Academic Days of Timisoara: Social Sciences Today is a book of the proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium Social Sciences Today: Between Theory and Practice held in Timisoara, Romania, on May 6-7, 2011, under the auspices of the Romanian Academy. It will appeal to teachers of social sciences, no matter the level of instruction. The papers it contains deal with economics (economic crisis, communications, and Total Quality Management), education (systems of formal education, process of education, and educational theory), philosophy (education of the future, orthodoxy and nationalism, philosophy of history, Islamic tourism, rites and beliefs, and aesthetics), psychology (family imaginary, self-esteem, stress, personality, behaviour, intelligence, violence, and communication), and sociology (education, communication, social rituals, and non-formal education).
About the Author: Georgeta Rata holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University in Bucharest, Romania. She is a qualified EFL teacher and has been teaching languages for 35 years. Her extensive experience includes both general English and several areas of ESP, and she has published widely in these areas. She also has cross-linguistic expertise, having worked in French and Romanian as well as English, and understands the practical issues involved in teaching and learning different languages and transferring research ideas from one language to another. She is the Scientific Secretary of her department, Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Linguistic Studies, a contributor to the English Profile research project, and regularly organises international events in the field of language education. She participates in the project Languages and Cultures in Time and Space carried out in Serbia. She has edited Language Education Today: Between Theory and Practice and Teaching Foreign Languages: Languages for Special Purposes (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010) and co-edited Social Sciences Today: Between Theory and Practice (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010). Maria Palicica holds a PhD in Philosophy from the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She is a qualified teacher of educational philosophy, educational sociology, pedagogy, and philosophy, and has been teaching these disciplines for 40 years. She has published 12 books and over 100 national and international papers in these areas. She is Head of the Department of Teaching Staff Training, Social Sciences and Humanities and Continuous Education at the BUASVM in Timisoara, Romania. She has co-edited Social Sciences Today: Between Theory and Practice (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010).