Teaching: university courses

PhD courses

2022- ::::

Sociology and philosophy of physics at the Turn of the 21st Century: the Road to Détente

Research workshop, Philosophical faculty & Faculty of social sciences, ChU (autumn semester 2022-23)

Theoretical research workshop lead by a group of Czech sociologists and philosophers: Jan Maršálek (FLÚ AV ČR), Zdeněk Konopásek (CTS UK/AV ČR) and Lukáš Hadwiger Zámečník (University Palacký in Olomouc), open also for students. The focus will be on several representative sociological and philosophical reflections on physics and related exchanges between sociology and philosophy at the turn of the 21st century.
2022- ::::

Sociology and philosophy of physics: conflicts, grievances, reconciliations

Research workshop, Philosophical faculty & Faculty of social sciences, ChU (spring semester 2021-22)

Theoretical research workshop lead by a group of Czech sociologists and philosophers: Jan Maršálek (FLÚ AV ČR), Ondřej Švec (ÚFaR FF UK), Zdeněk Konopásek (CTS UK/AV ČR) and Lukáš Hadwiger Zámečník (University Palacký in Olomouc), open also for students. The focus will be on several representative sociological reflections on physics and related exchanges between sociology and philosophy.
2001-2005; 2014-2018 ::::

Tuesday PhD seminars

Research workshop for PhD students

These PhD seminar meetings were informal workshops taking place each 2 weeks, according to an agreed schedule. They were intended for invited PhD students interested in STS or related approaches to social study (ANT). Meetings have the form of "collective consultations": we discuss projects, partial analyses, drafts of papers or chapters, and related scientific literature. (During Autumn 2014 the seminar was organized as joint meetings with PhD students of Tereza Stöckelová.)
2005-2014 ::::

Creative writing in sociology

PhD programme in sociology, Faculty of Social Studies at the Masaryk University in Brno - workshop; SOC922, 15 credits (Autumn semester).

Sociology is a rhetorical exercise (Paul Atkinson). This course is not aimed at theoretical elaboration of this observation, but will take the form of a writing workshop and practically oriented collective debates on the topic. The work on site will be copmplemented by several home assignements. The main goals of the course are: (1) to cultivate practical skills of sociological reporting and writing; (2) to discuss and master formatting and finalizing of scholarly paper before submitting it to publication; (3) to mediate a mutual critical feedback on actual finished or almost-finished scholarly texts authored by the participants.

2005-2009 ::::

Analysis and interpretation of qualitative data

MA and PhD programmes in sociology, Faculty of Social Studies at the Masaryk University in Brno; code SOC926, 20 credits (spring semesters)

The course is a set of lectures, discussions and practical workshops aimed at analytical work with qualitative data. The emphasis will neither be on presentation of different approaches nor on following the epistemic logic of a particular methodological tradition. Rather, we will focus, in an eclectic mode, on various practices of analytic reading and writing. Students will use, for their work, the software package for qualitative analysis Atlas.ti. Participation in the course is time-demanding, based on continuous school and home work. The main objectives are (1) to master - both in technical and methodological terms - the work with Atlas.ti; (2) to practice basic analytic procedures with qualitative data.

2001-2002 ::::

Writing sociological texts

PhD programme in sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences at the Charles University in Prague; a workhsop

The aim is to develop practical skills related to the work of sociological reporting and arguing. The workshop is intended for doctoral and advanced MA students.

MA courses

2022- ::::

Sociology and philosophy of physics at the Turn of the 21st Century: the Road to Détente

Research workshop, Philosophical faculty & Faculty of social sciences, ChU (autumn semester 2022-23)

Theoretical research workshop lead by a group of Czech sociologists and philosophers: Jan Maršálek (FLÚ AV ČR), Zdeněk Konopásek (CTS UK/AV ČR) and Lukáš Hadwiger Zámečník (University Palacký in Olomouc), open also for students. The focus will be on several representative sociological and philosophical reflections on physics and related exchanges between sociology and philosophy at the turn of the 21st century.
2022- ::::

Sociology and philosophy of physics: conflicts, grievances, reconciliations

Research workshop, Philosophical faculty & Faculty of social sciences, ChU (spring semester 2021-22)

Theoretical research workshop lead by a group of Czech sociologists and philosophers: Jan Maršálek (FLÚ AV ČR), Ondřej Švec (ÚFaR FF UK), Zdeněk Konopásek (CTS UK/AV ČR) and Lukáš Hadwiger Zámečník (University Palacký in Olomouc), open also for students. The focus will be on several representative sociological reflections on physics and related exchanges between sociology and philosophy.
2005-2014 ::::

Analysis and interpretation of qualitative data

MA and PhD programmes in sociology, Faculty of Social Studies at the Masaryk University in Brno; code SOC421, 20 credits (spring semesters)

The course is a set of lectures, discussions and practical workshops aimed at analytical work with qualitative data. The emphasis will neither be on presentation of different approaches nor on following the epistemic logic of a particular methodological tradition. Rather, we will focus, in an eclectic mode, on various practices of analytic reading and writing. Students will use, for their work, the software package for qualitative analysis Atlas.ti. Participation in the course is time-demanding, based on continuous school and home work. The main objectives are (1) to master - both in technical and methodological terms - the work with Atlas.ti; (2) to practice basic analytic procedures with qualitative data.

2005-2014 ::::

Science, technology, and politics

MA programme in sociology, Faculty of Social Studies at the Masaryk University in Brno; code SOC400, 10 credits (autumne semesters)

The main objectives are: 1) to provide an introduction to contemporary science and technology studies; 2) to map more general sociological consequences and key topics of this research field; and 3) to explain basic principles of actor-network theory. After having discussed constructivism and deconstruction, the problem of reflexivity, and the linguistic turn in the social sciences, a contextualised history of sociology of science (and technology) will be debated (Merton, the strong programme of David Bloor, ethnographies of laboratory life and studies of scientific controversies etc.). Special attention will be paid to actor-network theory, an approach gaining importance within contemporary social sciences in general (Bruno Latour, Michel Callon, John Law and others). The final set of lectures will discuss a number of empirical examples focusing on the relationship between democratic decision making and scientific expertise.

1995-2004 ::::

Non-modern sociology

MA programme in sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences at the Charles University in Prague

Modernity in non-modern view with references to Bruno Latour and contemporary sociology of science. Since 1996 to 2003, the course belonged to the special MA programme Biographical sociology.

2002-2003 ::::

Analysing qualitative data

MA programme in sociology, Faculty of Social Studies at the Masaryk University in Brno

This series of lectures, discussions and practical exercises is focused upon the theory and practice of qualitative analysis. The theoretical topics include, e.g., the relationship between theoretical frameworks and practical analytical procedures in qualitative research; the problems of reflexivity and relativism; a hermeneutical understanding of objectivity; and materiality of data objects in the process of interpretation. The lectures are not to cover, in a systematic way, all the main methodological approaches. Neither they are intended as detailed exploration of a particular analytical school. Instead, the characteristic feature or our approach will be that the procedures of qualitative data analysis are not understood methodologically (strictly taken), but rather from the point of view of sociology of scientific knowledge - which means, above all, in an eclectic and quite pragmatic way. Theoretical issues will be connected with analytical examples and with acquisition of various practical skills. The participants will use a shared data set and they will be trained to use Atlas.ti, an advanced software package for qualitative data analysis.

1993-2003 ::::

Biography and institutions

MA programme in sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences at the Charles University in Prague (since 1998 taught as online course for students from several Czech universities)

Course focused on societies seen through individual lives and their institutional frameworks. In 1993-97 taught together with prof. Josef Alan, since 1999 with Zuzana Kusá. Since 1996, the course belonged to the special MA programme Biographical sociology.

2001-2002 ::::

Writing sociological texts

MA programme in sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences at the Charles University in Prague; a workhsop

The aim is to develop practical skills related to the work of sociological reporting and arguing. The workshop is intended for doctoral and advanced MA students.

1998-1999 ::::

Contemporary qualitative research

MA programme in sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences at the Charles University in Prague

The course critically reflects the ambivalent condition of qualitative research and explains it from several mutually connected perspectives - the narrative turn in sociology; new (experimental) forms of writing sociology; power relations in the research process; advances in computing technology and their relevance in qualitative research

1996-1998 ::::

MA seminar

MA programme in sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences at the Charles University in Prague

Six-hours workshop for the students of the MA programme Biographical sociology. Taught together with Eva Stehlíková and others.

1993-1996 ::::

Sociology of social security

MA programme in sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences at the Charles University in Prague

The institutional systems of the modern welfare state in sociological perspective. Mostly for students of social and public policy.

1994-1995 ::::

Sociology in the post-modern age

MA programme in sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences at the Charles University in Prague

Issues of postmodern sociology and a sociology of postmodernity.

BA courses

2006-2007 ::::

Writing scholarly papers

BA programme in sociology, distance learning programme, Faculty of Social Studies at the Masaryk University in Brno (autumn semesters)

2005-2006 ::::

Sociology of things

BA programme in sociology, Faculty of Social Studies at the Masaryk University in Brno; code SOC131, 6 credits (spring semesters)

Things, technological artifacts and material objects play increasingly important role in our lives. Understanding how such material entities engage in social ordering leads us to taking more seriously the autonomous "thingy" existence of such traditionally sociologically relevant entities such as texts, documents or persons. Using numerous examples we will debate this increasing sociological sensitivity toward the world of things, which will shed some new light on fundaments of selected sociological schools and the entire discipline in general.

1997-2003 ::::

Analytical work with ATLAS/ti

BA programme in sociology and social policy, Faculty of Social Sciences at the Charles University in Prague; intensive three-day workshop

A training course for BA and MA students of sociology, social policy and media studies. The aim of the course is to learn students to master all major functions of the programme as well as to give the students some ideas about possible strategies of work with such a programme.

1994-2001 ::::

Biographical approach in sociology

BA programme in sociology and social policy, Faculty of Social Sciences at the Charles University in Prague (2000-1 together with Ivan Vodochodský)

Introduction to the history, theory and methodology of so called biographical research.

1995-1996 ::::

Research workshop: Reflexive autobiographies

BA programme in sociology and social policy, Faculty of Social Sciences at the Charles University in Prague

Research workshop on autobiographies based on collective work within a group of students. Togehter with Eva Stehlíková.

1993-1995 ::::

Theory seminar: Poetics of sociological texts

BA programme in sociology and social policy, Faculty of Social Sciences at the Charles University in Prague

Discussions of a set of articles toward textual constructions of reality in sociological texts (R.H. Brown, P. Atkinson, new literary forms).

1994-1995 ::::

Theory seminar: Social construction of reality

BA programme in sociology and social policy, Faculty of Social Sciences at the Charles University in Prague

Discussions of Berger's and Luckman's The social construction of reality.

1992-1994 ::::

Theory of the welfare state

BA programme in sociology and social policy, Faculty of Social Sciences at the Charles University in Prague

Basic concepts and models of the welfare state.

1991-1992 ::::

Theory of social policy and social security

BA programme in sociology and social policy, Faculty of Social Sciences at the Charles University in Prague

Agents and structures of modern social policies, social security schemes.

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KONOPÁSEK, Z. (2022): Konopásek kontra Latour: Barša má vidiny pistolníků a z vlastních kvérů se mu ještě kouří [Konopásek versus Latour: Barša has visions of gunslingers and his own guns are still smoking]. Zdeněk Konopásek's Blog, 14. 8. 2022. Available at http://zdenek.konopasek.net/index.php?m=16&b=16&i=4368

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KONOPÁSEK, Z. (nabídnuto): Věda a politika, vpravo, vlevo [Science and politics, right, left]. Sociální studia, ?? (??): ??-??

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KONOPÁSEK, Z. (2022): Religion in action: How Marian apparitions may become true. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 12 (1): 170–183

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