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, 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.
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.