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English for Political Sciences II - JLB006
Title: Angličtina pro politology II
Guaranteed by: The Language Centre (23-KJP)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2023
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 3
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:0/2, Ex [HT]
Capacity: unknown / 100 (96)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Level: specialized
Additional information: http://Soubory
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: Mgr. Kamila Panešová
Teacher(s): Mgr. Kamila Panešová
Mgr. Iva Stružková
Class: Courses for incoming students
Pre-requisite : JLB005
Is interchangeable with: JLM006
In complex incompatibility with: JLB053
In complex pre-requisite: JLM001
Annotation -
Last update: Mgr. Kamila Panešová (01.02.2024)
This course assigns a central role to interaction with English authentic texts (relevant to prospective political scientists) in English. The topics dealt with week by week (concerning e.g. governments, systems and regimes, political ideologies, state, nations and nationalism, global politics, political culture, mass media and political communication, representation, elections and voting, parties and party systems, etc.) will be explored in group discussions and/or workshop activities. At the same time, the course introduces students to aspects of studying academic English, with special attention being given to the language used in academic speech and writing. There is no single textbook for this one-year course. Details will be given and texts supplied by the teacher as the course progresses. Any circulation of the materials is prohibited.
Aim of the course -
Last update: Mgr. Kamila Panešová (02.02.2017)

The aim of this course is to give learners a communicative competence in the target language corresponding to their needs and professional interests. The student will develop a rich vocabulary base relevant to the field of political sciences.

Literature -
Last update: Mgr. Kamila Panešová (01.02.2024)

Texts for registered students will be available on the course web page. Any circulation of the materials is prohibited.


Heywood, A. (2007): Politics. Palgrave, 3rd ed.

McLean, I. (2009): The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics. OUP.

Hewings, M. (2012): Cambridge Academic English Upper Intermediate. CUP.

Hewings, M., Thaine, C. (2012): Cambridge Academic English Advanced. CUP.

McCarthy, M., O´Dell, F. (2008) : Academic Vocabulary in Use. CUP.

Britská a americká periodika



Paterson, K., Wedge, R. (2013): Oxford Grammar for EAP. OUP.

Murphy, R. (2010): English Grammar in Use (fourth edition), CUP.

Hewings, M (2009): Advanced Grammar in Use (second edition), CUP.

Swan, M. (2005): Practical English Usage, 3rd ed, OUP.

The Oxford Collocations Dictionary for students of English.


www: (on-line monolingual English dictionary) (on-line monolingual English dictionary),

Teaching methods -
Last update: Mgr. Kamila Panešová (01.02.2024)

English learning and language development will be based on classroom discussion, debates, workshops, seminars and facilitated sessions. The teacher will frequently be in the role of facilitator but this task will also be assigned to students working in groups in the various sessions. There is a heavy emphasis on oral communication in this course.
Reading assignments will be given and the texts will be used as the basis of in-class discussion and debate, vocabulary work and grammar work. 
Students will participate in a variety of learning methods in a mixture of dynamics - individual, pair work, working in larger groups, full class sessions. 

Requirements to the exam -
Last update: Mgr. Kamila Panešová (23.02.2024)

To obtain the credits, students must: sit two written tests covering the vocabulary crucial to the field of political science and testing the writing and listening skills acquired in the lessons, complete an independent assignment and take part in an Oxford-style debate (including self-assessment and peer-feedback).

Continuous assessment

Homework assignments submitted on due dates.


Exam requirements: 

1/    40% Final test

2/    20% Midterm test

3/    20% Debate (+ self-assessment and peer feedback)

4/    15% Independent assignment

5/    5% Class work 


The final test will consist of 4 tasks:

I. Academic language and style

II. Academic reading

III. Graph description

IV. Developing a strong argument


0-50 % = F 
51-60 % = E 
61-70 % = D 
71-80 % = C 
81-90 % = B
91% and more = A 

A - outstanding performance with only minor errors,

B - above the average standard but with some errors,

C - generally sound work with a number of notable errors,

D - fair but with significant shortcomings,

E - performance meets the minimum criteria,

F - fail – considerable further work is required

Syllabus -
Last update: Mgr. Kamila Panešová (01.02.2024)



Argumentation and debating skills 

Listening and reproduction

Academic writing 

Describing visual information

AI literacy



Elections, Electoral systems

Governments, systems and regimes

Democracy and democratic deficit

Political ideologies

Entry requirements -
Last update: Mgr. Kamila Panešová (01.02.2024)

Students are eligible to enroll in this course on successful completion of the prerequisite course JLB005.

The required level of English is B2+ level (upper-intermediate) according to the Common European Framework.

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