Course: Czechoslovakian an Czech history after the Velvet revolution

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Course title Czechoslovakian an Czech history after the Velvet revolution
Course code KHI/PO89T
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory, Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Rychlík Jan, prof. PhDr. DrSc.
Course content
1) The fall of Communist regime in Czechoslovakia in 1989 (in connection with East European revolutions of 1989). 2) Problems of Czech-Slovak relations; first free elections, crises of Czech-Slovak relations in 1991 3) Transformation of economy 4) Elections in June 1992 and its consequences. 5) The split of Czecho-Slovak Federation 6) Political and ecenomical development of the Czech republik 1993-1999. Czech-Slovak customs union. International relations 7) Slovakia during the cabinets of Vladimír Mečiar (1993-1998). Their impact on Czech-Slovak relations. The fall of Mečiar´s regime. 8) Czech Republic is joining NATO (1999) and EU (2004); Slovakia is joining NATO and EU (2004) 9) Czech and Slovak Republiics are joining Schengen area.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monological explanation (lecture, presentation,briefing), Dialogue metods(conversation,discussion,brainstorming)
  • Class attendance - 42 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 39 hours per semester
  • Home preparation for classes - 39 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to explain the current history of Czechoslovakia and Czech Republic respectively from the fall of Communist régime in 1989 to 2007 when the Czech Republic joined the Schengen area. The lectures describe mainly the transformation of economy and political systhem after 1989 and the reasons for the split of Czechoslovakia in 1992 and the integration of Czech republic into international structures.


Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam

Active attendance on discussions (lessons); fulfilment of homework; study of recommended literature. Every student must read at least three books dealing with the topic (it is possible to read also other books than those on the list) and must write a short essay.
Recommended literature
  • Ježek, T. - Husák, P. Budování kapitalismu v Čechách. Praha, 1997. ISBN 80-7207-096-7.
  • Pithart, P. Po devětaomsdesátém. Praha, 2015. ISBN 978-80-200-2504-3.
  • Rychlík, J. Rozdělení Československa. Praha, 2012. ISBN 978-80-7429-296-5.
  • Stolarik, M. a kol. The Czech and Slovak Republics 1993-2013. Budapest, 2016. ISBN 978-963-386-153-0.
  • Suk, J. Labyrintem revoluce. Praha, 2003. ISBN 80-7260-099-0.

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): - (20) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Summer