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Undergraduate – Political Science and European Studies (CZ)

This study programme is taught in the Czech language only.

This multidisciplinary Bachelor’s programme focuses on the field of political science, European studies and international relations. Students receive comprehensive education in the field of political science and prepare for a more specialized Master’s programme and professional practice.

The core of the Bachelor’s programme is formed by courses concerned with political theories, comparative politics, analysis and development of political systems in Europe and outside of Europe, the development and present state of affairs of Czech politics, the European integration process, EU institutions and international relations. The joint degree programme facilitates choice of specialization.

The programme places special emphasis on the students’ individual work, develops their analytical skills and builds upon their language competency, mainly upon their knowledge of English. Besides lectures, a large part of the curriculum is devoted to tutorials conducted in small groups of students and based on reading and critical discussion, in a similar way to the British university model. In this regard, KPES is the only political science institution in the Czech Republic that follows this educational model. Students gain practical analytical skills, knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis of political phenomena and learn how to apply them.

Thanks to its multidisciplinary character, the graduates of the Bachelor’s programme are not only prepared to continue their studies in a Master’s programme in Political ScienceEuropean Studies and International Relations, but also in related fields. At the same time, the Bachelor’s programme is conceived so that its graduates can start their professional careers straight away. It trains specialists who subsequently work at all levels of state administration (diplomacy and European structures included), in private organizations, advertising and research agencies, mass media or private companies engaging in international business or international companies operating in the Czech Republic.

Core programme constituents

The Bachelor’s Programme in Political Science and European Studies has three essential knowledge constituents and two essential skills constituents. The aim of the knowledge-focused elements is to provide the graduates with a good theoretical basis for a subsequent Master’s course and professional career. The aim of the skills-focused elements is to increase the graduates’ ability to apply theoretical knowledge in their future studies, research and analytical work and thus increase their competitiveness in the job market. The core constituents are the following:

 

  1. Political Science
  2. European Union
  3. Czech Politics
  4. Methodological and Analytical Competency
  5. Language Competency

Ref. 1) An essential knowledge constituent is the field of modern empirical-analytical political science focused on the analysis of political systems, mainly by means of comparative research. Students gain basic knowledge in theoretical concepts and studies of political systems of principally European countries. This knowledge focus is embodied in three compulsory (type A) courses: The Theory and Analysis of Politics, Comparison of Political Systems 1 and Comparison of Political Systems 2. The department also offers a related preparatory 2-semester-long course Introduction to Political Science and other optional courses. This programme constituent forms one of the final examination subjects Analysis of Political Systems and is administered by Doc. PhDr. Tomáš Lebeda, Ph.D.

Ref. 2) The second knowledge constituent of the Bachelor’s programme is based on the issues of European Union and concentrates on EU history, institutions and relations of the Czech Republic and the EU. It gives students a basic insight into the research in EU studies. Students gain basic knowledge of the history of EU integration, EU institutions and actors. Special attention is paid to the integration process that the Czech Republic went through. This key programme constituent is covered by the following compulsory (type A) courses: History of the European Union, Czech Republic and European Union. A necessary prerequisite for these are the courses Introduction to the Issues of EU 1 and Introduction to the Issues of EU 2. This constituent represents the final examination subject called European Union and is administered by Doc. Daniel Marek, Ph.D. M.A.

Ref. 3) The third core knowledge constituent is Czech Politics. Students gain important knowledge of the development of the Czechoslovak and Czech political systems and a deep insight into its present way of functioning. Czech politics is most probably a sphere that the graduates of this programme will be concerned with in their future careers. It is also the most natural field of political research in the Czech Republic; that is why a thorough grounding in the subject is an important prerequisite for further study at the KPES. This programme constituent is covered by these compulsory (type A) courses: Development of the Czechoslovak Political System and the two-semester-long Political System CR 1 and 2. It represents the third final examination subject Czech Politics and is administered by Doc. Mgr. Pavel Šaradín, Ph.D.

Ref. 4) The theoretical grounding acquired in the previous three programme constituents represents sufficient preparation neither for a professional career nor for the further studies of the graduates. An essential skill without which both a graduate starting his or her career and a student of the Master’s programme interested in research cannot manage is methodological and analytical competency. This skill-based programme constituent teaches students to work analytically and use the basic methods of political research. Students gain methodological grounding and the basic ability to use quantitative statistic and qualitative research methods. This part of the programme is covered by two compulsory (type A) courses: Methodology and Qualitative Methods and Quantitative Methods.

Ref. 5) Strong language competency is a necessary prerequisite for both a successful career and further studies in any academic field. It is an inherent part of the overall competency that students acquire at university. At the Bachelor’s level, students’ language skills are developed in the following three ways:

a) Language courses and a compulsory examination in a world language. During their three-year-long studies, students have to pass an examination in a second language that is preceded by a minimum two-semester-long systematic preparation in the form of language courses. KPES offers specialized courses of Political Science English lead by a graduate political scientist who is a native speaker with many years of experience in English teaching. Besides English and German language courses custom-tailored for political scientists, students can choose from those offered by the Department of Applied Linguistics (Italian, Spanish, French) or by other language departments.

b) For the Bachelor’s programme Political Science and European Studies itself, a very good knowledge of English is fundamental. Its courses require the reading of English academic literature and some special courses are taught in English. The result of this is the ability to use English in a competent way within the field of study that promotes the graduates’ potential in the job market.

c) Thanks to a very wide network of partner universities, all KPES students get the chance to study abroad, mainly through the Erasmus programme. Partner universities also feature prestigious academic institutions.

Master’s in Political Science (CZ)

This study programme is taught in the Czech language only.

The programme is conceived as a modern Master’s degree in political science that develops the students’ specialization, above all in the field of comparative politics, theories of democracy, electoral studies and political marketing and communication. Students gain the skills necessary for analytical individual work and teamwork. Emphasis is placed on the strengthening of graduates’ methodological skills needed for research in political science.

Core programme courses

  • Comparative politics
  • Theories of Democracy
  • Electoral Systems and Inter-Party Competition
  • Electoral Analysis
  • Modern History of Europe
  • Political Communication
  • Political Marketing and Electoral Campaigns
  • Political Research
  • Methodology
  • Advanced Research Methods in Social Sciences

Core programme constituents

The programme is based on three core knowledge and two basic skills constituents. The aim of the knowledge-focused elements is to provide the graduates with good theoretical basis for their subsequent professional career. The aim of the skills-focused elements is to increase the graduates’ competitiveness in the job market in terms of their ability to apply the knowledge they have gained. The core constituents of the programme are the following:

 

  1. Comparative Politics and Theories of
  2. Electoral Studies
  3. Modern History  of Europe
  4. Methodological and Analytical Competency
  5. Language Competency

Ref. 1. Comparative politics and theories of democracy represent the core knowledge constituent of the programme. They give its students a comprehensive insight into essential topics of the world’s political scientific research. Students gain essential knowledge of both theory and concrete political phenomena across the globe. This section of the programme especially, compared to the rest, builds upon important compulsory and recommended reading of the individual courses. It is covered by two compulsory (type A) courses: comparative politics and theories of democracy. This part of the programme is assessed in the final examinations as the subject Political Science.

Ref. 2. Electoral studies largely belong to the field of comparative political research. Within the Master’s studies of Political Science at KPES, electoral studies form a separate part of the programme that leads to a narrower specialization in one of the fields of political research. The purpose of electoral studies is to give students a detailed theoretical and practical insight into the functioning of one of the basic democratic processes, that is, electoral competition. This part of the programme is covered by four compulsory (type A) courses: Electoral Systems and Party Competition, Electoral Analysis, Political Communication and Political Marketing and Electoral Campaigns. It is assessed as Electoral Studies at the final examinations.

Ref. 3. The modern history of Europe represents another programme constituent. This part of the programme enables students to gain necessary knowledge of modern history that is essential for the understanding of contemporary political phenomena and a number of research issues. It places emphasis on the contextual interpretation of modern European history since WWI up to the present; it does not follow events in the development of individual countries in their chronological order. This programme constituent is covered by two compulsory (type A) courses: Modern History of Europe I and II. It is assessed at the final examinations as Modern History of Europe.

Ref. 4. The theoretical grounding acquired in the previous three programme constituents does not represent sufficient preparation for a professional career unless graduates have the necessary methodological and analytical competency. This skill-focused part of the programme teaches students to work analytically both individually and in teams and to use the methods of political research. They gain the knowledge and ability to use basic and advanced quantitative statistical and qualitative research methods. The knowledge and skills mastered in the courses will enable the students to build their own research plan for individual and team research tasks. Three compulsory (type A) courses cover this constituent: Methodology, Advanced Research Methods in Social Science and Political Research.

Ref. 5. Strong language competency is a necessary prerequisite for the successful career of a graduate. It is an inherent part of the overall competency that students acquire at university. At the Master’s level, language competency is no longer advanced by means of language courses followed by assessment. Therefore a good knowledge of languages, especially English, is a prerequisite for the Master’s programme. Courses require the reading of a wide range of compulsory English literature. The result of this is the ability to use English in a competent way within the field of study that promotes the graduates’ potential in the job market.

The profile of a graduate

Graduates of the Master’s programme in Political Science gain detailed knowledge in the field of comparative politics and empirical-analytical political science in general. They acquire a general knowledge of important contemporary political theories and political systems of all European countries, northern America and other selected countries. Students also graduate with a deeper knowledge of electoral studies, mainly in the field of electoral systems, electoral behaviour, electoral campaigns and political marketing.

Graduates acquire a substantial methodological grounding at both a theoretical and a practical level. They are able to apply advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods that they have previously used in the research they conduct during their studies. The aim of the programme is to train competent specialists with both theoretical knowledge and practical and analytical skills

Graduates are also able to use at least one of the world languages at an advanced level. KPES also develops its students’ language competency by its international outreach (mainly through exchange study programmed funded by EU and bilateral contracts with American universities). Language resources considerably enhance the graduates’ competitiveness in organizations engaged in international business or based outside of the Czech Republic.

A graduate of the Master’s programme is also professionally competent in the following areas:

  • political management
  • political consulting
  • local, regional, national and European politics
  • lobbying
  • science
  • leading positions in state and local administration
  • multinational and EU structures
  • national and international non-governmental and non-profit 
  • news and journalism in the media
  • political PR

Master’s in European Studies and International Relations (CZ)

This study programme is taught in the Czech language. For the Master's programme in European Studies and International Relations taught in English read below.

The Master’s programme focuses on individual aspects of European integration, international relations and conflict resolution. In terms of European integration, it concentrates on the functioning of European Union, its institutional structure, politics and external relations. Students also gain practical skills in the writing and implementation of European projects.

In terms of international relations, students acquire a specialization in the field of international relations theories, their practical application to contemporary phenomena and problems in international relations, the functioning of international organizations, international safety and international and internal conflict resolution.

Core programme courses

 

  • EU Institutions
  • EU and Its Member Countries
  • Cohesion Policy
  • External Relations of the EU
  • EU Economic Policy
  • International Relations Theories
  • International Safety
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Modern History of Europe
  • Methodology

 

 

Core programme constituents

The Master’s programme is based on three core knowledge and two basic skills constituents.  The aim of the knowledge-focused elements is to provide the graduates with good theoretical basis for their subsequent professional career. The aim of the skill-focused part is to increase the graduates’ competitiveness in the job market in terms of their ability to practically apply the theoretical knowledge they have gained. The core constituents are the following:

 

  1. European Union
  2. International Relations
  3. Modern History of Europe
  4. Methodological and Analytical Competency
  5. Language Competency

Ref. 1. The key knowledge constituent of the programme deals with issues of the European Union, especially EU structures, policies, processes and actors. It gives students an in-depth insight into the main topics of international political science research in EU studies. Students gain basic knowledge in the theories of European integration, EU institutions, policies, processes and actors. The programme essentially builds upon important compulsory and recommended reading of the individual courses. It is covered by five compulsory (type A) courses: EU Institutions, EU and Its Member Countries, External Relations of the EU, EU Economic Policy and EU Cohesion Policy; and assessed in the final examinations as European Union.

Ref. 2. The second key programme constituent deals with international relations. It is based on traditional western-European and American academic approaches to international relations. It gives students an in-depth insight into the material, military, economic and ideological factors that explain the continuity and changes in the international political system. The programme essentially builds upon important compulsory and recommended reading of the individual courses. It is covered by four compulsory (type A) courses: International Relations Theories, International Safety and Conflict Resolution I and II. It is assessed in the final examinations as International Relations.

Ref. 3. The modern history of Europe represents another programme constituent. This part of the programme enables students to gain necessary knowledge of modern history that is essential for the understanding of contemporary political phenomena and a number of research issues. It places emphasis on the contextual interpretation of modern European history since WWI up to the present; it does not follow events in the development of individual countries in their chronological order. This programme constituent is covered by two compulsory (type A) courses: Modern History of Europe I and II. It is assessed in the final examinations as Modern History of Europe.

Ref. 4. The theoretical grounding acquired in the previous three programme constituents does not represent sufficient preparation for a professional career unless graduates have the necessary methodological and analytical competency. This skill-focused part of the programme teaches students to work analytically both individually and in teams and to use the methods of political research. They gain the knowledge and ability to use basic and advanced quantitative statistical and qualitative research methods. The knowledge and skills mastered in the courses will enable the students to build their own research plan for individual and team research tasks. Three compulsory (type A) courses cover this constituent: Methodology, Advanced Research Methods in Social Science and Political Research.

Ref. 5. Strong language competency is a necessary prerequisite for the successful career of a graduate. It is an inherent part of the overall competency that students acquire at university. At the Master’s level, language competency is no longer advanced by means of language courses followed by assessment. Therefore a good knowledge of languages, especially English, is a prerequisite for the Master’s programme. Courses require the reading of a wide range of compulsory English literature. The result of this is the ability to use English in a competent way within the field of study that promotes the graduates’ potential in the job market.

The profile of a graduate

Graduates of the Master’s programme gain expertise in the issues of European integration, mainly in the institutional setting and the functioning of European Union, essential knowledge in the field of international relations and conflict resolution and possess an understanding of the political development of Europe after 1945. They acquire both theoretical knowledge and practical skills, especially in the area of issues of the EU, and will have completed a compulsory 4-week-long traineeship. Throughout the programme, emphasis is placed on both factual knowledge and the mastering of methodological approaches. Besides compulsory courses, students scan develop their methodological skills and critical thinking by means of optional courses.

Students also graduate with a deep knowledge of at least one world language. KPES develops its students’ language competency by its international outreach (mainly through exchange study programmes funded by EU and bilateral contracts with American universities). Their language resources considerably enhance the graduates’ competitiveness both within and outside of the Czech Republic.

A graduate of the Master’s programme is also professionally competent in the following areas:

  • leading positions in state and local administration
  • EU structures
  • diplomatic services
  • political management
  • private sector (e.g. consulting in the field of project management)
  • national and international non-governmental organizations
  • science

Master’s in European Studies and International Relations (EN)

This programme is taught in English.

The Master’s programme focuses on individual aspects of European integration, international relations and conflict resolution. In terms of European integration, it concentrates on the functioning of European Union, its institutional structure, politics and external relations. Students also gain practical skills in the writing and implementation of European projects.

In terms of international relations, students acquire a specialization in the field of international relations theories, their practical application to contemporary phenomena and problems in international relations, the functioning of international organizations, international safety and international and internal conflict resolution.

Core programme courses

 

  • EU Institutions
  • EU and Its Member Countries
  • Cohesion Policy
  • External Relations of the EU
  • EU Economic Policy
  • International Relations Theories
  • International Safety
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Modern History of Europe
  • Methodology

 

Core programme constituents

The Master’s programme is based on three core knowledge and two basic skills constituents.  The aim of the knowledge-focused elements is to provide the graduates with good theoretical basis for their subsequent professional career. The aim of the skill-focused part is to increase the graduates’ competitiveness in the job market in terms of their ability to practically apply the theoretical knowledge they have gained. The core constituents are the following:

 

  1. European Union
  2. International Relations
  3. Modern History of Europe
  4. Methodological and Analytical Competency
  5. Language Competency 

 

Ref. 1. The key knowledge constituent of the programme deals with issues of the European Union, especially EU structures, policies, processes and actors. It gives students an in-depth insight into the main topics of international political science research in EU studies. Students gain basic knowledge in the theories of European integration, EU institutions, policies, processes and actors. The programme essentially builds upon important compulsory and recommended reading of the individual courses. It is covered by five compulsory (type A) courses: EU Institutions, EU and Its Member Countries, External Relations of the EU, EU Economic Policy and EU Cohesion Policy; and assessed in the final examinations as European Union.

Ref. 2. The second key programme constituent deals with international relations. It is based on traditional western-European and American academic approaches to international relations. It gives students an in-depth insight into the material, military, economic and ideological factors that explain the continuity and changes in the international political system. The programme essentially builds upon important compulsory and recommended reading of the individual courses. It is covered by four compulsory (type A) courses: International Relations Theories, International Safety and Conflict Resolution I and II. It is assessed in the final examinations as International Relations.

Ref. 3. The modern history of Europe represents another programme constituent. This part of the programme enables students to gain necessary knowledge of modern history that is essential for the understanding of contemporary political phenomena and a number of research issues. It places emphasis on the contextual interpretation of modern European history since WWI up to the present; it does not follow events in the development of individual countries in their chronological order. This programme constituent is covered by two compulsory (type A) courses: Modern History of Europe I and II. It is assessed in the final examinations as Modern History of Europe.

Ref. 4. The theoretical grounding acquired in the previous three programme constituents does not represent sufficient preparation for a professional career unless graduates have the necessary methodological and analytical competency. This skill-focused part of the programme teaches students to work analytically both individually and in teams and to use the methods of political research. They gain the knowledge and ability to use basic and advanced quantitative statistical and qualitative research methods. The knowledge and skills mastered in the courses will enable the students to build their own research plan for individual and team research tasks. Three compulsory (type A) courses cover this constituent: Methodology, Advanced Research Methods in Social Science and Political Research.

Ref. 5. Strong language competency is a necessary prerequisite for the successful career of a graduate. It is an inherent part of the overall competency that students acquire at university. At the Master’s level, language competency is no longer advanced by means of language courses followed by assessment. Therefore a good knowledge of languages, especially English, is a prerequisite for the Master’s programme. Courses require the reading of a wide range of compulsory English literature. The result of this is the ability to use English in a competent way within the field of study that promotes the graduates’ potential in the job market.

The profile of a graduate

Graduates of the Master’s programme gain expertise in the issues of European integration, mainly in the institutional setting and the functioning of European Union, essential knowledge in the field of international relations and conflict resolution and possess an understanding of the political development of Europe after 1945. They acquire both theoretical knowledge and practical skills, especially in the area of issues of the EU, and will have completed a compulsory 4-week-long traineeship. Throughout the programme, emphasis is placed on both factual knowledge and the mastering of methodological approaches. Besides compulsory courses, students scan develop their methodological skills and critical thinking by means of optional courses.

Students also graduate with a deep knowledge of at least one world language. KPES develops its students’ language competency by its international outreach (mainly through exchange study programmes funded by EU and bilateral contracts with American universities). Their language resources considerably enhance the graduates’ competitiveness both within and outside of the Czech Republic.

 

A graduate of the Master’s programme is also professionally competent in the following areas:

 

  • leading positions in state and local administration
  • EU structures
  • diplomatic services
  • political management
  • private sector (e.g. consulting in the field of project management)
  • national and international non-governmental organizations
  • science

Admission Procedure 

The applicant must be a graduate of a Bachelor’s or a Master’s study programme in the field of social studies, humanities or law. The active knowledge of English is a necessary prerequisite.

The applicant will present:

 

  • Bachelor's degree diploma
  • Diploma supplement of his Bachelor’s study (the diploma supplement may be substituted by a list of courses and exams passed during the Bachelor’s study). The diploma supplement, or the list of courses and exams, must be verified by the study administration office at the respective university.
  • Bachelor's thesis or a corresponding graduate work, eventually another written essay with a minimum page range of 20 pages.
  • CV
  • Motivational letter

Personal interview (might be arranged via skype) will include questions from the fields mentioned below and a discussion about the past and the future professional focus of the applicant as well as his/her motivation for the study programme.  

The applicant must prove Bachelor level knowledge in the following fields:

 

  • Basics of International Relations
  • European integration history since 1945.
  • Institutions and functioning of the EU
  • Basic methods of political science research 

Application, deadline and further contact

To apply for Master´s program of European Studies and International relations, please click here

Tuition is 2000 EUR per semmester. 

Please note, the application deadline for 2016/2017 is February 28th 2016. After deadline or for further questions and assistance contact Daniel Marek at daniel.marek@upol.cz

 

Postgraduate Ph.D. doctoral programme

KPES offers postgraduate programmes leading to a Ph.D. degree in either Czech or English and in both full-time and combined form. Full-time students of the Czech programme get a monthly allowance during the three years of their studies. Its size depends on the doctoral student’s results, dissertation project, publishing and research activity and his or her participation in teaching and other doctoral programme activities.

Each doctoral student has his or her own supervisor, depending on the topic of their dissertation. Ph.D. students at KPES are divided into four research teams, each lead by a docent responsible for the particular field of research and education. Research assistants and other assistants at KPES are also members of the teams according to their field of interest.

KPES research teams

Analytical Political Science – lead by Doc. PhDr. Tomáš Lebeda, Ph.D.

European Studies – lead by Doc. Daniel Marek, Ph.D. M.A.

Czech Politics and Local Politics – lead by Doc. Mgr. Pavel Šaradín, Ph.D.

International Relations and Modern History – lead by Doc. PhDr. Jiří Lach, Ph.D. M.A.

Applicants for the Ph.D. programme are advised to contact one of the team leaders according to their dissertation project thesis. Applicants have to prepare a research project that they will present at their entrance interview.

The cost of the Ph.D. study programme in English is 2000 EUR per semester.

For further question contact Daniel Marek at daniel.marek(at)upol.cz