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Courses for foreign students


Politics in Contemporary Central Europe

10 ECTS credits, winter/summer semester

The course is taught in English. The course focuses on the politics in the Czech Republic and countries of Central and South-eastern Europe in the present day and in the past. Students acquire the knowledge of basic aspects of undemocratic and communist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe in the second half of the 20th century. The course deals with the processes of democratic transition in Czechoslovakia and other countries of the region. The course also covers the analysis of political development in the given region in the 1920s, which led to strengthening of democratic aspects of political systems in some states as well as to armed conflicts in other states (former Yugoslavia). Students are introduced to the study of Central European politics from the perspective of political theory (ideology, post-communism, civil society).

Courseware – 1PCCE

Lecturer: PhDr. Petr Krčál, Ph.D.



International Relations in Contemporary Central Europe

10 ECTS credits, winter/summer semester

The course is taught in English. The course provides basic introduction into the field of the theory of international relations. The depth of analysis of particular issues is adjusted in response to students’ particular knowledge background. Substantial part of the module focuses on international relations in the region of Central Europe, and foreign policy of the Czech Republic and other Central European countries. The course analyses the transformation of their foreign policy in the post-communist era as well as its current priorities. Students are encouraged to select topics which they want to be analysed in detail, and create presentations and project in their field of interest.

Courseware – 1IRCE 

Lecturer: Mgr. Ľubomír Lupták, Ph.D.



History of Political Theory

6 ECTS credits, winter/summer semester

The course is designed for foreign students. The main focus of the course is to present basic intellectual trends in political thought from antiquity to the present day. Moreover, lectures trace the key intellectuals forming the discourse of individual historical periods and also the main historical events constituting the necessary context. It means that the whole course covers the tradition of political thought from the pre-Socratic "natural" philosophy to the political theory of Karl Marx. The red thread of the course is the idea that historical political thought often bears reference to contemporary topics of political philosophy such as justice, equality, democracy, inclusion in society, human rights, citizenship etc.

Courseware  – 1DPT

Lecturer: PhDr. Ondřej Stulík, Ph.D.



European Political Systems

6 ECTS credits, winter/summer semester

The course is designed for foreign students. The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the institutional setting and the real functioning of political systems in selected member states of the European Union. Basic shared characteristics and typological classification of European political systems are introduced at the beginning of the course. After that, the political developments, institutional arrangements and party systems of the Benelux countries, the Italian Republic, the Kingdom of Spain, the Kingdom of Sweden, the Republic of Finland, countries of Central Europe (Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland), the Republic of Slovenia and the Republic of Croatia are described in comparative perspective. At the end of the course, the most important trends in contemporary European political systems (Europeanization, political decentralization, etc.) are discussed. The seminars are focused on the current issues and problems associated with the operation of the above- mentioned political systems.

Courseware – 1EPOS

Lecturer: PhDr. Jiří Zákravský, Ph.D.



International Security and Conflict Resolution

6 ECTS credits, winter/summer semester

In this course, students are acquainted with the changes of the international system in the course of the 20th century and at the beginning of the 21st century, and with the impact of these changes on international security and conflict resolution. The first part of this course focuses on different approaches to security and conflicts; different security concepts such as national security, international security, human security etc.; various conflict concepts; and arms control and disarmament. The second part of the course introduces international and regional systems of security and peacekeeping and conflict resolution. The main attention is focused on the United Nations conflict resolution system, peacekeeping and peace-enforcement missions, and the Responsibility to Protect concept which legalized the so-called humanitarian interventions within the UN. In the last part of the course, the importance of international institutions during the process of conflict resolution is introduced. Particular conflict cycles and actual conflict resolution is demonstrated using the cases of selected international conflicts.

Courseware – 1MEB

Lecturer: PhDr. Martina Ponížilová, Ph.D.



European Union

6 ECTS credits, winter/summer semester

The course is designed for foreign students. The aim of this course is to provide an introduction into the institutional structure of the European Union and processes associated with the powers delegated to European authorities. This course analyses the function and structure of central authorities shaping the institutional system of the EU, important areas of European agenda, such as internal market, economic and monetary union, agricultural policy, cohesion policy, common foreign and security policy etc. The final part concentrates on ways of participation of member states in the processes within the EU and on the Europeanization of national political systems. Seminar and discussions deal with the key elements of political systems of EU member states.

Courseware – 1UNIE

Lecturer: PhDr. Mgr. Petr Jurek, Ph.D.



Elections and Electoral Systems

6 ECTS credits, winter/summer semester

The course is designed for foreign students. The aim of the course is to introduce the phenomenon of elections to students and to clarify the functioning of particular voting systems. Within the course, students look into the issue of elections organization, election marketing, voting behaviour, voter turnout, or electoral geography. Another important part of the course deals with the electoral system theory, electoral systems typology, analysing particular components of an electoral system (electoral districts, mathematical methods etc.) and, last but not least, the electoral engineering including the political consequences of the voting systems. Students have an opportunity to become familiar with the voting systems of some selected countries. Within the seminar, students develop their skill to apply the theoretical knowledge in practice.

Courseware – 1VOLB

Lecturer: PhDr. Petr Krčál, Ph.D.



Foreign Policy

5 ECTS credits, summer semester

The course is designed for foreign students. This course introduces foreign policy analysis as a sub discipline of International Relations, presenting existing research of foreign policy, its key issues and concepts. The course discusses basic theoretical perspectives relevant for foreign policy analysis, and demonstrates their utility and limits in a range of case studies. The course operates at the four basic levels of analysis (international system, state, sub-state, individuals) to produce the most comprehensive and complex depiction of the processes of policy and decision making. Issues discussed in the lecture include actors of foreign policy, institutions participating in creation and/or implementation of foreign policy, as well as examples of foreign policy practice of selected states. During seminars, students deal with pressing issues of contemporary foreign policy and prepare their own foreign policy analyses focusing on selected foreign policy issues and states.

Courseware – 1ZAP 

Lecturer: PhDr. Jiří Zákravský, Ph.D.



Comparative Ethnic and Minority Politics

8 ECTS credits, summer semester

The aim of this course is to introduce contemporary approaches to ethnic diversity and minority rights at both national and international level. In initial lectures, the course focuses on the concepts of ethnicity, ethnics groups, nationalities, multi-ethnic state, ethnic diversity, ethnic conflict and ethno political mobilization, reflecting contemporary discussions about ethnic minorities and multiculturalism. The course then follows with an inquiry into the contemporary multicultural and minority policies, institutional specifics of political systems with regard to minorities, the reasons of ethno political mobilization and existing solutions to the problems of minority politics. Lectures deal with a range of public policies focusing on language rights, autonomy, federalism or secession. The final parts of the course focus on the reasons for the rise and the context of operation of ethnic political parties, analysing their roles and strategies in specific party systems, voting behaviour and electoral systems in divided societies, as well as the role that international organizations play in the process of promotion of human rights in the global context.

Courseware – CEMP

Lecturer: doc. PhDr. Přemysl Rosůlek, Ph.D.



The Citizen and the Mediation of Interests

8 ECTS credits, winter/summer semester

The course is designed for foreign students. The aim of the course is to present a complex overview of the issues of citizenship, civil society, and the importance and forms of mediation of interests in democratic systems. The course primarily focuses on the diverse concepts and theories of citizenship, civil society and interest groups, to continue with a discussion of historical development of the role of the citizen and the establishment of civil society as a vital part of a democratic society. The second part of the course provides an empirical analysis of basic institutions of civil society, empirical theories of interest and pressure groups, lobbying groups, and social movements. The final part of the course analyses the practical aspects of the functioning of the institutions of civil society and outlines possible prospects for civil society with regard to the transformation of statehood and the processes of globalization. All of the topics dealt with in the lectures are illustrated with and complemented by practical examples from regional, national, and international politics.

Courseware – 1OZZ 

Lecturer: Mgr. Lenka Strnadová, Ph.D.



Introduction to Development Studies

8 ECTS credits, winter/summer semester

The course is designed for foreign students. Since the 1950s and the 1960s, development studies have been a dynamically growing discipline drawing both from social sciences and economics. The aim of this course is therefore to introduce the issue of development in the context of theoretical debates that have shaped the evolution of development studies since their establishment as a discipline. The concepts crucial for these debates are related to the so-called international development decades and their particular focus on various development issues, introducing key approaches characteristic for these decades, and illustrating them with practical examples of development activities of international actors (e.g. the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, OECD, or the United States).

Courseware – 1UROZ 

Lecturer: PhDr. Linda Piknerová Ph.D.



Contemporary Theories of International Relations

6 ECTS credits, winter/summer semester

The course is designed for foreign students. The course aims to discuss contemporary theories of international politics, starting with a chronological overview of the development of theoretical traditions with a special focus on the relations between them, their relation to international political practices across history, and the impact of these practices on thinking about international politics. In the second part of the semester, the course explores contemporary political theories and approaches to the study of international relations, from the current interpretations of classical theories of international politics, through mainstream constructivism, to critical and poststructuralist approaches. The course aims to deepen the students' understanding of the diverse theoretical approaches as well as to improve their ability to use them in analysis of international political practice.

Courseware – 1TMV 

Lecturer: Mgr. Ľubomír Lupták, Ph.D.



Final Project

20 ECTS credits, winter/summer semester

The course is designed exclusively for foreign students staying for the long-term study internship. In this course, students are assigned specific requirements as to the advancement of their theses (bachelor's, master's or doctoral), or a large independent research project. Students work on their own research and prepare a research report (in the form of a thesis or scientific paper). Each student is assigned a tutor (supervisor) for the period of the internship. Students consult the process of research individually with the tutor. At the end of the internship, students defend their research findings in front of a committee.

Courseware – 1PRO

Lecturer: PhDr. Martina Ponížilová, Ph.D.