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MA in Historical Sociology

Faculty of Humanities, Charles University
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
2,000 EUR
October 2021

Program description

MA in Historical Sociology

Historical Sociology studies issues of long-term social processes and trends that have a significant impact on contemporary societies and phenomena. The MA in Historical Sociology cultivates research activities and the education of experts in this interdisciplinary field, which cooperates primarily with the fields of history, anthropology, politology, and economy.

Historical Sociology cannot be understood as some hybrid connection of history and sociology. It is a field based on an assumption that a general object of sociology is historical, time and space determined social reality. In accordance with that premise, Historical Sociology could be defined as a specific theoretic and methodological perspective focused on long-term social processes, as well as on the analysis of differences and similarities between different historical epochs. Above all, historical sociology deals with problems of modernisation and social change, globalisation trends, and influences, integration and disintegration processes, the relationship of continuity and discontinuity, religious and cultural pluralism, linking the global to the local, the identification of the chances and risks of social development, the analysis of conflict situations and the possibility of overcoming them.

The need for understanding of all of these issues invokes the need for the development of adequate theoretical and methodological approaches, and also for the specific training of university students, which is possible through the study of Historical Sociology.

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

1. Submit a motivation letter, structured CV (curriculum vitae) and an academic paper in English before the application deadline. The paper should be no less than 15 pages in length and prove your knowledge, skills, and talent for study in the programme for which you are applying. The paper can be your defended bachelor’s thesis or its summary, an article published in an academic journal, or any new essay that you choose to represent you and your academic knowledge. In case you would need some topics to base your essay on you can find the list here:

Theoretical conceptions of Historical Sociology and its main representatives.

  • Problems of social change and long-term developmental processes in various areas of social life.
  • Modernisation, globalisation, and their role in contemporary society.
  • Changes in everyday life, religion, and culture.
  • Nations and nationalism then and today.

2. Submit a notarized copy of your bachelor's or master's graduation certificate. If you graduated outside the Czech Republic, then you must submit an official “nostrification” document validating your foreign education.

For more information, please visit the Faculty website,

Applications open on November 1st, 2020. 

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Program content

Compulsory Courses include:

  • Economic Systems from a Historical-Sociological Perspective
  • The Formation of the Nation within the Process of European Modernization
  • Milestones of European historical development in historical and sociological context
  • Collective Memory and Its Research
  • Science and Scientific Knowledge from the Perspective of Historical Sociology
  • The Quotidian from the Perspective of Historical Social Sciences

...and others. Visit our website for more information.

Elective Courses include:

  • Historical Sociology of Global Politics and International Relations
  • The Sociology of Conflict, War and Terrorism
  • The Sociology of Games, Sports and Leisure Activities

...and others. Visit our website for more information regarding the available courses.

Tuition fees

Tuition Fee: 2000€ per academic year.

Continuing studies

Throughout their study of Historical Sociology, graduates will have covered both theoretical topics as well as practical and research-based topics. 

Regarding theory, graduates will have acquired historical-sociological knowledge from social, cultural, religious, political, and economic spheres. They will learn how to analyse different social phenomena in a wide historical and territorial context and look at them from a long-term perspective. 

Practical and research-based skills acquired throughout the study of this course include professional skills based on managing the basic approaches of quantitative and qualitative historical-sociological research methodology.

Career opportunities

This combination of both theoretical and practical fields qualifies graduates for employment both in the academic sphere, i.e., at universities and research institutions, and in the non-academic sphere, i.e. in state administration, NGO’s, agencies, consultancy firms, educational institutions, cultural organisations, and in the media.

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About this institute

Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

The Faculty of Humanities is the youngest Faculty under the renowned Charles University located in Prague, Czech Republic, gaining full academic autonomy in 2000. As such, it combines in itself the old and famous tradition of Charles University with modern...

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Why study at Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

  • A pioneer since its inception, the Faculty was among the first at Charles University to adopt the Bologna Accords.
  • Utilizes advances in e-learning and academic tracking technologies to allow distance learning for both traditional and non-traditional students, increased student-teacher communication.
  • Highly supportive of student mobility and encourages participation in various types of exchanges (the ERASMUS+ exchange programme, summer school programmes, bilateral agreements at the University as well as school level, etc.) leading to high student diversity.
  • Diversity is underscored by our significant group of foreign-language full-time students which come from all over the world and contribute to the diverse environment.
  • Under the leadership of Dean Professor Jan Sokol, Ph.D (former education minister and nominated candidate for the presidency of the Czech Republic in 2003), the school has developed several progressive programs answering important Faculty developmental needs.
  • Developments in the Bachelor’s Programme in Liberal Arts and Humanities offering students unprecedented choice in course selection, in both theoretical and applied arts of philosophy, history, social sciences, and languages.

Contact info

Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

U Kříže 8, Praha 5 - Jinonice
158 00 Prague
Czech Republic

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