Today, the Faculty of Social Studies comprises seven departments, four research institutes, specialized units of IT support, and a comprehensive library. It educates more than 3,400 students in full-time and part-time forms of study and also participates in the life-long learning scheme. The faculty is located in a recently reconstructed building in the city’s historical centre, offering its students and employees excellent conditions for study and work. It houses modern lecture halls, a research library, several computer labs, specialized desktop publishing studios and multimedia rooms, as well as a student club with a cafe and a gallery for student activities. The glazed patio hall, amazing with its layout and architecture design, is a common location for social gatherings.
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.
In addition to the above mentioned development, the faculty has internationalized its teaching as well. It currently offers seven Master's degrees taught in English (three of them in international cooperation as joint or double degrees) and all doctoral programs can also be studied in English. Integral parts of the classes are other courses held in English, and some block sessions offered by visiting professors. The faculty has also opened courses in the lifelong learning for interested public.
The Faculty of Social Studies is ranked at the very top of social science research in the Czech Republic. Our faculty engage in a wide spectrum of research projects, the results of which they bring to the classroom and disseminate to society at large. As a result, the instruction in all departments is enriched by the latest information and theory from both basic and applied social science.
Faculty members publish regularly in international journals and anthologies, present at international conferences, and publish books and monographs. Our researchers and teachers are very active in international research networks and projects, and in the course of its fifteen years of existence, the Faculty has hosted dozens of international conferences, providing space for discussion of the latest social science findings.
Our long-term partners for international collaboration include prestigious universities and research centers from almost every European country, from the Russian Federation (including the Russian State Social University in Moscow and Ural State University in Ekaterinburg), from the USA (such as the University of Maryland, Missouri State University, the University of Texas at Austin, and others), Israel (the University of Haifa and the Interdisciplinary Centre Herzliya), Taiwan (the National Chiao Tung University and National Cheng Chi University), India (the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai), and others.
Just to illustrate the diverse academic interests that can be found at FSS, our projects funded by the most recent Seventh Framework EU Program include
- Employment 2025: How Will Multiple Transitions Affect the European Labor Market?
- Combating Inequalities Through Innovative Social Practices of and for Young People in Cities across Europe
- Constructing Sexuality and Gender in Czechoslovak Sexological Discourses
- EU Kids Online III
- European Union Council Presidency and its Role in Decision Making Processes of the European Union
- Impact of Local Welfare Systems on Female Labor Force Participation and Social Cohesion
- Understand and Discuss the EU