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Program description:
The Central European Studies Programme provides complex social science knowledge about the history of the peoples in the territory, their political systems, cultures, religions, literatures, interethnic connections, economies, and analyses of historical and current problems. The programme consists of three parts: introduction, professional and differentiated, with both theoretical and practical courses. It is supplemented with optional courses and involves researching and writing a thesis. In each academic year a Central European (Polish, Czech, Slovak, etc.) visiting teacher explains the political culture of that particular country. Students have the possibility of learning Central European languages. Graduates in Central European Studies will be well-informed in complex social studies. The program is particularly recommended to those who deal with any field of social sciences or who want to work in public and/or political institutions, in the media, etc. Full knowledge about Europe is unimaginable without this special region of the continent.

Entry requirements:
BA/BSc degree in any study field, B2 level English command

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Candidates are invited to interview (Skype, e-mail, Facebook). Based on the result of the interview the Entrance Examination Committee of the Faculty decides on acceptance. The interview investigates if the candidate is motivated enough in the given study field and whether he/she has the basic background knowledge for the course. The maximum score is 100. Evaluation criteria: BA degree (max. 40 points), competency in the academic literature of Central Europe (max. 40 points), motivation, future plans (max. 20 points).


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Programme structure

1. Foundation knowledge: 18-22 credits
History, economic, social and cultural background of Central Europe; foundation in cultural sciences, German, Austrian, French, English, Russian and Soviet Central European theories, knowledge of literature and sources, research methodology;

2. Compulsory knowledge of the professional core material: 28-32 credits
Central Europe in the 19-21. century: history, literature, arts, philosophy, ethnography, linguistic knowledge, contemporary economy, politics, society, nationalities, minorities, knowledge of literature and sources, research methodology; foreign language knowledge of one of the languages of the region.

3. Compulsory optional knowledge of the professional core material: 62-66 credits.
- knowledge of cultural sciences: the literature of the region, the cultural canons, their institutions, art, philosophy of the region, the relationship between the press and culture, the Central European narrative differences from Western and Eastern narratives, knowledge of literature and sources, research methodology;
- minority studies: the past and present of ethnic issues in the Central European region, the history of the minority legal system and the minority legislation in each state, international law and European regulations, public, educational and cultural institutional system, linguistic coexistence and bilingualism, the minority press, identity theories, theories of national identities, knowledge of literature and sources, research methodology;
- Central European Economics: Economic Theory, Economic History, Integration and disintegration, current corporate structure, industry, banking sector, agricultural sector, investment and financial opportunities of the region, a social structure, knowledge of literature and sources, research methodology;
- diplomacy: the history of the region’s international relations system, multi-ethnic Foreign policy of the Habsburg Empire, the small-scale era between the two world wars, the Soviet era and the effects of its disintegration on the region, the role of culture in diplomacy, knowledge of literature and sources, research methodology.

Career opportunities

The graduates shall be able to carry out tasks related to foreign affairs, economics, research, representation, intercultural relations, diplomacy of culture and organization in relation to the Central European region in scientific, media related, diplomatic, entrepreneurial, institutional and cultural institutions. Graduates of the program shall be prepared to continue their studies at doctoral level.

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