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Historical Sociology 

Charles University

M.A. On Campus
24 months
2000 EUR/year
2000 EUR/year
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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

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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.

Profile of a Graduate

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.

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.


The MA programme in Historical Sociology is officially recognized and accredited by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.

Programme Structure

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.


The Historical Sociology Master’s Program at Charles University is open to applicants with BA degrees interested in both sociological and historical thinking and  in pursuing an interdisciplinary science, primarily the fields of history, anthropology, political science, and economy.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications open on November 1st, 2020.




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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 program for which you are applying. 
  • Submit a notarized copy of your Bachelor's diploma.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


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