- Head of Department:
- doc.Dr.Ing. Václav Liška
- Gabriela Fetterová
- CTU Prague, Faculty of Civil Engineering
Department of Social Sciences
166 29 Praha 6
- (+420) 224 357 133
A few words about
The department provides tuition in social sciences for all branches of study. It follows a long-term conception trend of humanizing the studies of technology. It also emphasizes interdisciplinary cooperation between the social, economic and the technical spheres.
The teaching activities focus on compulsory and elective courses in all branches of study and study modules.
The instruction provided to first-year students centres around fundamentals of law (followed by specialized law courses), general concepts and basics of the economic theory, and introduction to philosophy.
Further, the department teaches theoretical courses in economics to students of most branches of study, particularly introduction to the economic theory. The theories of macroeconomics and microeconomics are given special emphasis in seminars for students of economic branches. Those interested in advanced solutions can sign up for the seminar in econometry and corporate strategy, or crisis management.
The courses in humanities aim at developing the personality and creativity of an individual who will be able of overcome barriers to sharing professional values, and act in an ethically responsible, cultured and managerially successful way in the practical domain.
Next, psychology courses provide fundamentals of general psychology. Their knowledge contributes to the increase in motivation to study, the level of interpersonal relations, and improvement of personal abilities. The qualified exploitation of psychological methods and techniques can enhance the development of organizational, managerial, and business skills of the graduates.
Rhetoric, concentrated on the development of the skills needed for presentation of work outcomes, and defence of professional work and projects, has similar goals.
In addition, aesthetics and history courses look at cultural interactions of architecture, civil engineering and landscape design. They comprise courses in art history, historical anthropology (development of conceptual, social and settlement structures). Philosophy subjects for advanced students have a similar professional bias. And finally, elective courses in the history of the Czech state, politology and international relations develop the global social view of students.
The interdisciplinary field of Science - Technology - Society (STS) investigates the impact of engineering and technologies on the individual, society and the environment. The department mainly focuses on its application viewing the ethics of engineering and business practices.
As a continuation of its law courses, the department offers compulsory and elective courses in legislation of the construction industry, commercial and labour law, legislation of the environment, and legislation of settlements and regions. The above instruction is supplemented by introduction to constitutional and administrative law.
Finally, sociology courses develop the social thinking of students and give them a basic orientation in practical social issues. These courses are based on the application of general sociology in business and management (eg. human resources management, small groups management); they also draw from social relations in the civilization development (social ecology).
Students can also register for electives taught by the department exceeding the required limit of credits. The course completion requirements typically comprise a written case study project.
The department has a number of part-time specialists from other institutions (such as the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and Charles University). The research of the department revolves around interdisciplinary topics.
Besides, the department organizes a sociological and psychological survey of applicants for study at the Faculty, its students, and graduates.