Birth and Death of Democracy?

online summer 2021


28 June — 16 July


700 EUR

€100 early bird application discount; additional €100 discount for partner universities;


15 June (early bird 1 April)

About summer programme

History has taught us that governments are fluid, able to move between dictatorships, autocracies, democracies and monarchies. This course uses the Central-European path to democracy and applies the knowledge learned to the problems of today's world. Central Europe’s political, social and economic transformation of the 1990s provides an excellent case study for students looking to better understand the complexities of forming democratic societies. By narrowing in on the experiences of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, students will analyze what did and did not work, and apply these learnings to countries undergoing transitions today.

Through the interdisciplinary lens, students deconstruct the social barriers to political and economic change. Each module compares lessons of Central Europe to current examples, enabling students to see a direct relation to what they are learning. Students come away with a better knowledge of the Central European transformation, and how politics, society, law and economics are interconnected in country transformations.

This online course seeks to not only expand students’ academic knowledge, but also seeks to pull on the strengths of having students from all over the world enrol. 


Academic Overview

Online classes will take place two hours each day Monday to Friday from 09:00 CET. Students are expected to participate in the live lectures.

The final essay is included 3 weeks after the end of the programme.

Lecture topics:

  • Social Change and Civil Society of Central Europe
  • Political Transformation
  • Economic Transformation
  • Transformation of the Legal System

There are site visits arranged to the organizations such as the UN in ViennaOSCE Secretariat in Vienna, Radio Free Europe, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic and other experts.

The participants of this course will:

  • Grasp the theory of relevant academic fields towards a major transformation of state system
  • Learn about cases of the Czech and its neighbours’ transformation experience and assess it critically based on the theory and comparison
  • Engage in stimulating interdisciplinary and intercultural discussions about current cases of transition states in the world
  • Utilize acquired knowledge of the transformation theory and practice and apply it to a current country undergoing transformation in the world.
What is included in the cost?

Tuition includes:

  • Tuition for the summer school
  • Virtual Site Visits (Radio Free Europe, United Nations Vienna Headquarters, etc.)
  • Masaryk University Transcript

Cost: The cost of this program is €700, with a €100 discount for early bird registration and further a €100 discount for students of partner universities.

How to apply

Please follow this link and choose the correct programme. Do not forget to include all the necessary information (and documents if requested) including writing a short statement of purpose. We will contact you afterwards to tell you if your application was successful and to discuss the further steps (including the deposit payment) with you.

Student experience

It was one of the most insightful, enjoyable, and eye opening experiences of my life. The staff are all wonderful people, they truly care about making your experience meaningful, and Brno is an incredible city to call home for a little while.


USA, Edgewood College


Martin Glogar

summer school manager


Erin Anna Smith

summer school manager


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