The Institute of International Studies is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University. The Institute offers bachelor‘s, master‘s and doctoral degree programmes in area studies and modern history. It concentrates its activities on four primary regions: the countries of the former Soviet Union and East-Central Europe, the German-speaking countries of Central Europe, Western Europe and North America. Each area of the region is covered by one department of the Institute.
The four English-language Master's Degree programmes offered by the Institute of International Studies are coordinated under the label "Prague Area Studies" (PRAREAS).
The Department of German and Austrian Studies focuses on Germany, Austria and a broadly-conceived Central European area with respect to political, historical, cultural and economic developments from the end of the 19th century to the present time. The main field of research and lectures is the post-1990 regional environment and how states have attempted to come to terms with sensitive 20th century issues that have affected and indeed still affect bilateral relationships among the countries studied.
The curriculum covered by this Department ranges from the political and economic development of Central and Eastern Europe to cultural studies. The main focus of interest is Russia, but special attention is also paid to Poland, Hungary, the Baltic states, Ukraine and Belarus. Most research is devoted to analysis of the transformation process and the re-emergence of civil society in Central and Eastern Europe from a historical perspective; and the process of integration of Central and Eastern Europe into Europe as a whole. (Department's Homepage)
This Department was established at the Faculty of Social Sciences in 1997. In 1999 it was as the first academic institution in Central and Eastern Europe to be awarded the title of “Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in European Studies”. The Department focuses on the political, economic, legal, historical and cultural development of the EU member states. Research is concentrated on recent developments in their political and judicial systems, and on the attitude of member states towards the EU, with special emphasis on the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Belgium and Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, and Southern Europe. Particular attention is paid to the development of the EU itself.
The Department of American Studies focuses its research on American history, as well as on contemporary political, economic, social and cultural issues relevant to the Americas. Geographically, primary attention is paid to the North American region, with emphasis on the United States.