Europe is where some of the key principles of today’s international relations, such as state sovereignty and equality, have come into existence. Major wars were started and fought there. With the fall of the Soviet Union and its satellites, the continent has undergone a major transformation in its perception of security threats; from considering traditional military perspective towards considering different forms of modern non-military threats. This program is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the fundamental security issues of the modern world. While discussing the experiences of European states’ striving for security, students will come to comprehend the changing nature of the notion of security during the recent times. Taught in the Czech Republic, the program is ideally located to present a balanced perspective on both the traditional and modern aspects of international security.
The course will start with the traditional military security approach in case of European historical international system and particularly in the present European security environment. In the second and third weeks, the topics will gradually move towards non-traditional and/or non-military threats in current world and Europe. The topics covered will include terrorism, extremism, energy security, cyber security, Ukraine conflict and Islamic state. This intensive and dynamic program will involve academic classes, active group work, guest presentations and visits to organisations such as UN, OPEC, Radio Free Europe and others. The field trips add a rich cultural element to the program by giving students a chance to appreciate in context some of the issues discussed in class.
**The lesson schedule for the upcoming intake is yet to be finalised. However, the information below from a past intake can be used as a guide.**
Academic Classes: Lectures, Guest Presentations and Seminars
With over 36 full contact hours, the academic class component of the program will cover the following topics:
- Concept of security
- Development of Security Arrangements in the European continent
- Current security arrangement in Europe and its position in the world
- Trip to Budapest (visit to House of Terror, Holocaust Memorial Hall, lecture & discussion at OSF)
- Military threats in contemporary world
- Energy security
- Cyber security
- Trip to Prague (visit to MFA, Radio Free Europe)
- Religious radicalism in Middle East and its threat for Europe
- Case Study: Ukraine conflict
- Trip to Vienna (visit to OSCE, UN-IAEA, OPEC)
Please note that the schedule for the program has not yet been confirmed, and as such the visits are subject to change.
Course readers will be prepared for the course and will be available on-line by the end of May. The course reader is designed as an additional resource for students.
You can access a previous schedule for the International Relations and Threats to Global Security program here as reference, however please keep in mind that the provided schedule is just as a guide and is subject to change.
Masaryk University, founded in 1919, is located in Brno and is the second-largest public university in the Czech Republic. The university comprises nine faculties with over 200 departments, institutes and clinics.
Brno is a lovely typical Central European student town with over a hundred historical sites and great places to have dinner and drinks. It is located very conveniently and very close to Prague, Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava.
Richard Turcsányl is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at the Department of International Relations and European Studies of the Masaryk University, where he also teaches courses such as Introduction to International Relations, Theories of International Relations and Geopolitics. He is an Editor in Chief of Global Politics journal, Senior Analyst at Slovak Governance Institute in Bratislava, and Associate at European Institute for Asian Studies in Brussels. In the past, he worked as an intern at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic and at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in New Delhi. Among his research interest belong power in international politics, development of international systems and international relations of East Asia.
Jana Urbanovská is an assistant professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, and at the International Institute of Political Science, Masaryk University. In 2012, she successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis entitled “Participation of states in UN peacekeeping operations. The Case of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria”. Her main research interests are security policy of the EU, conflict resolution and German foreign and security policy.
Miroslav Mares is the Guarantee of the Study Program Security and Strategic Studies, Department of Political Science of the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. He was a court expert by Regional court in Brno for criminal science (2001-2008) and consultant of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe for hate crime issues (2008). He is a member of the European Expert Network on Terrorism Issues (EENET). He focuses on the research of political violence and extremism, namely in the Central European context.
Jakub Drmola is a PhD student at Detachment for Security and Strategic Studies of Department of Political Science at Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University. He specialises in cyberspace threats, impact of modern technologies on security and system dynamics.
Hedvika Kodousková successfully completed doctoral degree program at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, with special focus on Chinese foreign energy policy. She is interested in conceptualisation of energy security, energy policies of Asian consumers and contextual geopolitical aspects. In summer 2009, she attended UK Energy Research Centre summer school. In August 2011, she obtained a certificate from LSE-PKU Summer School in Beijing related to “power shift” in the international relations. She was one of the researchers in the analysis for Czech MFA “Liquefied natural gas: potential for energy security of the EU” in spring 2009, and main researcher in the project “Russian activities in LNG exporting countries” in spring 2010. Currently, she is a manager of the project “Innovation of Education at the Department of International relations and European studies” co-financed by European Social Fund and Czech Republic state budget dealing with various aspects of energy security and a specialist at the International Institute of Political Science (IIPS).
Whilst the primary focus is on academics, you will also be given the opportunity to view Europe from a tourist’s perspective with included sightseeing tours.
Activities and site visits will be confirmed closer to departure however below is a tentative list of activities that have occurred in the past:
- Sightseeing tour of Brno
- Survival Czech language class
- Visit to Austerliz Battlefield and Slakov Chateau
- Sightseeing tour of Budapest
- Visit to the House of Terror - Budapest
- Sightseeing tour of Bratislavia
- Visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Bratislava
- Sightseeing tour of Prague
- Visit to Theresienstadt (former concentration camp)
- Sightseeing tour of Vienna
- Visit to United Nations - Vienna
The course will also include exciting field trips both within Brno and externally to Budapest, Vienna and Prague. These field trips are included in your fees and present an opportunity to see more of Europe whilst furthering your academic knowledge.
You will experience the life of a typical Masaryk University student, living in a student residence complex in Brno.
You’ll be staying in a double room and 4 students will share a bathroom. There are common areas accessible 24 hours a day including kitchens and laundry rooms. Linen will be provided, but not towels.
Hear the experiences of other students on this program
“On Wednesday we visited Austerlitz Battleground where Napoleon fought a major battle, it was so fascinating. Thursday night was spent in a nuclear shelter located right in the middle of the Brno, in there we watched the movie Goodbye Lenin which despite the freezing temperature in the shelter made for a pleasant night.”
- Lucy Bladen, Bachelor of Journalism and International Studies. READ MORE
The Czech Republic, located in Central Europe, is a very cultural country acknowledged by its decorative castles, native beers and long history. Since the fall of communism in 1989 and the opening of central and eastern Europe, the Czech Republic and its capital Prague have evolved into one of Europe’s most popular travel destinations. The country is filled with spiritual and historical towns, castles and chateaux, intangible heritage, museums and architecture. During summer there are many opportunities for activities like hiking and cycling as well as discovering the natural heritage of the country. In the winter, the snow provides beautiful scenery as well as chances for skiing and other snow fun.
Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic by population, located in the south east of the country. The populated city holds tens of thousands of students, which ensures lively cafes, and a vibrant club scene that easily rivals Prague’s. Brno is home to great museums, excellent microbreweries and one of the country’s best restaurants called Koishi. Which entails a mix of Czech dishes with an Asian twist in the form of sushi. Brno has great food and drinks and is well known to be quite cheap, which is perfect for the student life. A locally brewed beer such as ‘Dalesicke’ is literally cheaper than water. Brno was one of the leading centres of experimental architecture in the early 20th century.
All our programs are designed to count for credit as electives. However, it is up to your university to decide whether they will approve some credit for your participation in one of our programs. Normally it is a course convenor, Head of Department or program convenor who approves your credit.
Your course convenors will not be able to approve credit for a course unless you have a copy of the syllabus so you should not visit your course convenor until you have received a copy of the course syllabus from AIM Overseas. You will receive the syllabus upon being assessed as eligible for the program.
You might be able to obtain the $6000+ OS-HELP loan, as well as a scholarship from your university, when participating in an AIM Overseas program.
Our programs are designed so that eligible Australian students can access the OS-HELP scheme, which can provide funding of over $6,000 for international study experiences.
We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, which we further outline in an email following your Initial Consultation.
Many Australian universities offer scholarships for their students to take part in overseas study programs. We will provide you information on scholarships that we are aware of at your university as part of your application/acceptance for a program. You can also check your university’s international office webpage to see what might be offered.
Applications are currently closed for this program.
However, applications for our Summer 2020 programs are now open, check out our January 2020 programs. Alternatively, you can REGISTER YOUR INTEREST for a July 2020 program, meaning you’ll receive more program info and updates. You’ll also be notified when applications for the July intake are open!
The application process for this program are as follows:
2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results from your studies at university so far after submitting your application.
3. We’ll review your university results and application and, if you are eligible for the program, we will invite you to book an initial consultation by phone with one of our Student Experience Coordinators. You will also be sent the course syllabus with more program info.
4. You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation at a suitable, available time with a Student Experience Coordinator.
5. The phone consultation lasts about 20-30 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.
6. After your consultation we’ll send you a follow-up email with instructions on what to do next, an invitation to join a program specific Facebook group to connect with other students applying for the program and a process document, which we have developed in conjunction with your Australian university, to guide you on how to apply for credit and funding.
7. Once you’ve completed the next steps in that follow-up email we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, you’ll be accepted onto the program.
8. Upon acceptance, you will receive three emails containing your AIM Acceptance letter, steps for applying for credit and funding at your Australian University, as well as your downpayment invoice. Note: Your downpayment is due in two weeks from the date of your acceptance and secures your place on the program.
9. Once you’ve paid your downpayment, your application will be sent to the host university for them to process and review and they’ll send us your final official host university acceptance letter which we will send to you.
10. The full program fee (as shown on the website) minus the downpayment and application fee already paid, will be due at the absolute latest by 6th May 2019.
Programs are usually over-subscribed, so it is really important that you take care of things as quickly as possible. We’re here to help and will provide you with information and reminders about what you need to do at various stages.
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