Programmes in Hungarian

Programmes in Hungarian

PROGRAMME

PROGRAMME LEADER (HU TRAINING)

PROGRAMME LEADER (EN TRAINING)

Interdisciplinary Social Research

Csepeli, György, 

csepeli.gyorgy@tatk.elte.hu

 

Social Policy

Orosz, Éva, 

oroszeva@caesar.elte.hu

 

Sociology

Örkény, Antal, 

orkeny@tatk.elte.hu

Rudas, Tamás,

trudas@elte.hu

Interdisciplinary Social Research

Programme outline

This programme aims to launch the academic career of those who are able to see and examine the interconnected nature of social phenomena, taking into account cultural and historical factors and using a diverse range of approaches. Students must show that they are able to carry out innovative, independent research and publicise this research within the international academic community.  The teaching staff strive to ensure that graduates can implement the theoretical knowledge they have acquired on the programme in business, public policy consultancy and education. In addition to learning how to develop their presence in the international academic community (conferences, publications, working as a guest lecturer or guest researcher), we also want future graduates to become familiar with Hungarian and EU funding application procedures. While we place a great deal of emphasis on independent study and learning as well as on competition, we also teach students how to cooperate and work in a team. Teamwork is essential in order to be able to participate effectively in the Hungarian and international academic world.

Requirements

The courses are focusing on different social phenomena in context of their cultural, historical and cross-disciplinary dependency, and apply diverse methodological solution (qualitative and quantitative) for exam the core problems. The courses are focusing on diverse topics such as national and ethnic conflicts, gender and sexuality, social deviances, discursive politics and ecological challenges, social network and social capital.

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Social Policy

Programme outline

The Social Policy doctoral programme was launched in September 1995 as a sub-programme of the doctoral programme in Sociology. The sub-programme was headed by member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Scholars, Professor and Doctor of Sociology Zsuzsa Ferge between 1995 and 2000. Between 2000 and 2007 it was headed by Professor and Doctor of Sociology Péter Somlai. The joint core courses on the Social Policy and Sociology programmes ensure that there is a strong link between the two programmes in terms of content. Not only this, but teachers from the Sociology programme also contribute to the work of the department (teaching courses, assisting on application panels, participating in examination boards, examining research proposals, etc.). The sub-programme has been running for more than 10 years and is the result of close cooperation between several Hungarian and international university departments and teachers and researchers from numerous institutes.  Over the years it became clear that there was a need for an independent Social Policy doctoral programme. The independent programme was accredited as part of the Sociology discipline in 2000 by the Hungarian Accreditation Committee.

Structure of the programme: the core modules are taken in the first four semesters and students are assessed based on examinations. Between the second and fourth semesters 3 elective modules must be chosen (courses taken abroad as part of the study visit count towards this). Students prepare a research proposal in the second semester which acts as a starting point for the full thesis plan. The full thesis plan is prepared by students in the fourth semester. Students discuss individual research proposals in the doctoral seminar in the third and fourth semesters. This is the basis for the thesis plan which must be submitted and defended by the end of the fourth or fifth semester. 

The doctoral thesis is a central element of the programme. All students on the programme will be assigned a tutor who will supervise their work. This tutor will support, encourage and check the student’s work from the beginning of the programme, through the research proposal stage, right up until the thesis is completed. The supervisor is chosen in the second semester based on a joint decision between the student, the selected tutor and the programme leader. 

Requirements

The courses cover various areas of social policy, such as comparative social policy, health policy, health management, ethnic inequalities in welfare systems, social inequalities and welfare redistribution, and EU projects aiming to develop new welfare social policy in transnational context

At the end of the PhD training, the candidate must go through a PhD procedure. This involves:

  • An oral exam evaluated by a committee in three subjects (social structure, social policy and socialisation)
  • Writing, orally presenting and defending a PhD dissertation, which contain the results of the candidate’s research work. Two independent referees (well known experts of the field) review the PhD thesis and a board of lecturers of the PhD programme and independent experts evaluates the oral presentation, and the public discussion of the thesis. The performance of the candidate during the PhD procedure determines the quality of his/her PhD degree. The qualifications ranked from 1 – 5 grade, where the 1 means failed and 5 means excellent (‘summa cum laude’).
  • To obtain the PhD degree the candidates must have 2 medium level complex (oral and written) exams in two of the main foreign languages (or equivalent certificate)

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Sociology

About the programme

The Sociology Doctoral Programme was launched in 1993 under the leadership of Tibor Huszár in cooperation with the Sociology department of the Budapest University of Economic Sciences (now Corvinus) and the two separate (since merged) Sociological Institutes of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Scholars. The programme was introduced to provide the sociology researchers of the future. Dénes Némedi (1942-2000) took over the running of the programme in 2000. Under his leadership, the programme’s new training plan was developed and the Sociology Doctoral School was formed. Antal Örkény has been the programme leader and Head of the Doctoral School since 2010.

Programme outline

Most successful applicants have a Master’s degree in Sociology or the social sciences and have demonstrated their ability and commitment to academic work at postgraduate level. Students are taught through a mix of compulsory and optional courses and seminars and are guided in their work by a tutor.  Students attend courses for four semesters. There are three core courses which form the basis of this work – classical and modern sociological theories; the problems of social structure, social stratification and social mobility; Research methodology. There are other additional courses in social psychology, political sociology, historical sociology, economic sociology, legal sociology and social policy. The list of courses on offer depends on the interests of the successful applicants and in which areas we are able to employ tutors with the most up-to-date academic knowledge. Research seminars are linked to ongoing research projects. Students participate in one of these seminars in accordance with their interests.

Requirements

The course work is based on such core subjects as classical and contemporary sociological theories, social structure, social networks, info communication and information society, social stratification and mobility, quantitative social survey methods and advances social statistics

Students must prepare a study plan during the first semester until the end of the lecturing period under the guideline of their tutor. This contains the types of subjects the student will be attending from the following semester.

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