PřF SGRRAK Social Geography and Regional Development
Name in Czech: Social Geography and Regional Development
doctoral combined, language of instruction: English English
Included in the programme: PřF D-SGRRA_ Social Geography and Regional Development

Final state doctoral examination and defence of the doctoral thesis

At the state doctoral examination, the student proves that he / she has mastered in depth the issues of social geography and regional development, including appropriate techniques and skills. The aim is to examine both the knowledge level and the ability to actively solve the problem, including their comprehensive understanding and application of appropriate methods of analysis and synthesis. The student can register for the state doctoral examination at the earliest after fulfilling the ISP requirements, but at the latest in the 5th semester. Part of the State Doctoral Examination is the defense of the dissertation thesis by a special opponent.
The oral exam includes three test areas:
- General social geography and regional development (components, processes, phenomena, holistic understanding of socio-geographical sphere)
- Methods of socio-geographical research (data acquisition and evaluation, methods of their processing)
- The area from which the dissertation is presented (methodology, knowledge, regional aspects, perspectives, scenarios, impacts)

Requirements of the study

- Preparation of the dissertation ground materials - takes place throughout the study and is based on the publication activity described below (min. 10% of the workload)
- Publishing activities and dissertation work - consists of at least three accepted scientific articles or applied methodological / software outputs. In the case of scientific publications, this is at least one first-class impact article (in the Web of Science database), another first-author article (at least in the Scopus or Web of Science database) and another co-authored reviewed article. Publishing activity is a base for the dissertation work (60% of the workload).
- Educational activity (participation in teaching) - the doctoral student participates in teaching by leading exercises / seminars, field courses, selected lecture or preparation of study materials in the first 4 semesters. An integral part of the development of pedagogical experience of a doctoral student is consultation, or. assessment of undergraduate work. Less than 150 hours in the first 4 semesters (max. 5% of workload)
- Thesis defense - must be completed by the 6th semester at the latest
- Foreign internship - must be completed in min. 2 months for the duration of study or to participate actively in an international project for at least 2 years (min. 5% of workload)
- Participation in the conference - active participation in min. two international conferences, of which at least one form of a lecture, the second one a poster
Specialized subjects (max. 20% of workload):
- Basics of scientific work and preparation of a scientific publication in social geography and regional development
Furthermore, 2 of the 6 sociogeographical areas listed below are completed by the exam:
Theoretical and methodological approaches in SGRR
Demographic and settlement structures
Geography of production and consumption
Mobility, transport, technology
Countryside, periphery, borderland
Regional development and regional policy
Another 2 elective courses according to the individual study plan (after approval by the supervisor and approval by the Subject Council).

Proposal of dissertation topics and topics of defended dissertations

Czech borderland - orientation in and / or outside?
Czech-Austrian / Slovak borderland - yesterday, today and tomorrow
The position of cross-border cooperation in European integration
Czech mining industry and its interconnection with the local economic base: regional analysis
Settlement systems and regional systems: parallel analysis in spatial contexts
Emerging geography of e-commerce in Czech retail
Development of agriculture in the planning period 2007-2013, study of possible impacts of the CAP on the example of the region studied
Anarchist geography and diverse economies
Geographical theme (place and history)
Convergence and divergence trends in developing countries
Mobility, hypermobility, aeromobility and lived space
Postcolonial Geography and Foreign Development Cooperation of the Czech Republic
Aging and daily mobility
War on Terror: A View of Critical Geography

Recommended progress through the study plan


The study plan does not contain any courses.