Course: Educating for Democratic Citizenship

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Course title Educating for Democratic Citizenship
Course code KPEG/VDEZ
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 2
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Krninský Luboš, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
Introduction The notion of democracy The notion of citizenship Democratic institutions Alternatives to democracy European citizenship ABC of prosperity, Consumer society and prosperity. Democratic imperatives The role of Citizens: rights and duties Free flow of thought Democratic law and order Understanding civic society Democracy and free market Democracy and globalization Four face of global culture Credits

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with text (with textbook, with book)
Learning outcomes
The course aims to introduce students to basic issues related to a democratic society: what is democracy, why democracy, why political equality, what political institutions are required to maintain modern democracies? A distinction will be made between an ideal of democracy and a practical democracy as it exists today. We shall thus deal with a theoretical understanding of democracy, yet, at the same time, the course will develop students' ability to integrate these issues into general classroom activities in accord with the requirements of RVP for basic schooling in the form of across-curriculum themes.
Students should develop a basic understanding of a functioning democratic society and basic citizenship issues, such as: what is a democracy, why is democracy important, the importance of political rights, which institutions constitute a modern democracy? They should be able to distinguish between the terms "an ideal democracy and a practical democracy". They should be able to discuss theses issues and lead a classroom discussion on these topics. They should further be able to integrate the issues of a democratic citizenship into a regular classroom instruction in accordance with the Framework for Educational Programmes for Primary and Junior-High Schools.

Assessment methods and criteria
Student performance assessment, Systematic student observation

seminar attendance active participation in discussions leading a seminar discussion on one of the main themes in cooperation with one or two other students Leading an activity based on ABC of Prosperity.
Recommended literature
  • Soubor textů Demokracie je diskuse (Mayersová). Společná publikace Informační agentury USA a Connecticut College, 1997.
  • Učebnice: Výchova k občanství (Didaktický text pro učitele SŠ). NS Svoboda, Praha, 1997.
  • Učebnice: Výchova k občanství (Texty a dokumenty pro SŠ). NS Svoboda, Praha, 1997.
  • Učebnice: Výchova k občanství (Učebnice pro SŠ). NS Svoboda, Praha, 1997.
  • A. Hass:. Morální inteligence. Columbus, Praha. 1999.
  • H. Horká:. "Pedagogické aspekty koncepce trvale udržitelného rozvoje." Kapitoly z teorie a metodiky výchovy I (S. Střelec et al.) 1998.
  • H.P. Martin a H. Schumann:. "Léčka globalizace" (Střední Evropa, 75 (11s997).
  • J. Alan (ed.):. Dialogy o občanské společnosti. SLON, Praha. 1995.
  • Keller, J.. Abeceda prosperity. Doplněk, Brno. 1997.
  • Kolektiv autorů:. Tvořivá škola. Paido, Brno. (Str. 7-21) 1998.
  • M. Havlínová (ed.):. Program podpory zdraví ve škole. Portál, Praha. 1998.
  • R. Kučera:. "Globalizace doma a ve světě" (Střední Evropa, 75 (11s997)..
  • R.Dahl:. O demokracii. Portál, Praha, 2001.

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): Common module (1) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer