Centre for European Studies at Jagiellonian University

Introduction

The Centre for European Studies at the Jagiellonian University traces its history to the founding of the Inter-Faculty ‘Unit' (Zakład) for European Studies at the Jagiellonian University in 1993. In the 1990s, this research institute offered open lectures and classes in both Polish and English, but no stand-alone degree programmes.

In 1999, the Unit was transformed into the ‘Centre' (Katedra) for European Studies, part of the Faculty of Philosophy of the Jagiellonian University. In the 2000-2001 academic year, the Masters degree programmes (in both Polish and English) were launched.

In 2001, the Centre for European Studies was invited into the newly-created Faculty of International and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University and was part of the the Institute for Regional Studies; however by 2004, the Centre grew in size, scope and popularity, ultimately elevating itself to the rank of the ‘Institute' of European Studies.

The 'Centre for European Studes' now refers to the English-language programmes based at ul. Garbarska 7a and is a part of the Institute of European Studies, now located in Przegorzały.

The undergraduate study abroad programme at the Centre for European Studies is a continuation of the School of Central and Eastern European Studies (SCEES), which although founded in 1994 as a separate inter-faculty unit, ceased to operate in 1999.

Facilities

The Centre for European Studies is based at ul. Garbarska 7a and offers excellent study facilities for students, including a Reading Room, Computer Lab and Student Lounge. The majority of classes take place at ul. Garbarska and at Auditorium Maximum.

Curriculum Development Projects

The Centre for European Studies is proud to present the curriculum development projects for which it has gained the support from the ARENA Centre for European Studies at the University of Oslo and the International Visgegrad Fund.

Research Networks

The Centre for European Studies/Institute of European Studies is an active participant in Europe-wide research networks, and we work hard to bridge the gap between teaching and research by organising guest lectures with visitors from within these networks.

RECON (Reconstituting Democracy in Europe), a five-year research project with 21 partner institutions and more than 100 participating researchers, is a project that CES faculty is very engaged in. The project covers a wide range of academic fields, from political science, sociology, linguistics, and anthropology, to information science, law and legal theory, and economics. The coordinator of RECON is ARENA Centre for European Studies at the University of Oslo, also our partner on the Europeanisation and Governance in Central and Eastern Europe programme.

This school offers programs in:
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M.A. in European Studies

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 Poland Kraków

The MA programme in European Studies is composed of high-level postgraduate courses taught in English. Students will take classes from the core, key, specialty, and optional categories according to their academic specialisation and personal interest. The maximum duration of studies is 4 semesters... [+]

M.A. in European Studies The MA programme in European Studies is composed of high-level postgraduate courses taught in English. Students will take classes from the core, key, specialty, and optional categories according to their academic specialisation and personal interest. The maximum duration of studies is 4 semesters. Objectives This programme is designed to provide students with advanced and interdisciplinary knowledge of contemporary European affairs. Our focus is the study of the political, economic and cultural character of Central and Eastern Europe and the European Union. Most of our graduates apply their expertise in careers in either non-governmental or business sectors, while others continue with their studies on a doctoral level. Study Tracks At CES, we encourage students to develop their own independent curriculum and study track so that they can learn about and research topics that best reflect their interests and academic background. Students follow one of four related study tracks, and the MA degree with which they graduate reflects their specialisation. EU Studies Central and Eastern European Studies Central and Eastern European Studies: Research Track Europeanisation and Governance in CEE Studies in the Holocaust and Totalitarian Systems Degree Requirements Students are required to earn a total of 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) points, consisting of: The courses listed under each specialisation, chosen as part of the student's individually tailored curriculum Two semesters of foreign language training (Polish beg. to intermediate level or French, German and Russian at beginners' level) Workshops in methodology, academic writing and speaking, as well as the MA seminar an MA thesis. The degree is completed when the student passes the MA exam and thesis defence. EU Studies Specialisation The EU studies track focuses on the European Union, its institutions and functions, as well as the key issues facing it in contemporary times. This specialisation spotlights the EU's decision-making processes, foreign and security policy, political and economic relations between the EU and candidate countries, Russia, the United States, NATO, and the world. Furthermore, issues of justice and the democratic deficit within the EU itself are raised, and disjunctions between EU countries are analyzed. Most importantly, students develop a Central European perspective about the European integration process. Central and Eastern European Studies Specialisation This track immerses students in the politics, history, society and culture of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. It is geared towards social scientists wanting to investigate concepts of identity and democracy from a philosophical and historical perspective, as well as those interested in integration theory, gender, citizenship, social minorities, religion, culture and language. Students address the abovementioned issues using a Central and Eastern European lens. This focus provides CES students with a unique academic skill set, which helps identify the situated characteristics of the region, and its relationship to the European Union. Central and Eastern European Studies: Research Track MA in European Studies - Central and Eastern European Studies: Research Track is an innovative specialisation which is a response to the need for professionals who will use the knowledge acquired during their studies in a fresh, inventive and novel way. Europeanisation and Governance in CEE Specialisation The Europeanisation and Governance stream aims to provide students with knowledge of the processes of Europeanisation and democratisation in Central and Eastern Europe. The specialisation is designed to build understanding of integration mechanisms and the structure and functions of European Union institutions. Particular attention will be focused on the adoption and effects of European law on Central and Eastern European political reality and everyday life. Questions of diversity, conditionality, diffusion and the democratic deficit will be addressed in depth. Studies in the Holocaust and Totalitarian Systems The Studies in Holocaust and Totalitarian Systems specialty is designed for students intending to pursue a career in research on genocide as well as for students, who consider this specialized knowledge about the Holocaust and totalitarianisms to be beneficial for the development of a civic society. This programme of study presumes that consciousness-building about the annihilation of Jews in Poland, particularly among the younger generations, is necessary so that the events and significance of the Holocaust will not be forgotten; moreover Poland needs a deepened democracy, the kind that is only possible in societies, which are prepared to embrace within their historical memory and narrative even the darkest aspects of their history. This specialty outlines the genesis of national and religious conflicts in the contemporary world, the mechanisms used to create the structure of a totalitarian or authoritarian state, and racism and anti-Semitism present in modern-day European society. Particular attention is paid to the Polish perspective and experience with totalitarianisms during the 20th century, the Nazi and Soviet. [-]

MA in International Relations: Europe from the Visegrad Perspective

Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2016 Czech Republic Brno Hungary Pécs Slovakia Banská Bystrica Poland Kraków + 6 more

This joint Master’s programme offers a unique opportunity to study international relations, European politics, economy, society & culture from the perspective of the Visegrad region. Experienced faculty of the leading universities from the Visegrad region as well as visiting professors and guest lecturers from renowned international academic and diplomatic institutions provide insightful and... [+]

MA in International Relations: Europe in the Visegrad Perspective This joint Master’s degree programme in international relations is carried out within the framework of the VNDREAM network, which consists of: Jagiellonian University in Kraków (Poland), Masaryk University (Czech Republic), University of Pecs (Hungary) and Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica (Slovakia).This joint Master’s programme offers a unique opportunity to study international relations, European politics, economy, society & culture from the perspective of the Visegrad region. Experienced faculty of the leading universities from the Visegrad region as well as visiting professors and guest lecturers from renowned international academic and diplomatic institutions provide insightful and inspiring instruction about major developments in contemporary international law, economics, politics and culture in light of the European integration processes seen from the standpoint of the Visegrad region. Graduate Profile Upon the completion of this programme graduates will demonstrate high competence in both history and culture of the Visegrad and the wider Central Europe region as background for better understanding of contemporary international relations as exemplified in the impact of European integration. More specifically they will acquire knowledge necessary to better understand the complex nature of the interplay between global and regional phenomena affecting the functioning of international organisations, business and civil society. Graduates will be prepared to work in international organisations, diplomatic service, public administration, mass media and civil society organisations. If interested in pursuing an academic career, graduates will acquire the analytical ability to carry out individual research as prospective doctoral students. Structure The programme lasts 4 semesters. The overall workload corresponds to a total of 120 ECTS. English is the leading language of instruction. Instruction in national languages of the partner universities is provided as well. Upon the completion of all requirements of the programme students obtain a joint degree equivalent to a title of the Master of Arts in accordance with national nomenclature of the partner universities. Following the first semester at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, students spend a semester at each partner university in the following order: Masaryk University – second semester University of Pecs – third semester Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica – final semester During the third and final semesters students attend courses offered on a regular basis, master’s thesis seminars and carry out individual research culminating in the submission of a Master’s thesis and a final examination. The Master thesis is to be written during the last semester of the programme. Successful completion of an academic year is preconditioned by student record of minimum 60 ECTS. Each partner university offers a number of courses corresponding to a minimum of 30 ECTS per semester. Curriculum A list of optional subjects is to be up-dated each year by the partner universities and will be made available to students no later than three months prior the beginning of each subsequent semester in accordance with the academic calendar of the respective hosting partner university. The number of ECTS points assigned to the courses correspond to the overall student workload including teaching contact hours in the form of lectures and seminars, as well as readings, essays and presentations. Partner universities retain their home modalities in calculating ECTS points assigned to their course offer. Compulsory courses correspond to 84 ECTS. Optional courses correspond to 36 ECTS. The total student workload corresponds to a minimum of 120 ECTS. For courses at each partner university please look at the list offer for each semester: Jagiellonian University in Krakow Masaryk University University of Pécs Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica [-]

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Jagiellonian University - Centre for European Studies

Address Gołębia ulica 24
Kraków 31-007, Poland
Website http://www.ces.uj.edu.pl