The Faculty of Social Studies was founded in 1998 as one of the newest Masaryk University faculties. The establishment of a separate faculty dedicated to the social sciences was the result of the long-term existence of several related fields of study at the Faculty of Arts; the local Department of Sociology was in fact established in 1921, making it one of the oldest departments in Europe. In 2005 the faculty was relocated to a newly renovated building in Joštova Street which provides superb conditions for studies and a range of supplementary activities. In addition to an extensive library collection, the new facilities also include study rooms, various media laboratories and a DTP studio. Several rooms have even been made available for local student clubs. The atrium, with its striking architecture and remarkable spatial organization, serves as a meeting point for the entire faculty.
The Faculty of Social Studies is engaged in a broad spectrum of research and development activities in a wide array of areas corresponding to accredited fields of study. These include both basic and applied research in areas such as youth and family, socialization and individualization as processes leading to personality development, reproduction processes and social reproduction, marginalized groups, poverty, unemployment, ethnicity, political systems in both Czech and European contexts, media analysis and environmental issues. Research activities are funded by a number of Czech and international grant agencies and other institutions and carried out in collaboration with both Czech and international partners.
The faculty is undergoing dynamic development; instruction currently focuses on fields such as Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Social Policy and Social Work, Media Studies and Journalism, Environmental Studies, International Relations, European Studies, Gender Studies, Psychotherapy Studies, Social Anthropology and Security and Strategic Studies. The aim is to link teaching activities with research carried out at individual departments and research performed at faculty institutes. Courses on offer are thus continually enriched and developed by the inclusion of the latest findings in basic and applied research in the social sciences.
As the social sciences offer a unique opportunity to participate in examining as yet unmapped social and political changes and individual adaptations taking place in the complex world of today, the Faculty of Social Studies has generated enormous interest among applicants ever since its establishment. In addition to extensive international research collaborative projects, the faculty is also devoted to internationalizing instruction. Two Master’s degree programmes – European Politics and Sociology – are taught fully in English. Furthermore, not only are all doctoral degree programmes available in English, a range of individual courses, primarily those taught by visiting lecturers, are taught in English as well. Since the 2001/2002 academic year, the faculty has also been involved in the university lifelong learning system.
Faculty graduates find application in a wide variety of professions, e.g. in government administration, service and advisory institutions, research and analytical units, political parties, international organizations in journalism and at universities – as both research specialists and teachers.
Facts and figures
- A total of 3,626 students are enrolled at the faculty: 1,907 in Bachelor’s degree programmes, 1,444 in Master’s degree programmes and 275 in doctoral degree programmes (as of 31 October 2014).
- The faculty consists of 7 departments and employs a total of 236 academic and non-academic workers including 17 professors and 22 associate professors.
- Instruction is provided by a total of 441 teaching staff including 197 MU employees, 82 students and 162 external faculty members.
- A total of 8,153 applicants for studies were registered in 2014; 2,385 were subsequently accepted.
- A total of 36 disabled students are enrolled at the faculty (2011/2012 academic year).
- The number of outgoing students stands at 208, the number of incoming students from abroad is 28 (2011/2012 academic year).
- A total of 1 011 students graduated from the faculty in 2014: 472 from Bachelor’s programmes, 521 from Master’s programmes and 18 from doctoral programmes.
- Faculty graduates are extremely successful on the job market (see Graduate employment record).
- Since 1997, a total of 10,226 students have graduated from the faculty.