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Master Degree Programme in Sociology
Faculty of Social Studies
Masaryk University in Brno
|Address||Faculty of Social Studies, Department of Sociology, Gorkého 7, 602 00, Brno, Czech Republic|
|Tel No.||+420 549 49 5418|
|Fax No.||+420 549 49 1920|
|Programme||Master Degree Programme in Sociology|
|Type of programme||Available both full-time and part-time|
|Length of programmes||1 – 4 terms, according to the chosen track|
|Date of commencement||End of September|
|Application deadlines||31 July for EU citizens, 31 May for non-EU citizens|
|Class size||7 – 15 students|
|Accommodation||Available at approximately 380 Euro per semester (4 months)/ 95 Euro monthly|
|Fees||The tuition fee for the entire program is 3,840 Euro (or 960 Euro per semester). It covers a maximum of ten courses. There is a fee of 490 Euro for any additional courses or for those who prefer to enrol for individual courses rather than for the whole program.|
|Admission requirements||A good command of English is essential, no formal exams required though an advantage for the admission procedure|
|Exchange Partner Schools||The Department of Sociology emphasizes international academic cooperation. The department's main international partners are: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (The University of Freiburg, Germany), Kobenhavns Universitet (University of Copenhagen, Denmark), University College London (UK), Dolnoslaska Szkola Wyzsza Edukacji TWP Wroclav (Poland).|
The Faculty of Social Studies also organizes semestral programs for foreign students which enable them to become acquainted with significant issues related to the Central European region:
The Social Science Study Abroad Program (UCL London), Summer Abroad - Central Europe: Brno, Budapest, Vienna and Prague (University of Toronto).
|Course Director||doc. PhDr. et Ing. Radim Marada, Ph.D.|
The English language graduate study program in Sociology provides students with basic skills that enable them to conduct and interpret sociological research. The theoretical as well as methodological knowledge helps students to make sense of the rapidly changing world that we live in.
The Master Degree Program in Sociology focuses on the analysis of post-socialist societies. The structure of the programme is designed to enhance students´ analytical skills (Research Methods in Sociology, Statistical Data Analysis) as well as to develop students´ abilities to place current phenomena within the framework of contemporary social theory (Contemporary Sociological Theory, General Sociology). A comparative approach to post-socialist societies is predominant. The program covers areas that reflect the faculty´s research interests: current issues of identity formation (Changing Political and Social Identities in Post-Cold War Central Europe), resurrecting civil society (Cultural and Social Modernization in Central Europe) or the frictions caused by the co-existence of different ethnic communities – Roma, Vietnamese and Ukrainian (Ethnic Relations in the Czech Republic). The analysis of social problems generated by and intensified in the transitional period (questions of unemployment, poverty, population ageing, crisis of „traditional“ family, high divorce rates etc.) and persist to the post-transitional period forms an important part of the program.
The flexibility of the program enables students to enrol either for the whole duration of the program - a two-year study program (120 ECTS credits) or to follow an individual track by choosing any of the courses offered; the tuition fee will be proportional to the number of credits taken. In the latter case it is a non-diploma program.
Both alternatives are open to the students who have already gained a BA degree in the fields of humanities, social sciences, political science or other related fields. Since 1996 the core courses of the new master degree program in sociology have been offered within the framework of the "Central European Studies Program (CESP)".
The School of Social Studies was founded in 1998, drawing on the tradition of teaching and research established while it was part of the Faculty of Arts. The School currently consists of the following departments: Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, Environmental Studies, Journalism and Media Studies, and European Studies and International Relations. In the field of research, the current high-priority projects at the School are Ethnicity, Minorities and Marginalized Groups and Children, Youth and Family in Transformation. Among the attractions of the School are a well-equipped audio-visual center, desktop publishing facilities, and a very active student club that includes a photo gallery and space for extra-curricular activities. The School's library, that holds more than 10,000 books in English, is situated on the top floor of the modern new library building across the street within the Faculty of Arts.
The Sociology Department offers a complete education in the discipline of sociology on three academic levels: Bachelor's degree (in Czech only), Master's degree (both in Czech and in English), and Ph.D. (both in Czech and in English). The Master's programme offered in English is open to graduates of Bachelor's or Master's programmes at other schools.
The Department emphasizes both the methodological and theoretical knowledge of its students. Apart from basic courses in sociology (including sociological theory, history of social thought, and methodology), the Department offers courses from various other related fields:
- Marginalization, Ethnic and Minority Groups in Czech Republic;
- Modernisation, Civil Society and Public Sphere;
- Sociology of Culture, Cultural Consequences of Globalization;
- Changing Social Identities in Central European Post-Socialist Societies.
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