Course: Cultural Traditions of the Humankind I

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Course title Cultural Traditions of the Humankind I
Course code KSV/8KT1
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
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
  • Pavličíková Helena, PhDr. CSc.
Course content
1. The ability of human thinking to classify knowledge, arrange concepts, see objects and phenomena in their uniqueness, but also in their mutual relations and contexts - the idea of the world as an ordered whole. 2. In the cradle of European civilization - European thinking in antiquity and the Middle Ages. 3. The importance of the establishment of universities for European education. 4. Establishment of Charles University, thought sources and education in the Czech territory (Charles IV., Jan Hus, Petr Chelčický and their works). 5. Europe in the modern age - the importance of J. Á. Comenius and other personalities. 6. European Enlightenment and Enlightenment in Bohemia. 7. Perception of an individual and society in the 19th century in the Czech environment (national revival, division of Prague University, F. Palacký). 8. T. G. Masaryk and its importance as a philosopher and politician. 9. Natural sciences and philosophy at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. 10. Social sciences and philosophy at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. 11. Reflection of man and society in the works of Jan Patočka. 12. Man and nature in European thinking of the 20th century (environmentalism). 13. Man and society in European thinking of the 20th century. 14. Present - liquid times and liquid modernity? (Bauman, Foucault, Belohradsky).

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with text (with textbook, with book), Excursion, Group work
  • Preparation for classes - 35 hours per semester
  • Class attendance - 28 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to acquaint students with key stages and personalities who significantly influenced the foundations of European civilization and European thinking from antiquity to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the issues of man and society.
The student is well informed in the basic stages of the development of European thinking and knows the ideas of important personalities who participated in the creation of cultural traditions of European civilization.

Assessment methods and criteria
Interview, Seminar work, Interim evaluation

Continuous elaboration of partial assignments, especially in relation to given literature, elaboration of final seminar work on assigned topic corresponding with RVP ZV.
Recommended literature
  • Halada, J. Průvodce evropským myšlením. Praha, 1996.
  • Pešková, J., Schücková, L. Já, člověk... Praha, 1991.
  • Platón. Ústava. Praha, 2014.
  • Popper, K. R. Otevřená společnost a její nepřátelé I, II. Praha, 2011.

Study plans that include the course
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