The courses taught in English—listed below—are designed both for international students (including Erasmus students) and CEVRO Institute students who have been studying social science (or a similar program) at least one year on the undergraduate level. The courses cover a wide range of topics and disciplines such as political science, international relations, history or applied economics. After completion, students are awarded easily transferable European credits (For more on ECTS see below). International students are advised to sign up for about 5 courses in each semester.
(The below courses will be opened provided that a sufficient number of students sign up for them. For this reason applicants are recommended to announce alternative courses in the application form).
Central European Politics (ECTS 6)
This course is based on a comparative approach towards current political developments in countries of (primarily, but not exclusively) the Visegrad Four, i.e. in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary. Following general discussions of what the notion of Central Europe means and how we can understand it, the course will elaborate historical and social issues helping to shape the region currently known as Central Europe. After historical considerations are taken into account, the region as a whole is put under scrutiny, beginning with communism through regional attempts at integration, up to the accession procedures regarding EU and NATO. Finally, political and social issues in all of the four countries will be presented with topics like foreign policies, major rifts, party systems, institutional arrangements etc.
Current Issues in the Global Economy (ECTS 6)
The course builds on knowledge of basic economic principles and applies it to explain the effects of globalization on development, quality of life, poverty, culture, foreign trade, environmental quality and the power of national governments. It focuses on causes and consequences of globalization as well as on its different manifestations in different parts of the world. The overarching aim of this course is to provide students with an understanding of contemporary changes, trends and processes affecting the global economy, countries, regions, and industries. One of the most important goals is to develop a critical understanding of the “global economy”—its origins and operation.
Economics of Public Sector (ECTS 6)
The course systematically analyzes the reasons for and impacts of state interventions in the economy. It deals with the typology of interventions and economic justifications of arguments for interventions in the economy in the area of price and product regulation, anti-trust legislation, anti-discrimination laws, environmental protection, money and taxation. The course highlights both the intended and the unintended consequences of governmental policies, explains the essential difference between the market and bureaucratic management, and identifies the structure of motivations of the actors in the case of particular state interventions.
Nordic Countries in International Politics (ECTS 6)
The aim of this course is to provide students with introduction to the Nordic countries’ foreign policies and their role and significance in international politics. The course first outlines key historical events and processes that shaped foreign policy of Nordic countries in the 20th and 21st century. The course discusses the issues of neutrality, relationship to the European integration, NATO and Nordic cooperation.
Political development of Europe on the map (ECTS 6)
The course combines perspectives of political geography and political history and analyzes developments of Europe in terms of their border changes, rise of new countries and fall of others throughout the modern European history. These developments are investigated in a broader context of international relations and changing power capacities of European countries.
The Making of European Idea (ECTS 6)
The primary objective of the course is to offer some insights into various understandings of what Europe is. Therefore, the course presents a critical analysis of the key features accompanying the formation of European society and the system of states and presents theoretically grounded views on the processes related to their evolution. Moreover, the course intends to ground its explanations in the general, sociological understanding of history, thus transcending the “mechanical” enumeration of more or less important events, discussing instead long-term developments, bearing within themselves values and opinions justly understood as core elements of European culture and identity. The course is not intended to produce a single explanation of “Europe”, but rather to highlight cornerstones of our contemporary understanding of Europe.
(Please note that the range of courses may be subject to change. Definite list of courses will be announced in fall)
Conflict Regions in the Current World (ECTS 6)
What are the origins, present and future of conflicts around the globe? Can we predict new conflicts? Can the West prevail in the war on terror? What are the main insurgencies and how to fight them? Former Yugoslavia, Former USSR, Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Northern Africa, Islamic Immigration to Europe, Central Africa, Southern Asia and the War on terror in general…
Lectured by former head of Czech Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan and long-year correspondent from the Balkans.
Electronic Democracy (ECTS 6)
The aim of the course is to analyse democracy and its procedures in the context of modern information and communication technologies that affect current understanding of politics, participation and democracy. The course combines theoretical and empirical approaches to demonstrate how new ICT influence various areas of politics – e.g. patterns of party organization, new political issues, political marketing etc. A particular emphasis of the course shall be given to the issue of electronic elections. As new technologies appear, they are used for different purposes, one of them being casting a ballot through various electronic devices – Internet, mobile phone etc.
Euro-American Relations: Past, Present and Future (ECTS 6)
Relations between the United States and Europe are currently going through major changes that can have far-reaching implications for the future of European and Czech security as well as for the future role of Europe in global politics and economics. The USA is turning its attention to the Asia- Pacific region, while the EU is quickly demilitarizing and undergoing a protracted institutional crisis. The course, led by the former defense minister of the Czech Republic and ambassador to the USA, Alexandr Vondra, offers a comprehensive reflection of the development of transatlantic relations in the last two decades. The course assesses the current situation and the problems the Euro-American relations face, and considers the prospects for their future development and their impact on the security and political interests of the Czech Republic.
Institutional Economics (ECTS 6)
The course introduces basic concept of the new institutional economics. The aim is to present economic problems in broader perspective of different disciplines in social science and the law, as well to apply economic methods in various areas outside the traditional domain of economics. Institutions are necessary for economics to be a relevant social science. This is especially true in transitional economies and in the period of significant intuitional changes.
Politics in the Czech Republic (ECTS 6)
In what way does the politics work in a country that has undergone transition from totalitarian to democratic regimes? What is the character of political culture, tools of political mediation, or major controversies? These and many other questions are to be discussed and answered during this course, which should make it possible for students to obtain more thorough insight into political behavior, culture, and also the political practice of the Czech Republic. Among major issues to be elaborated in the classes you can find topics like Czech political traditions, sources of political culture, impact of communism, popular perceptions of politics and political parties, major political controversies, relation of Czech politics to European level of governance and other all-European questions.
The Economics of European Integration (ECTS 6)
The objective of the course is to present the process of economic integration in Europe. The course includes an introduction to the history of the European Union (EU), its institutions and the decision making. The integration theory covers customs unions, the Internal Market, competition policy, the Common Agricultural Policy and monetary union. Towards the end of the course, current issues of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), financial markets regulation, the Banking Union, the Stability and Growth Pact will be discussed. The course should provide students not only with an understanding of integration processes in Europe and their economic aspects but also insights useful for their future career.
Language Policy (ECTS 6)
The courses deals with various implications of language and politics. It discusses the importance of political identity in Europe and overseas and how language influences political actors, their behaviour and political decision-making. The course further analyses impacts of political identity on modern politics, national building, separatism and ethnic conflicts.
There are a couple of ways to evaluate study results. Courses are usually ended by oral or written examination, presentations or course papers. CEVRO Institute uses the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), which is a credit system based on relative student workload. The workload includes lectures, seminars and self-study. The standard number of credits per academic year is 60 credits, i.e. 30 credits per semester. As for the evaluation, CEVRO Institute gives grades from “A” (the best grade) to “E”, while “F” means “failed”. The courses are usually one semester and may be held in one semester or both. This depends on the number of students who wish to attend the course. Each course consists of weekly lectures (about 80 minutes). Some courses may be coupled with seminars at which students present their papers. In most courses students are required to elaborate a course paper. The second requirement for the course is an exam (written test or oral examination).
The entry requirements for exchange students are basically set by partner universities of CEVRO Institute. CEVRO Institute only expects that students have good study results and a good command of English in order to follow English-taught classes. For coming to CEVRO Institute, we encourage international students to have successfully finished at least one academic year at their home university.
As for the application process, students should first apply through their home university/faculty (international office or a similar office). Applicants shall fill in the application form, which is available on the CEVRO Institute web-pages. In the application form students mark the courses they wish to study at CEVRO Institute. The application form should be sent by e-mail as well as in the print form signed by the Erasmus coordinator of their home faculty. We will then send them an acceptance letter, where we confirm that they have been admitted to the study at CEVRO Institute.
There are two deadlines for applications: (1) for the fall term and (2) for the spring term.
Application deadline for the fall term: 27 May
Application deadline for the spring term: 1 November
CEVRO Institute is equipped with wireless Internet. Students are recommended to bring their laptop. On their arrival students receive login information to enter the school system. There is also a computer lab available at the college.
CEVRO Institute does not have its own accommodation capacities. Still, there are plenty of opportunities to find accommodation in Prague. Students usually find their accommodation on their own. They may also ask the International office and CEVRO Institute buddy students for help. Prague is a very unique place with many things to see and enjoy. If you need more practical information about the Czech Republic, you may try Guide to studying and living in the Czech Republic
For further information about Prague see http://www.cityofprague.cz