Sociology in European Context (SEC) is a two-year English-language Master’s programme designed for international students interested in gaining in-depth knowledge of the state of the present-day field including its theory and research methods. The curriculum focuses on major social processes taking place in contemporary European countries and offers opportunities for students to develop skills including data collection, analysis and interpretation while carrying out sociological research. It is taught at Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences by members of the Institute of Sociological Studies (ISS).
The lectures and seminars examine processes and phenomena of international migration, nationalism, and social inequality in terms of societal integration and the main threats to the building of a civil society in Central Europe. Further, students explore the role of elites in societies undergoing social transformation and in the building of a civil society. The programme also includes lectures and seminars on carrying out applied research (electoral, marketing etc.), and special attention is paid to developing students’ critical thinking about scientific practice.
Students graduating from the Sociology in European Context (SEC) programme at Charles University will possess scholarly advantages including current knowledge of the major social problems facing present-day European societies, as well as a comprehensive view of contemporary sociological theory. With their understanding of both quantitative and qualitative sociological research methods, graduates can competently conduct a sociological research and cooperate effectively on both analytic and problem solving tasks, allowing them to work as a researcher, an expert, an analyst or a project manager in either the public sector and non-profit organisations, or in private companies. Our graduates are likewise prepared to pursue a fruitful academic career.
SEC is fully accredited by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.
You need the following IELTS score:
Minimum required score:
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Bachelor's degree. The Master's degree programmes are open only to applicants who have already completed (or are about to complete) a Bachelor's degree in a related programme of study or at least a combination of related programmes with other study tracks.
It is not necessary for students to have obtained their Bachelor's degree from Charles University in Prague, or any university in the Czech Republic. However, students who have earned their Bachelor's degree abroad should note that, under current rules on the recognition of foreign diplomas, it will be necessary for them to obtain an official document to say that their Bachelor's degree is recognised in the Czech Republic.
In theory, the recognition process should be completed by students before they register for their first day of classes in September. In practice this is impossible. We will therefore register all successful applicants provisionally for the first semester, while they work on their papers and while we wait for the legal situation to clarify. Please note, however, that this does not mean students will not be required to get their degree recognised at all. At some point all students will have to go through with it.
English-language ability. The programmes require a sufficient knowledge of the English language to attend classes, write papers and be capable of reading Master level textbook without difficulties (i.e. at least B2 level). Students who are not native speakers may be asked to demonstrate their ability to study in English, e.g. by presenting the results of any language tests they have taken. Although we welcome TOEFL and IELTS, they are not necessarily a condition of entry. A real ability to study in English is more important.
Eligibility. There will be no entrance examinations. The eligibility of individual applicants will be assessed by an applications committee in May (precise date to be confirmed). In cases where the applicant does not meet the above requirement concerning related programmes, a detailed motivation letter may help the applications committee to decide.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
As in previous years, the Faculty of Social Sciences will continue to offer students the opportunity to apply for a discount in their final year (or final semester) of study in all English-taught programmes. The conditions will be as follows:
The exact fee paid by students who have qualified for the discount is specified each year in the price list issued by the Dean. At the time of writing, the reduced school fee is 300 EUR per semester (subject to revision in future years).
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