Masaryk University Faculty of Social Studies

Introduction

The Faculty of Social Studies was established in 1998 and it is among the newest and most dynamic parts of Masaryk University. Its social science tradition dates back as far as 1921, when I. A. Bláha, a direct pupil of Émile Durkheim, established the Department of Sociology.

Since the 1920s, sociology and psychology have been taught at the Faculty of Arts, and joined by other disciplines, they established a unique social studies school in the late 1990s. The Faculty has continued developing dynamically while focused on education in the fields of sociology, political science, psychology, social policy and social work, media studies and journalism, environmental studies, international relations, European studies, gender studies, social anthropology, and recently, also security and strategic studies and energy security studies. It strives for a connection between education and the research performed by the departments as well as by its large-scale research teams. Thus, its courses are permanently enriched with the latest gnosis of both basic and applied social science.

FSS in brief

  • social science tradition since 1921
  • faculty established as in 1998
  • 3,626 students
  • 10,000 graduates
  • 438 teachers

Masaryk University

Masaryk University, located in Brno, is the second-largest public university in the Czech Republic and the leading higher education institution in Moravia. At present it comprises nine faculties with over 200 departments, institutes and clinics. Recognized as one of the most important teaching and research institutions in the Czech Republic and a highly-regarded Central European university, it has been infused with a strong democratic spirit ever since its establishment in 1919. The university also plays a major role in the social and cultural life of the South Moravian Region.

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Brno

Brno, a city in South Moravia with a population of about 400,000 inhabitants, is an ideal base for exploring Central Europe. Thanks to its strategic location, capitals such as Prague, Bratislava, Vienna, Budapest, and Warsaw are within easy reach by train or bus. In addition, Brno has direct air connections with several European cities.

The city is large enough to possess all the benefits of a major European centre, but small enough to retain its coziness and charm. The historical centre echoes that of Vienna, complete with cobblestone pedestrian zones and fascinating architecture spanning the whole period from the Middle Ages to the present day. Hometown of the distinguished composer Leoš Janáček and the founder of genetic science, Johann Gregor Mendel, the city has something for everybody. Among its tourist attractions you will find masterpieces of modernist architecture, including the UNESCO protected Villa Tugendhat and other outstanding functionalist works. The skyline is dominated by Špilberk Castle and the cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul and other interesting sites.

Home to six public universities and more than 100,000 students, Brno is truly a city of youth offering non-stop cultural activities and entertainment. It enjoys a vibrant cultural scene and lively nightlife, including restaurants and pubs, theatres, concert halls, galleries, music clubs, and sports facilities. The population of Brno is a multicultural one, with diverse and active expatriate communities, composed of both international students and professionals. More information via GOtoBrno.

The South Moravian Region is rich not only in its economic potential, but also in its cultural and historical roots. Among its attractions are well-preserved castles and chateaus, beautiful countryside landscapes, and nature parks. The region thus offers outstanding opportunities for hiking, bicycling, and skiing. The area around Brno is the Czech Republic’s main wine-producing region, with numerous ancient cellars, and the region’s many wineries are now linked by a new network of nature-friendly bicycle trails.

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Master in European Governance (double degree)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Czech Republic Brno

European Governance is a double degree taught in cooperation with Utrecht University in the Netherlands. The interdisciplinary in European Governance will equip you with the knowledge and skills to answer these questions and to formulate appropriate responses to the challenges they pose. In this way, it prepares you to deal with and work within the complexity of European governance - both in Brussels and at home. [+]

Double-degree program with Utrecht University. Dealing with important questions in today's Europe Financial markets in crisis - how can they be regulated? Sustainable energy - how can we make the transition to a green economy? Welfare states - should they be reformed to foster economic growth, and if so how can this be done? Cross-border policing - what are the emerging patterns of intelligence sharing and law enforcement? Homogenisation - are European countries becoming more similar because of the EU? Unifier or underminer - does the EU pose a threat to democracy? These are among the most important questions in Europe today. Each of them involves activities at local, national and European level, and each requires insights from economics, law and public administration. The interdisciplinary Master Program in European Governance will equip you with the knowledge and skills to answer these questions and to formulate appropriate responses to the challenges they pose. In this way, it prepares you to deal with and work within the complexity of European governance - both in Brussels and at home. A unique program with Utrecht University As a student on this program, you will study and live in two different places. This allows you to study and experience European governance from two different perspectives while providing you with a unique personal experience. Year 1 of the program is spent at Masaryk University in Brno which has, among other things, particular expertise in the democratic and market economy developments that have been transforming Central and... [-]

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Master in Conflict and Democracy Studies

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Czech Republic Brno

The Master’s Program in Conflict and Democracy Studies focuses on the discussion of the variety of potential relationships between democracy (and its quality), authoritarianism, totalitarianism, democratization, and conflict. We understand conflict to be a permanent, invariant feature of humankind, one that fuels both progress and failure. [+]

The Master’s Program in Conflict and Democracy Studies focuses on the discussion of the variety of potential relationships between democracy (and its quality), authoritarianism, totalitarianism, democratization, and conflict. We understand conflict to be a permanent, invariant feature of humankind, one that fuels both progress and failure. Since humans first began to establish rich social (and societal) ties, there have been struggles for power and a search for the best possible regime in any given time and place. Sometimes, to achieve their goals, conflicting parties use violence; sometimes they are able to come to a peaceful solution. A key question therefore becomes whether it is possible to democratize (or decentralize) various (deeply divided) societies without fuelling ethnic, religious, or other conflict. Following that is the question as to whether and how the threat of violent conflict is used by authorities to entrench, sustain, or even deepen autocratic tendencies. A focus on these questions is therefore natural and prudent. We are, moreover, currently witness to a number of efforts to transform democratic societies around the world. There are many factors behind this development, but in each case, sooner or later, an intensive discussion of the necessary trade-offs between security and personal freedom arises. Sometimes conflicting parties find an acceptable solution for most of these points, one which maintains the (democratic) status quo; sometimes all attempts fail and in the making open a pathway for securing and strengthening nondemocratic tendencies. To prevent things from going wrong—or even to make them better—it is crucial... [-]

Master in Cultural Sociology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Czech Republic Brno

The Cultural Sociology Master’s degree seeks for students with a strong interest in the development of contemporary societies, who want to research topics such as globalization, migration, popular culture, changes in identity and societal transformations. [+]

The Cultural Sociology Master’s degree seeks for students with a strong interest in the development of contemporary societies, who want to research topics such as globalization, migration, popular culture, changes in identity and societal transformations. The program is intended for full-time study, with a standard length of 4 semesters. It is offered to students who have already earned an undergraduate degree in the fields of humanities, social sciences, political science or other related fields. To earn the diploma, students must obtain 120 ECTS credits for coursework, successfully complete a thesis (about 20 000 words in length) and pass the final examination. The program builds on a well-established tradition of research and teaching in the field of cultural sociology at Masaryk University’s Department of Sociology. The points of interest range from organizational and popular culture to religion and urban studies, yet the two topical areas which give the program its particular profile are the study of ethno-national boundaries (including, e.g., migration and transnationalism) and the study of collective memory (including, e.g., generational memory and collective trauma). Today, the research and teaching activities in the field evolve around the Department’s Center for Cultural Sociology. Although the Center was formally instituted only in 2008, its foundation already reflected the many courses – focusing, for example and besides the above mentioned topics, on civic culture, identity formation, gender and sexuality, race, anti-Semitism and protest culture – which had long been offered by the Department in its various study programs. Many of the Center’s activities... [-]

Master in European Politics

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Czech Republic Brno

European Politics is a full-time Master's program taught at the Department of International Relations and European Studies and the Department of Political Science at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University. Its standard duration is four semesters. [+]

Program Content: A comprehensive program of study in the fields of comparative politics and European integration Location: Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic Department of Political Science and Department of International Relations and European Studies Program Description European Politics is a full-time Master's program taught at the Department of International Relations and European Studies and the Department of Political Science at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University. Its standard duration is four semesters. European Politics is a comprehensive program of study in the fields of comparative politics and European integration. The comparative politics component of the program covers basic theories, research methodology, empirical analysis, and comparative studies of the political developments and the party systems in European countries. This component allows students to focus specifically on the region of Central and Eastern Europe, to explore the experiences of post-communist transformations, and to acquire a thorough understanding of the political developments in post-socialist countries. The European integration component includes theoretical and empirical analysis of different international organizations and their interaction in Europe. Special emphasis is put on the study of the European Union and its enlargements. The Department of Political Science at the Faculty of Social Studies of the Masaryk University was founded in 1990 as an academic unit providing students with high-quality education in the discipline. The courses taught at the department draw on extensive independent research. The department was initially part of the Faculty of Arts (1990-1997). In 1998 it was included, together with other social science departments,... [-]

Master in Public Policy and Human Resources

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Czech Republic Brno

The programme provides the graduates with the abilities of understanding and practical application of the current methods of solving the problems in social policy and labour market policy as well as the abilities of evaluation of the problems and policies. [+]

Why should you choose this program? The program provides the graduates with the abilities of understanding and practical application of the current methods of solving the problems in social policy and labor market policy as well as the abilities of evaluation of the problems and policies. The program is recommended especially to those applicants who are interested in development of public and social policies in Central European (post-communist) countries and in social aspects of public administration. The program content focuses on processes and implementation of social policies taking the institutional perspective into consideration. What will you be able to do after graduation? You will be qualified to work as managers and experts in social policy and labor market policy fields or as researches, in the state, non-governmental and commercial organizations. In particular you can perform the roles of managers or program designers in public policy, social services, social security or employment organizations in various sectors. You also can become teachers, especially in the tertiary education. The program also prepares you for further academic studies in a wide range of Ph.D. program with focus on public or social policies, public administration, human resources, management, etc. You can also continue your post-graduate studies at our department in the program. Who can apply for this program? Admission to a Master’s degree program is conditional on graduating from a Bachelor’s degree program in some field of public or social policy, some other social science field, economics and management, public administration. We seek students with... [-]

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Faculty of Social Studies Masaryk University

Address Faculty of Social Studies Masaryk University Jostova 10
602 00 Brno, Czech Republic
Website http://www.fss.muni.cz/
Phone +420 549 491 911