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Sociology in European Context (SEC)

Programme description

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 programme 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.


The advantage of the curriculum is that it provides students with a useful combination of theoretical and practice-oriented knowledge of modern European societies and research methods, giving graduates an excellent foundation for a fruitful career in either the public sector and non-profit organisations, or in private companies; the program also thoroughly prepares the student for subsequent doctoral study in social sciences.

Programme graduates have current knowledge of contemporary theories and research methods in sociology, including the major social problems in present-day European societies. They are qualified to independently carry out both quantitative and qualitative sociological research, and to analyse current social problems and processes of both national and international comparative scope. The study programme prepares graduates to work as researcher, expert, analyst or project manager in both public sector and non-profit organisations as well as in private companies, or to pursue an academic career.

To complete the programme the students must collect 120 ETC credits, defend their Master’s Thesis and pass the final state examination.


Tuition fees

Tuition fee for the SEC programme is 6 000 EUR per year. Please note that these fees cover only the cost of instruction and examinations, and that students are responsible for paying their own expenses (lodging, food etc.).

The tuition fee of 6 000 EUR can be significantly reduced.

Firstly, for students from countries with a lower gross national income (GNI) per capita we offer a scholarship 2 000 EUR per year.

Secondly, all students are entitled to the specific reduced school fee 300 EUR per semester during the last (usually the fourth) semester of their MA studies in case that they complete all compulsory courses specified by the curriculum of their programme, except the Master's Thesis Seminar, the Master's Thesis, and the Final Exam. More information is available here.

Thirdly, 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 2050 EUR) as a contribution towards living costs. More information about Development Scholarship is available here.


Study prerequisites

The SEC programme is open to students who have already completed a Bachelors degree (or equivalent) in a related programme study.


Programme Director:


Programme Coordinator:


Language instruction:

English


Course Structure and Study Requirements:

Total number of all required credits (ECTS): 120


Topics for the Final State Examination

Thesis evaluation form


Compulsory Courses

Code

Title

Lecturer

Semester

Term

Examination

Credits

JSM421

Contemporary social theory

Balon

WS

2/0

exam

9

JSM692

Introduction to Social Research Metodology

Remr

WS

2/2

exam

9

JSM301

Elites in Society

Frič

SS

2/0

exam

9

JSM062

Borders and International Migration

Grygar

SS


2/0


exam


8


JSM406

Statistics in SPSS

Soukup, Petrúšek

WS/SS

1/1

exam

8

JSM693

Text, Narrative & Discourse Analysis

Hájek

SS

1/1

exam

9

JSM697

Diploma Seminar I

Blokker, Numerato, Hájek

SS

0/2

pass

10

JSM698

Diploma Seminar II

Blokker, Numerato, Hájek

WS

0/2

pass

10

Elective Courses

Code

Title

Lecturer

Semester

Term

Examination

Credits

JSM477

Sociology of Critique

Blokker

WS

2/0

exam

8

JSM476

Sociology of Human Rights in Contemporary Europe

Blokker

SS

2/0

exam

8

JSM032

Applied Social Research

Remr

WS

2/1

exam

7

JSM095

Study of Political Mobilization and Social Movements

Císař

WS

2/0

exam

6

JSM103

Writing research project and paper in English I

Blokker

WS

0/2

macc

6

JSM108

Writing research project and paper in English II

Blokker

SS

0/2

macc

6

JSM311

Communications Research

Jeřábek

SS

2/1

exam

9

JSM312

Electoral, Market, Media and Social Research: Paul Lazarsfeld's Methodology

Jeřábek

WS

2/1

exam

9

JSM437

Civil Society in Transition

Frič

SS

2/0

exam

8

JSM016

Sociology of Science and Scientific Knowledge

Maršálek

WS

0/2

exam

8

JSM480

Evaluation Research

Remr

WS

2/0

exam

8

JSM628

European policies and practice towards ethnic minorities

Mikes

WS

1/1

exam

9


Recommended optional Courses

Code

Title

Lecturer

Semester

Term

Examination

Credits

JPM239

Central European Politics

Krausz Hladká

SS

1/1

exam

6

JPM550

History, Politics and Culture of Central European Jewry

Kubátová

SS

1/1

exam

6

JSM034

Advanced Data Analysis in MPlus

Soukup

SS

2/1

exam

7

JSM518

Public Policy

Potůček

WS

2/1

exam

9

JSM519

Social Policy

Kotrusová Angelovská

SS

2/1

exam

9

JSM602

Health Policy

Háva

WS

2/1

exam

8

JSM604

Health Economics

Háva

SS

2/1

exam

8

JSM657

Welfare State, Austerity, and Political Parties

Novotný

WS

1/1

exam

8

JSM691

Policy Analysis

Nekola Veselý

SS

2/1

exam

9






Sociology in european context

Sociology in European Context (SEC)

Programme description

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 programme 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.


The advantage of the curriculum is that it provides students with a useful combination of theoretical and practice-oriented knowledge of modern European societies and research methods, giving graduates an excellent foundation for a fruitful career in either the public sector and non-profit organisations, or in private companies; the program also thoroughly prepares the student for subsequent doctoral study in social sciences.

Programme graduates have current knowledge of contemporary theories and research methods in sociology, including the major social problems in present-day European societies. They are qualified to independently carry out both quantitative and qualitative sociological research, and to analyse current social problems and processes of both national and international comparative scope. The study programme prepares graduates to work as researcher, expert, analyst or project manager in both public sector and non-profit organisations as well as in private companies, or to pursue an academic career.

To complete the programme the students must collect 120 ETC credits, defend their Master’s Thesis and pass the final state examination.


Tuition fees

Tuition fee for the SEC programme is 6 000 EUR per year. Please note that these fees cover only the cost of instruction and examinations, and that students are responsible for paying their own expenses (lodging, food etc.).

The tuition fee of 6 000 EUR can be significantly reduced.

Firstly, for students from countries with a lower gross national income (GNI) per capita we offer a scholarship 2 000 EUR per year.

Secondly, all students are entitled to the specific reduced school fee 300 EUR per semester during the last (usually the fourth) semester of their MA studies in case that they complete all compulsory courses specified by the curriculum of their programme, except the Master's Thesis Seminar, the Master's Thesis, and the Final Exam. More information is available here.

Thirdly, 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 2050 EUR) as a contribution towards living costs. More information about Development Scholarship is available here.


Study prerequisites

The SEC programme is open to students who have already completed a Bachelors degree (or equivalent) in a related programme study.


Programme Director:


Programme Coordinator:


Language instruction:

English


Course Structure and Study Requirements:

Total number of all required credits (ECTS): 120


Topics for the Final State Examination

Thesis evaluation form


Compulsory Courses

Code

Title

Lecturer

Semester

Term

Examination

Credits

JSM421

Contemporary social theory

Balon

WS

2/0

exam

9

JSM692

Introduction to Social Research Metodology

Remr

WS

2/2

exam

9

JSM301

Elites in Society

Frič

SS

2/0

exam

9

JSM062

Borders and International Migration

Grygar

SS


2/0


exam


8


JSM406

Statistics in SPSS

Soukup, Petrúšek

WS/SS

1/1

exam

8

JSM693

Text, Narrative & Discourse Analysis

Hájek

SS

1/1

exam

9

JSM697

Diploma Seminar I

Blokker, Numerato, Hájek

SS

0/2

pass

10

JSM698

Diploma Seminar II

Blokker, Numerato, Hájek

WS

0/2

pass

10

Elective Courses

Code

Title

Lecturer

Semester

Term

Examination

Credits

JSM477

Sociology of Critique

Blokker

WS

2/0

exam

8

JSM476

Sociology of Human Rights in Contemporary Europe

Blokker

SS

2/0

exam

8

JSM032

Applied Social Research

Remr

WS

2/1

exam

7

JSM095

Study of Political Mobilization and Social Movements

Císař

WS

2/0

exam

6

JSM103

Writing research project and paper in English I

Blokker

WS

0/2

macc

6

JSM108

Writing research project and paper in English II

Blokker

SS

0/2

macc

6

JSM311

Communications Research

Jeřábek

SS

2/1

exam

9

JSM312

Electoral, Market, Media and Social Research: Paul Lazarsfeld's Methodology

Jeřábek

WS

2/1

exam

9

JSM437

Civil Society in Transition

Frič

SS

2/0

exam

8

JSM016

Sociology of Science and Scientific Knowledge

Maršálek

WS

0/2

exam

8

JSM480

Evaluation Research

Remr

WS

2/0

exam

8

JSM628

European policies and practice towards ethnic minorities

Mikes

WS

1/1

exam

9


Recommended optional Courses

Code

Title

Lecturer

Semester

Term

Examination

Credits

JPM239

Central European Politics

Krausz Hladká

SS

1/1

exam

6

JPM550

History, Politics and Culture of Central European Jewry

Kubátová

SS

1/1

exam

6

JSM034

Advanced Data Analysis in MPlus

Soukup

SS

2/1

exam

7

JSM518

Public Policy

Potůček

WS

2/1

exam

9

JSM519

Social Policy

Kotrusová Angelovská

SS

2/1

exam

9

JSM602

Health Policy

Háva

WS

2/1

exam

8

JSM604

Health Economics

Háva

SS

2/1

exam

8

JSM657

Welfare State, Austerity, and Political Parties

Novotný

WS

1/1

exam

8

JSM691

Policy Analysis

Nekola Veselý

SS

2/1

exam

9