Conflict and Democracy Studies
The Master program in Conflict and Democracy Studies focuses on the variety of possible relationships between democracy (and its quality), democratization, authoritarian and totalitarian regimes and conflicts. The main aim of the program is to give the students a notion of the nature of current conflicts and provide them with theoretical and methodological knowledge and skills necessary for carrying out their very own research in the field. Attention is paid to homeland and international security and how they affect the form, quality and functioning of various state institutions.
The program extends students' ability to think independently and critically; expands their ability to understanding discussed concepts and events from various perspectives (e.g. institutional, social, psychological, historical, cultural); and encourages them to develop their soft and other personal skills. All these are essential for understanding, solving and preventing conflicts of any kind.
The Master’s Program in Conflict and Democracy Studies aims to:
- Provide a program that will fulfill the needs of students preparing for careers in fields concerned with (the quality of) democracy and conflict (or those with a general interest in democracy, democratization, and conflict). Students will therefore be exposed to all the relevant concepts and theories that describe and explain the dynamics of different kinds of conflict.
- Explore how various actors (government, non-state, supra-state, sub-state and private organizations) interact, and how they influence both the course of conflict and the quality of democracy, as well as how the quality of democracy influences the approach to homeland and international security (and by contrast how security influences the quality of democracy)?
- Expand students' ability to think independently and critically, to expand their capacity for understanding the concepts and events discussed from various perspectives (e.g. institutional, social, psychological, historical, cultural), and to encourage them to develop their soft and other personal skills.
As part of the curriculum, students are also required to do an internship at an institution of their choice.
The graduates of the program receive the training necessary for a successful professional realization in a number of professional areas. Typical job opportunities include political-analytical jobs, consulting, research and teaching positions at universities, positions in the state administration, positions within the apparatus of political parties, and positions in the diplomatic services. Further outstanding opportunities for professional realization are provided by the institutions of the European Union, as well as by other international organizations.
The obligatory courses cover the most relevant theoretical and methodological concepts of democracy, democratization and conflict studies. The optional courses offer students the opportunity to specialize in their field of interest and they cover topics like information war and propaganda, terrorism, populism, Eurasian security, conflict management, etc.
The tuition fees for the Master’s programs at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University are 1,500 euro per semester (3,000 euro per year or 6,000 euro for a whole degree program).
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Applications & Admissions
You apply via MU e-application linked below and submit the following materials: short CV (resume), academic records (Bachelor diploma and full transcripts), statement of purpose (motivation), proof of English language and two recommendations. The admission committee reviews the materials and evaluates them up to the maximum of 100 points.
The online application form is active between February 1–April 30 for fall semester admissions, and between September 1–November 30 for spring semester admissions.
Formally, you find the program in the e-application system under: Faculty of Social Studies – Master's programs (following Bachelor) – Political Science – Conflict and Democracy Studies.
You can follow the program website below or MU link to the program (both can direct you to the concrete e-application).
Application deadlines: 30 April for September admission round
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