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All universities in Prague begin their academic year solely in online form (at least until the end of October 2020). A Dean’s welcome e-mail as well as the syllabi in SIS have informed you that MS Teams is the primary supported teaching platform for the whole Charles University. The university is currently working hard to connect together all the electronic platforms, tools, and systems (i.e. SIS, Moodle, Turnitin, MS Teams) needed for the university study into one productive and user-friendly unit. This ambitious project will certainly not be finished by the end of the semester, probably not even until the end of the academic year 2020/2021.

Be it as it may, these are the tools and platforms we all (students and teachers alike) must learn to work with as soon as possible. When in online mode, all GS courses will be taught via MS Teams already this winter semester. Please make sure to download MS Teams, create an account and learn the basics before the start of the semester. You can find that Charles University offers many webinars and other support tools on its webpages.

A great advantage of MS Teams compared to other platforms (such as ZOOM, for example) is that all GS courses you are registered in will be clearly displayed on your MS Teams homepage.  We, as teachers, will make all efforts to make our online courses as comprehensive and interactive as possible. Without a doubt it’s going to be very challenging, especially given the large numbers of students in our courses. We really hope that you will help us with both your study attitude as well as with your understanding and generosity towards our likely technical problems and didactic shortcomings. Rest assured that we are doing a maximum to make your studies as meaningful and interesting as possible.

How to Work with MS Teams

All the information on working with MS Teams is to be found here.

MS Teams: Logging in and Setting

Each time a modification in your MS Teams takes place (joining a team, leaving a team, receiving an invitation for a scheduled videoconference, documents uploaded...) you will be notified either through a desktop notification (in case you have MS Teams installed in your device) or through an e-mail notification. The e-mail notifications are sent to you e-mail box automatically generated by the University in your MS Office account. To forward them to your everyday mailbox, please see the manual above.

In case of any technical difficulties, please contact the teacher of the course or Faculty´s IT Department.


Please, always check the schedule of the current academic year to learn the deadlines set by the Faculty (start and end of the semester, examination period dates, diploma thesis sumbission deadlines, etc.).

Registration for courses in winter semester: September 25 - October 18, 2020

Mandatory courses are always and only registered by the Secretary.

Winter Semester: October 5, 2020 - January 1, 2021

Christmas Holiday: December 23, 2020 - January 3, 2021

Exam Period in Winter Semester: January 11 - February 12, 2021

Summer Semester: February 22 - May 21, 2021

Exam Period in Summer Semester: May 24 - September 10, 2021

Summer Holiday: July 1 - August 31, 2021 (exam period is suspended during summer holiday)

Deadlines for Diploma Thesis Sumbission in 2021: January 8, May 14, June 25,

All dates and deadlines are subject to change with respect to coronavirus pandemics. For latest information, see the Faculty website.


A number of study requirements are necessary to follow in order to successfully finish the study:

  • The study programme is planed for 2 years (4 semesters). However, it is possibile to finish within five years from the official admission to the study programme.

  • A minimum of 120 ECTS credits is required

  • All mandatory courses must be completed either in the standard academic year, i.e. in the academic year in which the student was registered in the course. Or else the completion of the course can be postponed no more than to the next academic year. That is, a mandatory course from the first year of the study can be accomplished also in the second year, a mandatory course from the second year can be accomplished in the third year. A delay in the completion of a mandatory course is a reason for the University to end the study.

    • Individual study plan is a sole exception to this rule. ISP is only granted on special grounds and upon request at the beginning of each semester.

  • A minimum of 50 ECTS is necessary to proceed with the study from the first year to the second year. The limit to pass from the second year to the third is 100 ECTS.


Beginning of the academic year 2020/2021, a new version of the Gender studies study plan comes into effect. The students that began their studies under the new version must follow the condotions of the new study plan. The students that began their studies under the previous version will finish their study according to the conditions of the previous study plan.

STUDY PLAN EFFECTIVE SINCE 2020/2021 ("new version")

Mandatory courses

72 ects

Elective courses

min 36 ects

Final examination


Diploma Thesis Defence



120 ects

Mandatory courses: I. semester


1. The History of Feminist Thinking

2. Feminist Literary Theory and Criticism

3. Epistemology of Science

4. Methodology in Social Sciences

5. Interpretation of Philosophical Texts

6. Argumentation and Academic Discourse







Mandatory courses: II. semester


1. Comparative History of Sexuality

2. Feminist Cultural Studies

3. Politics of Identity: Theory and Criticism

4. Social Structures and Institutions

5. Intersectionality: Theory and Methods

6. Diploma Seminar I - Concept







Total Number of Credits for Mandatory Courses for the First Year of Study


Mandatory courses: III. semester


1. Comparative Gender in Global Perspective

2. Social Policy Analysis

3. Diploma Seminar II - Research




Mandatory courses: IV. semester


1. Gender in Theory and Practice: Applied Gender Theory

2. Diploma Seminar III - Writing



Final State Exams


Diploma Thesis


Total Number of Credits for Mandatory Courses for the Second Year of Study


Total Number of Credits for all Mandatory Courses       


Apart from the mandatory courses, a student must also obtain 48 ECTS from elective courses in order to attain a total of 120 credits necessary to successfully complete the study.

A minimum of 50 credits is required to proceed to the second year of study. A minimum of 100 credits is required to proceed to the third year of study. In case this condition is not met, the student is dismissed.

A complete list of courses taught by DGS is to be found in the Student Information System (SIS).


The academic year is organised in accordance with the Faculty´s Schedule of the Academic year.

An up-to-date schedule is uploaded at the beginning of each semester.

Course Schedule - Winter Semester 2020


All the classes are taught in the Faculty building in Trója - Pátkova 2137/5, 182 00 Prague 8.

Gender Studies classrooms are 2.41 and 2.42. They are right next to the techers´ and secretary´s offices (2.40 and 2.39).


Final examination actually consists of two parts - diploma thesis defense and oral exams, also called "final (state) exams".

Please bear in mind, that you need to first take oral exams and only then can you proceed to diploma thesis defense. You can do this within one semester or split it - i.e. it is completely possible to take oral exams in June and do the defense in September.

Structure of the exams, thematic areas and questions:


You need to first register for the exams in SIS. The approximate dates of final exams is to be found online in the Faculty´s schedule of the academic year.

There, either the exact or approximate day of the exam is indicated (ex. either June 13 or June 11-13). This is because the final date together with the hour is known only once the committee has been established. Once it is established you will receive an e-mail invitation.

Always come one hour before the actual exam takes place: ex. if you are invited for 11am, come before 10am. It is also necessary to bring with you a registration for the exams that is to be generated from SIS (main menu - final exams - application for state examination).

This is because, as follows from the structure of the exams, you first need to draw from amongst the official thematic areas and their respective questions. You have one hour to prepare your answers (no electronic devices or study material is allowed during the preparation!) and than you are asked to present your ansers in front of the committee, which is the core of the oral examination. The oral examination takes about an hour.

If you defend your thesis and pass final exams successfully, your study is completed. Official completion takes a couple of days due to the administration process it requires.


A diploma thesis (referred to as DT from here) serves to prove that a student fulfilled all the requirements of independent work on a specific research problem, i.e. the student has all the competency to clearly formulate research topic or questions, choose suitable methodolody, perform own research, analyse and interpret outcomes of the research and present them in accordance with academic standards, to work with available sources and given citation norms.

Registration of Diploma Thesis (DT)

At the beginning of the third semester all students were registered in the Diploma Seminar II course by the Secretary of the Department. The aim of this diploma seminar (remember that all of the diploma seminars are mandatory) is to prepare the students methodologically for the formulation of research project and the preparations of the diploma thesis.

It is necessary to respect the following instructions and deadlines:

  • Choose and approach one of the teachers of the department with whom you would like to work on the thesis by November 30.

- when considering a tutor, think about their specialisation and the topic of your DT, but also the preferred methodology and potential sources for your research

- please take into account that the tutor you have chosen might be “fully booked” and in that case you will have to work with somebody else instead…

- if you would like to work with a tutor outside of the department, you need to discuss it first with the Head of the department

- not only does the tutorship have to be consulted, but it also needs to be confirmed by the given teacher! Please, inform the Secretary about the chosen tutor by e-mail (and CC the tutor him/herself as well) by November 30.

  • The diploma thesis must be registered with the Secretary of the department by January 31.

- Please, fill in all the necessary information in the registration form, including a short abstract. All the information in this official form must be consulted with, confirmed and signed by your tutor.

- The physical copy of the signed form must be submitted to the Secretary. An electronic version (in Word!) is to be sent by e-mail.

- It is possible to make minor changes in the name of the thesis, of the tutor and even of the abstract provided that all is previously consulted with and confirmed by both the tutor and the secretary.

In case of any questions please contact the Secretary of the department, Mgr. Tatiana Badurová by e-mail: tatiana.badurova@fhs.cuni.cz

Diploma Thesis Submission

1. First check whether you have completed the required 120 credits, which must be composed of the credits from all the mandatory courses (56 credits) and at least 54 credits from elective courses. The study control is to be done through SIS in the "study control" section within your profile.

2. Then have a close look at the diploma thesis requirements. The recommended length of the text is 80 - 120 pages (page = 260 words/1 800 characters including spaces). You can use any citation style, just make sure you stick to it throughout the whole text.

3. The deadlines for thesis submission are published in the schedule of the current academic year and available at the Faculty webpage. The Secretary of the Deparment always announces special office hours during which you can come and submit your thesis in her 2.40 office.

You can contact the Secretary with questions regarding the sumbission at

tatiana.badurova@fhs.cuni.cz or +420 774 048 129.

4. In order to submit the thesis properly and duly it is necesary to:

  • upload the electronic version of the thesis in SIS by midnight of the deadline (i.e. 23:59) in .pdf/A format. It must be identical with the version that goes to the print. English abstract (again, in .pdf/A format) is to be submitted separately. SIS only accepts .pdf/A format, so make sure that the thesis is in this format and only then proceed to uploading it. Please note that the uploading and system control can take several minutes - do not leave it to the last minute! Click on the control of plagiarism in SIS, the result of the control will be saved in the system. The thesis is considered to be submitted completely only when both the electronic and printed version are submitted, and the two are identical.

    • For the details on how to upload the thesis in SIS, please see the process here.

    • There are couple of ways to convert your .pdf to .pdf/A format:

      1. In MS Word, click on "File", "Save as" and choose "Save as a type". From the menu choose " pdf/A". In case this option is not available, choose "pdf" and then click on "options" and tick the "compatible with ISO 19005-1 (pdf/A) option.

      2. There are many pages on the internet that enable you to convert from pdf to pdf/A for free.

      3. For further information please click here.

  • register for the defense in SIS in Exam dates section. In this section you are supposed to print out the automatically generated application form for the thesis defense. Please print it out, sign it and submit together with the thesis (SIS - Main Menu-Final Exams).

  • submit two prints of the thesis: one in hardcover (is archived at the Department), one in spiral or other binding (you can take this one once the defense is over).

Diploma Thesis Defense

An approximate date of your DT defense depends on when you submitted the thesis. The general rule of thumb is: if you submit in May, expect to defend in June - if you submit in June, expect to defend in September.

Around the date of DT submission you need to register in SIS for the DT defense (SIS- Home - Final Exams). There, either the exact or approximate day of the exam is indicated (ex. either June 13 or June 11-13). This is because the final date together with the hour is known only once the committee has been established. Once it is established you will receive an official invitation by e-mail.

Not later than three days before the actual defense takes place the tutor´s and opponent´s reports will be uploaded to SIS and thus made available for you. The reports evaluate the quality of your thesis and play a key role in your diploma thesis defense. During the defense, you should present a short summary of your diploma thesis (research questions, methodology, sources, main theses and conclusions) for around 10minutes. There is no need to prepare a powerpoint presentation, but you can have written notes with you and use them. After this introductory presentation of DT, both reports are read and the student then has space to react to the reports, answer questions articulated both in the reports and by the committee. Finally, a general discussion about the DT with the committe is the last part of the defence.

The committee is composed of five members - the tutor, the opponent and three more members (some of whom may not come from the Department of Gender Studies).

The defense takes approximately one hour. If you defend your thesis and pass final exams successfully, your study is completed. Official completion takes a couple of days due to the administration process it requires.

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Getting to us


Charles University

Faculty of Humanities

Department of Gender Studies

Pátkova 2137/5

182 00 Praha 8 - Libeň

Czech Republic

Other contacts

Mgr. Tatiana Badurová

Secretary of the Gender Studies Programme

Office No. 2.40

E-mail: - consultations after previous confirmation via e-mail

tel.: 00420 774 048 129