Master’s Program Major

Economic and Political History of the 20th Century

(most courses taught in the Czech language)

The main objective of the major “Economic and political history of the 20th century” is to prepare and educate university-educated and professionally qualified economists with a focus on economic and political history of the 20th century who will have knowledge of economics, history, political science and sociology. The advantage of study at the University of Economics is the integration of economic studies and humanities disciplines, which creates a good prerequisite for interdisciplinary study. A graduate will acquire broad general knowledge and also be capable of independent scientific work in different fields. Experienced teaching staff, composed of leading professionals with experience in teaching at public universities in the Czech Republic and scientific leaders in their fields and gaining knowledge and experience at leading European and world workplaces in history and economics (Freie Universität Berlin, Universität Bayreuth, Universität Passau, Ruprecht-Karl University of Heidelberg, University of Hamburg, University of Tübingen, University of Vienna, Cambridge University, University of Arkansas, University of New Orleans, etc.) will provide a guarantee of major quality. The major offers thematically-profiled courses in the English language and also supports students travelling abroad in order to study or to become an intern within their field of study. Another aim is to involve students in selected professional competitions.

The main areas of a graduate profile

  • world and Czech / Czechoslovak economic and political history (economic history of the world, the Czech economic history, economic history of the U.S. and the Far East in the 20th century, the history of European integration, the history of international relations),
  • economics (macroeconomics, microeconomics, economics of state intervention and international trade, history of economic thought, comparison of economic systems, economic policy),
  • political science (international relations history, history of European integration, political system), sociology (social history, social theory)

The main profile of a graduate occupation

A graduate of master’s program with major “Economic and Political History of the 20th century” will be ready to perform all occupations requiring a university degree in humanities, in particular historical, economic or relative orientation. He / she will acquire a theoretical backrougrand, be able to analyze and interpret selected issues in a broader context. His / her knowledge can be applied in private and public sector. A graduate can work as an expert in historical and economic research institutes, archives, museums, can be further utilized in a wide range of cultural institutions in publishing as an editor, thematically-profiled journalist or reporter in the mass media, professional guide, as a clerk in a government, politician, and diplomat. He /she may also work in the nonprofit organizations – in foundations and civil associations. Generally, a graduate will get a lot of experience and knowledge which will enable him / her to run for executive and managerial positions in international institutions, banking sector or governmentally-owned companies.

Enrollment meets the standards of enrollment for the Faculty of Economics. The number of enrolled students is not limited.

Compulsory courses (in total of 51 ECTS credits):

  • 5EN401 Microeconomics II (2/2)
  • 5EN403 Macroeconomics II (2/2)
  • 5EN455 International trade: theory and policy (2/0)
  • 5HD406 Contemporary discourse of economic and political history (0/2)
  • 5HD507 Heuristics and creation of professional text (0/2)
  • 5HD404 Czechoslovak economic history from 1918 to 1992 (4/0)
  • 5HD408 Economic and political history of the world in 19th and 20th centuries (2/2)
  • 5HD301 Social history (2/2)
  • 5HD414 Economic development of the Far East in 1945 (0/2)
  • 5HD415 Economic development of the U.S. after 1945 (2/0)
  • 5HD213 History of international relations in the 19th and 20th centuries (2/0) substituted by 5HD409 History of international relations to 1945 (0/2) (from summer semester 2013/2014)

Elective courses:

  • 5HD226 History of the twentieth century I (2/4)
  • 5HD227 History of the twentieth century II (2/4)
  • 5HD312 U.S. economic history to 1945 (2/3)
  • 5HD320 Economic and social history of Central Europe in the 20th century (2/3)
  • 5HD327 Economics and history in film and fiction (4/5)
  • 5HD336 Economic and political history of totalitarian regimes (2/3)
  • 5HD337 Economic and political development of the Far East in the 20th century (2/3)
  • 5HD375 History of Latin America to 1945 (2/3)
  • 5HD381 Chapters in economic history (special course)
  • 5HD403 Genesis, current problems and future of European integration (2/3)
  • 5HD416 Economic and political development of Europe in the 20th Century (2/4)
  • and others.