The MA program in Sociology of Contemporary Societies is a two-year English-language Master's program designed for students interested in gaining in-depth knowledge of the state of the present-day field of sociology and social anthropology, including both theory and research methods. It features a strong core of sociology and social anthropological courses in three specializations from which the student chooses one: 1. Civil Society and Politics; 2. Anthropology of Space and Mobility; 3. Identities, Health, and Bodies. In any specializations, students can choose either quantitative or qualitative research methodology as a focus. Every specialization provides prerequisites for their graduates to be employed in the education sector, state, and public administration, the nonprofit sector, corporate organizations, or academia. The program is taught by members of the Institute of Sociological Studies (ISS) and their guests.
The Civil Society and Politics specialization provides students with a deep understanding of how contemporary complex societies work. Students acquire the theoretical and practical skills in political sociology, anthropology of nationalism, and the nonprofit sector, as well as learn to analyze various aspects of public life systematically.
The Anthropology of Space and Mobility specialization brings in-depth knowledge of the globalized world, its dynamics, migratory movements, social mobility, which enables these phenomena to be deeply understood and applied in the field of urban planning, migratory politics, as well as analysis of global developments.
The Identities, Health, and Bodies specialization develops the deep-seated knowledge and practical skills required to conduct sociological and social anthropological research in the field of medical anthropology, health sociology, lifestyle studies, sociology of sport, and gender studies.
The study program Sociology in European Context is designed for Czech and international students interested in present-day sociological knowledge covering both theories and research methods. The curriculum in English focuses on major social processes taking place in contemporary European countries and offers opportunities for students to develop their skills of carrying out the sociological and social anthropological research of these processes including the data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
The lectures and seminars examine processes and phenomena of international migration, nationalism, and social inequalities in terms of societal integration and the main threats of civil society building. Further, students explore the role of elites in the societies undergoing social transformation and on the civil society building. There are additional lectures and seminars on ethnography and applied research (electoral, marketing, etc.). Attention is also paid to learning reflexive thinking of the scientific practice.
The advantage of the curriculum is that provides students with a useful combination of theoretical and practical knowledge of modern European societies and methods of their research that gives them an excellent foundation either for a fruitful career in the public sector, non-profit organizations, or private companies but also for subsequent doctoral study in social sciences.
Conditions for admission
Admission to Master's studies is conditioned by completed secondary education confirmed by a school-leaving certificate. Admission to Post-Bachelor studies (Master's program) is likewise conditioned by completed education in any type of study program.
Information about graduate employment
Students graduating from the program will possess scholarly advantages including current knowledge of the major social problems facing present-day societies. With their understanding of both quantitative and qualitative sociological research methods, graduates can competently conduct sociological and social anthropological research and cooperate effectively on both analytic and problem-solving tasks, allowing them to work as researchers, experts, analysts, or project managers in either the public sector and non-profit organizations, or in private companies. Our graduates are equally prepared to pursue a fruitful academic career and Ph.D. studies.