Course: International Relations in Contemporary Central Europe

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Course title International Relations in Contemporary Central Europe
Course code KAP/IRCE
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course not specified
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 10
Language of instruction English
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Lupták Ľubomír, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Baštář Leichtová Magdaléna, PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Ponížilová Martina, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1.Introduction to the international relations 2.Analysis of the selected theoretical topics 3.International relations in Central Europe in the ninetees 4.International relations in the Central Europe contemporary issues 5.Central Europe and the EU 6.Central Europe and the NATO 7.Consultations to the student projects, prezentations

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion, Individual study, Self-study of literature, Textual studies, Seminar
  • Preparation for laboratory testing; outcome analysis (1-8) - 35 hours per semester
  • Presentation preparation (report in a foreign language) (10-15) - 15 hours per semester
  • Contact hours - 72 hours per semester
  • Preparation for an examination (30-60) - 60 hours per semester
  • Undergraduate study programme term essay (20-40) - 40 hours per semester
  • Individual project (40) - 40 hours per semester
professional knowledge
No particular prerequisites specified.
learning outcomes
Upon the conclusion of the course, students will be capable of describing and analyzing political and social development in Central European countries. Students will be capable to contextualise the issue of the establishment of political, economical and social events in Central European countries. Students will be able to define Central Europe as a region. Students will acquire theoretical knowledge in the field of international relations and will be capable to aplicate the theoretical framework on practical examples.
teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion
Textual studies
Self-study of literature
Individual study
assessment methods
Combined exam
Seminar work
Recommended literature
  • Buzan, Barry. Regions and Powers: The Structure of International Security. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2003.
  • Handerson, Karen. Back to Europe: Central and Eastern Europe and the European Union. UCL Press: London and Philadelphia, PA, 1999.
  • Hnízdo, Bořivoj. Globalization and regionalism in East Central Europ and East Asia: Comparison. Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Prague, Prague, 2004.
  • Kolodziej, Edward A. Security and international relations. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2005. ISBN 0-521-00116-1.
  • Kratochvíl, Petr. The European Union and its Neighbourhood: Policies, Problems and Priorities. Institute of International Relations, Praha, 2006.
  • Reus-Smit, Christian. The politics of international law. 1st pub. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2004. ISBN 978-0-521-54671-3.
  • WHITE, S. - BATT, J. - LEWIS, P. (eds.). Developments in Central and East European Politics 3. Duke University Press: Durham, 2003.
  • Wilkinson, Paul. International Relations: A Very Short Introduction. . Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2007.
  • Zaborowski, Marcin. Westernizing the East: External Influences in the Post-Communist Transformation of Eastern and Central Europe. Journal of Communist Studies & Transition Politics 1/2005.

Study plans that include the course
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