International relations

Characteristics of the study programme:

The contents of the study programme 3.1.5. International relations are made up of subject areas designed so as to respond to the needs of the market in the area of international relations in the private as well as in the public sector. It includes subject areas with theoretical as well as practical focus and will prepare graduates for work in various areas of social life.

Graduate profile

The graduates of the 2nd degree of master’s studies have professional abilities and skills required for work in international organisations, for work in central bodies of state administration and local government, namely in the field of European finances as well as in the area of international relations. They are also qualified to work in humanitarian missions and in multi-cultural environment. Their competitive advantage is the ability to communicate verbally and in writing on the required level in two foreign languages. They are able to analyse problems and propose solutions. Their computer literacy is of required level in order to operatively ensure tasks.

Theoretical knowledge

Graduates of the study field International relations (2nd degree):

  • Will learn theoretical and methodological system of knowledge and its application in praxis;
  • Will gain knowledge enabling them to be closely specialised in the area of international relations and in international policy;
  • Can analyse the development and processes on international political arena and realise comparative analysis of these processes;
  • Can analyse the situation as part of the development of structures and political processes going on in the individual regions and from the global and worldwide aspect;

Practical abilities and skills

  • Work with statistical and economic data;
  • Independent conceptual work in the area of foreign policy development;
  • Ability to work in international institutions and in institutions ensuring international cooperation within the Slovak Republic;
  • Work in diplomatic services;
  • Work in state administration, in central and regional structures;

Study Plan Template:

International Relations - Mgr. - Full-time form of studies – Study plan for the academic year 2014-2015
International relations - Mgr. – External studies – Study plan for the academic year 2014-2015

A brief characteristics of the mandatory subjects:

  • Theory and methods of international relations

The main aim of the subject is to prepare students to be able to analyse trends of international relations influencing this area in the future. Students will be aware of the most modern theories and concepts of international relations. Students will learn to critically analyse international relations from the acquired theories. They will differentiate the significance of individual theories and their values within the international policy.

  • International organisations I

The aim of the subject is to acquaint students with the basic division of international organisations from the global aspect. Students will deepen their knowledge in the area of history, structure and functioning of international organisations. They will understand how organisations contribute to international peace and security, will understand how security is developing for institutions of the UN, key Euro-Atlantic and Euro-Asian regions. As part of the subject, students will learn about the possibilities of cooperation between economic and security institutions.

  • Diplomatic protocol

The aim of the subject is to provide students with a summary overview of rules and principles established for official social communication, as well as about the forms and rules of protocol and etiquette focusing on the diplomatic protocol and ceremonial. As part of the subject, the difference between general diplomatic and national protocol will be explained.

  • International private law

The instruction focuses on international law private and procedural, governing civil law, commercial law, labour law, inheritance law, family law and similar relations with an international element. Students will also learn knowledge about the procedures of bodies in the decision-making process and about the legal status of foreigners. Teaching focuses on the issue of international civil process, international legal aid and European international private law.

  • Professional foreign language /English, Russian, French, German/

The aim of the subject is the acquisition of skills that will help students discuss not only various topics concerning everyday life, but also topics that are more difficult and more complex and to present own views and opinions. Strengthening and developing the knowledge and skills and further deepening of the professional language competence in the field of general language and creating basis for communication in the professional sphere. Developing vocabulary, reviewing and enhancing grammar, learning professional terminology and phraseology within certain thematic areas. The aim is to achieve C2 level (according to the scale of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

  • International political economy I

The subject offers an introduction to the international political economy (IPE) - a field focusing on complex interaction of policy and economy in the global sphere. IPE analyses the ways how individual centralised and decentralised mechanisms are assigned in certain countries and have a cross-border influence. The aim of the subject is to achieve that students better understand the basic perspectives of IPE, learn how the current highly integrated global economies originated, understand the structures of the international production, trade and financial flaws reflecting the current situation.

  • Diplomatic and consular law

International relations of countries and the realisation of foreign policy represent one of the oldest areas of relations regulated by standards of the international law. The aim of the subject is to teach students about the most important institutes of the diplomatic law and consular law emphasising their origin, development and modern codification. During instruction, attention will be paid to the analysis, interpretation, comparing and practical realisation and application of relevant international legal standards, including the examination of domestic national legal definition concerning the status of persons enjoying rights and privileges in the territory of the Slovak Republic in line with the international law.

  • International commercial law

The aim of this subject is to clarify the specific nature of commercial law relations originating the field of international trade. Students will be presented an overview of the most important institutes of international commercial law. International commercial law has got its specific features characterising the subject, sources as well as entities. Students will also be presented an overview of international governmental business organisations, the essence of the issue of property participation abroad and investment abroad. They will also learn about concluding and guaranteeing international commercial agreements, purchase agreement in international trade, agreements in the area of international transport as well as the issue of international commercial arbitration and arbitration proceedings.

  • Foreign policy of the Slovak Republic

The aim of the subject is to provide students with knowledge of the theory of analysis and foreign policy development and to consequently analyse the development of foreign policy of the Slovak Republic from gaining country’s independence in 1993 up to now. The aim of the subject is to provide students with knowledge about the development and analysis of foreign policy, development of foreign policy of the Slovak Republic from the time of origin of the independent Slovak Republic in 1993 until today especially according to the programme priorities and achieved results of individual governments of the Slovak Republic. Students will gain an overview about formulating priorities of foreign policy prior to access to EU/NATO and after joining, about current key topics of foreign policy of the Slovak Republic, including information about institutional structure of the foreign policy sector in the Slovak Republic as well as about foreign political background in the Slovak Republic, all from the aspect of individual levels of foreign policy analysis.

  • Theory of international relations II

The main aim of the subject is to deepen students’ knowledge about international relations in a critical and systematic manner. Based on assessing the origin, applicability and functionality of the main theoretical concepts, it will provide students with basic instruments allowing them to analyse and explain foreign policy and its main questions. Students will thus learn about a large number of theoretical views and various terms, players and events concerning the global policy. Based on the gained knowledge, students will know how to analyse specific political opinions.

  • International human rights protection

The aim of the subject is to provide students with an overview of the issue of international legal protection of human rights emphasising following as well as violating human rights and liberties in the history of the Czechoslovak republic (1918-1938) as well as the independent Slovak state (1939-1945). As part of this subject, attention will be paid not only to the phenomenon of democracy, flourishing and following of human rights and succeeding at the national emancipation efforts of Slovaks, but also to the issue of minorities living in the territory of Slovakia while emphasising the violation of human rights and liberties at the time of the Holocaust and in the following period in history. A special lecture will be focused on the Roma minority, its rights, freedoms and obligations. The aim of the subject will also be the issue of universal and regional international convention in the area of human rights anchoring the broadest catalogues of human rights, as well as the institute of individual complaint of an individual against violation of rights anchored in a relevant convention. Special attention will be paid to the protection of human rights as part of the European Union and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, protection of human right to environment in the international and European law and protection of the rights of asylum seekers and fugitives in the international and European law.

  • International political economy II

The main aim of the subject is to extend and deepen the knowledge of students with basic concepts and discussions in the field of international political economy. Students will learn to evaluate and individually analyse the current political and economic development while using the theory acquired in the conditioning subject of International political economy I.

  • Diploma seminar I

The aim of the subject is to inform students about the requirements concerning processing, content and form of the diploma thesis emphasising international ISO standards, copyright and guideline of UCEU.

  • Scientific methodology seminar

As part of this subject, students will learn about skills needed for the completion of master’s thesis on international level. A special emphasis will be put on the development of the abilities to form research questions critically dealing with the existing literature in the area of international relations. Students will be guided through the main phases of their master’s thesis with the aim to allow them to be able to create their own research projects. Students will have to prepare and present the diploma project that will then be subject to constructive criticism of the other group members.

  • Internal market of the European Union

The aim of this subject is to provide an overview of theoretical and practical conditions of applying four liberties of the single market of the European Union. Students will gain knowledge about the philosophical principles and existing rules for the free movement of persons, goods, services and capital and about some rules conditioning their practical application – consumer protection, support of business etc.

  • Diploma seminar II

The Diploma seminar II is aimed at supporting the passing of the state final exam. Its aim is to review the key topics of the subjects of diploma exam and to prepare for the processing of acquired documents on the topic of the diploma thesis.

For more information please contact us:

PhDr. Jozef Vlčej, PhD.
phone: +421 34 69 652 27

Mgr. Jana Gondeková
phone: +421 34 696 52 20