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 a point of 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. Furthermore, the program deals with problems of modernization and social change, globalization trends and influences, integration and disintegration processes, the relationship of continuity and discontinuity, religious and cultural pluralism, linking the global to the local, the identification of the chances and risks of social development, the analysis of conflict situations and the possibility of overcoming them.
The need for understanding of all of these issues invokes the need for the development of adequate theoretical and methodological approaches, and also for the specific training of university students, which is possible through the study of Historical Sociology.
Profile of a Graduate
Throughout their study of M.A. in Historical Sociology, graduates will have covered both theoretical topics as well as practical and research-based topics.
Regarding theory, graduates will have acquired historical-sociological knowledge from the social, cultural, religious, political and economic spheres. They will learn how to analyze different social phenomena in a wide historical and territorial context and look at them from a long-term perspective.
Practical and research-based skills acquired throughout the study of this course include professional skills based on managing the basic approaches of quantitative and qualitative historical-sociological research methodology.
This combination of both theoretical and practical fields qualifies graduates for employment both in the academic sphere, i.e., at universities and research institutions, and in the non-academic sphere, i.e. in state administration, NGO’s, agencies, consultancy firms, educational institutions, cultural organizations and in the media.
About the School
Originally founded as the Institute for Liberal Education of Charles University in 1994, the Faculty of Humanities is the youngest Faculty under esteemed Charles University and as such it offers some ... Read More