Course: Challenges of Civilisation of 21th Century

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Course title Challenges of Civilisation of 21th Century
Course code KFL/CVS
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Umlauf Václav, MTh. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Global warming, measurement and consequences. 2. Disappearance of species and loss of biodiversity, reasons and consequences. 3. Change in the global economy, leading currencies, debt, transformation of derivatives, financial crisis. 4. Conversion and consequences of social market democracy into neoliberal system. 5. Transition from global to regional economy. 6. Local wars, crisis of democracy and emergence of populist parties. 7. Transition from classical system of political parties to direct democracy and to new forms of representative democracy. 8. Role of NGOs and civil movements on global and regional level. 9. Crisis of main-stream media and emergence of simulacre-world and media manipulation. 10. Emergence of independent press, new dangers of sharing information. 11. Social networking and shared world values and activities. 12. Philosophical and social crisis of postmodernism and digital age. 13. Summary of the course, questions

Learning activities and teaching methods
Seminár
  • Preparation for credit - 20 hours per semester
  • Semestral paper - 70 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Generation grown up in the new millennium (Millennials, Generation Y) will confront with global planetary challenges that climatologists and geologists called Anthropocene-age. There will be new challenges as well, due to complexity of human world in the new millennium. Aforementioned challenges relate to economy, politics, social organization and the impact of technological change. The course presents brief outline of future trends that already influence beginning of the third millennium.

Prerequisites
unspecified

Assessment methods and criteria
Written assignment

Závazná účast na cvičeních, četba studijních textů pro jednotlivé hodiny, zápočet ve formě povinného písemného referátu. (Presence in the course is required, preparatory reading for each lesson, seminal paper for credits)
Recommended literature
  • Acot, Pascal. Historie a změny klimatu: od velkého třesku ke klimatickým katastrofám (2006).
  • Houghton, John. Globální oteplování: úvod do studia změn klimatu a prostředí. (1998).
  • Chomsky, Noam. Člověk, moc a spravedlnost (2006).
  • Lipovetski, Gilles. Říše pomíjivosti (2002).
  • Piketty, Thomas. Kapitál v 21. století. (2015).
  • Streeck, Wolfgang. How Will Capitalism End? (2016).
  • Znoj, Milan et al. Demokracie v postliberální konstelaci (2015).


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Humanities and Education Study plan (Version): Education in Leisure Time (20) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Humanities and Education Study plan (Version): Professional studies for lower-secondary school teachers. (18) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Humanities and Education Study plan (Version): Applied Geography (19) Category: Geography courses - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Humanities and Education Study plan (Version): Education in Leisure Time (20) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter