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Philosophy of Education

Charles University
4 years
Full time/part time
Doctorate / PhD
On campus

About this program

Philosophy of Education

Philosophy of Education teaches philosophy of pedagogy and education in relation to the history of philosophy and leading concepts in contemporary philosophy. Philosophy of Education is based in traditions of critical thought, philosophical anthropology, social and political philosophy, eco-pedagogy and critical pedagogy; it further reaches into other approaches to social science, such as cultural anthropolog, sociolinguistics, and sociology, with the aim of studying general problems of contemporary society. The goal of doctoral research is the scholarly preparation of individuals who stand out in their creative, critical, and conceptual thought, with interdisciplinary reach, and are able to develop Philosophy of Education and related fields. Graduates will be prepared to evaluate and conceptualize goals and strategies of education and pedagogy in scholarly and educational institutions and in the state sector.

Admission requirements

Admission to Doctoral studies is conditioned by successful completion of a Master's study programme.

Description of verification and evaluation criteria

An essential part of the admission process is the entrance exam during which a committee judges the candidate's interest in the field of study and overall predispositions for future scientific work (e.g. use of the terminology, output hypothesis formulation, a suggestion of research methodology) in the field. All applicants have to submit a dissertation project proposal in writing in addition to their application. The topic of the project has to comply with the areas of interest within the area of educational philosophy. works. The proposal should also include a brief description of the topic, hypotheses formulation, research objectives and questions, the proposal of specific methodologies, data gathering, an overview of domestic (Czech) and foreign literature related to the dissertation topic. During the entrance exam the committee moderates a professional discussion with the applicant during which applicants should prove their knowledge and skills in the scientific area of educational philosophy.

Evaluation Criteria: The applicant can get a maximum of ten points, the number of points for the admission to study is getting at least seven points.

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Program delivery

The course is delivered in both

  • Full-time
  • Combined (Full time/part time)

Career paths

The graduate of the doctoral study field is prepared for creative research activities in the field of philosophy, with a closer focus on the philosophy of education. It masters the assumptions of philosophical thinking in the field of education, both in terms of diachronic and synchronous. Through his studies, he acquired the ability to assess and conceptually create goals and strategies for education and training from a philosophical point of view, and can thus contribute to the development of European and global thinking within the educational society. The graduate is prepared for educational research activities at the university, in relevant research institutes, but also for political activities from a generally beneficial point of view.

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Charles University

Charles University was founded in 1348, making it one of the oldest universities in the world. Yet it is also renowned as a modern, dynamic, cosmopolitan and prestigious institution of higher education. Charles University is ranked amongst the top 2...

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116 36 Prague
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