Understand how society really works
Thanks to this programme, you will have a deep understanding of the inner workings of societies and will be able to examine contemporary phenomena and set up research showing the data needed for further analysis.
Look deep under the surface
The programme offers intensive instruction in a smaller number of challenging courses with high credit values, rather than extensive instruction in a high number of less demanding courses. You will learn that which is important for you so that you can specialise in the chosen field.
Gain practical experience
We encourage our students to specialise and contact potential employers in their chosen area of specialisation during their studies. Improve your CV during your studies!
The English programme in Sociology offers a rigorous course of instruction that will prepare you to investigate and understand the complexities of contemporary societies. The curriculum includes courses in classical and contemporary sociological theory, practical training in quantitative and qualitative research methods, and the cultivation of your critical thinking and writing skills. The programme has been carefully designed to offer you a rich and complete sociological education, while simultaneously offering flexibility and opportunities for you to follow your personal interests.
The programme offers intensive instruction in a smaller number of challenging courses with high credit values, rather than extensive instruction in a high number of less demanding courses. This model of teaching is used at top international universities and it also helps you to become flexible and to transition smoothly to doctoral degree programmes if you decide to continue your studies. Our curriculum focuses on independent study combined with consultations with experienced lecturers, which enables you to develop skills needed for autonomous, thorough, and creative problem-solving. Methods that help you solve problems and complete tasks are given priority over broad factual knowledge in sociology, which can quickly become obsolete, is too extensive to be mastered in a two-year course of studies and is usually easily available in digital databases and other types of information sources. Skilled use of such databases (e.g. being able to determine the relevance or reliability of data and information) is one of the skills that you learn during your Master's studies.
Practical training is not a compulsory part of the study programme. However, students are encouraged to specialise and contact potential employers in their chosen area of specialisation during their studies.
The graduates are prepared to carry on individual analytical and conceptual work in different fields. They are prepared for jobs in various specialized areas.
A degree in sociology prepares you for further postgraduate study or for a professional career in fields ranging from the state administration, marketing, and business to education, journalism, and the non-governmental sector. Our graduates often find employment in social and land development (at private companies, local authorities, labour offices, etc.) and in the market and public opinion research agencies.
The graduates are capable of individual and independent organisational and analytical work, and after enough experience also for professional leadership in project teams.
Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievements and motivation shown in the documents submitted (prior diploma and transcripts, CV, and a motivation letter) and demonstrated in the video interviews. Recommendation letters and proof of English language proficiency required. See: http://gps.fss.muni.cz/en/sociology/how-to-apply All applicants will also be notified by email.
Criteria for evaluation
The admission committee reviews the materials and evaluates them (maximum 100 points; passing level 60). Video interviews are arranged to evaluate applicants' motivation and English language knowledge.
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