History of the Department

 

The Department of Political Theories was established under the auspices of the Institute of Law (Odessa State University) in 1994. The Chair provided an integrated approach to curriculum, research and development coordinating the instruction of social and legal disciplines. In 1997, the Institute of Law was transformed into the Odessa State Law Academy. As a result, the Chair was merged.

At that time, the Chair consisted of eminent scholars who provided a high level of instruction using their rich scientific and pedagogical experience.

The teachers gave lectures on Political Science, Sociology, History of Ukraine, History of Ukrainian culture, Economics, Philosophy and Religion Studies. All the disciplines were the social and humanitarian groundwork for future legal professionals.

The Department developed and introduced a number of courses which reflected the peculiarities of social and humanitarian disciplines, detached from stereotypes and curriculum patterns, and gave new opportunities for professors. Such traditional disciplines as History of Ukraine, Political Science, Sociology, which were focused on the legal framework, obtained the new content.

In 1997, the Institute of Law was transformed into the Odessa State Law Academy. As a result, the Chair was merged.

However, the Department was divided and the Chairs of Social Theories, Philosophy, Legal Informatics and National Economy were consequently established. Moreover, the structure of the Chair included two laboratories which were aimed to advance the quality of instruction through theory to practice.

As a result of the reorganization, the Chair of Sociology and Psychology was detached, however the Department of Social Theories was named the Department of Political Theories in 2016.