Geography for Education – Field of study catalogue MU
Geography for Education
“The planet Earth is the best place to live. We have to keep it alive and healthy and lead the younger generation to the best care of it.”
The aim of the study programme is to provide students with basic professional skills based on expertise in the field of geography and pedagogical and psychological disciplines, so that they are able to pursue the appropriate profession or to continue in the Master's programme:
- To develop professional skills and gain knowledge from geography and its related disciplines that graduates will use in practice, or in other Master's programmes;
- To obtain geographical knowledge and skills in the school environment, in the GIS laboratory and in the field;
- To develop geographical knowledge and skills for use in practice;
- To prepare graduates for studying geography teaching for primary and secondary schools.
Graduates have basic vocational education with a specific didactic component and are ready for the follow-up Master's programme in geography teaching and/or in scientific geography.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- know the depth and width of geography as an academic discipline and its paradigms, and understand geographical knowledge, skills and attitudes
- understand how the content of particular geographical disciplines is included in the current curriculum of elementary schools
- have broad knowledge and skills from the sub-disciplines of physical and socio-economic geography
- have the knowledge and skills of cartography, geoinformatics and remote sensing
- have the basic skills of working with geographical information systems, navigation systems, map servers, with aerial and satellite data in their relation to the objects and phenomena in the Earth landscape sphere
- use knowledge about the didactics and the content of geographical topics based on the content of geographical science, and use them in the design and implementation of extra-curricular and leisure activities
At the Bachelor's level, students are trained in Specialization in Pedagogy usually in a combination of two disciplines (e.g. Education of Geography and Mathematics). Bachelor's degree graduates will obtain the necessary competencies to enable them by Act no. 563/2004 Sb., On teachers, as amended, to work as teaching assistants. They may further work in free-time centres as educators in youth homes and centres, and in various civic associations involved in educational activities. Besides professional activities, graduates are ready to enter the Master's degree programme of Teacher Training for Primary Schools and Secondary School Teaching. The Bachelor's studies consist of specialised geography, didactics and groups of subjects based on the standard of Masaryk University (thesis related subjects, language training, physical education, etc. as general university courses).
The standard period of study is 6 semesters. The study consists of the geographical component, geography education and general didactic component. The above mentioned Bachelor's degree courses correspond to the Bachelor's final state examinations, which are geography, the relevant didactics and the pedagogical and psychological foundation. The principles of the study checking and evaluation are set out in the MU Study and Examination Regulations. A necessary condition for the successful completion of study in any programme or field is to obtain credits for completing the courses within a prescribed plan, totalling at least the minimum credit value of the selected study programme. A Bachelor's graduate must obtain a total of 180 credits.
The pedagogical and psychological module and teaching practice represent a part of the undergraduate training of future teachers in accordance with the Framework Concept for teacher education in primary and secondary schools. Reflected teaching practice is in accordance with the Framework concepts. The system of teaching practice is systematic and long term, directed towards developing the professional skills of the student and preparing him/her for the role of teacher assistant.
The contents of the state examination are as follows :
- Geography including didactics
- The second subject, including its didactics
- Bachelor's thesis defence
- Pedagogical and psychological foundation for Bachelor's studies
The topics for the state examination in geography are based on the main disciplines of geography and didactics of geography. Preparation and giving answers can be done with the assistance of a geographical atlas.
The student draws one of the topics and answers particular issues contained therein:
The topics of the final state examination in the geography course consist of four sections that correspond to the structure of courses in undergraduate studies.
Questions A) Geography as a science, planetary geography, cartography, geoinformatics.
Questions B) Physical Geography
Questions C) Human geography
Questions D) Didactics of geography
Graduates have basic vocational education in geography with a didactic component and are ready for the follow-up Master's studies in geography teaching or in scientific geography.