Detailed information

Detailed information

SOCIAL SCIENCES (SOSCI)

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).

Graduates have an overview of the main issues of contemporary societies addressed by the social sciences and know selected analytical approaches used in social research. They are competent in the use of basic methods of social research, including its ethical reflection. Graduates can independently perform specific analyses of particular social problems from an interdisciplinary perspective. Graduates are prepared to practice many practical professions in basic or applied research, media and communications, public relations, government, non-profit, or private companies. Graduates are also adequately prepared for further pursuit of studies in Social Sciences, whether it be in Czechia or abroad.

Course Structure

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
  • Financialised Societies: An Economic Perspective
  • Sustainable Societies: How social science help to solve environmental problems
  • Post-Secular Societies: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
  • Values and Life Styles in Societies: Analysis of Social Change
  • Research Methods in Social Sciences
  • Statistics for Social Sciences
  • Seminars in Qualitative/Quantitative/Policy Analysis Research Methods
  • Research Project Defence
  • Thesis Progress Presentation
  • Bachelor's Thesis Preparation I and II

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.

Application specificities

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 two rounds:

1. Applications are evaluated based on the mandatory documents attached to the online application. The documents are assessed according to the (i) academic background (grades from previous secondary studies), and (ii) motivation letter.

Based on the ranking of applicants in the first round, the Dean shortlists candidates for the second round.

2. Selected applicants are invited to (iii) write an essay (short reflection - 350-500 word) on one of three assigned topics focused on current social issues. The exam will take the form of online writing with distant proctoring.

The point limit for accepting applicants is set by the Dean.