Courses

Courses

To accomplish MAS, students must obtain 120 ECTS credits and pass a state exam. The curriculum is composed of seven compulsory courses (60 ECTS credits in total), languages (12 ECTS), elective courses (at least 36 ECTS credits in total), and optional courses (maximum 12 ECTS credits).

The study track, which students may choose by the end of the first semester, requires at least 30 ECTS credits obtained from the elective courses flagged for the specific study track. Besides, students must submit a master’s thesis that falls within the scope of the chosen study track.

A state exam comprises defence of the master’s thesis and academic debate on a selected topic from within the specialisation created throughout the studies (beyond the thesis focus).

Course structure

Compulsory courses

60 ECTS

Languages

12 ECTS

Electives (tracks)

min. 36 ECTS

Optional (from a list)

12 ECTS

Total

120 ECTS

Compulsory courses

Compulsory core courses introduce the students to key concepts of area studies, the quantitative and qualitative methods in social sciences as well as to academic writing. The core courses are intended to provide the students with the conceptual toolbox and analytical skills, thus, to give a solid ground for further studies of specialized elective courses.

In total, the core courses give 60 ECTS credits.

 

Name of Course

Semester

Examination

Credits

Academic Writing

WS

Exam

6

Qualitative Methods in Social Sciences

WS

Exam

6

Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences

SS

Exam

6

Area Studies: Theory and Methodology

WS

Exam

6

Comparative and Conceptual History

WS

Exam

6

M.A. Thesis Seminar for MAS I

WS/SS

Pass

15

M.A. Thesis Seminar for MAS II

WS/SS

Pass

15

Languages

Language courses constitute an integral part of MAS. Students are expected to master a language that will allow them to analyse and understand the development of their region of interest at a basic level at least. Students may choose from a range of language courses offered at Charles University. Alternatively, students may find a course externally if the language is not available at the university. The choice of the course is, however, subject to approval of the programme director.

In total, the language courses must give at least 12 ECTS credits.  

Name of Course

Semester

Examination

Credits

Czech as a Foreign Language I

WS/SS

Exam

6

Czech as a Foreign Language II

WS/SS

Exam

6

Czech as a Foreign Language III

WS/SS

Exam

6

Czech as a Foreign Language IV

WS/SS

Exam

6

Russian Language I

WS

Exam

6

Russian Language II

SS

Exam

6

Russian Language III

WS

Exam

6

Russian Language IV

SS

Exam

6

Polish Language I

WS

Pass

3

Polish Language II

SS

Pass

3

Polish Language III

WS

Pass

3

Polish Language IV

SS

Pass

3

Greek Language I

WS/SS

Pass

3

Greek Language II

WS/SS

Pass

3

Greek Language III

WS/SS

Exam

3

Foreign Language I*

WS

Pass

3

Foreign Language II*

SS

Pass

3

Foreign Language III*

WS

Pass

3

Foreign Language IV*

SS

Pass

3

* Students who find the language course externally must discuss the choice with the programme director. The programme director will then specify the course completion requirements.

Electives

Elective courses cover a wide range of specific areas and issues which allows the students to specialize in the field of their interest. Students may choose from all courses taught at the Institute of International Studies. 

In total, the elective courses must give at least 36 ECTS credits.

You can find the list of available courses here: https://karolinka.fsv.cuni.cz/KFSV-1230.html

Electives for Study Tracks

Apart from building an individual thematic and territorial profile, students can follow one of the offered study tracks. The study track requires at least 30 ECTS credits obtained from the elective courses flagged for the specific study track. Besides, students must submit a master’s thesis that falls within the scope of the chosen study track

Globalizing US Studies study track

Globalizing US Studies track introduces students to skills essential for the analysis of US foreign policy, its structural underpinnings and their impact across the globe and in various policy fields. 

Name of Course

Semester

Examination

Credits

Government in the United States

WS

Exam

6

The Transatlantic Link: Understanding America from Europe

SS

Exam

6

U.S. Legal Culture

SS

Exam

6

Major Problems of Political Economy in the North American Context

SS

Exam

6

U.S. Foreign Policy

WS

Exam

6

Internship for MAS

WS/SS

Pass

6

Critical Issues in U.S. – Chinese Relations

SS

Exam

6

Global Governance: The U.S. and International Organizations

SS

Exam

6

Evolution of Sino-American Relations

WS

Exam

6

Hollywood/Europe: A Transnational Film Culture.

WS

Exam

6

Landmarks in 20th Century U.S. History and Their Interpretations

WS

Exam

6

Issues in United States National Security Policy

SS

Exam

6

Major Issues in Contemporary Public Debates in the U.S.

WS

Exam

6

Promoting Democracy Abroad: The U.S. and the EU in Third Countries

WS

Exam

6

The Special Relationship between the United States and Great Britain

WS

Exam

6

U.S. and Human Rights

WS

Exam

6

U.S. Foreign Policy During the Cold War

SS

Exam

6

U.S. Foreign Policy in the Age of Trump

SS

Exam

6

Political Geography

SS

Exam

6

U.S. and the Global South

WS

Exam

6

 

Transition and Integration Studies study track

Transition and Integration Studies track focuses on the study of the latest development of the post-Communist European countries with respect to the transition from the Communist society and integration into the Euro-Atlantic structures.

Name of Course

Semester

Examination

Credits

Political Systems of East-Central European Countries

SS

Exam

6

Problems of the Post-Soviet Space

WS

Exam

6

Internship for MAS

WS/SS

Pass

6

Cultural Legacies and Developments in the Balkans: Modern and Traditional Entanglements

WS

Exam

6

Economy and Politics in 20th Century Eastern Europe

WS

Exam

6

Ethnic Conflicts in Central and Eastern Europe

SS

Exam

6

Russia's Aggression against Ukraine: Implications for European Security

SS

Exam

6

Ukraine after 1991

SS

Pass

6

Political Geography

SS

Exam

6

The Transformation of the Communist Successor Parties in Central Europe and the Influence of Western European Leftists

SS

Exam

6

Social Exclusion and the Roma in Central Europe

SS

Exam

6

European Union in International Affairs

WS

Exam

6

European Economic Integration

WS

Exam

6

European Comparative Politics and Society

WS

Exam

6

Transnational History of Contemporary Europe

WS

Exam

6

Cohesion Policy of the EU in Central and East European Countries.

WS

Exam

6

EU Policies

SS

Exam

6

Rebuilding Europe

WS

Exam

6

Grand Debates of European Integration

SS

Exam

6

Small States in the EU

SS

Exam

6

Optional Courses

Off-field optional courses can be taken at any department of Charles University. Students may take a maximum 12 ECTS credits of optional course. These credits can also be used to follow elective courses or languages. There is no minimum number of credits to be taken in this category of course (that is, all 120 credits can be gained by taking only compulsory and elective courses from the lists above).