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Current Issues in Public Policy - JSM703
Anglický název: Current Issues in Public Policy
Zajišťuje: Katedra veřejné a sociální politiky (23-KVSP)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2022
Semestr: zimní
E-Kredity: 4
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:12/0, Z [HT]
Počet míst: 20 / neurčen (30)
Minimální obsazenost: 8
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst: ne
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Další informace: https://dl1.cuni.cz/course/view.php?id=5152
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
při zápisu přednost, je-li ve stud. plánu
Garant: prof. PhDr. Arnošt Veselý, Ph.D.
Vyučující: Bc. Tereza Čeladníková
prof. PhDr. Arnošt Veselý, Ph.D.
Třída: Courses for incoming students
Soubory Komentář Kdo přidal
stáhnout Syllabus_Current_Issues_in_Public_Policy_Summer_220912_Fin.pdf Bc. Tereza Čeladníková
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Bc. Tereza Čeladníková (13.09.2022)
This year the course will address some of the current issues of public policy raised by the November 8 midterm elections in the United States, the war in Ukraine, and other recent developments in Europe. The focus will be on exploring public policy issues in a broader political context. The course will also cover other issues of public policy such as the importance of truth, regulation of the internet, privacy, freedom of speech, and national security.
Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Bc. Tereza Čeladníková (13.09.2022)

Snyder, Timothy. 2017. On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century.New York: Tim Duggan Books. (2017), published in both English and Czech

Other suggested readings will be available in moodle


Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Bc. Tereza Čeladníková (13.09.2022)

Course requirements

For passing the course it is necessary to fulfill all requirements formulated below, i.e., class participation and final paper.


Class participation

-          Students are required to attend in person all 3 classes and be prepared to participate in class discussions and exercises.

Final essay

-          At the end of the course, a student is required to write a short paper in which he/she will choose an issue of public policy (from several to be provided), argue both sides and make a conclusion.

-          The approximate length of the paper is 5 double spaced pages, in English.

-          Deadline for the paper is January 13, 2023

-          The final paper must be uploaded via moodle.



The final essays will be graded A-F according to the following criteria:

-          Structure, organization and internal coherence of the essay

-          Insight into topic, originality and use of evidence

-          Clarity of arguments

-          Formal aspects (style, grammar, references)

Deadline for submitting the final essay: January 13, 2023

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Bc. Tereza Čeladníková (13.09.2022)

Schedule: Week November 7-11, 2022, Pekařská 16




Tue 8/11

15:30 -18:30


Thu 10/11

15:30 - 18:30


Fri 11/11

11:00 - 14:00



Questions to be Considered

Part I - What are the public policy issues raised by the polarization between political parties in the United States and in Europe, and also by the tensions between Russia, China, and the West? Is the gap closing between liberal democracy and authoritarianism?

Part II - What are the ethical and legal considerations in the interplay between free speech, privacy and national security?

This course will provide an open forum to discuss all these questions.


Preliminary Course Outline

I. Public Policy Issues raised by the Electoral Process in the U.S.

A. Background: U.S. Constitution

· Article II, Section 1 & the 12th Amendment: Electoral college vs. popular vote

· Article II, Section 4: Provisions for impeachment & removal

B. Voting Rights Issues

· Gerrymandered voting districts

· Access to voting: Requirements for voter identification

C. Divided Government

· Shifting balance of power between Democrats and Republicans

· Investigation of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol

· Impeachment of the President in the House and trial in the Senate

· Role of the Supreme Court

D. Analysis of the November 8 Midterm Elections

E. Social Issues: Does Truth Matter?

· Fake news/“post-truth”/“alternative facts”: What can be done?

· Free speech considerations, regulation of the internet

F. The Erosion of Democracy and Finding Middle Ground

· Lessons from the 20th century, On Tyranny

G. Q&A: Questions and Answers


II. Current Issues in Eastern and Western Europe

A. The War in Ukraine

B. Recent Developments

· The evolving composition of NATO and the EU

· 2022 French elections

C. Putin, Trump, and Xi contrasted with Zelensky, Havel, and Mandela


III. Selected Issues in Public Policy: Ethical and Legal Perspectives

A. Interplay between Free Speech, Privacy, and National Security

B. Privacy and the Right to be Forgotten

· Spanish case against Google

C. Free Speech

· Attempts to limit the free dissemination of information

· Advocacy of violence: Brandenburg v. Ohio

· Regulation of social media

D. Public Policy Concerns in the World We Live In

· Global warming

· Abortion

· Immigration

· A world of walls


Wendell Goddard: wengoddard1@gmail.com

Tereza Čeladníková: tereza.celadnikova@fsv.cuni.cz

Arnošt Veselý: veselya@fsv.cuni.cz


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