The renaissance of Czech sociology at Palacký University in Olomouc began in 1962, when, on the initiative of Professor Jan Bohumil Tauber, several employees at the university became involved in research on changes in nearby villages in the district of Olomouc. A group was then formed of people interested in sociology, and these individuals laid the foundations for the advancement of sociology at the school. The centre of these activities was at the Pedagogical Faculty, and the focus was mainly on the sociology of education and youth. Another constructive force in developing the field in Olomouc was the longterm sociological study of university students that was conducted and which, beginning in 1965, became the basis for a series of seminars devoted to student personality. While in 1964 the sociology of education and youth was based in a small division of the university, in 1968 it became the department of sociology, comprised of five teachers and three internal research assistants. The department taught sociology as a supplementary course for existing study programmes, and conducted field research, put together texts and materials for sociological study, and in 1969 began publishing the journal 'Sociologica'. After the first two issues the journal was shut down, and with the onset of normalisation the department was closed and, like at other universities, some of its sociologists became targets of political persecution.
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