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Course Structure

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), languages (12 ECTS), elective courses (at least 36 ECTS credits in total), and optional courses (maximum 12 ECTS credits).

Compulsory Courses

Compulsory core courses introduce the students to key concepts of area studies, the quantitative and qualitative methods in social sciences as well as to academic writing. The core courses are intended to provide the students with the conceptual toolbox and analytical skills, thus to give a solid ground for further studies of specialized elective courses. In total, the core courses give 60 ECTS credits. *

Course Title ECTS credit points
Academic Writing 6
Qualitative methods in social sciences 6
Quantitative methods in social sciences 6
Area Studies: Theory and Methodology 6
Comparative and Conceptual History 6
MA Thesis Seminar I for MAS 15
MA Thesis Seminar II for MAS 15


* Please note, that students that commenced their studies prior to the academic year 2019/2020 can find their study plan here:


Language courses constitute an integral part of MAS. Students are expected to master a language that will allow them to analyze and understand the development of their region of interest at a basic level at least. Students may choose from a range of language courses offered at Charles University. Alternatively, the Institute will provide them with assistance to find a course externally if the language is not available at the university. 

In total, the language courses must give at least 12 ECTS credits.  

Elective Courses

Elective courses cover a wide range of specific areas and issues which allows the students to specialize in the field of their interest. Students may choose from all courses taught at the Institute of International Studies. 

In total, the elective courses must give at least 36 ECTS credits.

Apart from building an individual thematic and territorial profile, students can follow one of the offered study tracks. The study track requires at least 30 ECTS credits obtained from the elective courses flagged for the specific study track. Besides, students must submit a master thesis that falls within the scope of the chosen study track. 

Globalizing US Studies study track

Globalizing US Studies track introduces students to skills essential for the analysis of US foreign policy, its structural underpinnings and their impact across the globe and in various policy fields. 

Course Title ECTS credit points
Government in the United States 6
The Transatlantic Link: Understanding America from Europe 6
U.S. Legal Culture 6
Major Problems in Political Economy in North American Context 6
U.S. Foreign Policy 6
Internship for MAS 6
Critical Issues in U.S. - Chinese Relations 6
Global Governance: The US and International Organizations 6
Evolution of Sino-American Relations 6
Hollywood/Europe: A Transnational Film Culture. 6
Landmarks in 20th Century U.S. History and Their Interpretations 6
Issues in United States National Security Policy 6
Major Issues in Contemporary Public Debates in the U.S. 6
Promoting democracy abroad: the US and the EU in third countries 6
The Special Relationship between the United States and Great Britain 6
U.S. and Human Rights 6
U.S. Foreign Policy during the Cold War 6
U.S. Foreign Policy in the Age of Trump 6
Political Geography 6
U.S. and the Global South 6


Transition and Integration Studies track

Transition and Integration Studies track focuses on the study of the latest development of the post-Communist European countries with respect to the transition from the Communist society and integration into the Euro-Atlantic structures.

Course Title ECTS credit points
Political Systems of East Central European Countries 6
Problems of the Post-Soviet Space 6
Internship for MAS 6
Cultural Legacies and Developments in the Balkans: Modern and Traditional Entanglements 6
Economy and Politics in the 20th Century Eastern Europe 6
Ethnic Conflicts in Central and Eastern Europe / Etnické konflikty ve střední a východní Evropě 6
Russia's Aggression against Ukraine: Implications for European Security 6
Ukraine after 1991. 6
Political Geography 6
The Transformation of the Communist Successor Parties in Central Europe and Influence of the West European Leftists 6
Social Exclusion and the Roma in Central Europe 6
European Union in International Affairs 6
European Economic Integration 6
European Comparative Politics and Society 6
Transnational history of contemporary Europe 6
Cohesion Policy of the EU in Central and East European Countries. 6
EU Policies 6
Rebuilding Europe 6
Grand Debates of European Integration 6
Small states in the EU 6

Optional Courses

Off-field optional courses can be taken at any department of Charles University. Students may take a maximum 12 ECTS credits of optional course. These credits can also be used to follow elective courses or languages. There is no minimum number of credits to be taken in this category of course (that is, all 120 credits can be gained by taking only compulsory and elective courses from the lists above).

Last updated 15. 11. 2019