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Climate Change Challenges: Workshop Prague-Constance (Konstanz) Study Days on Various Aspects of Society, Politics, and Policy in the Digital Age - JSB157
Title: Workshop Prague-Constance (Konstanz) Study Days
Guaranteed by: Department of Public and Social Policy (23-KVSP)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2022 to 2022
Semester: both
E-Credits: 7
Hours per week, examination: 0/2, Ex [HS]
Capacity: winter:unknown / unknown (6)
summer:unknown / unknown (6)
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
Additional information: http://office hours:
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
you can enroll for the course in winter and in summer semester
Guarantor: PhDr. Vilém Novotný, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): PhDr. Vilém Novotný, Ph.D.
Last update: PhDr. Vilém Novotný, Ph.D. (28.01.2023)
The climate change represents essential challenges for our society, politics, and policy. The project-oriented workshop is designed to get students acquainted with climate change challenges from perspectives of society (e.g., new social movements, online collective action) and politics of climate change policy at different levels (e.g., climate change policy issues on regional, national, and European level reflected by the Internet and new social media. It provides an excellent opportunity to gain an international academic experience. The workshop aims at developing international academic cooperation between national communities and at enhancing students’ team work and international communication skills in academic area. It is also appreciated as an excellent preparatory experience for your own study abroad (e.g., Erasmus+ etc.).
The workshop takes place in Prague and Konstanz and it is accompanied by an informal program which enables Prague students to discover beauties of the Lake Constance region (Konstanz, Mainau, Reichenau, Meersburg, Friedrichshafen) and life of Konstanz students.
Aim of the course
Last update: PhDr. Vilém Novotný, Ph.D. (28.01.2023)

After the workshop, the students should

- have more insight in contemporary climate change challenges viewed by theoretical concepts concerning society, politics, and policy in the digital age;

- get acquainted with essential international academic team work in comparative perspective;

- have enhanced their knowledge and skills in areas of critical study of academic texts, research design, field research, comparative method, critical thinking, team work, presentation of their own opinion in academic discussion, linking theoretical findings and conceptualizations with current praxis in different empirical fields as well as work with resources, time and subject planning.

Last update: PhDr. Vilém Novotný, Ph.D. (27.09.2022)

Basic issue reference
The European Green Deal (
Social perspective
Hautea, S., Parks, P., Takahashi, B., & Zeng, J. (2021). Showing They Care (Or Don’t): Affective Publics and Ambivalent Climate Activism on TikTok. Social Media + Society, 7(2).
Further inspirations:
Poell, T., & Dijck, J. (2018). Social media and new protest movements. In J. Burgessa. Marwick, & T. Poell The sage handbook of social media (pp. 546-561). SAGE Publications Ltd,
Danielle Falzon, J. Timmons Roberts, and Robert J. Brulle (2021): Sociology and Climate Change: A Review and Research Agenda, in: Schaefer CAniglia et al (eds.): Handbook of Environmental Sociology, Springer Cham, pp 189-217,
Roger Soler-i-Martí, Ariadna Fernández-Planells & Laura Pérez-Altable (2022) Bringing the future into the present: the notion of emergency in the youth climate movement, Social Movement Studies, DOI: 10.1080/14742837.2022.2123312
Chen, K., Molder, A. L., Duan, Z., Boulianne, S., Eckart, C., Mallari, P., & Yang, D. (2022). How Climate Movement Actors and News Media Frame Climate Change and Strike: Evidence from Analyzing Twitter and News Media Discourse from 2018 to 2021. The International Journal of Press/Politics, 0(0).
Carla Malafaia & Taina Meriluoto (2022) Making a deal with the devil? Portuguese and Finnish activists’ everyday negotiations on the value of social media, Social Movement Studies, DOI: 10.1080/14742837.2022.2070737
Politics perspective
Farstad, F. M. (2018). What explains variation in parties’ climate change salience? Party Politics, 24(6), 698–707.
Further inspirations:
Manifesto Project (
Düsseldorf Party Research Institute (
Daniele Caramani (ed.). (2020). Comparative Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Policy perspective:
Wendler, Frank (2022) Contesting the European Union in a changing climate: policy narratives and the justification of supranational governance, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 30:1, 67-83, DOI: 10.1080/14782804.2021.1882107
Further inspirations:
Shanahan, E. A., Jones, M. D., McBeth Mark K., Radaelli, C.  (2017). The Narrative Policy Framework. In C. M. Weible & P. A. Sabatier (Eds.), Theories of the Policy Process (4th ed., pp. 173-213). Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
McBeth, Mark K., Elizabeth A. Shanahan, Molly Anderson, and Barbara Rose. 2012. “Policy Story or Gory Story? Narrative Policy Framework, YouTube, and Indirect Lobbying in Greater Yellowstone.” Policy & Internet 4 (3–4): 159–183. doi:10.1002/poi 3.15.
Some good methodological remarks:
Wilson, S., & Herrera, Y. (2019). Teaching Computerized Content Analysis for Undergraduate Research Papers. PS: Political Science & Politics, 52(3), 536-542. doi:10.1017/S104909651900026X

Other literature can be recommended according to specific interest by teachers.
Requirements to the exam
Last update: PhDr. Vilém Novotný, Ph.D. (28.01.2023)

The credits will be granted after fulfilling following conditions (plagiarism and other misconducts against academic and/or good manners will prevent passing the course):

1) attendance (100 %)

2) 3 questions to each theoretical text before the Konstanz week           9 points

2) active participation in discussions                                          10 points

3) Konstanz presentation of the team’s topic                             10 points

4) Prague presentation of the team seminar paper draft                       10 points

4) Team seminar paper (15-20 pages = 27.000-36.000 signs with blanks) 61 points

Total                                                                            100 points


Grading Scale (max. 100 points)

A       91-100 points

B       81-90 points

C        71-80 points

D       61-70 points

E        51-60 points

F        till 50 points


Important dates:

March 3, 2023, 9.30-10.50 – introductory session (online)

till March 24, 2023 – deadline for a draft of the Prague presentation + 3 questions to each theoretical text

March 26-31, 2023 – Prague week

till April 28, 2023 – deadline for the 1st short report on team seminar work progress

till May 26, 2023 – deadline for a for the 2nd short report on team seminar work progress

till June 16, 2023 – deadline for a for a draft of the Konstanz presentation + the 1st draft of the paper

June 18-24, 2022 – Konstanz week

July 14, 2023 – deadline for the final version of team seminar papers

Entry requirements
Last update: PhDr. Vilém Novotný, Ph.D. (09.02.2023)

This workshop is primarily open to all BA and MA students of the ISS UK FSV as well as the PVP program who are interested in this kind of experience and who will submit a short motivation letter (max. 1 paragraphs) send to vnovotny[at]

The number of the participants is limited to 6 students.

In case of more than 6 applicants, the choice of participants will be based on their motivation, year of study (preference for advanced BA students), further foreign mobility potential, command of English; command of German as an advantage.

Working language is English.

Konstanz university is an extraordinary place on the Lake Constance (Bodensee) which represent
one of the excellent German universities
with the world-renown Department of Politics and Public Administration, and Department of Sociology
with a perfect easily accessible library,
opportunities for a longer research stay (Eastern Partnerships, Erasmus+), and
many other opportunities to discover the Lake Constance region (Meersburg, Mainau, Reichenau, Friedrichshafen, Zurich, etc.) you will have time to during the informal program in KN.

The stay is organized within a long-lasting inter-university exchange under very favorable conditions because the University of Konstanz provides:
1) accommodation (very probably the Humbolt Institute - double-bed with a bathroom, no kitchenette available but you can buy some meals at the Humbolt, or there is a bakery over the street and nearby supermarkets)
2) means of transport on the place (very probably bikes which are the best mean of transport there)
3) pocket money to contribute to cover your meals (university cafeteria provides very favorable prices for meals (lunches and dinners) and there are classical supermarkets in the surrounding)
Thus, you just need to cover transport to KN and back (you can find quite favorable fares by Flixbus or train), travel insurance, and additional spendings not covered by pocket money.

The workshop where you will work in joint Prague-Konstanz teams (3-4 students) and where your personal presence is needed takes place on:
Friday March 3, 9.30-10.50 Intro session
Prague week (Monday, March 27, 9.30-12.20, JPEK405; Tuesday, March 28, 15.30-16.50, JPEK212; Wednesday, March 29, 14.00-15.20, JPEK211; Thursday, March 30, 12.30-13.50, JPEK405)
Konstanz week (Sunday June 18 - Saturday June 24, 2023)

Thus, the condition for participation in the workshop is above-mentioned:
to send to my email (
1) your short motivation (why do you want to participate in the workshop in 1 paragraph),
2) a clear commitment that you will participate in all planned activities (particularly in the KN stay on June 18-24), and that

3) you are aware of sharing the expenses of traveling to Konstanz (see above) by Friday, Feb 17.

Feel please free to ask questions.

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