKER, P. Non-Democratic Regimes. Theory, Government and Politics. Houndmills, Basingstoke Hampshire: Macmillan Press, 2000.
  • ČERMÁK, V. Otázka demokracie I. - Demokracie a totalitarismus. Praha: Academia, 1992.
  • DVOŘÁKOVÁ, V. a KUNC, J. O přechodech k demokracii. Praha: SLON, 1994.
  • HLOUŠEK, V. a KOPEČEK, L. Demokracie. Teorie, modely, osobnosti, podmínky nepřátelé a perspektivy demokracie. Brno: MPÚ MU, 2003.
  • LINZ, J. J. a STEPAN, A. Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation. Southern Europe, South America, and Post-Communist Europe. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1996.
  • LINZ, J. J. Totalitarian and Authoritarian Regimes. London: Boulder, 2000.
  • ŘÍCHOVÁ, B. Přehled moderních politologických teorií. Empiricko-analytický přístup v soudobé politické vědě. Praha, Portál, 2000.
  • ZAKARIA, F. Budoucnost svobody. Praha: Academia, 2004.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Public Policies in Opava Central European Studies (2) Social sciences 2 Summer