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English for Public And Social Policy II - JLM012
Title: Angličtina pro veřejnou a sociální politiku II
Guaranteed by: The Language Centre (23-KJP)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2023
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 4
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:0/2, Ex [HT]
Capacity: unknown / 30 (30)
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
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. Michaela Klírová, M.Phil.
Teacher(s): Mgr. Michaela Klírová, M.Phil.
Class: Courses for incoming students
Incompatibility : JLB032, JLB054
Pre-requisite : JLM011
Annotation -
The course is designed for students of PUBLIC AND SOCIAL POLICY whose English is at upper intermediate level, i.e. B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference (for the level description access EVALUATION OF LANGUAGE SKILLS/ENGLISH at
Last update: Klírová Michaela, Mgr., M.Phil. (31.01.2024)
Aim of the course -


The aim of the course is to help students to devolop their communicative and linguistic competence corresponding to their needs and professional interests, so that they are able to function effectively in the target language environment. Students should be able to demonstrate growth in ability to listen, speak, read and write clearly using specialised vocabulary that is commonly used within their field of academic study (ideally progressing towards C1-level).

Last update: Klírová Michaela, Mgr., M.Phil. (31.01.2024)
Literature -

There is no prescribed textbook for this course. Details will be given and materials supplied by the teacher as the course progresses.
N.B. The study materials and texts used in the classes are solely for the use of the students of the English for Public and Social policy course. Any circulation of the materials is prohibited.

Useful links:, (Glossary) (A Guide to Managing Assignments in Social Policy) (Companion for Undergraduate Dissertations (Sociology, Anthropology, Politics, Social Policy, Social Work and Criminology), "A survival guide to coping with your dissertation") (Illustrations of Essay and Report Writing)

Dictionaries: (Online OXFORD Collocation Dictionary of English)

Grammar, vocabulary and English usage:
Hewings, M. (2009): Advanced Grammar in Use (second edition), CUP.
Vince, M. (2003): Advanced Language Practice with key, Macmillan Publishers Limited.
Hewings, M., Thaine, C. (2012): Cambridge Academic English Advanced. CUP.
McCarthy, M., O´Dell, F. (2008) : Academic Vocabulary in Use. CUP.
Swan, M. (2005): Practical English Usage, 3rd ed, OUP.


European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (
European Commission (
European Data Centre for Work and Welfare (
European Observatory on Homelessness (
European Observatory on Health Systems and Social Policies (
Eurostat (
International Labour Office (
International Monetary Fund (
International Social Security Association (
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (
UNdata (
United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (
World Development Indicators (
World Factbook (
World Health Organization (
International Council on Social Welfare (

Last update: Klírová Michaela, Mgr., M.Phil. (31.01.2024)
Teaching methods -

The classes will be conducted in English.

The primary emphasis of the course is on communication. We shall use relevant authentic materials (content-based learning) and work on various tasks (task/project-based learning) mainly in groups since group work naturally requires that students communicate and interact with others. Apart from working on and presenting "one-session" projects, students will also work on and present several "ongoing" projects (e.g. public speech, panel discussion, round table, academic presentation, mini-seminar, etc.). Reading field-related articles and academic texts, watching videos, following/listening to lectures and talks, discussion and writing summaries, homework assignments and the learners' own learning agenda shall be integral part of our sessions.

Last update: Klírová Michaela, Mgr., M.Phil. (31.01.2024)
Requirements to the exam -

Your end-of-year score will be based on points you accumulate across continuous assessment.


  1. active participation in classes (or completion of compensation tasks for missed classes)
  2. quality of group project presentations + quality of written component of the projects (discussions, mini-lecture/seminar)
  3. homework assignments and thematic glossaries
  4. final test (in class)

More detailed information is available on MOODLE

In our language courses, attendance records are kept. It is the student's responsibility to make up for their absence and contact their teacher via e-mail (ideally in advance - prior to the session). 

All assignments must be submitted/presented on their due dates. Exceptions can be made only in cases of illness or extra compulsory components of students' degree subjects. 


  • (excellent) = 91 % and more (outstanding performance with only minor errors)
  • (very good) = 81-90 % (above the average standard but with some errors)
  • (good) = 71-80 % (generally sound work with a number of notable errors)
  • (satisfactory) = 61-70 % (fair but with significant shortcomings) 
  • E(sufficient) = 51-60 % (performance meets the minimum criteria)
  • (fail) = 0-50 % (considerable further work is required)
Last update: Klírová Michaela, Mgr., M.Phil. (31.01.2024)
Syllabus -

(i) dealing with one of the topics listed in the curriculum (handouts and input from the teacher as well as project work and input from the students),
(ii) presenting the outcomes of the work undertaken and debriefing. 

Sylabus: These are some of the topics we shall/can explore in our classes: 
Social policy, welfare and welfare state/Civil society
Human rights/Historical perspective
Health and health care
Illness and disability
Old age and ageing
Family/Child protection/Domestic violence
Work and unemployment
Housing and homelessness
Prostitution and human trafficking
Penitentiary and post-penitentiary care
Poverty and social exclusion
Ethnic minorities/Roma community
Migration/Immigration/Asylum seekers.

Last update: Klírová Michaela, Mgr., M.Phil. (31.01.2024)
Entry requirements -

Enrollment is conditioned by obtaining a credit (zápočet) in JLM 011.

Upper-intermediate level of English language proficiency is required, i.e. B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference (for the level description please access EVALUATION OF LANGUAGE SKILLS/English at

Last update: Klírová Michaela, Mgr., M.Phil. (31.01.2024)
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