- Programme Duration: 3 years
- Language of Instruction: English
- Academic Supervisor: doc. Mgr. Martin Hájek, Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Programme Coordinator: Ing. Zuzana Kotherová, PhD. (email@example.com)
- Promotion & Contact Person: Preeti Rajendran (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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The Social Sciences programme is open only to applicants who have already completed (or are about to complete) their secondary education. We welcome applicants with a strong motivation and a consistent past performance track record.
The entrance exam consists of two rounds:
1. Applications are evaluated based on the mandatory documents attached to the online application. The documents are assessed according to the (i) academic background (grades from previous secondary studies), and (ii) motivation letter.
Based on the ranking of applicants in the first round, the Dean shortlists candidates for the second round.
2. Selected applicants are invited to (iii) write an essay (short reflection - 350-500 word) on one of three assigned topics focused on current social issues. The exam will take the form of online writing with distant proctoring.
The point limit for accepting applicants is set by the Dean.
The early admissions deadline for academic year 2021/22 is 28th February 2021. The early admissions deadline is strongly recommended for students from non-EU or non-EFTA countries who will need a student visa in order to study in the Czech Republic.
The regular deadline for academic year 2021/22 is 30th April 2021. The application fee is 820 CZK (approximately 33 EUR).
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The core mandatory courses focus on key issues of contemporary societies and discuss various approaches of their research and analysis in social sciences. Another part of mandatory courses is dedicated to the development and the use of basic methods of social research, including its ethical reflection. Bachelor's thesis seminars prepare students for the selection of the topic of the thesis and provide a guide for doing the research and writing the thesis.
Complex Societies: A Sociological Analysis
Globalizing Societies: A Social Anthropological Perspective
Governing Societies 1: A Public Policy Perspective
Governing Societies 2: Political Systems Analysis
Mediated Societies: Changes of Media Environment
Digitalised Societies: A Socio-Technical Analysis
Financialised Societies: An Economic Perspective
Sustainable Societies: How social science help to solve environmental problems
Post-Secular Societies: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
Values and Life Styles in Societies: Analysis of Social Change
Research Methods in Social Sciences
Statistics for Social Sciences
Seminars in Qualitative/Quantitative/Policy Analysis Research Methods
Research Project Defence
Thesis Progress Presentation
Bachelor's Thesis Preparation I and II
Elective courses cover a wide range of specific areas in social sciences taught at the Faculty of Social Sciences, which allows the students either to broaden their knowledge or to specialize in the field of their interest. The topics include visual sociology, television studies, economic history, social psychology, sociology of sport, geopolitics and political geography and many more.
Off-field elective courses can be taken at any department of Charles University or at any partner university. Students may take 27 ECTS credits outside of the Faculty of Social Sciences. These credits can also be used to follow the Czech language classes offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Tuition fee for the Social Sciences programme is 6 000 EUR per year. Please note that the fee covers only the cost of instruction and examinations, and that students are responsible for paying their own expenses (lodging, food etc.).
Faculty offers various fee reductions. More information is available here.
Furthermore, students from developing countries and/or countries going through a process of political and economic transition can apply for Development Scholarship. Under the terms of this scholarship, students will receive a waiver of school fees for their first semester of study, plus a one-off payment of 50 000 CZK (about 2000 EUR) as a contribution towards living costs. More information about Development Scholarship is available here.
You have the same rights and opportunities as students enrolled in our Czech programs, therefore you are eligible to take part in international student exchange projects. However, because student status is conditional on the payment of school fees and/or various scholarships, some special conditions apply. More information regarding opportunities for international students is available here.
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The courses seemed to me a little harder than those at our university back home. This may be due to the fact that all the classes I attended here were in English while back home, all courses are in my mother language which is Greek. Nevertheless all this process helped to improve my English enough, something important for my future.
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