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

The application deadline for the candidates who will need Czech visa is 30th June 2020, while the deadline for the applicants from EU and EFTA countries is 31st July 2020. 

Detailed Information

Programme Duration: 3 years

Language of Instruction: English

Academic Supervisor & Programme Coordinator:  Assoc. Professor Martin Hájek, Ph.D. (martin.hajek@fsv.cuni.cz)

Admission Administration: admissions@fsv.cuni.cz

 

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).

 

Courses

Mandatory courses

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

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.

Optional courses

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.

 

Application Prerequisites

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.

 

Admission Criteria

SOSCI 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 FSV UK or from abroad:

  • 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)
  • letter of motivation (describe your personal motivation for choosing to study social sciences and your competences for the study)
  • written essay on a given topic (on-site or online with distant proctoring)

 

Tuition Fees

  • 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 the future students and their studies. Therefore, we offer a set of scholarships and fee reductions!

Conditions for reducing or waiving the fee for study in a foreign language at FSV UK can be found here.