Energy matters

Degree programme objectives

The study programme focuses on a detailed study of energy security issues in the context of international relations. Multidisciplinarity is its unique feature - it combines social studies with findings of more technical fields, economics, and law. The aim is to equip students with sufficient knowledge to analyse problems and use the acquired skills in practice. The study programme thus reflects the growing demand of the energy sector for experts in political and strategic issues who combine knowledge of international/political relations with technical, economic, and legal aspects. The instruction is based on critical approach and demanding teaching methods which develop analytical and conceptional thinking of students and their skills in communication, creativity, and team work. The students become acquainted with the terminology, concepts, and methods used in energy security and international relations regarding their application in practice.

Study plans

Admission Procedures
Přijímací řízení do navazujících magisterských programů - akad.rok 2021/2022 (zahájení: podzim 2021)
Submission deadline until midnight 30/4/2021

  • Information on entrance examinations designed for this degree programme
    Written test consisting of 5 open test questions.
  • Recommended reading for the examinations under this field

    Literatura sleduje základní tematické okruhy, shrnuté níže:

    1. Mezinárodní politická ekonomie (IPE)
    • Základní problémy a zkoumané otázky IPE.
    • Paradigmatické perspektivy IPE: ekonomický nacionalismus, ekonomický liberalismus, marxismus.
    • Teoretické koncepty IPE: teorie dvojí ekonomiky, teorie hegemonické stability, teorie moderního světového systému, teorie endogenního růstu, nová ekonomická geografie, teorie strategického obchodu.

    Literatura

    (Krpec & Hodulák, 2011, stránky 17-25, 45-64)

    1. Metody a techniky výzkumu v politických vědách
    • Princip kvalitativního a kvantitativního výzkumu.
    • Základní kroky návrhu výzkumu (research design): výběr tématu, výzkumná otázka/hypotéza, konceptualizace, operacionalizace, indikátory.
    • Koncepty v sociálních vědách.

    Literatura

    (Punch, 2008)

    (Kelly, 2011)

    1. Politické a ekonomické dějiny
    • Politické a ekonomické dějiny 20. století.
    • Klíčové mezinárodní organizace a jejich rozvoj ve 20. století: OSN, mezinárodní ekonomické organizace, bezpečnostní organizace a aliance.

    Literatura

    (Krause & Nye, 1975)

    (Sachs, 1999)

    1. Evropská unie
    • Jednotný trh.
    • Hospodářská a měnová unie.
    • Financování politik EU.

    Literatura

    (Fiala, Krutílek, & Pitrová, 2018, stránky 493-720; 867-899)

    1. Základy energetické politiky
    • Rozvoj energetiky ve 20. století.
    • Energetické organizace (IEA, OPEC).
    • Moderní dějiny české energetické politiky.
    • Poznámka: doporučujeme využít veřejně dostupných zdrojů (např. Google scholar) a seznámit se s hlavními událostmi ve světové energetické politice 20. a 21. století: rolí energetických surovin v druhé světové válce, rozvojem jaderné energetiky, ropnými šoky a plynovými krizemi, politikou ochrany klimatu (Kjótským protokolem a Pařížskou dohodou), jadernými haváriemi a jejich společenskými a politickými důsledky, nástupem obnovitelných zdrojů a německým energetický obratem (Energiewende).

    Literatura

    (Smil, 2000)

    (Scott, 1994, stránky 19-44)

    (CIA, 1986)

    (Černoch, 2019)

    Literatura

    CIA. (1986). OPEC Handbook. Načteno z https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP97R00694R000500650001-4.pdf

    Černoch, F. (2019). The History of the Czech Energy Sector. V T. Vlček et al., The Energy Sector and Energy Policy of the Czech Republic (stránky 28-43). Brno: Masarykova univerzita. Načteno z https://munispace.muni.cz/library/catalog/view/1278/3726/1607-1/0#preview

    Fiala, P., & Pitrová, M. (2009). Evropská unie. Brno: CDK.

    Fiala, P., Krutílek, O., & Pitrová, M. (2018). Evropská unie. Brno: Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury.

    Kelly, A. P. (2011). Social research methods. University of London. Načteno z https://is.muni.cz/go/57fk2i

    Krause, L. B., & Nye, J. S. (1975). Reflections on the Economics and Politics of International Economic Organizations. International Organization, 29(1), stránky 323-342.

    Krpec, O., & Hodulák, V. (2011). Politická ekonomie mezinárodních vztahů. Brno: Mezinárodní politologický ústav.

    Sachs, J. D. (1999). Twentieth-century political economy: a brief history of global capitalism. Oxford Review of Economic Policy. Načteno z https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/7f96/69517ce60fce75a5b2857cb249e7e41a8aa2.pdf

    Scott, R. (1994). The History of the IEA: Origins and Structure. Načteno z International Energy Agency: https://iea.blob.core.windows.net/assets/b73b0800-ed54-48ba-bf16-cc6820b723a3/1ieahistory.pdf

    Smil, V. (2000). Energy in the Twentieth Century: Resources, Conversions, Costs, Uses, and Consequences. Načteno z Vaclav Smil System Consulting: http://www.vaclavsmil.com/wp-content/uploads/docs/smil-article-2000-aree2000-1.pdf

    Thym, D. (2011). The Intergovernmental Constitution of the EU's Foreign, Security & Defence Executive. European Constitutional Law Review, 7(3), stránky 453-480.

  • Evaluation criteria valid for the applicants applying for a place on this degree programme
    Maximum of 100 points, with 60 points needed for passing the exam successfully.

Studies

  • Objectives

    The study programme focuses on a detailed study of energy security issues in the context of international relations. Multidisciplinarity is its unique feature - it combines social studies with findings of more technical fields, economics, and law. The aim is to equip students with sufficient knowledge to analyse problems and use the acquired skills in practice. The study programme thus reflects the growing demand of the energy sector for experts in political and strategic issues who combine knowledge of international/political relations with technical, economic, and legal aspects. The instruction is based on critical approach and demanding teaching methods which develop analytical and conceptional thinking of students and their skills in communication, creativity, and team work. The students become acquainted with the terminology, concepts, and methods used in energy security and international relations regarding their application in practice.

  • Learning Outcomes

    After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

    • Graduate acquires full university education as a precondition for finding his or her position on the job market.
    • Graduate understands principles of functioning of the energy sector of the Czech Republic.
    • Graduate understands the energy policy of the EU and is able to discuss its basic dimensions and mechanisms.
    • Graduate understands Geopolitics and is able to apply this theory on various case studies.
    • Graduate commands theories, concepts, and methods of the international relations and energy security studies in an informed and creative way.
  • Occupational Profiles of Graduates

    The graduates in International Relations and Energy Security study programme can pursue careers in many fields; e.g. be involved in the formation of energy legislation of the European Union, implementation of energy policies, relevant areas of state administration, analytical or foreign units of energy companies or in media. Due to the increasing importance of energy issues, positions can be found in diplomatic services or in international institutions, with special regard to the EU. Last but not least, graduates can find jobs in research or in academic sphere.

  • Practical Training

    Even if practical training is supported, it is not an obligatory part of the study plan. The Department of International Relations and European Studies, however, has been actively involved in the gradual building up and development of relations with organisations that can help the students in gaining practical skills and experience. The developing system of internships and study visits (primarily through the Erasmus study programme) can be seen as the main contribution in this area.

  • Goals of Theses

    A standard scope of a thesis is 9,000 words (+/- 10%) including footnotes and bibliography. Students should demonstrate the ability to work critically with data and relevant literature, processing them using advanced theories and methods. Instructions for Final State Examinations and elaboration of the Bachelor's/Diploma thesis are regulated by FSS Directive No. 4/2013 On Final State Examinations for Students of the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University.

  • Access to Further Studies

    The graduates can progress to further studies in the doctoral degree programme.

  • Additional Information

Basic information

Type
Master's degree programme (following the Bachelor's one)
Profile
academic
Degree
Mgr.
Length of studies
2 years
Language of instruction
Czech Czech

42
number of active students
13
number of theses/dissertations

Faculty of Social Studies
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