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.
** Details for the 2018 program are still subject to final change **
Additional Course Information
**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 Vienna (visit to OSCE, UN-IAEA, OPEC)
- Religious radicalism in Middle East and its threat for Europe
- Case Study: Ukraine conflict
- Trip to Prague (visit to MFA, Radio Free Europe)
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 the draft schedule for the International Relations and Threats to Global Security program here as reference, however please keep in mind that the provided schedule is subject to change.
University and Faculty
This program is taught at the world-class Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. Founded in 1919, Masaryk University is a well-regarded university. With 9 faculties and over 200 departments, it is the second largest public university in the Czech Republic. It is most renowned for its strengths in law and human rights, and being physically situated in central Europe allows for optimal exposure learning about international issues in a European context and enables the potential to hear from those who may be directly involved in resolving and preventing threats to security locally and globally.
Brno is a lovely 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).
Site Visits and Cultural Activities
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.
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.
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
“Since our arrival in Brno we have already been introduced to fabulous Czech cuisine, namely delicious potatoes, meat and an abundance of sauerkraut…which I absolutely love! Vegetarians however should take note, the Czechs are not known for their love of vegetables, and chips definitely do NOT equal fries over here…as Anna will testify to ”
- Stephanie Rogers, Bachelor of International Studies and Politics. READ MORE
“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
Brno, Czech Republic
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 drink and is well known to be quite cheap, which is perfect for the student life. A locally brewed beer such as ‘Dalesice’ is literally cheaper than water. Brno was one of the leading centres of experimental architecture in the early 20th century.
Credit and Funding
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.
Course convenors will not be able 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 this in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack, along with information about how to apply for credit at your university.
You might be able to obtain the $6567 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 $6,250 for international study experiences.
We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, as well as in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.
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 now open for this program. Early application is recommended as places are limited.
We’ve included for your convenience below the initial stages of the application process.
1. Apply online
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3. We’ll review your results and application and if you are eligible, will invite you to an initial consultation by phone with an advisor.
4. You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation with an advisor.
5. The phone consultation lasts about 15 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.
6. Once you return any necessary documents (which we’ll advise you of in the consultation), we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, we’ll send you your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.
7. Your acceptance pack will contain the course syllabus, steps on applying for credit and funding, and an invoice for the program down payment. Your place is secured once you’ve paid your down payment.
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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