Social Anthropology

"The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences." Ruth Benedict

What will you learn?

Social anthropology study program considers the changes of cultural and social processes, which human cultures use and live to make daily life meaningful. It draws students attention to most important theoretical and methodological concepts of this discipline. Prior to signing up for the program, most students have not met anthropology. Due to this fact the bachelor degree is designed as an overview of this discipline. All current fields of anthropological interest are covered by the program, including up-to-date literature, which pushes the discipline and its thinking forward. Compulsory subjects stand for critical reflection of all key areas of human life – such as kinship relations, religion, economics and politics. Theories and Methods of research anchor the study program in European anthropological tradition and current trends of social sciences. The students are future experts in qualitative analysis of cultural and social systems, such as local variations of adaptation onto wider society and culture. At this level of study, it is possible (with the approval of the teacher) to carry out ones own longitudinal anthropological fieldwork, which forms the basis for Bc. thesis or Master study proposal, be it at this university or elsewhere. We believe the critical analysis of current social events to be the key ability of our graduates, who are likewise able to draft and condust a field research in praxis.

Practical training

No practical training required at Bc. level of study.

Further information

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Career opportunities

The graduate finds employment in any national or international NGO, which requires understanding of current social issues, such as migration, ethnic relations, migrant integration, minority issues, forming symbolic communities etc. S/he may also find employment in the government sector, dealing with similar issues, including public service, teaching or media. Private sector also offers several suitable positions, such as foreign business consultant – be it inside the Czech market for foreign firms or vice versa. Last but not least – there is a possibility of full academic carrier.

Study options

Single-subject studies

Students have a pre-defined list of required courses, which are supplemented with selective and elective courses. The student pays full attention to the single field of study chosen.

Combined studies

In this type of studies, the students focus on the main degree programme (120 credits) supplemented with another, minor, programme (60 credits). The student enrols in the degree programme in which he/she majors. Both the programmes are stated in the university diploma. You will find possible combinations on the websites of individual degree programmes.​ An exception is programmes preparing students for teaching professions, where both fields of study are equal and the thesis may be written in any of them.

Recommended combinations

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Social Studies

Follow-up studies

After completion of the Bachelor's studies, it is possible to continue further studies in any Master's degree programme (after satisfying the admission requirements). The Master degree in Sociology offers at the moment a possibility to concentrate on Social Anthropology as a part of their degree.

Study information

Provided by Faculty of Social Studies
Type of studies Bachelor's
Mode full-time Yes
combined No
Study options single-subject studies Yes
single-subject studies with specialization No
major/minor studies Yes
Standard length of studies 3 years
Language of instruction Czech

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Irena Kašparová, M.A., Ph.D.

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