Master in Area Studies (MAS)

Master in Area Studies (MAS)

Master in Area Studies (MAS) interdisciplinary programme offers expert knowledge and analytical-synthetic skills focused on modern history and current developments of Europe, Eurasia, and North America. The programme provides the students with tools for social science analysis and allows them to build their own thematic and territorial profile according to their individual needs and future career plans.

Graduates of the Master in Area Studies programme will be endowed with internationally recognizable multi-disciplinary training in the study of international affairs. They will be able to analyze individual topics arising within the region of their interest from a multidisciplinary point of view in terms of social sciences (sociology, economics, political science, and international relations) and modern history. Programme graduates will be able to understand current issues in their historical, societal, political, and economic context. Mastering several foreign languages, they will be capable of reflecting local debate and local perspectives on transnational issues. Thanks to a systematic focus on academic writing, graduates will be capable of producing texts of a high professional and formal quality. They will be able to deliver qualified comments on the developments of states and societies of the studied regions.

The programme graduates will become highly-skilled employees in the civil service and diplomacy, NGOs and international institutions as well as in private companies and mass-media. They will be well prepared for a variety of academic pursuits and will possess a wide range of knowledge and skills required in various social science fields.

Detailed information

Programme Duration: 2 years

Language of Instruction: English

Academic Supervisor: prof. JUDr. PhDr. Ivo Šlosarčík, LL.M., Ph.D. (ivo.slosarcik@fsv.cuni.cz)

Academic Coordinator: Mgr. Tomáš Weiss, M.A., Ph.D. (tomas.weiss@fsv.cuni.cz)

Admission Administration: admissions@fsv.cuni.cz

 

The MAS interdisciplinary programme offers expert knowledge and analytical-synthetic skills focused on modern history and current developments of Europe, Eurasia, and North America. The programme provides the students with tools for social science analysis and allows them to build their own thematic and territorial profile according to their individual needs and future career plans.

Graduates of MAS programme will be endowed with internationally recognizable multi-disciplinary training in the study of international affairs. They will be able to analyze individual topics arising within the region of their interest from a multidisciplinary point of view in terms of social sciences (sociology, economics, political science, and international relations) and modern history. Programme graduates will be able to understand current issues in their historical, societal, political, and economic context. Mastering several foreign languages, they will be capable of reflecting local debate and local perspectives on transnational issues. Thanks to a systematic focus on academic writing, graduates will be capable of producing texts of a high professional and formal quality. They will be able to deliver qualified comments on the developments of states and societies of the studied regions.

The programme graduates will become highly-skilled employees in the civil service and diplomacy, NGOs and international institutions as well as in private companies and mass-media. They will be well prepared for a variety of academic pursuits and will possess a wide range of knowledge and skills required in various social science fields.

 

Study prerequisites

MAS programme is open to students who have already completed a Bachelors degree (or equivalent) in a related programme of study (social sciences, political sciences, international relations, history), or combinations of these programmes with other study tracks (economics, law, cultural studies, languages).

 

Courses

Compulsory Courses

60 ECTS

Optional Courses

minimum 48, maximum 60 ECTS

Electives Courses

maximum 12 ECTS

Total: 120 ECTS

To complete MAS programme, students have to acquire a total of 120 ECTS credits, defend their Master Thesis and successfully pass the final State Examination. The following compulsory courses represent 60 ECTS credits.

  • qualitative methods in social sciences
  • quantitative methods in social sciences
  • academic writing
  • Master thesis seminar I-II
  • language course I-II

Remaining 60 ECTS credits are to be earned by participating in optional and elective courses offered by FSV UK as well as other faculties of Charles University.

 

MAS Specializations

Students enrolled in MAS programme choose one of the following specialized tracks:

  • Transition Studies
  • Integration Studies
  • Globalizing US Studies

In order to accomplish MAS, students must obtain 120 ECTS credits and pass a state exam, which comprises defence of the master thesis. The curriculum is composed of seven compulsory courses (60 ECTS credits in total), optional courses (at least 48 ECTS credits in total), and elective courses (maximum 12 ECTS credits). The specialized track, which students choose by the end of the first semester, requires at least 36 ECTS credits obtained from a pool of optional courses flagged for the specific specialization. In addition, students are requested to submit a master thesis that falls within the scope of the specialization.

 

Curriculum overview

Compulsory courses

ECTS

Qualitative methods in social science

6

Quantitative methods in social science

6

Academic writing

6

Master thesis seminar I

15

Master thesis seminar II

15

Language course I

6

Language course II

6

total for compulsory courses

(60)

   

Optional courses - specialization track

 

Optional courses selected from the pool of specialization courses

min. 36

   

Optional courses

 

Other courses from the pool of programme’s optional courses

max. 24

total for optional courses

(min. 48)

   

Elective courses

 

Any courses taught at Charles University

max. 12

TOTAL

120

   

Final state exam, including defence of the Master thesis

 

Examples of the optional courses for each of the specializations are listed below.

 

Transition Studies

Course

ECTS

Communism in Central and Eastern Europe. Idea, rule and aftermath

6

Constitutional Transformation of the Central and East European Countries

6

Democracy Promotion: history, theories, practice

4

Economic transformation in East Central and Southeastern Europe

6

Economic transformation in the post-Soviet area

6

Ethnic Conflicts in Central and Eastern Europe

6

Ethno-Political Conflicts in the Caucasus

6

Modernizing the Balkans

6

Oil and Gas in the Post Soviet Area

6

Parties and Party Systems in Southeastern Europe after 1989

6

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

6

Problems of the Post-Soviet Space

6

Russia after 1991

6

Post-Soviet Central Eurasia

6

Note: Prague Civil Society Centre will be a partner of the Transformation Studies track.

 

Integration Studies

Course

ECTS

Legal Framework of the European Union

6

Theories of European Integration and Their Application

6

European Economic Integration

6

EU Policies

6

European Union in International Affairs

6

Grand Debates of European Integration

6

European Comparative Politics and Society

6

Comparative Capitalisms of Western Europe

6

Historical Roots of European Integration

6

Europe of States, Regions and Citizens

6

Cohesion Policy of the EU in Central and East European Countries

6

EU in its Southeastern Neighbourhood: Policies and Expectations

6

Europe in the French mind: a historical–civilizational point of view

6

Knowledge Policies in Europe

6

 

 

Globalizing US Studies

Course

ECTS

American Thoughts and Thinkers

6

Cultural Pluralism and Antidiscrimination in Western Europe and USA

6

Introduction to the US Legal System: European Perspective

6

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

6

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

6

Major Problems in Political Economy in North American Context

6

Promoting democracy abroad: the US and the EU in third countries

5

Cold War in Documents 1945-1962

6

Cold War in Documents 1963-1991

6

The Special Relationship between the United States and Great Britain

5

The US and Europe after the Cold War

6

The US and international and regional organizations

5

Transatlantic dialogues: Current issues in US-EU relations

5

U.S. Foreign Policy

6

 

 

Recommended curriculum of the Master in Area Studies

1st semester

Course

ECTS

Qualitative methods in social science

6

Academic writing

6

Language course I

6

Optional course I

6

Optional course II

6

Elective course I

6

TOTAL FOR SEMESTER

36

2nd semester

Course

ECTS

Quantitative methods in social science

6

Language course II

6

Optional course III (specialized track)

6

Optional course IV (specialized track)

6

Optional course V (specialized track)

6

Elective course II

6

TOTAL FOR SEMESTER

36

3rd semester

Course

ECTS

Master thesis seminar I

15

Optional course VI (specialized track)

6

Optional course VII (specialized track)

6

TOTAL FOR SEMESTER

27

4th semester

Course

ECTS

Master thesis seminar II

15

Optional course VIII (specialized track)

6

TOTAL FOR SEMESTER

21

 

Tuition fees

  • 6 000 EUR per year

Please note that these fees cover only the cost of instruction and examinations, and that students are responsible for paying their own living expenses (food, lodging, etc.).