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.
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 of acceptance:
To enter the admission process, a completed application for doctoral studies must be submitted by April, 30th 2018 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 2018).
Graduation from a master’s degree program.
Defence of the project of applicant's thesis (submitted as a part of the study application).
To gain the minimal sum of points specified by the dean.
Profile of a Graduate
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.
Tuition fee for the program is 2000 € (54 000 CZK)/year.