Master’s in Political Science (CZ)

This study programme is taught in the Czech language only.

The programme is conceived as a modern Master’s degree in political science that develops the students’ specialization, above all in the field of comparative politics, theories of democracy, electoral studies and political marketing and communication. Students gain the skills necessary for analytical individual work and teamwork. Emphasis is placed on the strengthening of graduates’ methodological skills needed for research in political science.

 

Core programme courses

·         Comparative politics

·         Theories of Democracy

·         Electoral Systems and Inter-Party Competition

·         Electoral Analysis

·         Modern History of Europe

·         Political Communication

·         Political Marketing and Electoral Campaigns

·         Political Research

·         Methodology

·         Advanced Research Methods in Social Sciences

 

Core programme constituents

The programme is based on three core knowledge and two basic skills constituents. The aim of the knowledge-focused elements is to provide the graduates with good theoretical basis for their subsequent professional career. The aim of the skills-focused elements is to increase the graduates’ competitiveness in the job market in terms of their ability to apply the knowledge they have gained. The core constituents of the programme are the following:

1.       Comparative Politics and Theories of Democracy

2.       Electoral Studies

3.       Modern History  of Europe

4.       Methodological and Analytical Competency

5.       Language Competency

 

Ref. 1. Comparative politics and theories of democracy represent the core knowledge constituent of the programme. They give its students a comprehensive insight into essential topics of the world’s political scientific research. Students gain essential knowledge of both theory and concrete political phenomena across the globe. This section of the programme especially, compared to the rest, builds upon important compulsory and recommended reading of the individual courses. It is covered by two compulsory (type A) courses: comparative politics and theories of democracy. This part of the programme is assessed in the final examinations as the subject Political Science.

 

Ref. 2. Electoral studies largely belong to the field of comparative political research. Within the Master’s studies of Political Science at KPES, electoral studies form a separate part of the programme that leads to a narrower specialization in one of the fields of political research. The purpose of electoral studies is to give students a detailed theoretical and practical insight into the functioning of one of the basic democratic processes, that is, electoral competition. This part of the programme is covered by four compulsory (type A) courses: Electoral Systems and Party Competition, Electoral Analysis, Political Communication and Political Marketing and Electoral Campaigns. It is assessed as Electoral Studies at the final examinations.

 

Ref. 3. The modern history of Europe represents another programme constituent. This part of the programme enables students to gain necessary knowledge of modern history that is essential for the understanding of contemporary political phenomena and a number of research issues. It places emphasis on the contextual interpretation of modern European history since WWI up to the present; it does not follow events in the development of individual countries in their chronological order. This programme constituent is covered by two compulsory (type A) courses: Modern History of Europe I and II. It is assessed at the final examinations as Modern History of Europe.

 

Ref. 4. The theoretical grounding acquired in the previous three programme constituents does not represent sufficient preparation for a professional career unless graduates have the necessary methodological and analytical competency. This skill-focused part of the programme teaches students to work analytically both individually and in teams and to use the methods of political research. They gain the knowledge and ability to use basic and advanced quantitative statistical and qualitative research methods. The knowledge and skills mastered in the courses will enable the students to build their own research plan for individual and team research tasks. Three compulsory (type A) courses cover this constituent: Methodology, Advanced Research Methods in Social Science and Political Research.

 

Ref. 5. Strong language competency is a necessary prerequisite for the successful career of a graduate. It is an inherent part of the overall competency that students acquire at university. At the Master’s level, language competency is no longer advanced by means of language courses followed by assessment. Therefore a good knowledge of languages, especially English, is a prerequisite for the Master’s programme. Courses require the reading of a wide range of compulsory English literature. The result of this is the ability to use English in a competent way within the field of study that promotes the graduates’ potential in the job market.

 

The profile of a graduate

 

Graduates of the Master’s programme in Political Science gain detailed knowledge in the field of comparative politics and empirical-analytical political science in general. They acquire a general knowledge of important contemporary political theories and political systems of all European countries, northern America and other selected countries. Students also graduate with a deeper knowledge of electoral studies, mainly in the field of electoral systems, electoral behaviour, electoral campaigns and political marketing.

Graduates acquire a substantial methodological grounding at both a theoretical and a practical level. They are able to apply advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods that they have previously used in the research they conduct during their studies. The aim of the programme is to train competent specialists with both theoretical knowledge and practical and analytical skills

Graduates are also able to use at least one of the world languages at an advanced level. KPES also develops its students’ language competency by its international outreach (mainly through exchange study programmed funded by EU and bilateral contracts with American universities). Language resources considerably enhance the graduates’ competitiveness in organizations engaged in international business or based outside of the Czech Republic.

A graduate of the Master’s programme is also professionally competent in the following areas:

·         political management

·         political consulting

·         local, regional, national and European politics

·         lobbying

·         science

·         leading positions in state and local administration

·         multinational and EU structures

·         national and international non-governmental and non-profit organizations

·         news and journalism in the media

·         political PR