The Department of Political Science at the Faculty of Arts of the Comenius University Bratislava is the oldest academic political science department in Slovakia. It was founded in 1990 and offers accredited study at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral degree levels in the field of Politics.
Content of Study:
The composition of the study programmes covers the basic areas of political research and is fully compatible with the study of Politics at universities in Western Europe. Lecturers who teach courses in the Department have extensive experience in teaching, research and publishing both at home and abroad.
We also place emphasis on the skills that are needed to employ our graduates on the labour market. Our study methods help to develop independent analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as personal dispositions important for teamwork. Students learn not only to think creatively, but also to present their work in a professional and convincing manner. During their study, students have the opportunity to take part in study stays abroad and research internships in Slovakia at public and private institutions.
The main teaching language is Slovak. However, knowledge of English is a prerequisite for studying, as it is the main language of world politics. In the courses we work with new texts and the findings of contemporary international research. As a result, students gain the ability to work with professional terminology in a foreign language and have access to the latest international research results. In the first four semesters of the Bachelor’s degree, students take specialised courses in professional English to help them improve their work with English texts. The Bachelor’s study programme also offers the study of other foreign languages within the Faculty of Arts.
Graduates of the Department find employment in various fields. According to a survey of Department graduates from 2002–2007 (109 respondents, i.e. 75% of all graduates in this period), about one-third of them work in public administration, another third in the media and about 13% of graduates in the non-governmental sector. Some graduates go on to study at prestigious European and American universities, and some have gone on to further political science research (universities, research centres and think-tanks). According to the statistics of the Ministry of Education, the employment rate of our graduates reached 96.6% (Ministry of Education, 2011).
For more information about studying Politics, prospective students can visit http://fphil.uniba.sk/politologia/, and on the social networking website: http://fb.com/politologiaUK or from the head of the department Doc. Erik Láštinec on erik.lasticuniba.sk
ENTRANCE EXAMINATION REQUIREMENTS
Applicants will be admitted in the next academic year to the Politics study programme on the basis of a general aptitude test as part of the National Comparative Exam provided by www.scio.cz, s. r. o. Applicants who have participated in the national round of the Human Rights Olympiad or the History Olympiad at the national level will be admitted without having to take the general aptitude test.