Political Science: Studies in Social and Political Development
The B.A. in Political Science: Studies in Social and Political Development program at Anglo-American University is taught by faculty that received training from European, British, and American institutions – bringing many years of dynamic professional experience to the classroom.
|Accreditation||WASC + MSMT|
|Degree||Bachelor of Arts|
|Intake||Fall / Spring|
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About the program
This program instructs students through a range of comparative approaches to the study of development processes as measured through economic, political, and social outcomes. It specifically instructs students on policies of international development, the historical effects of colonial institutions on contemporary economic growth, on the variant impact(s) that autocratic and democratic institutions have on growth and development, on economic and political forms of migration, the rise of Asian economies and alternative development institutions, and on gender equality outcomes.
The Studies in Social and Political Development concentration draws from interdisciplinary scientific literature and introduces students on the most salient research questions and themes that development scholars and political economists have studied in the last two decades.
Upon completion, our students will acquire an ability to develop logically coherent arguments on the role that institutions have on development processes, such as whether democracy causes growth or if economic growth reduces poverty and inequality. Students will be exposed to country-level case studies as well as quantitative, cross-national analyses of development outcomes.
Beyond the classroom you can join student clubs like Diplomacy or Model UN, practice your debate skills at a faculty-student debate or discuss current political issues with professors and local experts at an event like ‘Professors in the Pub’.
AAU’s Career Center also connects students with numerous professional internships in the Czech Republic and abroad every year.
“AAU makes networking incredibly easy to do. I was able to participate in various events that don’t necessarily connect to my coursework—conferences, literature festivals, debates, lectures, etc. AAU has helped me and my club get in touch with event-organisers, which, for example, allowed us to host an event during the Festival of Democracy organised by the famous Forum 2000 conference.”Veronika Bartáková, IR student, President of Diplomatic Club
As of January 2021 AAU is a Member of the European Consortium for Political Research. ECPR is the leading scholarly society for political scientists in Europe with over 300 institutional members in nearly 50 countries. This will allow AAU students and faculty to participate in ECPR events and become members of some of its standing groups.
Political Science: Extended Major is a 3-year study program. To graduate, students must accumulate 90 US credits (180 ECTS credits) by completing 30 courses.
One of the two:
One of the two:
International Relations Research Methods / Social Science Research Methods
One of the two:
US Politics / West Europe Politics
On top of that students are also required to complete the Thesis Seminar, Internship, and Thesis module.
– International Development
– Empires: Imperialism and Colonialism
– Democratization and Survival of Autocrats
– Sustainable Development: From Global Vision to Meaningful Practice
– Political and International Conflicts in Asia / Chinese Politics and Society
– Politics of Religion and Ethnicity / Islam and the West
– Global Migration
– Gender Equality and Politics / Gender Perspective on Middle Eastern Politics
Students can choose 5 elective courses offered by the School of International Relations & Diplomacy as listed below or electives offered by any other school at AAU.
French I / German I / Spanish I or Russian I
French II / German II / Spanish II or Russian II.
American Foreign Policy in Film
British Foreign Policy
Central European History
Culture Wars in the West: Politics of the Digital Era
Democracy in the USA
Democratization and Survival of Autocrats
Editorial Cartoons in Political and Social Science
(The) Emergence of the Modern Middle East
Germany in the 20th Century
Islam and the West
(The) Legacies of Totalitarianism: Post-Totalitarian Europe
Non-Violent Conflict: Theory and Application
Political Parties and Party Systems
Russian Foreign Policy
Sustainable Development: From Global Vision to Meaningful Practice
Terrorism in Global Politics
US – UK Special Relationship
US in Global Politics (in the Age of Trump)
US National Security Policy
For more information on the modular structure and the study program, please contact our admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduates of the B.A. in Political Science: Studies in Social and Political Development can expect to:
- Successfully differentiate between different development outcomes.
- Understand the trends and correlations associated with democracy and economic growth.
- Explain why some types of countries are likelier to experience better development outcomes than others.
- Draw from international organizations’ databases to inform arguments and assignments.
- Explain the evolution of international organizations that promote development policies.
- Understand the interplay complexities underpinning religion, gender equality, and economic growth.
AAU graduates thrive in multinational environments and are able to communicate professionally in English to international audiences. As a graduate of this degree program, you will be well equipped to continue your studies or pursue a global career in areas such as:
- Governmental, Economic Institutions
- International Organizations
- Development Organizations
- Investment Banking Industry
- Think Tanks
- Humanitarian Government or NGO’s
- Pursuing of Advanced/Postgraduate Degree
The Bachelor’s 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.) in the Czech Republic, per AAU’s accreditation by the National Accreditation Bureau for Higher Education. Graduates may select whether to use the U.S. post-nominal or the Czech pre-nominal title.
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I enjoy classes at AAU, especially political philosophy because it is teaching me how to communicate in social communities and this skill could be used both in daily life and in business. Plus, our professor is amazing. I’ve never seen such a charismatic and interesting person who dives fully into the subject of every lesson.
International Relations, Kazakhstan
AAU makes networking incredibly easy to do. I was able to participate in various events that don't necessarily connect to my coursework like conferences, literature festivals, debates, lectures, etc. When I was President of the Diplomatic Club, AAU helped me get in touch with event-organizers, which, for example, allowed us to host an event during the Festival of Democracy organized by the famous Forum 2000 conference.
International Relations, Czech Republic