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The Politics and Society bachelor’s program is a study of politics from political science and other social science perspectives with special emphasis on democratic transformation in modern Europe. Students enjoy an interdisciplinary program lectured by an international faculty of specialists from Humanities and Social Sciences. Together they examine how political ideas are framed and manipulated in different social contexts.
In a global, interconnected world, societies are linked closer than ever. What does this mean for the future of national governments, and how has modern technology redefined societies to be governed? The B.A. in Politics and Society program is designed to give an overall understanding of how politics and society interact from perspectives of sociology, anthropology, religion, psychology, and economics.
Politics and Society students develop critical thinking, communication and research skills essential for careers in government, politics, journalism, diplomacy and business.
“I definitely like the small classrooms at AAU. Interacting more with your teacher helps you grasp the subject better than sitting with three-hundred-plus other students in a lecture hall. The AAU International Exchange Project to Sri Lanka was also one of the best things that I’ve done so far. It really helped to connect my degree to real-life experiences and give me better prospects for the future.”
Michael-Said Kačarevič, Politics student, participant in IEP Project in Sri Lanka
Graduates of the B.A. in Politics and Society program can expect to:
1. Demonstrate broad knowledge in the area of social and political sciences; have a broad knowledge of the theories, methods and concepts in the area of social and political sciences;.
2. Address and solve moderately complex theoretical and practical issues and problems in changing contexts
a. Achieve insight
i. Identify and define the problem
ii. Select, classify and interpret relevant information
b. Use appropriate quantitative and qualitative research methods, concepts and theories
c. Employ perspective of a relevant additional discipline
d. Identify and select realistic solutions
e. Evaluate possible solutions and their ethical implications
3. Effectively communicate issues, problems, or dilemmas and their solutions
a. In appropriate format to specialists and non-specialist audiences
b. In written documents, oral presentations and critical discussions, drawing on the relevant disciplinary knowledge and using appropriate citations
c. Within a team: review, evaluate and reiterate expert opinions of team members
d. In at least one language in addition to English
4. Take effective and responsible action both individually and within a team
a. Take into consideration diverse and changing socio-cultural contexts
b. Critically assess outcomes and performances
c. Effectively use available resources
d. Engage oneself and other members of the team in life-long learning (i.e. acquisition of specialist knowledge and competences)
Language Requirements for Studying at AAU
English proficiency at a level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). There are multiple tests that AAU recognizes as evidence of the B2 level proficiency, especially:
- TOEFL (iBT min. 71, PBT min. 525)
- IELTS (min. 6 – minimum of 5.5 in each subtest)
- FCE (min. C)
- CAE (min 160)
- BULATS (min. 60)
- City & Guilds – IESOL (Communicator)
- Pearson PTE (min. 59)
- IGCSE First Language English (C or better)
- IGCSE English as a Second Language (B or better)
- IB (English A or B at HL/SL)
For applicants who completed a high school or gained no less than 30 university credits in a country where English is the language of instruction, or are nationals of a country listed below, the requirement to prove English proficiency may be waived by the respective Dean.
- Antigua and Barbuda
- New Zealand
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St. Lucia
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
The B.A. in Humanities, Society and Culture is a full-time study program.
Full-time: Study and advancement is based on classroom lectures and interactive exercises. Attendance and participation are mandatory.
- 7 class hours = 1 ECTS credit
- 42 hours = 6 ECTS/3 US credits
Your Degree & After
Having completed all program requirements, students are conferred a Bachelors degree. The degree awarded is concurrently recognized as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in the United States, per AAU's accreditation by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, and as a Bakalář (Bc.) accredited by the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic. Graduates may select whether to use the U.S. post-nominal or the Czech title.
Our graduates are prepared for success in cultural management, reporting, or diplomacy, humanitarian government and nonprofit organizations, education, social research and publishing, and various forms of print and web media. Our graduates are able to decisively practice their skills in intercultural communication, psychology, and sociological concepts in any field they choose to pursue.
Our graduates are able to communicate professionally, decisively and strategically in verbal and written English. Our graduates are able to identify, describe and discuss complex topics for international audiences.
Access to Master’s Studies
AAU graduates are sought after in master’s programs at private and public universities in the Czech Republic, other EU countries, the United States, Canada and many other countries around the world.
For the course descriptions, please see the Online Course Catalog HERE
General College Courses:
- Composition 1
- Composition 2
- Civilization 1
- Civilization 2
- Intro to Law
- Intro to Economic Thought
- Intro to Mass Communication
- Computer Information Systems
School Foundation Courses:
- Intro to Politics 1
- Intro to Politics 2
- Intro to Social Theory
- Social Science Research Methods
School Core Courses
- Political Philosophy 1
- Political Philosophy 2
- Civil Society
- Nations & Nationalism
- Contemporary Europe: History of European Integration
- History of the Cold War / History of Racism & Anti-Semitism
- 20th Century Social Theory
- Gender and Culture
- Social Anthropology
- Literature as Social Critique/ Politics & Drama
- Psychology/Social Psychology
- Language & Power / Language & Policy
- Thesis Seminar
- Hum Elective
- Hum Elective
Exam and Assessment Regulation
AAU uses the U.S. grading and evaluation system complemented by the European Credit Transfer System (“ECTS”). For more information on assessment and related policies see the Study and Examination Code in the Academic Codex.
The B.A. in The Politics and Society program was re-accredited by the Czech Republic Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports on October 7, 2008 (code number B6218 – 6208R133) thereby qualifying graduates to apply for master’s programs at private and public universities in the Czech Republic, other EU countries, the United States, Canada and many other countries around the world.
AAU actively participates in the EU's Erasmus+ exchange program with over 30 European university partners. Additional exchanges exist with universities in North America, Australia, and Asia. These exchanges enable students to partially complete their studies in another country. Ask the Dean for more information on what Erasmus+ and exchange opportunities might be available.
Internship & Mentoring
All students at AAU’s School of Humanities & Social Sciences are required to complete an internship credit. The School of Humanities & Social Sciences and the Career Center offer assistance, advice and guidance to ensure that students are able to fulfill this requirement. Ask the Career Center Specialist for more information on what internship opportunities are currently available.