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 programmes at the Bachelor’s, Masters and PhD 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 programmes 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 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 organisations, gender studies, studies of civil society and the civil sector, studies of management and supervision in care-providing organisations.

The research area of anthropology consists of Cultural, Social and Historical Anthropology. The core of this field of academic research is forms of human behaviour and (social) action and cognition, not only in terms of their typological determinations (in the sense of the hominisation 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 Eu-ropean literacy network (Action COST, 2014-2018) and New Materialism: Net-working European Scholarship on ‘How Matter Comes to Matter (Action COST, 2014-2018).

The Association of Students of Faculty of Humanities has organised many interesting activities: the “Buddy” programme for international students, a film club, the Festival of Humanity and Solidarity, and the Encyklopedy of Migration.

Programs taught in:
  • English
  • Czech
  • German

This school also offers:

PhD

Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

This doctoral program is advertised for the classroom and distance learning. Anyone who is interested in the fields of classical and modern German philosophy, the French ... [+]

This doctoral program is advertised for the classroom and distance learning. Anyone who is interested in the fields of classical and modern German philosophy, the French philosophy of the 19th and 20th centuries, German and French phenomenology as well as the current international reception of these philosophies can apply, and the conditions of admission (required documents see below) fulfill. The curricula of the doctoral students in this program include the following to be provided during the two-year study (Minimum Duration): In addition to the preparation of at least three term papers following the compulsory courses according to Accreditation, these are at least three articles to be published, participating in at least three conferences as well as at least two research stays abroad related to the thesis. The final degree consists in the proof of the above-mentioned achievements, the submission of the doctoral thesis as well as in their defense as part of a doctoral examination. Successful PhD students may take the title Ph.D. to lead.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague 5
October 2019
German,French
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Online & Campus Combined
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Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

The doctoral Contemporary European Cultural History program aims to prepare experts trained for a widely conceived scientific research in history and cultural history sin ... [+]

The doctoral Contemporary European Cultural History program aims to prepare experts trained for a widely conceived scientific research in history and cultural history since 1918 until the present day, including cultural heritage and traditions. The field of research is defined as Europe, including the Czech Republic and/or Czechoslovakia, its predecessor. The research should be approached in a supra-regional, inter-disciplinary and possibly comparative way, focusing particularly on the cultural, spiritual, social and political as well as the day-to-day history of Europe since the end of World War I, and the history of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Lands perceived in its European context.

Description of verification and evaluation criteria ... [-]
Czech Republic Prague 5
October 2019
English
Full-time
4 years
Campus
Online & Campus Combined
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Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

The doctoral study program at FHS is organized into the full-time (4 years) and correspondence form of study. The program offers studies focused on philosophical, histori ... [+]

The doctoral study program at FHS is organized into the full-time (4 years) and correspondence form of study. The program offers studies focused on philosophical, historical, socio-cultural and socio-linguistic anthropology and human ethology. The general aim of the program is to solidify the theoretical basics and methods of this field and master the methodology of academic research.

The curriculum of Ph.D. students includes:

The studies are organized in two modules, where the first module is compulsory for all students, the second is selected on the basis of the consultations with the supervisor. Ph.D. seminar A compulsory language exam. The defense of the student’s dissertation ... [-]
Czech Republic Prague 5
October 2019
English
Full-time
4 years
Campus
Online & Campus Combined
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Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

The main topics of historical sociology lie in questions of social change, modernization, modernization processes, civilizational analysis, the formation of states and na ... [+]

The main topics of historical sociology lie in questions of social change, modernization, modernization processes, civilizational analysis, the formation of states and nations, the formation of the world system, and globalization trends. These questions are studied from an extensive comparative analysis involving a wide geographical perspective and long-time intervals. Part of the field of historical sociology comprises a number of partial, specific research areas, which include issues such as collective mentalities, habits and social memory. Historical sociology is a very diverse and internally differentiated discipline that has general theoretical approaches, a number of special theories, a variety of specialized research directions, and develops research at an empirical level.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague 5
October 2019
English
Full-time
4 years
Campus
Online & Campus Combined
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Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

The Ph.D. Longevity studies produce highly skilled and knowledgeable specialists in research, expertise, and transference of knowledge into practice. On the scientific le ... [+]

Longevity Studies enables a better understanding of the interfaces and challenges of prolongation of human life (longevity). It fosters further understanding and finding of appropriate answers and solutions of theoretical, applied, and ethical contexts of longevity. It reflects not only current demographic changes of the population but also reflects the fact that nowadays people with severe disabilities, chronic illnesses and impairment live longer than ever before, and also that some other specific groups of our population have needs related to longevity. Longevity Studies offers an integrated study on the border of humanities, social, biomedical, and other mainly applied sciences. The study responds to the needs of specialist analyses and solutions to problems related to longevity and demographic changes in society and in various fields of human life and activity.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague 5
October 2019
English
Full-time
4 years
Campus
Online & Campus Combined
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Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

The Doctoral program Semiotics and Communications Philosophy provides the demanding training necessary for qualified philosophical and semiotic research into communicatio ... [+]

The Doctoral program Semiotics and Communications Philosophy provides the demanding training necessary for qualified philosophical and semiotic research into communication, its evolution, changes and relationships with other social spheres. The field of study is interdisciplinary. The intent is to study communication strategies, their social assumptions, and their effects. The field is conceived theoretically but the graduate may also have access to practical processes because it helps to better understand the role of semiosis in the process of mass media communication. Students are encouraged to build on the traditional lines of exploration of both world and Czech semiotics and communication philosophy to acquire the latest theoretical knowledge and to develop them creatively.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague 5
October 2019
French,English
Full-time
4 years
Campus
Online & Campus Combined
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Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

At present, there is a consensus that just having a comprehensive understanding of the planet’s natural system does not suffice. It is necessary to understand the complex ... [+]

At present, there is a consensus that just having a comprehensive understanding of the planet’s natural system does not suffice. It is necessary to understand the complex interactions between the socio-economic system and the vital planetary systems which provide society with the ecosystem and natural services. The Social Ecology doctoral program contributes to the development of the environmental approaches characteristic in their interdisciplinary nature. The goal of the program is the advancement of knowledge, which should contribute to the creation of a theoretical base from within the strategy of making economic, social, and cultural development sustainable, especially from an environmental perspective.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague 5
October 2019
English
Full-time
4 years
Campus
Online & Campus Combined
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