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Public and Social Policy (PSP)

Programme description

Public and Social Policy (PSP) is a two-year English-language Master’s degree programme, which aims to provide students with current relevant knowledge of policy-making process and cultivate their analytical skills. It is taught at Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences by members of the Institute of Sociological Studies (ISS).


In addition to theoretical knowledge about policy-making process, the programme will offer deeper knowledge in concrete policy domains such as social policy, health policy, educational policy, employment policy or others. The special attention in the programme will be given to research methodology and policy analysis skills. The combination of knowledge about policy process and methodology skills will lead to unique competences and excellent professional employment or for further studying or research career.


The graduates will acquire the knowledge and skills that enable them to effectively and efficiently perform analytical, conceptual, organizational, interactive and managing tasks in creating and implementing public and social policies within international context. By the same token, graduates will be able pursue an academic career in the Czech Republic or elsewhere. In addition, graduates will be experts in concrete policy domains, such as health policy, educational policy, employment policy or others.


The programme is developed in accordance with almost twenty years’ experience with the Czech program on Public and Social Policy. It will, however, be supplemented by experience with already existing English courses and realized international research programs. Similarly, the comparative dimension will be enhanced. The theoretical grounds of the discipline will be covered especially in courses Public Policy a Social Policy. The knowledge about concrete policy domains will be provided in courses Educational Policy, Health Policy a Civil Society in Central Europe. Methodological knowledge and skills will be developed in courses Policy Analysis, Introduction to Social Research Methodology, Statistics in SPSS, Text, Narrative & Discourse Analysis a Diploma Seminar I a II. During the program, both individual and collective students?’ work on concrete social and policy problems will be sustained.


The graduates of the programme will have current knowledge about policy-making process and they will be able to analyse these processes creatively and independently, using both quantitative and qualitative research methodology. Graduates of this program will attain the knowledge and skills required to gain employment as professionals not only in the public sector, but also in non-profit organizations and private companies.


To complete the programme the students must collect 120 ECTS credits, defend their Master’s Thesis and pass the final state examination.


Tuition fees

Tuition fees for the PSP programme are Euro 6,000 per year. Please note that these fees cover only the cost of instruction and examinations, and that students are responsible for paying their own living expenses (food, lodging, etc.)


Study prerequisites

The PSP programme is open only to students who have already completed a Bachelors degree (or equivalent) in a related programme of study.


Academic supervisor


Academic coordinator


Language of Instruction:

English


Course Structure and Study Requirements:

Total number of all required credits (ECTS): 120

Defence of Master’s Thesis

Final state examination



Compulsory courses (Total ECTS 83)

Code

Name of Course

Extention (Lecture/seminaries)

Credits (ECTS)

Lecturer

JSM518

Public Policy

2/1

9

Prof. PhDr. Martin Potůček, CSc. MSc.

JSM685

Educational Policy


1/1

8

Doc. PhDr. Arnošt Veselý, Ph.D.

JSM691

Policy Analysis

2/1

9

Mgr. Martin Nekola, Ph.D.

Doc. PhDr. Arnošt Veselý, Ph.D.

JSM694

Diploma Seminar I

0/2

5

Prof. PhDr. František Ochrana, Dr.Sc

Mgr. Karolína Dobiášová

JSM695

Diploma Seminar II

0/2

5

Prof. PhDr. František Ochrana, Dr.Sc

Mgr. Karolína Dobiášová

JSM519

Social Policy

2/1

9

Mgr. Miriam Kotrusová, Ph.D.

JSM406

Statistics in SPSS

1/1

6

Phdr. Ing. Petr Soukup

JSM693

Text, Narrative & Discourse Analysis

1/1

8

Mgr. Martin Hájek, Ph.D.

JSM602

Health Policy

2/1

8

MUDr. Petr Háva, CSc.

JSM437

Civil Society in Central Europe


2/0

6

Doc. PhDr. Pavol Frič, Ph.D.

JSM692

Introduction to Social Research Methodology

2/2

10

Prof. PhDr. Hynek Jeřábek, CSc.



Optional Courses (Total ECTS 25)

Code

Name of Course

Extention (Lecture/seminaries)

Credits (ECTS)

Lecturer

JSM657

Theory and Practice of Welfare State: Essential analytical approaches

1/1

8

PhDr. Vilém Novotný, Ph.D.

JSM420

Contemporary social theory


2/0

6

Mgr. Jan Balon, Ph.D.

JSM032

Applied Social Research

1/1

6

Mgr. Jiří Remr, Ph.D.

JSM480

Evaluation research


1/1

6

Mgr. Jiří Remr, Ph.D.

JSM628

European policies and practice towards ethnic minorities


1/1

9

Mgr. Antonin Bernard Thomson Mikes

JSM629

Euroean policies and practice towards the Roma

1/2

8

PhDr. Hana Synková, Ph.D.

JEB025

Public Finance


2/0

5

PhDr. Natálie Švarcová, Ph.D.

JMM530

European Comparative Politics and Society

1/1

6

Prof. PhDr. Lenka Rovná, CSc.

JSM604

Health Policy

2/1

8

MUDr. Petr Háva, CSc.

JSM603

International comparison of health care systems


2/1

8

MUDr. Petr Háva, CSc.






Public and social policy

Public and Social Policy (PSP)

Programme description

Public and Social Policy (PSP) is a two-year English-language Master’s degree programme, which aims to provide students with current relevant knowledge of policy-making process and cultivate their analytical skills. It is taught at Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences by members of the Institute of Sociological Studies (ISS).


In addition to theoretical knowledge about policy-making process, the programme will offer deeper knowledge in concrete policy domains such as social policy, health policy, educational policy, employment policy or others. The special attention in the programme will be given to research methodology and policy analysis skills. The combination of knowledge about policy process and methodology skills will lead to unique competences and excellent professional employment or for further studying or research career.


The graduates will acquire the knowledge and skills that enable them to effectively and efficiently perform analytical, conceptual, organizational, interactive and managing tasks in creating and implementing public and social policies within international context. By the same token, graduates will be able pursue an academic career in the Czech Republic or elsewhere. In addition, graduates will be experts in concrete policy domains, such as health policy, educational policy, employment policy or others.


The programme is developed in accordance with almost twenty years’ experience with the Czech program on Public and Social Policy. It will, however, be supplemented by experience with already existing English courses and realized international research programs. Similarly, the comparative dimension will be enhanced. The theoretical grounds of the discipline will be covered especially in courses Public Policy a Social Policy. The knowledge about concrete policy domains will be provided in courses Educational Policy, Health Policy a Civil Society in Central Europe. Methodological knowledge and skills will be developed in courses Policy Analysis, Introduction to Social Research Methodology, Statistics in SPSS, Text, Narrative & Discourse Analysis a Diploma Seminar I a II. During the program, both individual and collective students?’ work on concrete social and policy problems will be sustained.


The graduates of the programme will have current knowledge about policy-making process and they will be able to analyse these processes creatively and independently, using both quantitative and qualitative research methodology. Graduates of this program will attain the knowledge and skills required to gain employment as professionals not only in the public sector, but also in non-profit organizations and private companies.


To complete the programme the students must collect 120 ECTS credits, defend their Master’s Thesis and pass the final state examination.


Tuition fees

Tuition fees for the PSP programme are Euro 6,000 per year. Please note that these fees cover only the cost of instruction and examinations, and that students are responsible for paying their own living expenses (food, lodging, etc.)


Study prerequisites

The PSP programme is open only to students who have already completed a Bachelors degree (or equivalent) in a related programme of study.


Academic supervisor


Academic coordinator


Language of Instruction:

English


Course Structure and Study Requirements:

Total number of all required credits (ECTS): 120

Defence of Master’s Thesis

Final state examination



Compulsory courses (Total ECTS 83)

Code

Name of Course

Extention (Lecture/seminaries)

Credits (ECTS)

Lecturer

JSM518

Public Policy

2/1

9

Prof. PhDr. Martin Potůček, CSc. MSc.

JSM685

Educational Policy


1/1

8

Doc. PhDr. Arnošt Veselý, Ph.D.

JSM691

Policy Analysis

2/1

9

Mgr. Martin Nekola, Ph.D.

Doc. PhDr. Arnošt Veselý, Ph.D.

JSM694

Diploma Seminar I

0/2

5

Prof. PhDr. František Ochrana, Dr.Sc

Mgr. Karolína Dobiášová

JSM695

Diploma Seminar II

0/2

5

Prof. PhDr. František Ochrana, Dr.Sc

Mgr. Karolína Dobiášová

JSM519

Social Policy

2/1

9

Mgr. Miriam Kotrusová, Ph.D.

JSM406

Statistics in SPSS

1/1

6

Phdr. Ing. Petr Soukup

JSM693

Text, Narrative & Discourse Analysis

1/1

8

Mgr. Martin Hájek, Ph.D.

JSM602

Health Policy

2/1

8

MUDr. Petr Háva, CSc.

JSM437

Civil Society in Central Europe


2/0

6

Doc. PhDr. Pavol Frič, Ph.D.

JSM692

Introduction to Social Research Methodology

2/2

10

Prof. PhDr. Hynek Jeřábek, CSc.



Optional Courses (Total ECTS 25)

Code

Name of Course

Extention (Lecture/seminaries)

Credits (ECTS)

Lecturer

JSM657

Theory and Practice of Welfare State: Essential analytical approaches

1/1

8

PhDr. Vilém Novotný, Ph.D.

JSM420

Contemporary social theory


2/0

6

Mgr. Jan Balon, Ph.D.

JSM032

Applied Social Research

1/1

6

Mgr. Jiří Remr, Ph.D.

JSM480

Evaluation research


1/1

6

Mgr. Jiří Remr, Ph.D.

JSM628

European policies and practice towards ethnic minorities


1/1

9

Mgr. Antonin Bernard Thomson Mikes

JSM629

Euroean policies and practice towards the Roma

1/2

8

PhDr. Hana Synková, Ph.D.

JEB025

Public Finance


2/0

5

PhDr. Natálie Švarcová, Ph.D.

JMM530

European Comparative Politics and Society

1/1

6

Prof. PhDr. Lenka Rovná, CSc.

JSM604

Health Policy

2/1

8

MUDr. Petr Háva, CSc.

JSM603

International comparison of health care systems


2/1

8

MUDr. Petr Háva, CSc.