- Dean’s Office
- Department of International Relations and Diplomacy
- Department of Political Science
- Department of Security Studies
- Study programs
- International Relations
From the scientific-research and pedagogical specialization perspective, the Department of Political Science represents a substantial and inseparable part of the Faculty of International Relation and Political Science. The establishment of the department directly reflected the political changes within the Slovak society and subsequent demands for qualified education in the sphere of political science.
The goal of the Department of Political Science is to offer complex information on politics as a subject of research by political science. The department gives instruction at the bachelor, master and doctorate study level the for full-time and distance students. Within the respetive study levels, the students gain knowledge of principles and mechanisms of politics and political systems functioning as well as of political activities of individuals, groups and communities. The students learn to specify the subject of political science and its basic methods, its position and relations in the system of social science. The students are taught about the basic list of political categories as well as the fundamental domains of topics such the history of political thinking, political systems, power, democracy, the theory of political parties, political processes, public administration. At the same time, the students are provided with basic knowledge from related study programmes such as e.g., sociology, philosophy, modern Slovak and world history, international relations and diplomacy. The students are lectured how to critically analyse achieved knowledge as well as to monitore topical trends concerning the development of political science.
The department adjusts the process of instruction and education to the specific character of particular academic subjects. This character is closely related to the main orientation of department´s research activities: the modern theories of democracy in the 21 first century, the structures and processes of the functioning of particular political systems in selected geopolitical world regions, the mechanisms of democratic transition, current paradigms of comparative political science – redefinition of democracy in the modern political science, the phenomenon of political extremism in Europe, public policy in the Slovak republic, models of state administration and local administration, factors of rationality and effectiveness.
The department expertly provides the whole scale of compulsory subjects (e.g., theory of politics, history of political theories, Slovak political system, theory of political parties and political systems, contemporary political philosophy, political sociology, methods of political research, sociology of electoral behaviour, comparative politology, theories and methods in political science, public policy and local administration) as well as the subject that are chosen on the obligatory or optional basis, which forms possibilities to complete the profile of graduates according to their own decision.
The members of the department are specialists who act as experts in the institutions of state administration and local administration of the Slovak republic, and also they successfully participate in home and international research projects.
In the sphere of scientific research, the department develops contacts not only with key centers in Slovakia, but also with many partners from abroad such as Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Russia, Finland, Norway or Canada. The department has intensive links with scientific-research and padagogic institutions of the V4 countries (the Czech republic, Hungary, Poland). The cooperation mainly takes place within projects of the EU or Erasmus programme.