Charles University Faculty of Humanities

Introduction
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Figures

  • Number of students: 2,610
  • Departments: 24
  • Degree programmes: 18
  • Academic staff: 144
  • Administrative staff: 38

History

The Faculty of Humanities (FHS) is Charles University’s youngest faculty. Originally founded in the early 1990s as the Institute for Liberal Education, it was elevated to the rank of a faculty in 2000, the vision being that it would offer study programmes at the Bachelor, Master’s and PhD levels in various humanities and social science disciplines not yet established at CU. The FHS quickly gained a reputation as a progressive school with innovative study programmes and teaching methods.

Mission

The mission of the Faculty of Humanities is through high-quality education to endow students with the ability to lead a fulfilling life in this increasingly complex and changing world.

Goals - to provide education in the humanities and social sciences that meets the highest international standards; - to achieve excellence in research and integrate it with education; - to cultivate the ability of students to learn throughout life and encourage self-responsibility and a commitment to society; - to promote the mobility of the FHS’s increasingly international student body and academic staff.

Research

The Faculty of Humanities is dedicated to excellence in various areas of academic research. The faculty participates in international and national research projects and promotes young researchers’ academic development.

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Student Life

• International Student Club

The International Office, together with Czech students (tutors), organises cultural and social activities (tours of Prague, exhibitions, concerts, etc.) for international students.

• Film Club

The Film Club holds a film screening every two weeks throughout the semester. The current programme can be found on the club’s website.

Student Facilities

• Accommodation

Accommodation is provided in Charles University’s halls of residence (dormitories). Students are normally housed in double-occupancy rooms.

• Student Cafeterias

Charles University operates a number of student cafeterias (‘menza’) at different locations. The FHS cafeteria is located on the ground floor of the main building in Jinonice.

• Library

The Charles University library system is decentralized and consists of a number of libraries at different locations. The FHS library can be found on the ground floor of the main building in Jinonice.

• Computers and Internet Access

PC workstations are available in the computer labs in various university buildings. Wireless Internet can be accessed inside the university buildings (a Charles University Student Card is required).

• Sport facilities

Sport facilities are located in the Hostivař campus (Bruslařská 1132, Prague 15).

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Programs

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PhD in Applied Ethics

Campus Full time Part time 3 years September 2017 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 PhD. 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; PhD seminar; other duties: an article in peer-reviewed publications, 2 reviews, 2 lectures, seminar for students, participation in two conferences. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria The entrance examination includes: The candidate has to defend the research project, which must reflect the theoretical and methodological knowledge in the field of Applied Ethics (max. 10 points). Conditions for admission Conditions of acceptance: 1. To enter the admission process, a completed application for doctoral studies must be submitted by April, 30th 2017 at latest, including the following attachments: The brief professional biography; The proposal of a dissertation project. The project of a dissertation (in the range of about 4 pages) should contain the theoretical background, a review of previous research in this field, his/her own research questions, a proposed methodology and research techniques, a list of literature, a schedule of its realisation, and justification of its relevance for the historical sociology. The project must contain the proposal of a tutor (name), selected from the list of tutors approved by the Program Council; The overview of recent publications and other scientific activities of the applicant (participation in conferences, participation in research projects, etc.). All applicants have to demonstrate a proof of completion of university studies in a master´s degree program (applicants who complete master´s degree program after the deadline for submission of applications must demonstrated this by September, 30th 2017). 2. Graduation from a master’s degree program. 3. Defence of the project of applicant's thesis (submitted as a part of the study application). 4. To gain the minimal sum of points specified by the dean. Information on the exercise of graduates During the postgradual studies, the students will use their experiences, the knowledge gained in the previous study, and all this they deepen especially in the field of philosophy, cultural anthropology, hermeneutical ethics and other social sciences. In the field of applied ethics it will be primarily about dilemmas, connected with the development of technical and social opportunities, e.g. in science, medicine, economy, government or the media. Growing scientific, technical and administrative possibilities come naturally into conflict with the requirements of the protection of the human person and his/her privacy and dignity. The graduates of the doctoral study program find employment in a number of areas, including: the creation, application and interpretation of minimum binding standards of conduct, so called “code of ethics”; solving ethical issues in scientific and professional workplace (e.g. ethics committees); the teaching of applied ethics such as social, health and medical in various fields of study in vocational schools or universities; in research. [-]

PhD in Contemporary European History

Campus Full time Part time 3 years September 2017 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 The exam consists of a discussion about the project of the dissertation (max. 6 points) and a check of basic assumptions for the study (max. 4 points). Entrance examination will check the ability of the applicant to deal with the dissertation project. Applicants will prepare an oral presentation of their project (maximum length 10 minutes). Conditions for admission Conditions of acceptance: 1. To enter the entrance examination process it is necessary to submit by 30.4.2017 a filled-in application form for the doctoral study together with the following attachments: dissertation thesis project (recommended sections: outline of the reasearch problem and research questions, overview of the current state of research, explanation of the selected methodology and research techniques, proposed approach to the problém, list of relevant literature, time schedule of the research, explanation of the relevance of the theme for the study program Civil Sector Studies); recommended length of the project: 10 pages; the project must contain the proposal of a tutor (name), selected from the list of tutors approved by the Program Council. brief professional biography; list of publications and other scholarly activities of the applicant (participation at conferences, participation in research projects etc.); documents certifying a completed higher-education studies at the masters level (applicants who complete their masters studies after the application deadline have to document the completion of their studies by 30.9.2017 at the latest); other relevant documents (e.g. international cerficate of a foreign language or a certificate of state exam). 2. Graduation from a masters or follow-up masters study program. 3. Submission of a dissertation thesis project, which the applicant defended during the entrance examination. 4. To gain the minimal sum of points specified by the dean. An applicant who will be awarded less than 4 points from dissertation project will not be admitted. Information on the exercise of graduates Graduates of the Contemporary History of Europe programme are experts with a thorough, state-of-the-art theoretical and methodological knowledge of both European and Czech history, and particularly the history of the last one hundred years. Potential PhD topics, not least with regard to the Master programmes in European Cultural and Intellectual History, resp. Oral History – Contemporary History, will deal with the Cultural, Social, Intellectual, Political, and Everyday History of Europe since the end of World War I as well as the complex history of the Czechoslovak Republic, resp. the Czech lands, in a European context. They are trained for independent scientific research in relevant fields of their specialization, and their professional competence can be applied in academic spheres both abroad and at home. Graduates are able to readily and knowledgeably grasp the workings of the academic world. They are well prepared for positions in EU political and cultural institutions, state administration and the public sector (i.e. NGO’s or governmental organizations, and the media). [-]

PhD in Environmental Studies

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague

The Environmental Studies doctoral study program contributes to the development of the environmental approaches characteristic of their interdisciplinary nature. [+]

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 and history. - Indicators of the relationship between the environment and human activities. - Education for sustainable development. Students can come up with their own ideas for topics for doctoral training or may use topics provided by supervisors. The objective of the doctoral program Environmental Studies is to provide, in the above mentioned domains, the concept of sustainable development with support in the form of scientifically conducted research. An important aspect of the program is the interdisciplinary character of the defined research domains and the synergies among them. Although it is not the main goal of the study, we assume that the research outputs could be an important source of scientifically validated information for objective, relevant and qualified decision-making on environmental aspects of the economic and social development of the Czech Republic. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria Entrance examination includes: - Debate on the proposed topic for thesis. The project must be prepared together with a tutor and contain the proposal of the tutor (name), selected from the list of tutors approved by the Program Council (dissertation project - max. 12 points). - Examination of the knowledge of necessary basics in the natural sciences needed for the study of the environment and examination of knowledge in the social sciences, including economics (max. 4 points). - Examination on English language proficiency (max. 4 points). At the admission exam the applicants will present their proposals for doctoral training, focusing mainly on a) the current state of knowledge on the subject, b) the formulation of the research question/s or hypotheses, c) research methods, d) research timetable, e) possibilities of publication. The proposal may be further refined/elaborated in comparison with the version included within the submitted application, preferably in cooperation with the prospective supervisor who confirms his/her consent with the training of the applicant. Conditions for admission Admission conditions includes: 1. To enter the admission process, a completed application for doctoral studies must be submitted by 30.4.2017 at latest, including the following attachments: A brief professional biography; Documents certifying a completed higher-education studies at the masters level (applicants who complete their masters studies after the application deadline have to document the completion of their studies by 30.9.2017 at the latest); Proposal of a topic for doctoral training (description of the thesis topic, goals, methods, a list of most relevant sources, research timetable, explanation of the project relatioship to the environmental research topics). It is supposed, that the student will discuss the theme of the disertation beforehand so that the theme will conform to the research program of the training institution; Other documents worthy of attention (e.g. overview of applicant’s publications to date, proof of scientific practice at home or abroad, proof of English language exam, etc.). 2. Proof of completion of university studies in a master’s degree program. 3. Defence of the project of applicant's thesis (submitted as a part of the study application). 4. English language proficiency. 5. To gain the minimal sum of points specified by the dean. An applicant who will be awarded less than 10 points will not be admitted. Information on the exercise of graduates Graduates of the program know the principles and methods of scientific work. Thanks to being trained in the research methodology of at least two subjects, they are capable of relatively greater insight into interdisciplinary-based problems and they are better equipped to resolve them, which we consider an important added value of the Environmental Studies program. The range of expertise of the Environmental Studies doctoral program graduates is determined by the interdisciplinary nature of the studies, which focuses on environmental issues and issues regarding the dynamics of the relationships between the society and natural systems. The basis for the graduates is the specialization they obtained in their undergraduate degrees of studies. This specialization is developed within the doctoral studies in such a way that the graduates eventually: acquire in-depth knowledge of the theoretical bases of the scientific areas, they are applying while writing their doctoral theses, know the broad context of the environmental issues their dissertation is focusing on, develop a deep understanding of the methodology of all scientific areas they are applying while working on their dissertations. This knowledge is considered an essential prerequisite for interdisciplinary dialogue and research. Graduates will be qualified for positions at academic institutions, even at universities abroad. Moreover, graduates are able to take the position of scientists in institutions fully focused on research and development in the broad area of subjects related to the environment and sustainable development, e.g. at various institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Examples of possible research areas include environmental economics, environmental sociology, the research and use of sustainability indicators etc. Furthermore, graduates can seek jobs in research institutions abroad. An extremely important outcome is the ability of graduates to hold decision-making positions in public administration, the business sphere and NGOs, where the work has impact on the environment. As for the public sector, this includes positions in central administrative bodies, especially ministries and their advisory expert or executive offices; positions in public administration at the regional or lower level. Jobs can also be possibly found in administrative bodies of the European Commission, the United Nations, the OECD and other multilateral international organizations. In the business sector graduates can find employment in companies, whose business has a direct impact on the environment. They can also find opportunities in companies and organizations providing expert services directly focused on the environment, such as land planning, planning for Territorial System of Ecological Stability, EIA, SEA, as well as more recently the Sustainability Impact Assessment. If interested, graduates will be able to take a job in the media, where they will be able to competently assess and present information on sustainable development and the environment. [-]

PhD in General Anthropology

Campus Full time Part time 3 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague + 1 more

Graduates, proficient in methods and practical aspects of scientific research as regards the general anthropological disciplines, are able to conduct field researches into anthropological issues in line with their specializations, while observing a scientist’s code of ethic. 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 organised in the full-time (3 years) and correspondence form of study. The programme allows studies focused on philosophical, historical, socio-cultural and socio-linguistic antropology 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 organised 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 defence of the student’s dissertation The concept of the study programme is determined by the department council. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria The exam consists of a discussion about the project of the dissertation and a check of basic assumptions for the study. Entrance examination will check the ability of the applicant to deal with the dissertation project. The questions of the entrance interview primarily focus on the theme of the applicant’s research project (max. 10 points). Conditions for admission Conditions of acceptance: 1. To enter the admission process, a completed application for doctoral studies must be submitted by April, 30th 2017 at latest, including the following attachments: The brief professional biography; The proposal of a dissertation project. The project of a dissertation (in the range of about 4 pages) should contain the theoretical background, a review of previous research in this field, his/her own research questions, a proposed methodology and research techniques, a list of literature, a schedule of its realisation, and justification of its relevance for the historical sociology. The project must contain the proposal of a tutor (name), selected from the list of tutors approved by the Program Council; The overview of recent publications and other scientific activities of the applicant (participation in conferences, participation in research projects, etc.). All applicants have to demonstrate a proof of completion of university studies in a master´s degree program (applicants who complete master´s degree program after the deadline for submission of applications must demonstrated this by September, 30th 2017). 2. Graduation from a master’s degree program. 3. Defence of the project of applicant's thesis (submitted as a part of the study application). 4. To gain the minimal sum of points specified by the dean. Information on the exercise of graduates The goal of the study programme in anthropology is to prepare students for academic research work at the level required by contemporary science. The graduate combines knowledge from all fields in a holistic approach to studying man and populations, to overcoming ethnic and social differences and attempts to observe current processes in their historical and cultural contexts. [-]

PhD in Historical Sociology

Campus Full time Part time 3 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague + 1 more

The graduates will acquire theoretical historico-sociological knowledge in social, cultural, religious, political and economical domains, professional skills based on successful acquisition of quantitative and qualitative historico-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. The PhD 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 a defence of dissertation, the student is awarded a PhD. Description of the entrance examination 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 (max. 5 points), which focus on the adequate knowledge of the theory and methodology in historical sociology. Conditions for admission Conditions of acceptance: 1. To enter the admission process, a completed application for doctoral studies must be submitted by April, 30th 2017 at latest, including the following attachments: The brief professional biography; The proposal of a dissertation project. The project of a dissertation (in the range of about 4 pages) should contain the theoretical background, a review of previous research in this field, his/her own research questions, a proposed methodology and research techniques, a list of literature, a schedule of its realisation, and justification of its relevance for the historical sociology. The project must contain the proposal of a tutor (name), selected from the list of tutors approved by the Program Council; The overview of recent publications and other scientific activities of the applicant (participation in conferences, participation in research projects, etc.). All applicants have to demonstrate a proof of completion of university studies in a master´s degree program (applicants who complete master´s degree program after the deadline for submission of applications must demonstrated this by September, 30th 2017). 2. Graduation from a master’s degree program. 3. Defence of the project of applicant's thesis (submitted as a part of the study application). 4. To gain the minimal sum of points specified by the dean. Information on the exercise of graduates A graduate of the doctoral study programme 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. He/she has the knowledge, skills and competencies for a job in the field of theory and research. He/she is theoretically prepared for work at universities, research institutes, and specialized workplaces in the public and private sector. [-]

PhD in Longevity Studies

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague

Longevity Studies offer integrated study on the boarder 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 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 population (as the gerontology) but it also reflect 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 boarder 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. The doctoral postgraduate Longevity studies qualifies highly skilled and knowledgeable specialists in research, expertise and transfer of knowledge into the practice. On the scientific level they are able to tackle problems related to longevity of human life. They are aware and able to use relevant scientific methods, to coordinate interdisciplinary teams and to publish both scientific publications and materials for decision making on all adequate levels and problems related to longevity. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria The examination consists of a 1. Discussion about the research project (of the dissertation). (max. 12 points) 2. Examination on English language proficiency (max. 4 points) Entrance examination will check the ability to communicate in English (in the extent necessary for literature study, communication in international teams, preparation of materials and teleconferences). Therefore the examination will be partly in English. 3. It will check of basic assumptions for the Longevity studies (motivation, knowledge and activities in research and practice and their theoretical or applied results). Also the knowledge of relevant research methods will be part of the entrance examination. (max. 4 point). The research project has to be prepared by the applicant (cca. 4-6 pages) and submitted with the application. I tis advised to consult the research project with the potential supervisor. During the examination the research project will be discussed and its quality (topic, method, formal issues etc.) will be evaluated by the commission. From the entrance exams can get max. 20 points. Conditions for admission 1. Submission of the filled-out application form for doctorate studies, along with the following appendices. Deadline: 30.4.2017 Theme of thesis, i.e. annotation of research project; Document confirming graduation from a university study programme at the master’s level; Short structured biography Other documents worth noting (e.g. list of publications by applicant, documents confirming a successful state or international exam in a utilised language, documents confirming academic work, either in the Czech Republic or abroad) Documents certifying a completed higher-education studies at the masters level (applicants who complete their masters studies after the application deadline have to document the completion of their studies by 30.9.2017 at the latest). In case of graduation abroad, applicants have to submitt nostrification of master diploma. Other relevant documents 2. Graduation from a master’s degree program. 3. Defence of the project of applicant's thesis (submitted as a part of the study application). 4. To gain the minimal sum of points specified by the dean. An applicant who will be awarded less than 10 points will not be admitted. Information on the exercise of graduates The graduate of the PhD study have the skills and knowledge of scientific methods at the level required for doctoral studies of humanities reflecting the focus on longevity. He/she is able to propose and solve complex scientific projects, expertise and solution proposals, to act as a specialist in the academic and pedagogic field. In the practice, the graduate is able to coordinate interprofessional teams in the field of academy, public administration and also in the private sector. [-]

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