Social Sciences (SOSCI)
Social Sciences (SOSCI)
Social Sciences is a three-year English-language Bachelor’s degree interdisciplinary programme, which aims to develop students’ analytical skills in social sciences. The main focus of the programme is on studying current issues and problems that are essentially transdisciplinary, such as complexity management, governance, mediatisation of social relations or interdependence of society, technology and the natural environment. The second axis of the programme is social research methodology (about one-third of credits), which is a prerequisite for the development of students’ analytical skills and for finding practical solutions to complex issues.
We teach analytical and interpretative approaches symmetrically. In comparison with similar undergraduate programmes, we pay great attention to the preparation of the bachelor's thesis. The emphasis on the final thesis contributes not only to the development of soft skills (language, presentation, expression of thoughts) but also serves as a preparation for project-oriented research that dominates the current expert knowledge production. The structure of elective subjects corresponds to the field portfolio developed at the Faculty of Social Sciences and enables students to profile according to their interest or with a view to follow-up studies.
Application Submission Deadlines
Application submission date: 30. 04. 2020
Note on date: For visa-seeking students, we recommend early-bird term for the application - 29. 02. 2020.
Programme Duration: 3 years
Language of Instruction: English
Academic Supervisor: Assoc. Professor Martin Hájek, Ph.D. (email@example.com)
Programme Coordinator: Assist. Professor Zuzana Kotherová, Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Promotion & Contact Person: Preeti Rajendran (email@example.com)
Admission Administration: firstname.lastname@example.org
To complete the programme, the students must (i) collect 180 ECTS credits, (ii) pass the state exam, and (iii) defend their bachelor’s thesis. The available courses consist of mandatory courses, elective and optional courses. The mandatory and elective courses are taught at the Faculty of Social Sciences, the optional (off-field elective) courses can be taken at any department of Charles University (including the Czech language classes).
The core mandatory courses focus on key issues of contemporary societies and discuss various approaches of their research and analysis in social sciences. Another part of mandatory courses is dedicated to the development and the use of basic methods of social research, including its ethical reflection. Bachelor's thesis seminars prepare students for the selection of the topic of the thesis and provide a guide for doing the research and writing the thesis.
- Complex Societies: A Sociological Analysis
- Globalizing Societies: A Social Anthropological Perspective
- Governing Societies 1: A Public Policy Perspective
- Governing Societies 2: Political Systems Analysis
- Mediated Societies: Changes of Media Environment
- Digitalised Societies: A Socio-Technical Analysis
- Research Methods in Social Sciences
- Statistics for Social Sciences
- Seminars in Qualitative/Quantitative/Policy Analysis Research Methods
Elective courses cover a wide range of specific areas in social sciences taught at the Faculty of Social Sciences, which allows the students either to broaden their knowledge or to specialize in the field of their interest. The topics include visual sociology, television studies, economic history, social psychology, sociology of sport, geopolitics and political geography and many more.
Off-field elective courses can be taken at any department of Charles University or at any partner university. Students may take 27 ECTS credits outside of the Faculty of Social Sciences. These credits can also be used to follow the Czech language classes offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences.
For the full course structure of the programme, please see Karolinka.
Applicants should have a good command of English corresponding at least to B2 level under the CEFR system and they should be capable of reading English-written textbooks without difficulties.
The Social Sciences programme is open only to applicants who have already completed (or are about to complete) their secondary education. We welcome applicants with a strong motivation and a consistent past performance track record.
The entrance exam consists of three parts and applicants may take it at the Faculty of Social Sciences or from abroad:
- Proof of English Proficiency: Test of a sufficient level of English (B2 and higher; a formal certificate, such as TOEFL, IELTS, FCE, CAE, etc., or writing exam on-site). Students who studied in a High School Diploma with English as the medium of instruction, or studied in an International Curriculum, with the International Baccalaureate, Cambridge or AP Diploma may be exempt from Proof of English Proficiency and or the writing exam.
- Letter of Motivation: Describe your personal motivation for choosing to study social sciences and your competencies for the study. (500-800 words)
- Written Essay: Write a reflection on a given topic in the field of social sciences. (on-site or online with distant proctoring; applicants choose one from three suggested prompts; 350-500 words)
Transcript of grades documenting the past secondary school performance (and university performance in the case of candidates who already have a history of tertiary education). In case the original diplomas documenting the school performance are not in English, Czech or Slovak, a certified transcript into English is required.
- 6 000 EUR per year
The tuition fee covers the cost of instruction, examinations, as well as the access to libraries and computer laboratories. It does not cover the cost of textbooks and other teaching material nor the living expenses, e.g. accommodation, meals, etc. The university provides assistance to students interested in affordable accommodation at student dormitories.
Reducing or Waiving the Fee
The Faculty of Social Sciences wants to support future students and their studies. Therefore, we offer a set of scholarships and fee reductions!
Students who have fulfilled all study requirements except the BA thesis defense (i.e., who have obtained all study credits in 5 semesters) are eligible for a 90% fee reduction in the last semester of their studies.
Conditions for reducing or waiving the fee for study in a foreign language at FSV UK can be found here.