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Department characteristics

The Department prepares the professionals in three basic programs that can be studied in several forms. The types of focus and form of the study are as follows:

Political and Cultural Geography

The graduates of this programme can find employment in the structures of European Union, institutions dealing with the aspects of international relations, diplomacy, institutions solving global problems of our planet, humanitarian organisations and other institutions of similar character. The programme can be studied in the form of the Bachelor study as well as the follow-up Master study. The doctoral study is offered in the full-time or part-time form. The programme is accredited to be taught in Czech and English languages.

Economic Geography and Regional Development

The graduates of this programme dispose of vast competency to work in the executive area, consultancy and advisory sphere and urban development management. They can find employment in a wide range of advisory companies, state administration bodies and local authorities, namely in positions related to developing strategies, and municipality, urban, and regional development management. The programme can be studied in the full-time or part-time Bachelor form, follow-up full-time Master form and doctoral form. It is accredited to be taught in Czech and English languages.

Teaching of Geography

The programme is intended for the students interested in teaching geography for primary and secondary schools. In the case of a double major study, this programme is studied in a combination with other programmes offered by the Philosophical or Pedagogical Faculty. The offered programmes are Geography - double major study (full-time Bachelor study – preparation for teaching), Teaching of Geography for Primary and Secondary Schools (follow-up full-time single major or double major Master study) and extended study of Geography for Teachers (extended by another programme as well as by a shift from primary to secondary schools).

The Department also guarantees rigorous procedure for the graduates of the Geography Master study programme (or other similar fields of study) with the right to award the RNDr. degree (Doctor of Natural Sciences). The Department also prepares the Ph.D. students within the doctoral study programme of Environmental Geography. This doctoral programme can be studied in English.

On the basis of external cooperation, the Department provides the lessons of English, German, Spanish, French, Italian and Russian so that the graduates of its geographic programmes are best prepared for their future career.

Scientific research activities at the Department are mainly focused in two research centres:

Centre for Urban and Regional Management (CURM)

The main direction of the CURM research is widely understood “Governance of land development“ of mostly shrinking (old/traditional) industrial regions/cities (Smart Governance of Shrinking Cities), namely from the point of view of economic and urban geography, geodemography, etc. In this context, the issues that are solved are those of regional development, transformation, restructuralisation, adaptation/adaptability, economic performance of regions, research of the evolution of sectoral structures of the economy and others.

Centre for Political and Cultural Geography (CPCG)

The main trend in the CPCG research comprises geopolitical, geo-cultural and geo-economic processes in the world (politics and geopolitical conceptions, religions and geo-cultural conceptions, relations between nations and administrative powers, interstate migration, conflicts, international relations and law, geo-economic trends and integration processes). The applied research is mainly focused on the post-communist and communist area of Eurasia in the context of globalisation processes (cooperation between selected European states and the states of Eastern Asia, case studies of the specifics of development in unrecognised states, the role of civil society in the transformation of conflicts, research of Russian foreign policy towards the region of the Eastern Partnership).

The research in the sphere of the didactics of geography is aimed at didactic issues in geography, application of the European dimension in teaching geography to the pupils and students of primary and secondary schools, and the development of educational materials for primary and secondary schools.

For more details on the research focus see the page Research characteristics.

Why study at the department

The Department offers a wide range of geographic programmes within which the students can obtain education comprising wide theoretical knowledge and latest findings from the practice. Our graduates acquire many qualifications that allow them to find good employment in the labour market.

In order to achieve these demanding aims, the Department offers not only quality professional education, but also the possibility to improve the language skills in many world languages or possibility to obtain cartographic and geoinformatic qualifications and ability to assess available statistical data.

The Department offers a wide range of geographic programmes through which the students can acquire broad theoretical knowledge background as well as become acquainted with the latest findings coming from work experience. Having acquired extensive competence, our graduates can be well placed on the labour market.

In order to achieve these ambitious objectives, the Department offers not only quality professional education but also an opportunity to improve the knowledge of many world languages or obtain cartographic and geoinformatic competence and ability to assess available statistical data.

Our environment is international: we are open to all interested students. Within the Erasmus programme, we regularly host numerous students coming from our partner universities. Every year influential experts come to give lectures from both Czech and foreign universities or various institutions.

Our environment is modern: we use many IT systems and offer access to a wide range of licenced electronic databases of research papers (e-sources) and literature (e-books).

We offer individual approach and involvement of capable students in the solving of scientific research tasks that enable their further professional development.

If you need any further information, feel free to contact our study advisors. If you want to study at our Department within the Erasmus programme, we recommend that you first become acquainted with the International Cooperation section.

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