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Course, academic year 2022/2023
Public Space - AM501057
Title: Public Space
Guaranteed by: Department of Economics and Management (837)
Faculty: Central University Departments of UCT Prague
Actual: from 2022
Semester: summer
Points: summer s.:3
E-Credits: summer s.:3
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:1/1, C+Ex [HT]
Capacity: unlimited / unlimited (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
For type: Master's (post-Bachelor)
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: Novotný Lukáš doc. Dr. Mgr. M.A.
Annotation -
Last update: Švecová Lenka doc. Ing. Ph.D. (28.01.2022)
The course is focused on the description of basic principles of decision-making process in public administration (incl. politics), planning, good governance, modes of decision-making - in times of calm and in times of crisis. Specifics of Czech system of public administration, limits of decision-making within the public administration hierarchy, small and big cities, is being also discussed. Exercises are designed as discussion seminars or individual or group work of students focused on practical tasks from practice.
Aim of the course -
Last update: Švecová Lenka doc. Ing. Ph.D. (28.01.2022)

Students will understand the basis of decision-making process in societal systems. They will understand this process, and administration and planning as forms of decision-making process in societal systems. They will be able to distinguish modes of decision-making, main areas of public administration and also the limits of decision-making in these areas. They will get acquainted with the biggest current problems of the administration of the Capital City of Prague and will be able to find appropriate solutions.

Literature -
Last update: Švecová Lenka doc. Ing. Ph.D. (28.01.2022)


GEHL, J. (2013): How to Study Public Life (Methods in Urban Design). Washington: Island Press.


HOUDEROWITZ, D. – SERENA, K. (2020): Age Inclusive Public Space. Berlin: Hatje Cantz.

EU documents (selected)

Syllabus -
Last update: Švecová Lenka doc. Ing. Ph.D. (28.01.2022)

1. The concept/ of public space, sharing public space, interdisciplinary overlaps.

2. Relationship between public space and sustainable development. Indicators, current institutional and disciplinary approaches.

3. Strategies and public policies determining public space.

4. Public space and public sector management. Relevant actors and institutions.

5. Urban design - non/public spaces. Public space sharing, urban/rural character of public space.

6. Mobility in public space and its permeability.

7. Economic and social aspects of planning and use of public space. Social, gender, cultural aspects of urban public space.

8. Environmental aspects of planning and use of public space.

9. Participation - objectives, methods, risks, case studies.

10. Interventions in public space in the context of master planning.

11. Local interventions in public space through urban design.

12. Visual communication and visual quality of public space.

13. Communication strategies in the public sector, building a participatory civil society.

14. Communication strategies in project development and participation.

Course completion requirements -
Last update: Švecová Lenka doc. Ing. Ph.D. (28.01.2022)

Credits will be based on attendance and elaboration of papers. The oral exam have to be passed for completion the course.