Life-Long Education programsLife-Long Education programs(version: 159)
   Login via CAS
Anthropocene: the contemporary world in transdisciplinary perspective (10002)
Basic information
Charles University
Anthropocene: the contemporary world in transdisciplinary perspective
admission procedure in progress
Anthropocene: the contemporary world in transdisciplinary perspective
In the Anthropocene era, scientists are beginning to study the world afresh: the traditional distinctions between natural and social sciences, and between academic and non-academic forms of knowledge no longer provide an adequate framework for interpreting the present. Anthropocene phenomena are complex, dynamically changing and often counterintuitively interconnected - if we want to understand the world we live in, it is crucial to be able to look at it from different disciplinary perspectives.
In the microcertificate module, you will learn how to effectively study and interpret the contemporary world in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary ways: you will learn how to go beyond your own expertise, communicate across disciplines, and better respond to the complex - ecological, social, and identity - challenges of the present.
The course combines distance learning with an intensive week-long on-site summer school.

!!In 2024, classes are taught in Czech and English!!
An intensive week-long on-site internship (seminars IN ENGLISH AND CZECH, field trips, lab work, short lectures, work on an ongoing project) combined with distance online preparation and subsequent mentoring leading to the development of a final thesis. All phases under the guidance of top experts in the disciplines (paleoecology, ecology, sociology, philosophy, history, economics, anthropology, computer science; about 10 teachers in each run).

3 phases:
1. Introductory online block: online lectures, assignment of independent reading, assignment of independent reading, online tutorials if needed. 3 group meetings, May-June 2024.
2. Intensive week-long programme in Prague: lectures, seminars, field trips, workshops during the summer school. 1 week, 9-13 September 2024.
3. Final online block: online lectures, advanced work and finalisation of final group work/project, online mentoring (ongoing individual and group consultations). 3 group meetings, 3 working group meetings with mentors, October-November 2024.

Evaluation of final group work: January 2025.

Admission criteria: students will be admitted on the basis of the quality of their CV and motivation letter, which will be evaluated by a selection committee set up for this purpose. Special consideration will be given to the disciplinary diversity of the group.
Minimum prior education: high school diploma
Language requirements: advanced knowledge of English & CZECH
The micro-certificate is suitable for: students of science, humanities, social sciences, and arts as well as for practitioners from the nonprofit sector, government employees, teachers, and members of the public interested in the Anthropocene
Graduates can define the concept of the Anthropocene and its theoretical grasp in the natural sciences and humanities, and they understand the principles of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research. They will learn about natural and cultural heritage, urban landscapes, biodiversity issues in the Anthropocene, and about the study of nature from the perspectives of economics, geology, social sciences, anthropology, history, and philosophy.

Graduates will be able to describe the process of data production in the natural sciences and humanities and gain experience in field research. Their skills in the areas of collaborative project development, text interpretation, and critical thinking will be developed.

Students will acquire the competences to engage in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary debate and apply its principles in the areas of environmental and cultural heritage protection, education, preparation of different types of projects, and in their further university studies.
Guarantor Phone number E-mail
doc. Mgr. Petr Pokorný, Ph.D. +420736746019
11000 - Univerzita Karlova
Further detailed information
202 (total number of hours)
3 fáze: 1. Úvodní on-line blok (květen-červen); 2. Intenzivní týdenní program v Praze (září); 3. Závěrečný on-line blok (říjen-listopad)
Interdisciplinární programy a kvalifikace zahrnující vzdělávání a výchovu (0188)
Písemné osvědčení (na místě s ověřením totožnosti)
Seminární práce (na místě s ověřením totožnosti)
Level Knowledge Responsibility and autonomy Kompetence
Level 6 Advanced knowledge of a field of work or study, involving a critical understanding of theories and principles Advanced skills, demonstrating mastery and innovation, required to solve complex and unpredictable problems in a specialised field of work or study Manage complex technical or professional activities or projects, taking responsibility for decision-making in unpredictable work or study contexts; take responsibility for managing professional development of individuals and groups
Institucionální akreditace UK
IN 2024, classes will be held both in CZECH and ENGLISH - knowledge of both is required
Date and venue of the course
3 fáze: 1. Úvodní on-line blok (květen-červen 2024); 2. Intenzivní týdenní program v Praze (září 2024); 3. Závěrečný on-line blok (říjen-listopad 2024). Závěrečné hodnocení výstupů: leden 2025.
summer semester
Information for applicants
Lecturer Phone number E-mail
doc. Mgr. Petr Pokorný, Ph.D. +420736746019
5000 Kč / kurz
Bc. Anna Michalík Kvíčalová, M.A., Ph.D.
Centrum pro teoretická studia Husova 4 110 00 Praha 1,
Please send a short motivation letter describing why you are interested in the topic and why you are applying for the summer school, and a personal medallion with basic information about your professional background or work specialisation. Include if and why you are applying for a reduced tuition fee. Total maximum 2 standard pages, to be sent no later than 19. 4. 2024. E-mail:
Enrolment information
Charles University | Information system of Charles University |