Why do the vast majority of people live in communities? Why is there a division of labour and specialisation among them? Why and how are leaders and the led separated? How are community decisions made? Who has the power? And who really owns it? Was Plato or Aristotle a political scientist? Why do some peoples survive and others disappear? Can we exist without a state? What are the tasks of the state, what can it do and what must it do? What is the scope of politics? Can it intervene, and should it intervene at all, in market mechanisms? Should it support childbearing? How should it deal with migration? Can leadership be both strong and democratic? Can a government be prepared for the unforeseen events of the future?
In the School of Social Sciences and History, we seek answers to these and similar questions, so that we can look at the politics, social changes and challenges of our own region, East-Central Europe and the European Union, armed with theories. We want to break with the fragmentation and introversion of the social sciences. We have a complex range of interests and approaches. In our school, our teachers and invited guests integrate social science disciplines, linking the past with the present and the future, so that political science and sociology, public policy and political economy, political and social history, political philosophy and political reflection not only fit together but also reinforce each other.
In our community, we seek to build a common and mutual perspective through lectures, debates, role-plays and field trips, real or virtual, to broaden our political and social knowledge and experience.