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Current International Affairs I - JMB523
Title: Mezinárodní aktuality I
Guaranteed by: Department of North American Studies (23-KAS)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2019
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 9
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/2, Ex [HT]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (0)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: Czech
Teaching methods: combined
Teaching methods: combined
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: PhDr. Vít Fojtek, Dr., Ph.D.
Incompatibility : JMB001
Is pre-requisite for: JMB525, JMB526, JMB530, JMB528, JMB529, JMB527
Annotation -
Last update: FOJTEKV (23.10.2009)
Aim of the course is to get basic systematic knowledge of the current affairs in selected countries (North America, German-speaking countries, Central Euope, Russia and Eastern Europe, Western Europe) and interprete these events with use of sources of mass media news.
Literature -
Last update: PhDr. Vít Fojtek, Dr., Ph.D. (21.04.2015)


Kuras B., Evropa snů a skutečností. Praha 2007

Reader of the course is available at:

Folow up of the daily mass news media(e.g. Respekt, Týden, or Der Spiegel, Focus, Economist and so on), further studies e.g. at SWP Stiftung Wischenschaft und Politik (, HAUS RISSEN HAMBURG, Internationales Institut für Politik und Wirtschaft (, Monterey Institute of International Studies,, CEVRO (,,,

up to date links (November 2013)álně-konzervativn%C3%AD-akademie/213584001993977

Štěpán Pírko ( (např. "Nesmyslnost záchran aneb kdy krize skončí?")

Jaromír Štětina (

Jan Urban (

Jefim Fitštejn (

Benjamin Kuras (

Michal Romancov ([id]=15960280&article[aut_id]=15960280 (Michael Romancov, politický geograf)

Petr Robejšek (

Writing Guide:

Requirements to the exam -
Last update: PhDr. Vít Fojtek, Dr., Ph.D. (13.02.2019)

form of the control of the knowledge. Exam
a) students take part at the block lecture at assigned dates
b) students are required to study up books shown at the list of required study literature to the course
c) students are required in the framework of their selfstudy to present two texts, and that written thesis on the assigned topic (5 normpages with the use of one Czech and one foreign periodical source) and the review of the assigned book (2 normpages).
d) both thesis + review will be handed out till January 5, 2015 till 20.00 at the adress (nonobservance of this deadline without legitimate excuse means the failure from the course) and will be marked so that from the two grades for each text will be set one final grade
e) course is concluded with the complex written test in the assigned dates set in the period of regular exam period
f) final grade is set after the consideration of the work in the whole course, i.e. overall assesment of the concurrent writen texts and final test, and that in the ratio 1:1


Grading System at FSV UK


Due to modifications of the internal regulations the Faculty of Social Sciences has changed the system of classification from 1-4 grading scale to internationally recognized A-F grading system, often referred to as ECTS grading. For easier understanding we offer an explanation of the individual grades:

  • A – Excellent. The student has shown excellent performance, originality and displayed an exceptional grasp of the subject.
  • B – Very Good. The student understands the subject well and has shown some originality of thought. Above the average performance, but with some errors.
  • C – Good. Generally sound work with a number of notable errors.
  • D – Satisfactory. The student has shown some understanding of the subject matter, but has not succeeded in translating this understanding into consistently original work. Overall good performance with a number of significant errors.
  • E – Sufficient. Acceptable performance with significant drawbacks. Performance meets the minimum requirements.
  • F – Fail. The student has not succeeded in mastering the subject matter of the course.
  • Z – Pass/Credit. Where a course is completed by a study requirement other than examination, it is not graded, but is recorded as “Zápočet (Z).” This is in effect a Pass in a two-tier Pass/Fail grading system.

The recommendation for using the A-F classification is as follows: To evaluate the student's performance in percentage (0-100 %) and providing the evaluation accordingly

0-50 % = F,

51-60 % = E,

61-70 % = D,

71-80 % = C,

81-90 % = B,

91% and more = A.

We hope that you will accept this change positively because of its undeniable advantages:

  1. Simplified recognition of courses studied abroad (most European universities use the conversion scale A-F, the conversion from 1-4 grading scale was not quite accurate).
  2. Refinement of the grading scale (6-degree scale gives the teacher the opportunity to more distinguish student performance than with the 4-degree scale).
  3. Intelligibility for incoming/exchange students or international students studying at FSV UK (percentage or A-F grade scale is the most widespread).

Syllabus -
Last update: PhDr. Vít Fojtek, Dr., Ph.D. (14.04.2015)

Current Affairs: topics 1. Current presidency of the EU and its priorities. 2. Current Czech - Austrian Relations. 3. Current Czech - German Affairs. 4 Current Czech - American Affairs. 5. Current Czech - Russian Affairs. 6. Current Czech - Polish Affairs. 7. Current Czecho - Slovak Affairs. 8. Current Polish Affairs. 9. Current Hungarian Affairs. 10. Current Slovak Affairs. 11. Current Austrian Affairs. 12. Current Romanian Affairs. 13. Current Dutch Affairs. 14. Current Belgian Affairs. 15. Current Danish Affairs. 16. Current Spanish Affairs. 17. Current Italian Affairs. 18. Great Britain under PM Brown: foreign policy. 19. Great Britain under PM Brown: inner policy. 20. France under Sarkozy: foreign policy. 21. France under Sarkozy: inner policy. 22. Germany under PM Merkel: foreign policy. 23. Germany under PM Merkel: inner policy. 24. Current Bavarian Affairs. 25. USA - inner policy 26 USA - foreign policy 27. USA and Current Affairs in Iraq 28. USA and Current Affairs in Afghanistan. 29. USA and Iran. 30. USA and Pakistan. 31. US Radar in the Czech Republic and Poland
32. Cureent Israeli-Palestinian Affairs. 33. Energetic Security in Europe 34. Gas Pipeline Nabucco 35. Gas Pipelines Nord Stream, South Stream 36. Russia under Medvedev - inner policy. 37. Russia under Medvedev - foreign policy. 38. Russia - Europe Relations. 39. Georgia - Russian Conflict. 40. Current Affairs of Ukraine. 41. Current Affaris of Bellaruss. 42. Current Affair s of Serbia. 43. Current Affairs of Macedonia. 44. Current Affairs of Moldova. 45. Current Affairs of Kosovo. 46. Current Affairs of Turkey. 47. Turkey and the EU. 48. Current Turkey-Cyprus Conflict.

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