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:

MA

Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

Gender Studies at the Faculty of Humanities at Charles University in Prague (FHS UK) offers the opportunity for a systematic and interdisciplinary academic study of theor ... [+]

Gender Studies at the Faculty of Humanities at Charles University in Prague (FHS UK) offers the opportunity for a systematic and interdisciplinary academic study of theoretical and methodological tools for researching and exploring gender issues in historical perspective, with a consideration of cultural and ethnic aspects of any given topic. Gender studies apply intersectional and interdisciplinary perspectives on gender as one of the basic principles of organizing human society and culture. Gender studies focus on the analysis of historical as well as contemporary manifestations of gender order, influence of feminist and queer theories and methods in science and research and other aspects of gender order; they also probe the relationship between gender and other categories of social differentiation and stratification such as race/ethnicity, social status, age, sexuality, and/or disability.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague 5
October 2019
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2 years
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Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

The aim of Historical Sociological research is the study of issues of long-term social processes and trends that have a significant impact on contemporary societies and p ... [+]

The aim of Historical Sociological research is the study of issues of long-term social processes and trends that have a significant impact on contemporary societies and phenomena. The M.A. Historical Sociology cultivates research activities and the education of experts with an emphasis on the specialization of these processes.

Above all, historical sociology deals with problems of modernisation and social change, globalisation 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.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague 5
October 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus

Master

Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

The Faculty of Human Sciences (FHS) of Charles University in Prague offers Master and Ph.D. programs in philosophy in German. The focus is on the interdisciplinary and in ... [+]

The Faculty of Human Sciences (FHS) of Charles University in Prague offers Master and Ph.D. programs in philosophy in German. The focus is on the interdisciplinary and intercultural networking of philosophy: Against the background of basic questions on phenomenological philosophy, philosophical anthropology, and contemporary philosophy, the courses deal with analyzes of epochal thresholds, intercultural philosophy, the philosophy of art and the interdisciplinary project of an ecological philosophy. to open up new perspectives on fundamental questions of economics as well as ecology. In this orientation, the courses are also of interest to all those who deal with cultural studies and theories of cultures. The central concern is not simply to presuppose concepts of 'culture', but to question them philosophically.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague 5
October 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

The two-year, part-time Master Study Program in Oral History and Contemporary History is intended for students interested in contemporary (European) history, in interview ... [+]

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.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague 5
October 2019
Part-time
2 years
Campus
Charles University, Faculty of Humanities
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