Department of Sociology
Department of Sociology
Since its inception in 1990, the Department of Sociology has served as one of the most significant and influential entities in sociological education and research in the Czech Republic. We offer programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels, where classes are conducted in Czech as well as English. The doctoral program is run in conjunction with the Institute of Sociology at the Academy of Sciences, also housed here in the Czech Republic.
Located in the history laden city of Prague, the Department developed in the post-socialist and increasingly globalized approach, offering an ideal place for studying social dynamics, accelerated social change, and their links to collective mobilization. Many of our faculty members, living and working in the dynamically transforming society after the collapse of the previously undemocratic regime in 1989, have gained significant knowledge and insight from the experience. Therefore, they can provide unique viewpoints on researching rapid socio-cultural transformations and a society's adaptation to significant change.
In addition to the strong emphasis in the broad areas of social theory and methodology, our faculty is actively involved in researching a wide variety of topics. Our research covers the following areas of study: civil society, public opinion, social movements, social stratification, social exclusion, mass media, health, information technologies, consumption, as well as sports. Special focus is given to social anthropology, with an emphasis on ethnicity, nationalism, migration, urban space or religiosity.
Faculty members have participated in numerous national and international research projects. Two research projects received the support of the European Commission Horizon 2020 (SIRIUS and RECONNECT), 14 projects are financed by the Czech Funding Agency and one project is supported by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic. Among the recently concluded projects is also Counter-Islamophobia Kit, funded by European Commission – Directorate of Justice, or European Political Sociology, supported within the Jean Monnet Chair Erasmus+ scheme. Students enrolled in the doctoral program currently work on more than ten projects funded by the Charles University Grant Agency.
Head of Department
doc. Jakub Grygar, Ph.D.
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1) A new MA programme Society, Communication and Media will start in new academic year 2018/2019. The deadline for applications is 30 April 2019.
2) Since January 2019, the Department will host two new research projects funded by the Czech Science Foundation focused on the moral economy (principal investigator Barbora Spalová) and populism (principal investigator Tomáš Dvořák).
3) Paul Blokker has left the position Miloslav Petrusek Chair as he moved to Bologna University from 1 Novembre 2018. We are pleased that Paul will continue his collaboration with the Department as part of his involvement in the projects RECONNECT (Horizon 2020) and TRAPPED (GAČR).