The aim of the course is to describe the present extreme right-wing and left-wing political scene, to illustrate its origins and briefly describe its development from the French Revolution to the present. Special attention will be paid to the form of the far-right and the left in the Czech Republic.

The student will gain the following expertise:
- learn to identify the basic attributes of each ideology
- gain a basic overview of key concepts and theories of racism, anti-Semitism, and nationalism
- can distinguish between Nazism and Fascism, respectively Neo-fascism and neo-Nazism
- get an overview of the most important subcultures associated with the far right and the far left
- learn to identify the symbolism of the major far-right and left-wing groups

- knows the development of the extreme right and left the situation in the Czech environment

The final exam consists of:

1) Term paper
- You choose the topic of the term paper yourself to match the content of the course (far-right/left political parties, groups, ideologies, events atc.). If you are unsure, you can consult the topic by e-mail (
- The term paper must have at least 8 standard pages (approx 2000 words)
- The term paper must have a bibliography and must contain citations
- the bibliography must contain at least 3 relevant sources. Any scientific paper (book, article) is considered a relevant source. Additional sources are allowed provided that at least three relevant sources are met. Encyclopedias, including electronic ones, are not allowed.
- send me the term paper ONLY by e-mail ( at least a week before the date of the test you want to apply for

2) written test
The test will take place either online (in case of persistent measures against COVID-9) or in person. The online test will take place on the Moodle platform.

The written test is evaluated on the scale:

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