FSS expands Bachelor programmes offer in English

Two new Bachelor programmes will launch starting Autumn 2022. The new interdisciplinary programmes are currently accepting applications.

12 Oct 2021

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The Faculty of Social Studies is happy to announce the official launch of two new Bachelor’s programmes in English, which are now accepting applications for Fall 2022. Politics, Media and Communication, and Global Challenges: Society, Politics, Environment, will join the International Relations and European Politics BA programme, expanding our offer of Bachelor’s programmes in English.

Both new degree programmes are interdisciplinary, involving multiple departments and focus on topical issues. The new programmes hope to enlarge our international community, and to create a new round of leaders.

“The opening of the two new bachelor programs perfectly fits with the strategy of the faculty to further internationalize its environment and curricula. We look forward to having new students joining us and study and research such outstanding issues from perspectives of various social sciences,” says Petr Suchý, vice-dean for internationalization and student affairs at the Faculty of Social Studies.

International students gather for annual student BBQ

Politics, Media and Communication (PMC)

This programme prepares students to look at how politics, media, and communication are interconnected. Designed together with the departments of Political Science and Media Studies and Journalism, the programme answers the following questions what is the role of media in contemporary politics? How new media changed politics? What are the effects of political communication? How do populists communicate? How can we fight with disinformation? What is the role of emotions in communication and politics?

The programme pays special attention to the role of the media in today's democratic systems, how media shapes political behavior and how media depicts/affects political actors. According to the programme guarantor Vlastimil Havlík, the program is a great choice for those who are interested not only in politics and the media, but also in the state of democracy. "The relationship between the media and politics is gaining in importance, not only in connection with the emergence of new media, but also due to social changes, such as the loss of collective identity, including class affiliation," explains the program guarantor Vlastimil Havlík.

Course examples include: Democracy and media; Political marketing and campaigning; Political and media systems; Far right and far left and communication; and Politics, media and civil society.

"The program includes the study of political and media systems and their relationship, from the theory of democracy and the role of the media in them, communication and campaigns, changes in receiving information, to the influence of communication on political actions and attitudes," Havlík expands upon.

Graduates of this programme are able to directly enter the work field in areas such as political communication, marketing and consultancy; or they can specialize further in a master’s programme, increasing their career prospects.

More information about the programme can be found on their programme website here

Faculty tour during orientation week

Global Challenges: Society, Politics, Environment (GC)

This programme is designed in collaboration with the departments of Sociology, Political Science, and Environmental Studies. Together they have created a programme that will prepare its graduates to tackle every issue from these three diverse areas. Particularly as societies will need to enter the next phase of combating climate change and radicalization, it will be important for leaders, policy advisors, and researchers to approach the challenges not from one angle – but from multiple angles, as no challenge exists only in one area.

"One course will be taught by three people, representatives from all departments, which will take into account the perspective of sociology and social anthropology, political science, security and strategic studies as well as environmental studies," said Adéla Souralová , Vice-Dean for Studies and programme guarantor.

Course examples include Future Challenges: Food, Work, Shelter; Climate Change: Environment, Politics, and Society; Changing urban and rural environments - global challenges, local experiences and contested futures; and Global Radicalization and Extremism.

Graduates of this programme are prepared to work helping to create policy in governmental agencies, research institutions, non-governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations. Students are also encouraged to further their specialization by continuing their studies.

More information about the programme can be found on their programme website here.

Applications are open for Fall 2022

Admissions is currently open for all three Bachelor programmes for Fall 2022. The deadline to apply is June 1, however students who will require a student visa to study in the Czech Republic are encouraged to apply by April 30. To apply, students must submit a motivation letter, essay, proof of current studies (if still in secondary school) or certificate of completion, transcripts, proof of English and a copy of their ID. For specific admissions requirements, please visit the programmes website, or check the application procedure on our website. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, meaning applicants can expect to hear if they are invited for an interview within a month of submitting an application.  The International Relations and European Politics programmes is also accepting applications for Spring 2021 until November 15. To find out more about the application procedure, please visit our website.

A full list of study programmes taught in English at the Faculty of Social Studies can be found on our website

This article was written in support by Tereza Čunátová and her article Zahraniční studenti na FSS: Anglicky o globálních výzvách i o vztahu politiky a médií

“The opening of the two new bachelor programs perfectly fits with the strategy of the faculty to further internationalize its environment and curricula”

Petr Suchý
vice-dean for internationalization and student affairs

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