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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: PhDr. Martina Ponížilová, 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: Jiří Zákravský, 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: Petr Jurek, Ph.D.


Comparative Ethnic and Minority Politics

8 ECTS credits, winter/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.


Introduction to Development Studies

8 ECTS credits, winter/summer semester

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 


Foreign Policies of the European Union Member States

8 ECTS credits, winter/summer semester

The aim of this course is to introduce the foreign and security policies of the European Union and relate them to foreign and security policies of EU member states. The structure of the course draws from the concept of Europeanization of public policies, the possibilities and limits of which will be discussed in the initial lectures. Consequently, the course will shift its attention to the process of development, goals and practice of common foreign and security policy and defence policy in the EU. The second part of the course will discuss foreign and security policies of European Union member states, stressing the role of the process of European integration in their formation, and preparing the ground for a final analysis of foreign and security policies of EU member states with regard to European integration.

Courseware - 1ZBE


Comparative Politics

6 ECTS credits, winter/summer semester

The aim of the course is to introduce students into key starting points of Political Science, its basic issues, concepts, notions, and ideologies. The basic aim is to identify the place of Political Science among other social sciences, scatch out the developments of Politics as an independent scientific discipline, define the objects of its explorations and explain crutial concepts which define the modern area of the political and stand in the centre of attention of political research. At the same time, the course treats the way political ideologies approach these concepts. The course constructs a ground for furhter deeper analysis of subdisciplines such as political philosophy, theory of democracy, research of non-democratic political systems, governmnets, political actors, parties and party systems and electoral systems.

Courseware - 1CP

Lecturer: Vladimír Naxera, Ph.D.


Contemporary European Studies

6 ECTS credits, winter/summer semester

The course aims to introduce students to the basic topics of European Studies. Students will be familiarized with the development of this sub-field of political science, object of its interest and key research topics within it. The possibilities the definition of Europe as a political region will be outlined and the basic line of development of Europe as a political region in the 20th century will be introduced. The next section of the course is devoted to the European political thought and theory. 

Courseware - 1CES

Lecturer: Ondřej Stulík, Ph.D.


International Politics and Security

6 ECTS credits, winter/summer semester

The aim of the course is to introduce to the students the issue of international politics, international security, conflict prevention and conflict resolution from both, the perspective of International Relations theories and the practice of IR. Students will learn about the development of international politics in the 20th and 21st centuries with a special focus on the transformation of security environment in connection with the existence of armed conflicts and efforts of various actors in the international system to solve them and prevent them. The first part of this course focuses on current theoretical approaches to the study of IR, security and conflicts in order to deepen students' understanding of various theoretical approaches and to improve their ability to use them in the analysis of international political practice. Students will thus learn about different concepts of security (national, international, human, energy or environmental security), the concept of conflict in IR, causes of conflicts and instruments of conflict prevention and resolution (preventive diplomacy, mediation, negotiation, intervention, sanctions etc.). The second part of the course will explore the role of international and regional institutions in maintaining international security and conflict resolution. The specific conflict cycle and resolution will be demonstrated on chosen conflicts. Students will learn about the efforts of the United Nations and regional organizations (NATO, EU, OAS, ECOWAS, ASEAN, GCC etc.) to solve conflicts and about the instruments of conflict prevention and solution these institutions use, including peace-keeping, peace-enforcement and peace-building missions.

Courseware - 1IPS

Lecturer: PhDr. Jiří Zákravský, 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.