Sociology in European Context (SEC)

Sociology in European Context (SEC)

Two-year English-language Master’s programme is 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 by members of the  Institute of Sociological Studies (ISS FSV UK).

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.

Tuition fee for this programme is 4 000 EUR per year. For students from countries with a lower gross national income (GNI) per capita we offer a scholarship 2 000 EUR per year.

Detailed information

Programme Duration: 2 years

Language of Instruction: English

Programme Director: Doc. Paulus Blokker, PhD. (paulus.blokker@fsv.cuni.cz)

Programme Coordinator: Mgr. Petra A. Honová, (petra.honova@fsv.cuni.cz)

Admission Administration: admissions@fsv.cuni.cz

 

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.

 

Study prerequisites

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

 

Graduation requirements

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

 

Course structure and study requirements

Total Credits: 120 ECTS

Compulsory Courses: 72 ECTS

Elective Courses: minimum 36 ECTS

Optional Courses: 12 ECTS

Defence of Master's Thesis

Final State Examination

 

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

For a list of recommended optional courses please see Karolinka.

 

Tuition fees

  • 4 000 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 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 your 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.