Elective Courses

Z predošlých rokov

Divadlo a politika, Mc Cardle A.; Abrahámová D.

Kontexty divadla alebo Vymýšľajme novú hru, Abrahámová D.

Etika, Zuzana Palovičová

Estetika, Bakoš Oliver

Súčasná filozofia, Muránska Janka

Filozofia internetu, František Gyarfáš

Political geography, Janet Livingstone

Popculture, Juraj Malíček

Epistemológia, Róbert Maco

Elementy estetiky, Bakoš Oliver

US History, Juraj Hocman

Arabská kultúra, Emire Khidayer

Moderné slovenské dejiny, Dušan Kováč

Západný Balkán, Milan Nič

Economics and Politics, Brigita Schmognerová

Teória poznania, Dušan Gálik

Organizačné správanie, Ivan Perlaki

Antropologická estetika, Róbert Karul

Sociálna a kultúrna antropológia, Podolinská

Global Economy, John Baron

Understanding World History: An Understanding of Economy, John Baron

Civil Disobedience, Walter Famler

What is man, Kamil Fekete

Moral Tribes, Egon Gal

Moral Tribes II, Egon Gál

Sociálna funkcia internetu, Egon Gál

Yuval Noah Harari: Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, Egon Gál

Global terrorism, Ester Simon

Understanding the Audio-Visua, Matej Gyarfáš

Introduction to Psychology, Matej Gyarfáš

Náboženstvo a súčasná spoločnosť, Kocúr

Umenie a dejiny ideí, Robert Karul

Russian Politics, Kazharski

Načo nám je umenie, Milan Meško

China and Central Europe, Gabriela Pleschová

Sociológia rasy a etnicity, Michal Vašečka

Race, Ethnicity and Nation, Michal Vašečka

Civil society and public sphere, Michal Vašečka

Migrants and Refugees in the EU, Karen Henderson

The Politics of Central and Eastern Europe after 1989

How to read a newspaper, James Thomson

European History, James Thomson

Introduction into Economics, Matej Valach

Človek z pohľadu východnej filozofie, Janko Štvrtina 

Ethical Theories, Tomáš Beniak

Foucault, James Griffith

Critical Thinking, James Griffith

Spinoza, james Griffith

Diplomacy, Clarissa Tabosa

Science and Religion, Andrej Zeman

Introduction to Psychology for Social Scientists, Janka Bašnáková

Renaissance, Reformation, and Enlightenment; Lucas Sprouse

History of the Middle Ages, Lucas Sprouse

Western Civilization, Jon Stewart

Course:                      Global Awakening

Term:                                                 Fall

ECTS credits:                                    5

Lessons per week:                             90 + 90 min

Language:                                          Eng.

Instructor:                                         Lucas Sprouse

Form of the course:                          elective course – 2x per week


Global Awakening is a survey of the major historical developments in society, politics, economics, religion, and culture from the 14th to the 18th centuries.  During this time, movements thrived that defined the world as we know it and major dynastic powers throughout the world rose, developed, and fell.  This course will look at how the world truly awakened and began to coalesce.

Europe rose to global prominence during the Renaissance, clashed ideologically during the Reformation, and explored the great expanses of the world.  As Europeans planted numerous colonies, they were met with established dynasties and native peoples with completely different cultures, societies, and belief systems.  These include Islamic empires, Chinese dynasties, a Japanese shogunate, and various Native American empires and confederations.  Towards the end of this course, we will look as the development and impact of the Enlightenment as it shaped intellectual thought and created changes contemporary thinkers could only have dreamed of. 

In addition to lectures, discussion-based seminars will focus on primary and secondary source readings, and students' written and oral communication skills will be developed through essays and presentations. Along with increased historical understanding, students will cultivate better critical thinking and analytical skills that can be applied in a range of academic and practical settings.

Course Title:                       News and information in the digital age

Term:                                                 Fall

ECTS credits:                                    5

Lessons per week:                             120 min

Language:                                          English

Instructor:                                         James Thomson

Form of the course:                          elective course – 1x per week


A healthy democracy requires not just a free and fearless news media to police it, but also a discerning and well-informed audience to hold the media itself to account. This course will look at how current affairs and historical events are presented in the international and Slovak media, and the ways in which popular perceptions are shaped and sometimes manipulated in the process. In particular, we will examine where the news comes from, how it is produced and framed, and how it affects us.

In recent years, there has been much discussion of ‘fake news’, ‘alternative facts’, ‘disinformation’ and even the dawn of a ‘post-truth’ era. What do these terms mean, and are they helpful?

New digital media, especially social networks, have diversified and confused the dissemination of information. Has this helped or hindered public debate, and how should we respond to information that we receive via a multitude of new channels?

Students will study the print, broadcast and electronic media, and every week will source and analyse an example of media coverage. We will discuss these examples together in class.

There will be reading, listening and viewing assignments every week. Successful participation in class discussion based on these assignments, plus delivery of written course assignments, will be the main course criteria.

Couse title:              Human Rights                 

Term:                                 Fall

ECTS credits:                    5

Lessons per week:              90 + 90 min

Language:                          English

Instructor:                          Sylvia Tiryaki

Form of the course:     elective course – 2x per week


This basic course on human rights aims to provide students with an understanding of what the human rights are and their importance in today’s world. To this end, we look at the historical origins, doctrine, how they are formed in law, institutional structure of the movement and the challenges to its foundations. To see the ‘big picture’ students are encouraged to think critically about the human rights as a whole. The course acquaints students with the contemporary issues ranging from torture and arbitrary detention to rights of refugees and access to health.

Course Outlines

1:         General introduction

2:         Human rights: Concepts and Discourse

3:         History of international human rights

4:         Human rights and United Nations

5:         Hierarchy of human rights, qualified and unqualified rights

6:         Regional dimension of human rights: The European Convention on Human Rights (1)

7:         Regional dimension of human rights: The European Convention on Human Rights (2)

8:         Implementation, international monitoring, treaty bodies

9:         Human rights of refugees, stateless people

10:       Minority rights

11:       War crimes and crimes against humanity

12:       Slavery and human trafficking (1)

13:       Slavery and human trafficking (2)

14:       Reading week (1)

15:       Reading week (2)

16:       International crime of torture

17:    Discrimination and equality: Women rights (1)

18:       Discrimination and equality: Women rights (1)

19:       Rights of the child, rights of disabled people

20:    Right to education

21:    Legitimate Restrictions on Freedom

22:    Right to health, death penalty

23:       The Issue of Privacy

24:       The right to development, climate change

25:       Food, housing and work/Water

26:       Review

Required Readings

Main Readings:

  1. Andrew Clapham, Human Rights. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007

  2. Henry J. Steiner, Philip Alston & Ryan Goodman, International Human Rights in Context. 3rd ed., Oxford: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008

  3. Clare Ovey & Robin C.A. White, The European Convention on Human Rights, 4th ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006

In addition to the required course readings, basic documents like relevant international conventions, declarations as well as constitutions are necessary companions of students of this course.

Case studies are being conducted with and by students during the semester. Online meetings with experts and practitioners are organised when feasible.

Course title:     Economic Policy              

Term:                                 Fall

ECTS credits:                    5

Lessons per week:              90 + 90 min

Language:                          English / Slovak

Instructor:                          Martin Hudcovský

Form of the course:     elective course – 2x per week


English and Slovak language proficiency.


Štát a jeho vplyv na ekonomiku determinuje neuveriteľne veľké množstvo aktivít v spoločnosti často aj bez toho aby si to ľudia uvedomovali. To do akej miery však štát zasahuje do ekonomiky sa naprieč svetom líši. Niekde sa preferuje minimalistická vláda bez zásahov, v iných ekonomikách naopak predstavuje štát významného hráča v národnom hospodárstve. Cieľom kurzu je objasniť a vysvetliť aké politiky a nástroje štát pri ovplyvňovaní ekonomiky má a ako ich využíva.

Course title: Migration and Central Europe                          

Term:                                                             Spring 2021

ECTS credits:                                                 5

Lessons per week:                                       90 + 90 min

Language:                                                      English

Instructor:                                                    Michal Vašečka

Form of study:                                             Elective course - 2 x per week

Course Objectives

Course analyses sociologically wide term of migration and uses methodology of both sociology and other social sciences. Students have a chance to obtain a knowledge on various teories of international migration, reasons for migrating, as well as on methodological approaches how to study migration. Students will learn about interconnections between nationalism and migration and about influence of wars and ethnic conflicts on international migration. Students will analyse term migration through social cohesion and social stratification of society and elaborate on redistribution of income as an important push factor. Course brings also information about influence of human development level on mifration and analyses approaches of international organizations in the course of migration management. Finally, course focuses on issues connected with problems of asylum seekers and refugees in Central Europe, as well as on issues connected to migration policies in Central European countries and in Slovakia in particular.

Course title:     One Reality, Many Perspectives

Term:                                 Fall

ECTS credits:                    4

Lessons per week:              120 min

Language:                          English

Instructor:                          Daniela Březnová

Form of the course:     elective course – 1x per week


English language proficiency.


This course will be a journey through different stages of our consciousness: howthings really are versus how they can appear to us.

 We will explore different types of minds – creative, dreaming, psychedelic, psychotic, and autistic mind.