FSS DPS04 Security and Strategic Studies
Name in Czech: Security and Strategic Studies
doctoral combined specialized
Included in the programme: FSS D-PS_ Political Science

Final state doctoral examination and defence of the doctoral thesis

Study is completed by the state doctoral examination (oral exam) and the doctoral thesis defence (required length from 150 to 250 pages). A week before the final state exam is administered, students submit a proposal in which they suggest a list of 20–25 scientific literature sources (written in Czech or English) which will constitute a basis for the oral exam in the area Security and Strategic Studies. At least a half of the sources must be available in the faculty library. This list of books must be approved by the chairman of the state exam board.

Requirements of the study

All students have the same study duties. The prerequisite for the PhD thesis defense is to obtain 240 credits (ECTS), of which 210 ECTS for passing compulsory courses (including 6 ECTS for passing the English language exam) and 30 ECTS for passing elective courses (POL023 - Current Research of Security). Oral State Doctoral Examination Students graduate in the sixth semester of study.
The condition of completion of the specialization of Security and Strategic Studies is to obtain 30 ECTS for attending elective courses with security issues.
Credits for passing compulsory subjects are awarded on the basis of participation in the "doctoral readings" during the semester and according to the individual requirements of the supervisors (courses POL 016-018; 35 ECTS), successful defense of a text representing conceptual, theoretical, and methodological characteristics of the dissertation project before the commission (POL 031; 20 ECTS), successful defense of a proposal of research methodology, related to the dissertation project (POL 022; 20 ECTS), publishing or accepting the publication of a scholarly text in the form of either an article in following categories (Jneimp, Jsc, or Jimp category or a chapter in the reviewed monograph; POL 014, 019; 35 ECTS), proof of active participation (presentation of a paper) at a conference with international participation, approved by the supervisor (POL 028, 029; 14 ECTS), submission of at least one third of the text of a dissertation to a supervisor (POL 015; 30 ECTS), the realization of a foreign research (FSS 900; 20 ECTS) or a working (FSS 990; 20 ECTS) stay in a continuous length of no less as three months, and finally the acceptance of the full text of the dissertation by the supervisor (POL 034; 30 ECTS).

Proposal of dissertation topics and topics of defended dissertations

Possible issues of works (selection):
Modern authoritarianisms and current research of Non-Democracies; Experimental research of Security; Conceptualization of Terrorism on Ukraine.

Themes of the defended works (selection)
Cyber Security: System Model of Anti-Djihad Vigilantism https://is.muni.cz/th/azzvn/; Adaptation of Defense Policy of ČR to Development of Security Space https://is.muni.cz/th/ggjn3/; Czech Approach Toward Counterinsurgency; Informal policing v ČR https://is.muni.cz/th/wm4n9/.

Recommended progress through the study plan

Required Courses

Code Name Guarantor Type of Completion Extent and Intensity Credits Term Profile Cat.
FSS:POLd0006Disertation Thesis I. J. Holzerk 0/0/020 6-
FSS:POLd0007Preparation of Disertation Thesis II. J. Holzerk 0/0/020 7-
FSS:POLd0001Personal Study Program I. J. Holzerz 0/0/010 1-
FSS:POLd0002Personal Study Program II. J. Holzerz 0/0/010 2-
FSS:POLd0003Personal Study Program III. J. Holzerz 0/0/015 3-
FSS:POLd0004Personal Study Program IV. J. Holzerz 0/0/015 4-
FSS:POLd0012Political Research: Theories and Methods A. Robertszk 0/0/020 2-
FSS:POLd0010Political Science Conference J. Holzerz 0/0/010 4-
FSS:POLd0011Political Science Conference II. J. Holzerz 0/0/010 6-
FSS:POLd0005Disertation Project J. Holzerk 0/0/020 3-
FSS:POLd0009Dissertation Thesis J. Holzerk 0/0/040 8-
190 credits

Required Internship

Students must obtain at least 20 credits.

Code Name Guarantor Type of Completion Extent and Intensity Credits Term Profile Cat.
FSS:FSSd0900Research Abroad M. Vaculíkk 0/0/020 --
FSS:FSSd0990Placement Abroad M. Vaculíkk 0/0/0- --
20 credits

Selective Courses

Students must obtain at least 30 credits.

Code Name Guarantor Type of Completion Extent and Intensity Credits Term Profile Cat.
FSS:FSSd0901Research Abroad II M. Vaculíkz 0/0/020 --
FSS:FSSd0910Study Visit M. Vaculíkz 0/0/04 --
FSS:FSSd0920Presentation of the academic paper at the international workshop (EUSOC) T. Sirovátkaz 0/0/015 --
FSS:FSSd0991Placement Abroad II M. Vaculíkz 0/0/020 --
FSS:POLd0201Contemporary political research of security M. Marešzk 0/1/110 1-
FSS:POLd0202Contemporary Research of Radicalism V. Havlíkz 0/0/010 2-
79 credits