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Faculty of Social Sciences (FSV)

The Faculty of Social Sciences (FSV UK) is a part of one of the oldest universities in the world, Charles University, which was founded in 1348 by Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. Shortly after the establishment in 1990, FSV UK became a regional centre of teaching and research in economics, sociology, political science, international relations, area studies, media studies and journalism.

The main aim of FSV is the promotion of the learning and the protection of knowledge, the cultivation of free thought, independent academic research and the support of the creative spirit of human society. Its main objective is to develop teaching and research in those aspects of the social sciences which directly or indirectly relate to the public administration or to the economic and cultural life of society.

FSV UK emphasizes the development of foreign cooperation. Firstly, by developing and strengthening scientific bonds, student and academic mobility and, secondly, by offering English language degree programmes. Throughout the academic year the Faculty regularly organizes guest lectures, seminars, workshops and conferences in English. They take place in cooperation with the Faculty´s partner universities in Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East.

For more information about the Faculty look at its website: www.fsv.cuni.cz/en


Institute of International Studies (IMS)

The Institute of International Studies (IMS) is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University. It was established in 1994. The Institute offers bachelor‘s, master‘s and doctoral degree programmes in area studies and modern history. It concentrates its activities on four primary regions: the countries of the former Soviet Union and East-Central Europe, the German-speaking countries of Central Europe, Western Europe and North America. Each area of the region is covered by one department of the Institute.

The Institute emphasizes the development of foreign cooperation. Firstly, by developing and strengthening scientific bonds, student and academic mobility and, secondly, by offering English language degree programmes. Throughout the academic year the Faculty regularly organizes guest lectures, seminars, workshops and conferences in English. They take place in cooperation with the Faculty´s partner universities in Europe, North America and Asia.

Department of German and Austrian Studies

The Department of German and Austrian Studies focuses on Germany, Austria and a broadly-conceived Central European area with respect to political, historical, cultural and economic developments from the end of the 19th century to the present time. The main field of research and lectures is the post-1990 regional environment and how states have attempted to come to terms with sensitive 20th century issues that have affected and indeed still affect bilateral relationships among the countries studied.

Department of Russian and East European Studies

The Department of Russian and East European Studies was founded in 1994 as part of the Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague. The initial idea behind was to fill the existing gap in the study of the Balkans, East-Central Europe, and post-Soviet countries. Members of the former dissolved Institute for Central and East European History within Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences formed the core of the new Department to advance the study of the territory of the former Soviet Bloc based on Area Studies, a rather new field of study in the Czech context.

Over the years, the Department was successful in pursuing the study of Russia, East Europe, particularly the Ukraine and Belarus, and Central Europe. Aside from these achievements, the scope of study was further expanded to cover the Caucasus, Central Asia, and some of the long neglected parts of the Balkan peninsula, overreaching to include partly also the Middle East, East Asia, or Scandinavia.

At present, the Department conducts an interdisciplinary research of modern history, contemporary politics, international relations, culture and literature of the studied regions. Its members investigate a wide range of research grant projects commissioned by the Czech Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Defense and other government agencies, corporate sector, and NGOs, both in the Czech Republic and abroad.

Department of European Studies

This Department was established at the Faculty of Social Sciences in 1997. In 1999 it was as the first academic institution in Central and Eastern Europe to be awarded the title of “Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in European Studies”.

The Department focuses on the political, economic, legal, historical and cultural development of the EU member states. Research is concentrated on recent developments in their political and judicial systems, and on the attitude of member states towards the EU, with special emphasis on the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Belgium and Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, and Southern Europe. Particular attention is paid to the development of the EU itself.

Department of American Studies

Department of American Studies was established in 1994 as part of the Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University as the one and only interdisciplinary centre dealing with the American studies from the perspectives of history, economics and political science in the Czech Republic. This uniqueness has become the cornerstone since the foundation of the department and continues to this day.

Over time, studies and research of the department were enhanced with the key neighbors of the United States - Canada and Mexico, which further strengthened its interdisciplinarity. To emphasize this aspect, the department was renamed Department of North American Studies in 2015. The department regularly hosts foreign teachers, mainly from the United States; together with a plurality of opinions of its domestic teachers it brings even stronger uniqueness to the department.


Prague Area Studies (PRAREAS)

The Institute offers some of the highest quality English language Master's and PhD degree programmes in Central and Eastern Europe in the fields of modern history and area studies, giving students an opportunity to obtain their degree from one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious universities in the world.

Currently, the Institute offers three English-language Master's degree programmes, fully accredited by the Czech Ministry of Education, and coordinated under the label Prague Area Studies.

Balkan, Eurasian and Central Europen Studies (BECES)

The BECES programme offers English-speaking students  a deep and versatile exploration of “the East”, understood as the territory composed of Central Europe, the Balkan peninsula, and the countries of the former Soviet Union, including those in the Caucasus and Central Asia. Primary attention is paid to modern history, politics and diplomacy, as well as to fundamental social, cultural and economic problems. The programme also offers students the chance to learn or improve their knowledge of the Czech language and some other languages of the area.

For more information about the programme look at its website: www.beces.fsv.cuni.cz

European Politics and Society (EPS)

The EPS is a multidisciplinary two-year Joint Master Degree Programme linking the fields of European politics, contemporary history and culture, economy, international relations and policymaking. The first semester of the EPS Programme is based on Master level introductory courses (in Prague), the second semester focuses on EU related courses (Krakow, Leiden). In the third and fourth semesters, the programme offers four different study tracks reflecting the diverse expertise of the Consortium members (Prague, Krakow, Barcelona, and Leiden). Each track combines various elective courses, research methods training, an internship and language tuition with an advanced research dissertation supervised by key staff from each Partner University.

For more information about the programme look at its website: www.epsmaster.eu

Master in Area Studies (MAS)

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 around one of the three specialized tracks: Transition Studies, Integration Studies, and Globalizing US Studies.

For more information about the programme look at its website: www.mas.fsv.cuni.cz


In cooperation with the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), Institute of International Studies, Charles University offers one double-degree programme taught in English:

International Masters in Economy, State and Society (IMESS)

IMESS is a leading international double-degree programme in comparative area studies. Divided into three tracks (Economy & Business, Politics & Security, Nation, History & Society), IMESS focuses on the culture, economy, history, politics and society of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

Find more information about this special programme at www.imess.eu.