The main topics of historical sociology lie in questions of social change, modernization, modernization processes, civilizational analysis, the formation of states and nations, the formation of the world system, and globalization trends. These questions are studied from an extensive comparative analysis involving a wide geographical perspective and long-time intervals. Part of the field of historical sociology comprises a number of partial, specific research areas, which include issues such as collective mentalities, habits and social memory. Historical sociology is a very diverse and internally differentiated discipline that has general theoretical approaches, a number of special theories, a variety of specialized research directions, and develops research at an empirical level.
The Ph.D. program in historical sociology is designed to provide high-quality and demanding training for those who want to be active in scientific and research work – especially of an analytical and comparative nature – in some of those areas which concern current historical sociology. The doctoral curriculum includes exams from compulsory and elective courses, research activities, publishing activities and participation in scientific conferences. After the state doctoral examination and dissertation defense, the student is awarded a Ph.D.
Description of verification and evaluation criteria
The exam consists of a discussion about the project of the dissertation (max. 5 points) and a check of basic assumptions for the study (maximum 5 points), which focus on the adequate knowledge of the theory and methodology in historical sociology.
To enter the admission process, a completed application for doctoral studies must include the following attachments:
The brief professional biography;
The proposal of the dissertation project (in the range of about 4 pages), this should contain the theoretical background, a review of previous research in this field, his or her own research questions, a proposed methodology and research techniques, a list of literature, a schedule of its realisation, and justification of its relevance to historical sociology. The project should contain the proposal of a tutor (name), selected from the list of tutors approved by the subject area board;
An overview of recent publications and other scientific activities of the applicant (participation in conferences, participation in research projects etc.).
Conditions for admission
Admission to Doctoral studies is conditioned by successful completion of a Master's study program.
Confirmation date (of entrance exam)
from: 03.06.2019 until: 14.06.2019
Alternative date (of entrance exam)
from: 20.06.2019 until: 25.06.2019
A graduate of the doctoral study program of historical sociology has knowledge of historiography, historical-sociology and understands basic questions of individual areas of social life. He/she is acquainted with the theoretical conceptions in the field of his study and its research methodology. He/she is able to participate in team research as well as independently compile and manage professional projects and analytical work. He/she can skillfully collect and evaluate specialized knowledge, work with quantitative and qualitative data, create reports and utilize expertise, testimonials and expert studies.
A graduate of the doctoral study program of historical sociology is a qualified expert in societal and social issues, particularly on issues of comparative analysis of historical processes and trends of development. They have the knowledge, skills, and competencies for a job in the field of theory and research. And they are theoretically prepared for work at universities, research institutes, and specialized workplaces in the public and private sector.