Sociology of Contemporary Societies (SCS)

Sociology of Contemporary Societies (SCS)

The programme focuses on major social processes taking place in European countries. It provides students with a comprehensive view of contemporary sociological theory. In particular, lectures and seminars discuss processes and phenomena such as international migration, nationalism, and social inequality. Students also have the opportunity to explore the role of elites in societies undergoing social transformation and in the building of civil society. Further, the programme provides students with strong methodological groundings in both quantitative and qualitative sociological research methods. Students have the opportunity to develop their skills in data collection, their analysis and interpretation and to understand their usefulness in applied research. Special attention is paid to developing students’ critical thinking about scientific practice. Thus, graduates typically assume challenging positions as researchers, experts, analysts, and project managers in either the public sector, private companies and NGOs. The programme is taught by members of the Institute of Sociological Studies (ISS).

Application submission deadlines

The applications for the academic year 2021/2022 will be open on November 1, 2020.

Early-bird term for the application: 28. 02. 2021
The early-bird term is strongly recommended for students from visa-seeking countries. Please, be aware that it is the student's responsibility to obtain a visa before enrolling in the programme.

Application submission deadline: 30. 04. 2021

Basic information

Programme Duration: 2 years

Language of Instruction: English

Programme Director: doc. PhDr. Zdeněk Uherek, CSc. (

Programme Coordinator: Mgr. Lenka Dvořáčková (

Admission Administration:

Tuition Fee: 4 000 EUR per year

Reduction or Waiving the Fee: The Faculty of Social Sciences offers a set of scholarships and fee reductions. Conditions and terms can be found here. For SEC programme, the Faculty provides a fee reduction of 2 000 EUR per year for students from countries with a lower gross national income (GNI) per capita.

Documents for Application: See the instruction via online application above.

Study Prerequisites: The programme is open to students who have completed a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a related programme study.

Programme Structure: For the full course structure of the programme, please see the programme guidebook Karolinka.