PhD in Historical Sociology Faculty of Humanities, Charles University
Originally founded as the Institute for Liberal Education of Charles University in 1994, the Charles University Faculty of Humanities gained full academic autonomy in 2000. It was established to provide study programs at the Bachelor’s, Master's, and Ph.D. levels that were previously not available at the university.
Under the leadership of Dean Professor Jan Sokol, Ph.D., the former education minister, and candidate for the presidency of the Czech Republic in 2003, the school developed several progressive programs that responded to important transitional needs.
The foundation of its work is the Bachelor’s Programme in Liberal Arts and Humanities, offering students unprecedented individual choice in course selection in both theoretical and applied arts of philosophy, history, the social sciences, and languages.
Special features, research, interesting projects:
There are three chief areas of academic research at the Faculty of Humanities: philosophy, anthropology, and the applied social sciences. Research in philosophy is focused on two areas: Phenomenology and Semiotics. Associated fields of research include the mutual relations of action, creativity, and rhetoric in areas such as ethics or politics, but also in the philosophy of art and aesthetics.
The field of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences includes the sociology of knowledge, of institutions and of organizations, gender studies, studies of civil society and the civil sector, studies of management and supervision in care-providing organizations.
The research area of anthropology consists of Cultural, Social, and Historical Anthropology. The core of this field of academic research is forms of human behavior and (social) action and cognition, not only in terms of their typological determinations (in the sense of the hominization process) but also in terms of their historical, cultural, social, generational and group contingency and variability.
The Faculty of Humanities has recently been involved in 5 international research and development projects, namely Education for Democratic Intercultural Citizenship+ (EDIC+) (Erasmus+: KA2, Cooperation and Innovation for Good Practices 2016-2019), the Czech-Norwegian Research Programme, Norway Grants, 2015-2017), New Communities of Interpretation: Contexts, Strategies and Processes of Religious Transformation in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Action COST, 2013-2017), Strengthening Europeans’ capabilities by establishing the European literacy network (Action COST, 2014-2018) and New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on ‘How Matter Comes to Matter (Action COST, 2014-2018).
The Association of Students of Faculty of Humanities has organized many interesting activities: the “Buddy” program for international students, a film club, the Festival of Humanity and Solidarity, and the Encyclopedia of Migration.
Description of verification and evaluation criteria
The exam consists of a discussion about the project of the dissertation (max. 5 points) and a check of basic assumptions for the study (max. 5 points), which focus on the adequate knowledge of the theory and methodology in historical sociology.
To enter the admission process, a completed application for doctoral studies must include the following attachments:
- The brief professional biography;
- The proposal of the dissertation project (in the range of about 4 pages), should contain the theoretical background, a review of previous research in this field, his or her own research questions, a proposed methodology and research techniques, a list of literature, a schedule of its realization, and justification of its relevance to historical sociology. The project should contain the proposal of a tutor (name), selected from the list of tutors approved by the subject area board;
- An overview of recent publications and other scientific activities of the applicant (participation in conferences, participation in research projects, etc.)
Conditions for admission
Admission to Doctoral studies is conditioned by successful completion of a Master's study program.
Verification method: entrance exam Confirmation date (of entrance exam) from: 08.06.2022 until: 17.06.2022 Alternative date (of entrance exam) from: 22.06.2022 until: 29.06.2022
A graduate of the doctoral study program of historical sociology is a qualified expert in societal and social issues, particularly on issues of comparative analysis of historical processes and trends of development. They have the knowledge, skills, and competencies for a job in the field of theory and research. And they are theoretically prepared for work at universities, research institutes, and specialized workplaces in the public and private sector.