Course: Ethical Questions of Leisure

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Course title Ethical Questions of Leisure
Course code KCHP/EOV
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study 2
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech, English
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Šrajer Jindřich, doc. Dr. theol.
Course content
1) Introductory Lesson; 2) Postmodern Anxiety; 3) Culture and Globalization 4) Image of a Human, Conscience, and Responsibility; 5) Morality of Morals and Transformation of Family; 6) Changes in Intimacy I .; 7) Changes in Intimacy II .; 8) Work, Performance, Free time; 9) Media and its World of Experience; 10) Boredom and Stress; 11) Post-moral Well-being; 12) Democracy and Ethics; 13) Ethical Issues of Sport.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming)
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to develop the students' ability to think critically. Students should be able to reflect the selected ethical questions of free time.
The graduates of the subject acquire the ability to reflect on the ethical issues of free time: How should a person spend his or her free time?; the specifics of free time in a consumer society - the consequences of the orientation towards "experience" and "consumption" - the consequences of individualism: the individualization and privatization of free time versus family - the issue of free time of spouses, singles, the leisure time cliches, and Christian response to these challenges; work and free time (in terms of the social teaching of the Church) - the right to free time. The graduates are able to reflect on the world of the media, the issues of boredom and stress, etc.
The precondition for this course is the completion of basic courses in philosophical and theological ethics and leisure time education.

Assessment methods and criteria

Each student will present a paper on a selected topic within the lecture and will moderate the discussion. The paper should have the following structure: 1. Clarification of the situation; 2. Ethical level of a chosen problem (it is necessary to select ethical questions for discussion); 3. Suggestions of solutions. The student prepares the paper in written form (approx. 2-3 A4 pages) and defends it in the colloquium with the teacher during the credit week. Part of the colloquium will also include targeted questions to demonstrate the students' knowledge of other topics included in the subject.
Recommended literature
  • Anthony Giddens. Proměna intimity. Sexualita, láska, erotika v moderních společnostech. Praha, 2012. ISBN 978-80-262-0175-5.
  • Anthony Giddens. Unikající svět. Praha, 2000. ISBN 80-85850-91-5.
  • Byung-Chul Han. Vyhořelá společnost. Praha, 2016.
  • Dietmar Mieth, Norbert Müller, Christoph Hübenthal (Hg.). Sport und Christentum. Eine anthropologische, theologische und pastorale Herausforderung. Ostfildern, 2008. ISBN 978-3-7867-2710-1.
  • Gilles Lipovetsky, Hervé Juvin. Globalizovaný Západ. Polemika o planetární kultuře. Praha, 2012. ISBN 978-80-7260-265-0.
  • Gilles Lipovetsky. Hypermoderní doba. Od požitku k úzkosti. Praha, 2013. ISBN 978-80-7260-283-4.
  • Gilles Lipovetsky. Soumrak povinnosti. Bezbolestná etika nových demokratických časů. Praha, 1999. ISBN 80-7260-008-7.
  • Horst W. Opaschowski. Einführung in die Freizeitwissenschaft. Opladen, 1997. ISBN 3-8100-1968-2.
  • Horst W. Opaschowski, Michael Pries, Ulrich Reinhardt (hg.). Freizeitwirtschaft. Die Leitökonomie der Zukunft. Hamburg, 2006. ISBN 3-8258-9297-2.
  • Josef Zeman, Jindřich Šrajer, Jindřich Kotvrda. Doprovázení mladých manželů ke zralému vztahu. Kostelní Vydří. ISBN 978-80-7195-578-8.
  • Wolfgang Huber. Etika. Základní otázky života. Praha. ISBN 978-80-7429-642-0.
  • Zygmunt Bauman, Carlo Bordoni. Stát v krizi. Olomouc, 2015. ISBN 978-80-905309-7-3.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Theology Study plan (Version): Free Time Education (2015) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer