Contemporary Central European Politics
|Course Code||CUFA POL 311|
This course is meant for students with different academic backgrounds but with a strong interest in Czechoslovak, Czech and Central European political developments during and after the democratic revolutions 1989. To understand Central European developments since 1989 it is necessary - according to our many years' teaching experience - to get acquainted with the main turning points of modern political and social history of the respective countries of Central European geopolitical space on one hand and to undertake some comparative research into similarities and differences of such developments on the other hand. Lectures and discussions focus on the democratic revolutions 1989, the institutional and international framework of the transition process and specific problems of democratization in Central Europe. Continuous attention will be dedicated to political elections in Central European countries.
This course offered to students from different countries is based on active participation of students enriching the debates by their experience in their respective native countries.
Special attention will be paid to the effects of the enlargement of the European Union towards Central European countries after May 2004 and to the discussions concerning the effects of the Treaty of Lisbon.