Course: Man and his world III - Diversity of nature

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Course title Man and his world III - Diversity of nature
Course code KGE/CASK3
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study 3
Semester Winter
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
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Karvánková Petra, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Rypl Jiří, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Tichý Miloš, Ing. Bc. Ph.D.
Course content
Main topics: The Earth - Evolution of life, insentient nature, The Earth in the Universe Basic knowledge about atmosphere, Weather forecast, Climate variability and change, Hydrosphere, Water regime of rivers, The World Ocean, Earth inner structure, lithosphere and plate tectonics. Tectonic and volcanic landforms., Weathering and mass wasting, Landforms made by running water, waves and wind, glacial landforms, Global soils, Global ecosystems. The world's Biomas, Natural and environmental hazards, landscape management and protection of the nature. Basics of Cartography, Current cartographic works, state map series of Czech republic.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with text (with textbook, with book)
Learning outcomes
This discipline gives a basic idea about a subsystem of physical-geographical sphere with orientation on its individual processes and phenomena. Parallel are there presented connection and relation of processes, explanation of causes and mechanisms of their functioning with a special attention to individual parts and the whole physical-geographical sphere. The course is tailored to the needs of teaching at primary school and based on RVP ZV (topics mainly "diversity of nature" combined with the thematic focus "where we live" and "people and time" and a number of cross-cutting issues such as environmental education) creates the appropriate teaching skills and more pedagogical skills of teachers for primary school. The course builds on previous science teaching (Man and his world - Inanimate nature I. and Man and his World II. - Living nature).
Student competences after graduation of the subject result especially from the aims of the subject and the content of the subject.

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined exam

Creating a project from the issues which were discussed (the diversity of nature on Earth) focused on the students from the first degree of the primary school. Making teaching aids thematically connected with the topics of the course. Minimum 80% attendance at seminars.
Recommended literature
  • Demek, J. a kol.:. Hory a nížiny. Zeměpisný lexikon ČSR, Praha, Academia, 584 s. 1987.
  • Demek, J.:. Geomorfologie českých zemí, Praha, nakladatelství ČSAV, 335 s. 1965.
  • Holden, J.:. An Introduction to Physical Geography and the Environment, Prentice Hall, 696 s. 2004.
  • Horník, S.:. Fyzický geografie II., Praha, SPN, 319 s. 1986.
  • Král, V.:. Fyzická geografie Evropy. Academia, Praha, 348 s. 1999.
  • Kratochvílová, J.:. Teorie a praxe projektové výuky. Brno: Pedagogická fakulta Masarykovy univerzity, 2006.
  • Kühnlová, H.:. Život v našem regionu. Praktická učebnice pro základní školy a víceletá gymnázia. Praha, Fraus, 64 s. 2012.
  • Matušková, A.:. Cvičení z didaktiky vlastivědy. PedF ZČU, Plzeň, 93 s. 1998.
  • Netopil, R. a kol.:. Fyzická geografie I., Praha, SPN, 272 s. 1984.
  • Strahler, A. H., Strahler, A. N.:. Introducing Physical Geography, Chichester, 752 s. 2006.
  • Šupka, J., Hofmann, E., Rux, J.:. Didaktika geografie I. Pedagogická fakulta MU, Brno, 104s. 1993.
  • Votýpka, J.:. Fyzická geografie Evropy. Carolinum, Praha, 258 s. 1994.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teaching for the First level of primary school (2) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 3 Recommended year of study:3, Recommended semester: Winter