Study programme N0312A250001: International Economic and Political Studies
Academic year 2020/2021
Description of the two-year IEPS Master´s at
CHARLES UNIVERSITY, FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL STUDIES(IEPS)
International Economic and Political Studies (IEPS) is a post-graduate master´s study modelled on the principles of the Oxford-style PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) programmes that are historically and currently among the most favoured educational concepts in social sciences. Their popularity comes from the subsequent successes of their graduates in labour markets throughout the world. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophy,_politics_and_economics.
IEPS, taught in English, is open to three specialisation tracks: economics/finance, politics and philosophy/humanities. It aims towards an interdisciplinary understanding of social phenomena by developing skills useful for analysis and management in a wide range of careers and activities. It allows students to explore the foundations of domestic and international politics and economics in a manner that is underpinned by philosophical rigour and communication skills.
The programme emphasizes courses that which foster critical thinking for social developments in the world, increase sensitivity to ethical challenges in decision-making and policy design in an environment marked by cultural diversity, economic inequality, and differing political interests and requirements in decision-making. Students deal with the nature of economic and political agents, including the emergence of conflicts and attempted cooperation. They are expected to master the principles of modern non-conventional economic and political thinking, and be able to apply it in decision-making in social governance at the levels of supra-national institutions, states, regional governments, corporations, firms, political parties and citizens.
As the economic and cultural integration in the world accelerates after the fall of Communism, the demand for fundamental changes in the way societies are organised calls for new analytical competences and unconventional dynamic thinking, which IEPS aims to demonstrate and instil in its students.
Applicants to the IEPS Programme come from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds. It is not necessary to have previously studied politics or economics. Admission may be granted also to students whose previous studies were in philosophy, other humanities, commerce, law, or even mathematics, technical, or natural sciences. Although a background in mathematics is not formally required for admission, it is definitely an advantage for IEPS applicants to have an aptitude for maths and statistics, especially for those students who wish to specialise in economics and finance. All students must have a sturdy command of the English language in order to successfully complete all of the course requirements, including the ability to write presentations, essays and discuss specialised topics. Language of instruction: English.
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL STUDIES - study programme options for 2020/2021
Academic supervisor: Doc. Ing. Vladimír Benáček, CSc.
Coordinator: Mgr. Martin Riegl, Ph.D.
9 compulsory classes (I):
Elective courses in Module #0 (microeconomic theory)
at least 6 credits
Elective courses in Module #1 (economics/finance)
at least 10 credits
Elective courses in Module #2 (political science)
at least 10 credits
Elective courses in Module #3 (philosophy/global studies/humanities)
at least 15 credits
Required credits from all four elective modules (II):
Remark to electives: the difference between (6+10+10+15) and 52 credits must be filled by courses picked freely from any of the three modules #1,#2 and #3.
Remaining optional courses (III)
Having reached at least 120 credits in the required structure, the students are qualified for taking the concluding Final State Examination and defending the Master´s Thesis.
Their successful passing is a condition for getting conferred the master´s degree equivalent to M.A. It is expected that the studies are concluded in two years. The maximum length of the study is 5 years. Standard duration: 2 years.