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Culture and Politics in Europe - JTM083
Anglický název: Culture and Politics in Europe
Český název: Kultura a politika v Evropě
Zajišťuje: Katedra evropských studií (23-KZS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2021 do 2022
Semestr: zimní
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:1/1, Zk [HT]
Počet míst: neurčen / neurčen (0)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst pro virtuální mobilitu: ne
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
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Garant: Mgr. Eliška Tomalová, Ph.D.
Vyučující: Mgr. Eliška Tomalová, Ph.D.
Třída: Courses not for incoming students
Soubory Komentář Kdo přidal
stáhnout Norman_Davies_East_West_Cult_Differences.pdf 6.12. Norman Davies, East-West Cultural Differences Mgr. Eliška Tomalová, Ph.D.
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Eliška Tomalová, Ph.D. (17.09.2023)
Course description
The master course Culture and politics in Europe will introduce concepts related to the study of agendas on the crossroad between culture and politics, mainly culture and identity, cultural policy, culture and foreign policy, cultural diplomacy, and international cultural relations in contemporary Europy. It will offer different perspectives on geographical/political and cultural definition(s) on Europe and the way how European space is seen from within and outside of Europe. Students will study and analyze different sources such as primary documents, academic journals and book chapters, visual materials and speeches. The selection of academic articles reflects different perspectives on Europe from outside and from Europe in accordance with EPS diversity principles.

Course structure
The course has three components
- lectures centered around one of the key concepts related to culture and politics. For each session students read two set of texts – primary documents and academic articles or book chapters. The readings are obligatory and constitute a knowledge base for class discussions.
- guest lectures that give students a more practical perspective on topics studied in lectures or examples of specific research agendas.
- Brussels field trip
- Students are also invited to facultative on site visits- group visits and individually organized visits of local cultural institutions.

Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Eliška Tomalová, Ph.D. (21.09.2023)

Students will be able to:

- understand concepts related to the study of culture and politics

- analyze primary and secondary sources

- engage in class discussions

- prepare policy documents

- participate in group projects

Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Eliška Tomalová, Ph.D. (17.09.2023)


Students´performance will be assessed throughout the semester. The final grade is based on three assignments: book review, group project (policy paper) and final test.

1)     Book review (evaluated individually, 30 % of the grade) : 1200 words, due before 30/11/2023. The book of your choice must be related to the course topic, it may be part of your readings for the group project or your thesis project. The book choice must be finalized before 5/11/2023 and approved by the lecturer.

2)    Group assignment – policy paper (evaluated per group, 30 % of the grade): Students will be divided into 4 groups. Each group will upload the deliverable before 25/11/2023 to moodle and will have 10 min for the presentation in class – 30/11 or 14/12 (project presentation includes comments on the research process, data and materials collection, and the result per se) and 20 min for discussion.

3)    Final test (evaluated individually, 40 % of the grade): Written test, 6 open questions, 21/12/2023, in class.



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

Based on the Dean's Measure 20/2019: https://fsv.cuni.cz/deans-measure-no-20/2019

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Eliška Tomalová, Ph.D. (21.09.2023)

Academic articles and book chapters for each session will be disponible on moodle.

Students will use primary and secondary sources.

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Eliška Tomalová, Ph.D. (17.09.2023)


Course programme:

5/10               Introduction

                    Course structure, deadlines, assignments, group distribution


Different perspectives on culture. Why culture matters as public policy and diplomatic agenda? European culture and cultures. Cultural map of Europe.

12/10             Guest lecture

                    Ivo Šlosarčík – European Legal Culture(s)


19/10             No class – Inauguration ceremony


Reading 1:   Radakovič, Aleksander: Peoples and Nations: Cultural and Political Collective Self-Identification, National Identities, 2021.

Reading 2:   TFEU, articles relative to culture.


26/10             Soft power and its projection

Power and its elements. Hard power, soft power and smart power. Soft power tools and instruments. European soft power.

Reading 1:   Gahler, Michael:  Boosting the EU´s Soft Power in Eastern Partnership Countries, European View, 2021.

Reading 2:   Biersteker, Thomas: The Potential of Europe´s Sharp and Soft Power, Global Policy, 2020.

2/11               Cultural diplomacy versus cultural relations

                    Defining cultural diplomacy. Cultural diplomacy and international cultural relations. Innovative methods in cultural diplomacy. Cultural diplomacy, image and status building, nation branding strategies. Local, regional and international actors in cultural diplomacy.                                                                                                                                                              

Reading 1:   Kos-Stanišič, Lidija, Car, Viktorija: The Use of Soft Power in Digital Public Diplomacy: the Cases of Brazil and India in the EU, Croatian Political Science Review, 2021.

Reading 2:   Higgott, Richard, Lamonica, Alessandro Giovanni, The role of Culture in EU Foreign Policy: Between International Cultural Relations and Cultural Diplomacy, Okonomi & Politik, 2021.


9/11               Cultural policy

Actors, agendas, priorities in cultural policy. Cultural policy models. Where are the limits of cultural policy? Culture as a political and electoral topic.

Reading 1:   Sassatelli, Monica: The Arts, the State and the EU. Cultural Policy in the Making of Europe, Social Analysis, 2007

Reading 2:   Vrbek, Sandra, Pluchinotta, Irene: Is Culture a special Hub Policy Area for Co-Creation?, Journal of Comparative Politics, 2021.


16/11             Guest lecture  - MFA (TBC)

20-21/11      Brussels field trip

23/11             Brussels field trip debriefing in class

30/11             Identity

Identity and culture – where are the boundaries? Different forms of identity. Identity politics.

Reading 1:   Mormul, Joanna: The Commsunity of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) and the Luso-African Identity, Politeja, 2020

Reading 2:   Haugevik, Kristin, Sending, Ole Jacob:  The Nordic Balance Revisited: Differentiation and the Foreign Policy Repertoires of the Nordic States, Politics and Governance, 2020.

Presentations (group 1 and 2)


7/12               Guest lecture

                    Maxine David and Vera Scepanovic (Leiden University)


14/12           Cultural diversity

Roots of the debate on cultural diversity. Cultural diversity and cultural exception. International cultural organizations.

Reading 1:   Pyykkonen, Miikka:  UNESCO and Cultural Diversity: Democratisation, Commodification or Governmentalisation of Culture?, International Journal of Cultural Policy, 2021.

Reading 2    The Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, UNESCO, 2005           

                    Presentations (group 3 and 4)


21/12             Final test (in class)

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