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 within three study tracks – Transition Studies, Integration Studies, and Globalising US Studies.
The director of the programme is Dr Tomáš Weiss who can provide further information about the academic content of the programme.
(In the academic year 2018-2019, Professor Ivo Šlosarčík is the acting director of the programme.)
Why should you study the Master in Area Studies programme? Here are the key aspects of the programme that will help you develop and prepare for your future career:
The interdisciplinary programme will teach you how to grasp everyday problems in their context. You will understand the social, institutional and historical underpinnings of current issues and be able to recognise what is and what is not relevant for finding a working solution. Your language skills will provide you an insider’s perspective into local and regional debates.
You will have a large flexibility to adapt the curriculum to your specific needs and interests. The core compulsory courses focus on methods, languages, and academic writing. This allows you to build your own personal academic and professional profile that helps you find an appropriate job in future.
The three specialised tracks of MAS – Transition Studies, Integration Studies, and Globalising US Studies – will allow you to create a thematic focus and expertise that increases your value on the labour market in future. An internship related to the track as well as own research for the master thesis will ensure that you will be able to use your knowledge and skills in both academic and practical context.
MAS is delivered by the dedicated and friendly faculty of the Institute of International Studies. The faculty provides a broad spectrum of disciplinary and territorial knowledge that ensures that you make as much as possible from your studies. Our faculty are experts in their field, advising public institutions, participating in international research consortia, and regularly appearing in the media.
You will become a member of a cohesive body of international students connected in our Prague Area Studies, or PRAREAS, group. PRAREAS connects all international programmes of the Institute and organises social activities throughout the year, including trips outside of Prague. You will be able to establish long-lasting ties with fellow students from other programmes.
The Master in Area Studies 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.
They will be able to analyse 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.
Having completed an internship, which is an integral part of the programme, the graduates will have a first work place experience and will be able to employ the academic knowledge in practice.