Social Anthropology

General information

The study field of Social Anthropology is a scientific discipline exploring the change of cultural systems and social processes, through which human societies relate to and attribute meanings to this world. The aim of this bachelor program is to offer students an overview of the basic theoretical concepts and methodological specifics of the discipline. The point of departure assumes that anthropology is a new subject to all students who embark upon the study program.

Current trends of social anthropology are reflected in all parts of the major, especially though the selection of up-to-date current literature, which enriches all accompanying scientific debate. Required subjects thus take the form of critical analysis of all key areas of human life, such as kinship, religion, and political and economic relations. The second portion of required classes subjects includes anthropological theory and method. It is the anchor of this discipline in the current flood of social science waters.

This major prepares its students for professional work in qualitative research of local cultural systems and social processes, mainly in local manifestations of the adaptation to wider social and cultural changes. More than one half of all students continue to study the second field of their interest or they become part of the working world. That is why we consider the ability to create a research proposal rather than the completion of the research itself to be the key ability of all alumni in this Bachelor's program. As such, they are able to critically assess current social issues, they are able to identify a research question worth solving, and they finally can prepare a comprehensive and feasible research proposal, which is achievable, useful and affordable. For this reason, we concentrate on aligning qualitative research methodology with social theory and its possible practical applicability.

A successful graduate is able to

  • apply the theoretical knowledge of social anthropology to practice;
  • interpret current social and cultural processes;
  • correctly use the terminology of social anthropology;
  • understand the basic theoretical background of social anthropology;
  • prepare and implement a research project in the field of social anthropology according to methodological rules;
  • apply theoretical knowledge to phenomena and events of daily life.

Graduate employment

Besides the possibility to continue with individual studies at the Master's or doctoral level and become an academic, our alumni most frequently obtain professional posts at various national and international NGOs (Člověk v tísni, IQ Roma servis, Adra, Podané ruce, Amnesty International, UNICEF), in the state sector (as officials in education, social affairs, and ministries dealing with national minorities), in teaching, in the private sector, in research and marketing, and/or in politics.

Faculty Faculty of Social Studies
Type of study bachelor's
Mode full-time
Standard length of studies 3 years
Language of instruction czech

Field of study combinations

Field combinations with Social Anthropology

Combinations with fields of Faculty of Social Studies

Environmental Studies
Gender Studies
International Relations
Media Studies and Journalism
Public Policy and Human Resources
Social Work

Combinations with fields of other faculties

Faculty of Arts
English Language and Literature
Film and Audio-Visual Culture Studies
French Language and Literature
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Study of Religions
Theory of Interactive Media

Admission Requirements

see general information about entrance exam at the faculty

Recommended literature

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Evaluation criteria

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Additional information

Social Anthropology students regularly meet at Anthropologists Anonymous, an informal student society founded by their former colleagues.

Since 2011, they have also regularly organized an Anthropological Student Conference every spring semester, where the lecturers as well as students of Social Anthropology from Czech Republic and Slovakia can meet and share and discuss their research findings.

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