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School of Philosophy and Sociology

  The School of Philosophy and Sociology in Shanxi University grows out of the Faculty of Philosophy which was set up in 1980 and changed to the present name in 2003. Now, the school has the authority to award PH.D. and M.A. of the primary discipline of philosophy. There are also two Graduate Programs including Sociology and Demology, and three majors for the undergraduates including Philosophy, Sociology and Social Work. Until 2009 we had 1718 bachelor’s degree holders and 442 master’s degree holders. In 1996, approved by the Academic Degrees Committee of Shanxi Province, the school and the Organization ministry of Provincial Party Committee jointly held the Postgraduate Program of Marxist Philosophy which enrolled 1200 students in 7 years. The school and The Party School of the Central Committee in Beijing jointly fostered 115 on-job postgraduates of Marxist Philosophy from 2005 to 2009, and these graduates became the cadres with high quality who have promoted the economic and social development of Shanxi Province.

  In 1983, the academic team led by Prof. Zhang Enci won the master degree program in Marxist philosophy and the school became one of the earliest units which is of the authority to award M.A. in Shanxi Province. In 1998, the academic team led by Prof. Guo Guichun won the doctor degree program in philosophy of science and technology. This is the first doctor degree program of Humanities and Social Sciences in Shanxi Province. In 2000, also led by Prof. Guo Guichun, the Research Center for Philosophy of Science and Technology was approved as one of Key Research Institute of Humanities and Social Science in Universities by the Ministry of Education of China. In 2002, Philosophy of Science and Technology was recognized as one of the key national disciplines by the State Council. In 2003, a post doctorate researching station was set up in the research center. In 2005, the school obtained the authority to award PH.D. and M.A. of the primary discipline of philosophy and it is the only doctor degree program of primary discipline of Humanities and Social Science in Shanxi so far. It has exerted an important and profound influence on enhancing the general strength of teaching and research in Humanities of Shanxi University, integrating the discipline-construction of philosophy and social sciences in the whole province, servicing to local economic and social development. Since 2005, the discipline of philosophy ranked tenth or so in the similar disciplines in China. In 2009, the cultivation of postgraduates ranked the eighth, and the primary discipline ranked the eighth too.

  Since 2007, in order to emphasize and strengthen the construction of the primary discipline of philosophy, the aim we have set is to building ‘research school’. With this goal in mind, we established four research sections after the integration. They are foreign philosophy and logic, Marxist philosophy and ethics, Chinese philosophy and religion, sociology and social philosophy. Moreover, in order to raise the level of our scientific research and innovation and to create first-class academic works, we established two centers including Research Center for Cognitive and Analytic Philosophy and Social Survey and Evaluation Center. They have become the backbone of our academic research.

  Since 2000, the school has taken up more than 80 different kinds of research projects, among which 30 are national research projects. We have obtained scientific research funds over 4 million RMB and have published over 100 academic books, translations and teaching materials. Moreover, more than 600 research papers have been published, among which over 200 were published in the core periodicals, such as Social Sciences in China, Philosophical Researches, Philosophical Trends, Studies in Dialectics of Nature, Journal of Dialectics of Nature. We have also obtained different kinds of scientific research achievements rewards over 40 items. The achievement post-modern philosophy of science led by Prof. Guo Guichun won the second prize of the Third Humanity and Social Science Research Achievement of Colleges and Universities. Methodological defence for scientifical realism, another achievement led by Prof. Guo Guichun, won the first prize of the fourth Humanity and Social Science Research Achievement of Colleges and Universities.
  In the last 30 years, the school has conscientiously abided by the laws of development of higher education. The fundamental purpose of the school is to serve the local economic and social development, and the paramount object is to cultivate qualified and innovative talents. Based on these, a contemporary, advanced and scientific curriculum system has been gradually formed. Moreover, 10 stable bases of practical teaching have been established. We actively introduced advanced foreign materials to support courses of reading the classics, bilingual courses, practical courses and excelsior courses. The courses Principles of Marxist Philosophy and Logic were recognized as excelsior courses in Shanxi Province. In 2008, one of our students won first prize for his investigation report in the tenth ‘Challenge Cup’ of National Undergraduates’ Extracurricular Academic Scientific and Technological Works Competition. The Journal of Night owl, an excellent and distinctive student publication, provides a training base for students’ research.
  In the Twelfth Five-Year Plan and a fairly long time thereafter, the school will follow the development strategy of ‘little university, big discipline’. With educating and researching as the orientation, ‘little discipline, big orientation’ as the starting point and building research school as the breakthrough point, the school will maintain high starting point and high standard in the discipline-construction to promote the Internationalization development of the teaching, teaching faculty and research, so that the school will gradually become a research base of philosophy and education center which is advanced in Shanxi and first-class in China.

 

 
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