Study programmes / B-AS Agricultural Specialization / Environmentalistics
Course code:ENVIR
Course title in language of instruction:Environmentalistika
Course title in Czech:Environmentalistika
Course title in English:Environmentalistics
Mode of completion and number of credits:Exam (6 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes:full-time, 2/2
(full-time, hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction:Czech
Level of course:bachelor
Semester:SS 2020/2021 - FA
Name of lecturer:Ing. Eva Stehnová (instructor)
doc. Ing. Hana Středová, Ph.D. (examiner, lecturer, supervisor)
Aims of the course:Knowledge about the information on the historical development of the relationship between man and environment. Knowledge of basic environmental and related terms. Ability formulation of own opinions on environmental issues. Basic knowledge about global environmental problems and the application of the principle of sustainable development. Knowledge of basic legal and economic instruments of environmental protection, environmental aspects of agriculture and tools of sustainable consumption and production. Ability to make requests of environmental information to mandatory authorities.
Course contents:
1.Introduction to environmentalism + basic concepts of environment protection (allowance 2/2)
a.Basic concepts
b.Philosophical and ethical issues related to human environment

2.History of environmental protection (allowance 2/2)
a.Principal stages of human development
b.Growth of human population and its demands on the environment
c.Changes of environmental protection approach

3.Sustainable development (allowance 2/2)
a.Concept of sustainable development approach
b.Ecological, economical and social sustainability
c.World Summits
d.Agenda 21
e.Factor 4 and 10
f.Indicators of sustainability and ecological footprint

4.Basic environmental elements (water, air, soil) (allowance 2/2)
a.Basic concepts and parameters
b.Polluting factors
c.Pollution impact on human

5.Ecological aspects of environmental protection (allowance 2/2)
a.Basic concepts
b.Food chains
c.Human role in biosphere

6.Global environmental problems (allowance 2/2)
a.Global warming and climate change
b.Ozone hole
c.Reduction of biodiversity
d.Air pollution

7.Subjects of environmental protection (allowance 2/2)
a.State and national authorities
b.Municipalities and regions

8.Legal aspects of environmental protection (allowance 2/2)
a.Legislation development of environment protection
b.Constitutional bases
c.Principles of environmental law
d.Basic environmental law
e.Right to environmental information

9.Preventive instruments of environmental protection (allowance 2/2)

10.Economic aspects of environmental protection (allowance 2/2)
a.Principle of ecological economics
b.Economic consequences of environmental degradation
c.Principle of "polluter pays"
e.Economic instruments

11.Environmental aspects of agriculture (allowance 2/2)
a.Traditional versus industrial agriculture
b.Free-market agriculture, sustainable agriculture
c.Common agricultural policy and its development
d.Organic farming

12.Sustainable consumption and production (allowance 2/2)
a.Voluntary contracts
b.EMS and EMAS
f.Cleaner production

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to analyse and synthesize
-ethical commitment
-general knowledge

Specific competences:
-Ability to analysis and synthesis of relationship between organisms, humans and the environment
-Ability to make requests of environmental information to mandatory authorities
-Competence to make requests of environmental information to mandatory authorities
-Knowledge of environmental law and international conventions in the field of environmental protection
-Knowledge of regulatory instruments used in environmental protection

Type of course unit:required
Year of study:Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement:There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules:none
Assessment methods:Credit: 1) participation in exercises at least 75%, 2) oral presentation on given topic - 10% of the final assessment, 3) final test (10 questions, at least 60% of points must be obtained) - 10% of the final assessment.
Combined exam (content of lectures) - 1) written part (20 questions - 60 minutes at least 60% points must be obtained) - 40% of the final evaluation, oral part (15 minutes - 40% of the final assessment).
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture24 h
     practice24 h
     preparation for exam100 h
     preparation for regular assessment12 h
     preparation of presentation8 h
Total168 h

Basic reading list
  • KOTOVICOVÁ, J. -- ULČÁK, Z. -- TRNKA, P. -- KNOTEK, J. -- PRUDKÝ, J. -- ŠŤASTNÁ, M. -- HUBAČÍKOVÁ, V. -- OPPELTOVÁ, P. -- TOMAN, F. -- MARADA, P. Vybrané kapitoly z environmentalistiky. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 2009. 111 p. ISBN 978-80-7375-285-9.
  • KOTOVICOVÁ, J. et al. Ochrana životního prostředí II. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 2009. 165 p. ISBN 978-80-7375-262-0.
  • MOLDAN, B. Podamaněná planeta. Praha: Karolinum, 2009. 336 p. ISBN 978-80-246-1580-6.
  • KUTÍLEK, M. Racionálně o globálním oteplování. 1st ed. Praha: Dokořán, 2008. 185 p. Bod. ISBN 978-80-7363-183-3.
  • ŠARAPATKA, B. -- NIGGLI, U. et al. Zemědělství a krajina: cesty k vzájemnému souladu. 1st ed. Olomouc: Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci, 2008. 271 p. ISBN 978-80-244-1885-8.
Recommended reading list
  • ROGERS, P P. An introduction to sustainable development. London: Earthscan, 2008. 416 p. ISBN 978-1-84407-520-1.
  • MOLDAN, B. (Ne) udržitelný rozvoj: ekologie - hrozba i naděje. 2nd ed. V Praze: Karolinum, 2003. 141 p. ISBN 80-246-0769-7.
  • MOLDAN, B. Ekologická dimenze udržitelného rozvoje. 1st ed. Praha: Karolinum, 2001. 102 p. ISBN 80-246-0246-6.
  • MOLDAN, B. Příroda a civilizace: Životní prostředí a rozvoj lidské civilizace. 1st ed. Praha: SPN, 1997. 147 p. ISBN 80-04-26434-4.
  • GORE, A. Země na misce vah: Ekologie a lidský duch. 2nd ed. Praha: Argo, 2000. 372 p. ISBN 80-7203-310-7.
  • Col. Road to sustainability - economic, social and environmental dimension of sustainability in Visegrad countries. 1st ed. Prague: Institut for Environmental Policy, 2003. 271 p. ISBN 80-903244-0-1.