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Intensive courses 2SM439 Conceptual Thinking in International Politics and 2SM639 Diplomacy of the EU

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Jan Masaryk Centre of International Studies will open two intensive courses in English: 2SM439 Conceptual Thinking in International Politics and 2SM639 Diplomacy of the EU. The courses will be taught by visiting professors, Sardor Usmanov, Ph.D. (2SM439) and Jozef Bátora, Ph.D. (2SM639). The courses are for Master’s students. Students can register via ISIS.

The course 2SM439 Conceptual Thinking in International Politics aims to familiarize students with a set of skills that are most crucial for perceiving and explaining global political processes, called conceptual thinking. It introduces basic methods of cultivating conceptual (or, ‘big-picture’) thinking skills through rigorous analysis of a number of complex strategic issues of foreign policy. By means of empirical examples, the course demonstrates the impact of conceptual (in)coherence in formulating long-term foreign policy strategies on their effectiveness. In addition, it explains how conceptual approaches to international affairs performed by outstanding US policymakers (George Kennan and Henry Kissinger) brought conceptual order into the US Grand Strategies of their epochs. In sum, the given course aims at inculcating the logic of coherent conceptual thinking into the consciousness of students so that they might apply it in their future decision-making contexts.

The course will take place in NB 474 during:
2. 4. 9:15-12:30, 13:30-15:00
14. 4. 9:15-12:30, 13:30-15:00
16. 4. 9:15-12:30
18. 4. 9:15-12:30, 13:30-15:00
22. 4. 9:15-12:30

The course 2SM639 Diplomacy of the EU provides students with theoretical approaches and analytical tools to understand the change in dynamics of the EU’s diplomacy as an institutionalized order. The course focuses not only on the EU as a diplomatic actor, but also on processes of Europeanization of member states’ foreign policies, on the EU’s diplomatic approaches, as well as on the systemic challenges that the process of European integration generates in relation to diplomacy as an institution in world politics.

The course will take place in NB 474 during:
5. – 7. 5. 2014 (exact times TBC)