A comprehensive program of study in the fields of comparative politics and European integration
- Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic
- Department of Political Science and Department of International Relations and European Studies
European Politics is a full-time Master's program taught at the Department of International Relations and European Studies and the Department of Political Science at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University. Its standard duration is four semesters.
European Politics is a comprehensive program of study in the fields of comparative politics and European integration. The comparative politics component of the program covers basic theories, research methodology, empirical analysis, and comparative studies of the political developments and the party systems in European countries. This component allows students to focus specifically on the region of Central and Eastern Europe, to explore the experiences of post-communist transformations, and to acquire a thorough understanding of the political developments in post-socialist countries. The European integration component includes theoretical and empirical analysis of different international organizations and their interaction in Europe. Special emphasis is put on the study of the European Union and its enlargements.
The Department of Political Science at the Faculty of Social Studies of the Masaryk University was founded in 1990 as an academic unit providing students with high-quality education in the discipline. The courses taught at the department draw on extensive independent research. The department was initially part of the Faculty of Arts (1990-1997). In 1998 it was included, together with other social science departments, in the newly established Faculty of Social Studies.
The Department of International Relations and European Studies was founded in 2002 as a unit providing students with top-level knowledge in the field of international studies. It emerged as a result of the expansion of a subunit specialized in international relations established in the 1999/2000 academic year under the auspices of the Department of Political Science.
The variety of research agendas in both departments ensures an interdisciplinary study process that allows students to get acquainted with diverse approaches, develop their research skills in a balanced way, and receive the broad-based analytical training required by successful experts and professionals in the fields of European integration and international relations.
- Bachelor's or equivalent degree in the social sciences or the humanities
- Good command of the English language
After Graduation & Career Prospects
The English-language European Politics program gives you the opportunity to study in English at the second largest university in the Czech Republic and to receive a Master's degree recognized in the European Union. The European Politics program is committed to providing the broad-based analytical training required by successful experts and professionals in the fields of European integration and International Relations. The faculty of the European Politics program includes some of the leading Czech scholars in the areas of Political Science, International Relations and European Studies. Additionally, the Masaryk University is one of the key research centers in Central Europe. It is engaged in extensive primary research which is endorsed and assisted by established public and private funding agencies. This makes the European Politics program especially suitable for students who have a special interest, or wish to acquire substantial expertise, in the region of East Central Europe.
The graduates of the European Politics program receive the training necessary for a successful professional realization in a number of professional areas. Typical job opportunities include consulting, research and teaching positions at universities, positions in the state administration, positions within the apparatus of political parties, and positions in the diplomatic services. Further outstanding opportunities for professional realization are provided by the institutions of the European Union, as well as by other international organizations. As highly specialized experts, our graduates can also work as journalists, analysts, and lobbyists. Finally, our graduates can successfully compete in the business sector and work for private companies in positions requiring analytical skills and excellent knowledge of general developments in contemporary societies.
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