Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

Introduction

Originally founded as the Institute for Liberal Education of Charles University in 1994, the Charles University Faculty of Humanities gained full academic autonomy in 2000. It was established to provide study programmes at the Bachelor’s, Masters and PhD levels that were previously not available at the university.

Under the leadership of Dean Professor Jan Sokol, Ph.D., the former education minister, and candidate for the presidency of the Czech Republic in 2003, the school developed several progressive programmes that responded to important transitional needs.

The foundation of its work is the Bachelor’s Programme in Liberal Arts and Humanities, offering students unprecedented individual choice in course selection in both theoretical and applied arts of philosophy, history, the social sciences, and languages.

Special features, research, interesting projects:

There are three chief areas of academic research at Faculty of Humanities: philosophy, anthropology, and the applied social sciences. Research in philosophy is focused on two areas: Phenomenology and Semiotics. Associated fields of research include the mutual relations of action, creativity, and rhetoric in areas such as ethics or politics, but also in the philosophy of art and aesthetics.

The field of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences includes the sociology of knowledge, of institutions and of organisations, gender studies, studies of civil society and the civil sector, studies of management and supervision in care-providing organisations.

The research area of anthropology consists of Cultural, Social and Historical Anthropology. The core of this field of academic research is forms of human behaviour and (social) action and cognition, not only in terms of their typological determinations (in the sense of the hominisation process) but also in terms of their historical, cultural, social, generational and group contingency and variability.

The Faculty of Humanities has recently been involved in 5 international research and development projects, namely Education for Democratic Intercultural Citizenship+ (EDIC+) (Erasmus+: KA2, Cooperation and Innovation for Good Practices 2016-2019), the Czech-Norwegian Research Programme, Norway Grants, 2015-2017), New Communities of Interpretation: Contexts, Strategies and Processes of Religious Transformation in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Action COST, 2013-2017), Strengthening Europeans’ capabilities by establishing the Eu-ropean literacy network (Action COST, 2014-2018) and New Materialism: Net-working European Scholarship on ‘How Matter Comes to Matter (Action COST, 2014-2018).

The Association of Students of Faculty of Humanities has organised many interesting activities: the “Buddy” programme for international students, a film club, the Festival of Humanity and Solidarity, and the Encyklopedy of Migration.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Czech
  • German

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PhD

Phd german and french philosophy

Campus Full time September 2019 Czech Republic Prague

This doctoral study will be awarded to the presence and distance learning. It can apply to all who were interested in the areas of classical and modern German philosophy, French philosophy the 19th century. and 20th Century, the French and German phenomenology and the current international reception of these philosophies are interested in and the reception conditions (necessary documents s. meet u.). [+]

This doctoral study will be awarded to the presence and distance learning. It can apply to all who were interested in the areas of classical and modern German philosophy, French philosophy the 19th century. and 20th Century, the French and German phenomenology and the current international reception of these philosophies are interested in and the reception conditions (necessary documents s. meet u.).

The curricula of the doctoral students in this program include the following to be provided during the two-year study (Minimum Duration): In addition to the preparation of at least three term papers following the compulsory courses of the Accreditation are at least three articles to be published, participating in at least three conferences as well as at least two research stays abroad related to the thesis. The final study is to demonstrate the above services, the submission of the thesis and in their defense in the context of a promotion examination. The final successful doctoral allowed the title Ph.D. to lead.... [-]


PhD in Applied Ethics

Campus Full time Part time 3 years September 2019 Czech Republic Prague + 1 more

Study of Applied Ethics is about systematic training in critical reflection on own and others attitudes, in recognition of hidden assumptions and prejudices and overlooked ethical issues. We can say in other words that it is about deepening understanding approach – and in this case, it is the area of humanities in a broad sense. [+]

Study of Applied Ethics is about systematic training in critical reflection on own and others attitudes, in recognition of hidden assumptions and prejudices and overlooked ethical issues. We can say in other words that it is about deepening understanding approach – and in this case, it is the area of humanities in a broad sense. The aim of these studies is, therefore, an effort to create a space for systematic scientific work that focuses on the ethical dimension of various disciplines or professions. During the studies, the adepts have to manage also the methods of scientific work and its professional presentation.

Study plan for Ph.D. students includes:

so-called comparative examination: one-term course completed by an examination in the fields, which the candidate has not studied, but which are necessary for doctoral studies; compulsory part: two two-term courses completed by an examination; optional part: a choice of six one-term courses completed by an examination; Ph.D. seminar; other duties: an article in peer-reviewed publications, 2 reviews, 2 lectures, a seminar for students, participation in two conferences. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria ... [-]

PhD in Contemporary European History

Campus Full time Part time 3 years September 2019 Czech Republic Prague + 1 more

The doctoral Contemporary History of Europe programme aims to prepare experts trained for a widely conceived scientific research in history and cultural history since 1918 until the present day, including cultural heritage and traditions. [+]

The doctoral Contemporary History of Europe programme aims to prepare experts trained for a widely conceived scientific research in history and cultural history since 1918 until the present day, including cultural heritage and traditions. The field of research is defined as Europe, including the Czech Republic and/or Czechoslovakia, its predecessor. The research should be approached in a supra-regional, inter-disciplinary and possibly comparative way, focusing particularly on the cultural, spiritual, social and political as well as the day-to-day history of Europe since the end of World War I, and the history of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Lands perceived in its European context.

Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria ... [-]

PhD in Environmental Studies

Campus Full time 3 years September 2019 Czech Republic Prague

The Environmental Studies doctoral study program contributes to the development of the environmental approaches characteristic of their interdisciplinary nature. The goal of the Environmental Studies doctoral program is the advancement of knowledge which should contribute to the creation of a theoretical base for the strategy of making economic, social and cultural development sustainable, especially from an environmental perspective. [+]

Currently, there is a consensus that a comprehensive understanding of the planet’s natural system does not suffice. It is necessary to understand the complex interactions between the socio-economic system and the vital planetary systems providing societies with ecosystems and natural services.

The Environmental Studies doctoral study program contributes to the development of the environmental approaches characteristic of their interdisciplinary nature. The goal of the Environmental Studies doctoral program is the advancement of knowledge which should contribute to the creation of a theoretical base for the strategy of making economic, social and cultural development sustainable, especially from an environmental perspective. The following scientific directions have been defined for the study program: - Socio-economic metabolism. - Natural services. - Relationships between health and environment. - Application of sociological and economic approaches aimed at addressing environmental issues and sustainable development. - Research topics applying environmental economics. - Socially urgent issues of public policy of sustainable development. - Legal aspects of relationships towards the environment. - Environmentally inspired topics from the perspective of philosophy, anthropology, ... [-]

PhD in General Anthropology

Campus Full time 4 years September 2019 Czech Republic Prague

Graduates, proficient in methods and practical aspects of scientific research as regards the general anthropological disciplines, are able to conduct field researchers into anthropological issues in line with their specializations while observing a scientist’s code of ethics. They are able to accurately formulate the results of their scientific work so as to publish them in high-standard journals or to responsibly popularise them. [+]

The doctoral study programme at CU FHS is organized in the full-time (4 years) and correspondence form of study. The programme allows studies focused on philosophical, historical, socio-cultural and socio-linguistic anthropology and human ethology. The task of the programme, in general, is grasping the theoretical basics and methods of this field and mastering the methodology of academic research.

The curriculum of Ph.D. students includes: - The studies are organized in two modules, whereas the first module is compulsory for all students in the programme, the second one is selected on the basis of the consultations with the supervisor. - Ph.D. seminar - a compulsory exam in a living language - the defense of the student’s dissertation The concept of the study programme is determined by the department council.... [-]


PhD in Historical Sociology

Campus Full time Part time 3 years September 2019 Czech Republic Prague + 1 more

The graduates will acquire theoretical historical-sociological knowledge in social, cultural, religious, political and economic domains, professional skills based on successful acquisition of quantitative and qualitative historical-sociological methodology, and competencies both for academic work (universities and research institutes) and non-academic work (state and local administration, non-governmental organizations, agencies, consulting firms, educational institutions, cultural organisations and media). [+]

The main topic of historical sociology lies in the 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 through 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 on the empirical level.... [-]


PhD in Longevity Studies

Campus Full time 4 years September 2019 Czech Republic Prague

Longevity Studies offer integrated study on the border of humanities, social, biomedical and other mainly applied sciences. The study responses to needs of specialist analyses and solutions of problems related to longevity and demographic change of the society, in different fields of human life and activity. [+]

Longevity Studies enable a better understanding of interfaces and challenges of prolongation of human life (longevity). It fosters better understanding and finding of appropriate answers and solutions of theoretical, applied and ethical context of longevity.

It reflects not only current demographic changes of the population (as the gerontology) but it also reflects the fact that nowadays also persons with severe disability, chronic illnesses and impairment live longer than ever before and also some other specific groups of our population have needs related to the longevity. Longevity Studies offer integrated study on the border of humanities, social, biomedical and other mainly applied sciences. The study responses to needs of specialist analyses and solutions of problems related to longevity and demographic change of the society, in different fields of human life and activity.... [-]


PhD Sémiotique et philosophie de la communication

Campus Full time September 2019 Czech Republic Prague

Caractéristique d'école doctorale: Etant constituée de façon interdisciplinaire, l'école doctorale Sémiotique et philosophie de communication propose une préparation scientifique exigeante qui conduit a la recherche philosophique et sémiotique qualifiée de la communication, de son évolution et de ses relations avec d'autres milieux sociaux. [+]

Caractéristique de la spécialité

Caractéristique d'école doctorale: Etant constituée de façon interdisciplinaire, l'école doctorale Sémiotique et philosophie de communication propose une préparation scientifique exigeante qui conduit a la recherche philosophique et sémiotique qualifiée de la communication, de son évolution et de ses relations avec d'autres milieux sociaux.

L'enjeu principal de l'école doctorale est l'étude philosophique des stratégies, des présupposés et des effets de communication. Bien qu'elle est conçue de maniere théorique, elle peut aussi bien disposer l'étudiant a pénétrer dans la pratique médiatique de masse, parce qu'elle aide a comprendre le rôle de la sémiosis dans le processus de médiation. Les étudiants sont menés a prolonger les lignes traditionnelles de recherche en sémiotique et philosophie de communication tcheque et mondiale, ainsi qu'a suivre les connaissances théoriques actuelles et a les développer de façon créative.... [-]


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