Prague Area Studies: Master’s Degree Programmes in English


Prague Area Studies Programmes

Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague would like to present its four Masters programmes in English. The programmes may be of special interest to undergraduate students interested in interdisciplinary graduate studies encompassing area studies, contemporary history, international relations and other related academic fields.

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Prague Area Studies: Master’s Degree Programmes in English

Institute of International StudiesFaculty of Social SciencesCharles University in Prague offers four interdisciplinary Master’s Degree Programmes taught in English for the academic year 2016/2017. These programmes are coordinated under the label “Prague Area Studies” (PRAREAS) and focuse on distinctive areas: the countries of Eurasia and Central, East and South East Europe, the German-speaking countries, European Union and North America.

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Balkan, Eurasian and Central European Studies (BECES)

The BECES programme addresses the English speaking audience with a deep and versatile exploration of “the East”, understood as a territory composed of Central Europe, the Balkan Peninsula, and the Post-Soviet area, including the Caucasus and Central Asia. Primary attention is paid to modern history, politics and diplomacy, as well as to fundamental social, cultural and economic problems. It also offers students the chance to learn or improve their knowledge of the Czech language and some other languages of the area.

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Central European Comparative Studies (CECS)

The CECS programme focuses on the region composed of Germany, Austria and the Visegrad countries (the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary) with an overlap onto neighbouring countries. It offers a thorough comparative and multidisciplinary understanding of the historical, political, economic and cultural developments of the above listed countries. The programme is offered either in the form of a full-time study or as a part-time study (with classes on Friday afternoons).

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European Studies (ES)

The ES interdisciplinary programme provides students with a profound knowledge and understanding of European history and politics, the European integration process and other EU related issues from a legal, political and economic perspective from a Central European point of view. The programme focuses not only on the developments in the EU member states but offers a study of the European integration process in all its complexity and variety. It is designed especially for students who plan to enter positions in EU institutions, international organizations, national administration or non-governmental organizations.

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Transatlantic Studies (TS)

The Transatlantic programme’s focus is to provide English-speaking students with deep, interdisciplinary knowledge of transatlantic relations since 1945. Close attention is paid to history, politics, and diplomacy, so that students can understand the changing nature of transatlantic relations during the different phases of the Cold War and afterward. As our faculty has various areas of specialization, the student should gain a balanced, well-rounded appreciation of the complex nature of transatlantic studies. Prague is an excellent place to study the issue because the Czechs underwent a transformation from being a nation subjugated by the Soviet Union during the Cold War to one that is a full member of NATO and the European Union.

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Institute of International Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences
U Kříže 8
150 00 Praha 5 – Jinonice
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 251 080 296
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