The two-year, part-time Master Study Program in Oral History and Contemporary History is intended for students interested in contemporary (European) history, in interviewing methodologies and in interpretative methods. Its main aim is to train students to conduct research through creating and analyzing interviews and developing fieldwork projects to address those historical and contemporary issues that require interdisciplinary investigation.
The Master is divided into two sections, the first covers contemporary (Czech and international) history and events, the second is methodological and focuses on various interviewing techniques through which we can study contemporary history. It binds together two general approaches to studying history, the macro, and micro approaches, and enables a thorough understanding of recent events in history. One of the specific strengths and an internationally recognized expertize of the gender studies program at School of Humanities is the emphasis put on analysis and reflection of post-socialist experiences and reflections of gender structuring of the late-socialist Czechoslovak society, and “East European” societies in general.
Description of verification and evaluation criteria
- Submit a motivation letter, structured CV (curriculum vitae) and an academic paper in English before the application deadline. The paper should be no less than 15 pages in length and prove the applicant's knowledge, skills, and talent for study in the program which the applicant applies for. The paper can be the applicant's defended bachelor’s thesis or its summary, an article published in an academic journal or any new essay that the applicant chooses to represent them and their academic knowledge. Dean of the faculty decides whether papers that the applicant submits meet the requirements.
- Submit a notarized copy of the applicant's bachelor or master diploma. Those applicants who graduated abroad/ from foreign schools are required to provide recognition of their foreign diploma. The applicant submits one of the following documents: a certificate of recognition of the foreign school report in the Czech Republic (the so-called „nostrification document“), or a European Baccalaureate diploma, or a foreign diploma which can be recognized under foreign states’ mutual agreement of recognition (high school diploma from Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and Slovenia), or a foreign high school diploma which the applicant submits directly to the faculty for the purpose of recognition (at the faculty, the applicant is charged an administration fee of 810 CZK). More information on the requirement of high school diploma submission is available on the faculty’s website. The applicant should send the required documents to the faculty’s address: U Kříže 8, 158 00 Praha, no later than August 19, 2020. The applicant should cover the fee together with the application fee, or later when they submit the documents to the faculty for the purpose of recognition.
Conditions for admission
Admission to Master's studies is conditioned by completed BA education confirmed by a diploma.
Submitting an online application before the deadline (July 31st, 2020)
Graduates are proficient in the methodology and techniques of historical research and the historical sciences. They are knowledgeable about modern history, in particular, the history from 1945 until today. They are qualified to identify, classify and process historical resources and secondary accounts, to interpret and discuss relevant historical issues. Their comprehension of modern history enables them to identify practical and theoretical problems and interpret them systematically. Bound by the code of academic ethics, they approach their target audience responsibly. Their qualification, combined with their flexibility to cope with specific workload requirements, is applicable in the media, state administration, international authorities as well as educational and cultural institutions.
The graduates have a chance to become not only narrowly specialized experts with employment in scientific field and in research activity in academia, but, thanks to their knowledge, skills and experience, they also have the option of applying themselves in the sphere of formal and non-formal education in institutions of the university and non-university type, as ordinary or directing staff in state and political administration at the central, regional or local level, in expert groups in the EU (European Union), in the UN (United Nations) agencies network, in the field of monument preservation and generally in the field of cultural heritage preservation (e.g. in historical institutions, museums etc.); furthermore, in the position of the modern archive managers and workers responsible for files in the national archives, but also in business and corporate archives.
Of course, they may find employment in the private sector as employees of non-profit organizations operating in the sphere of adherence to and the general protection of human rights, in the area of monitoring gender rights or the rights of minorities, or they may specialize in specific social support and counseling for selected individuals or groups of the population. Furthermore, the graduates can work as ordinary employees or as the managers, respectively, in the management of domestic, European and global political (or economical) institutions and organizations, such as creative workers of printed, electronic or audio-visual media or as professional analysts and experts in the consulting field.