Civics and Social Studies Basic with a view to Education – Field of study catalogue MU
Civics and Social Studies Basic with a view to Education
The aim of the Bachelor's study programme Civics and Social Sciences is to gain knowledge in the field of social sciences which graduates use in work as an assistant teacher, as well as in the subsequent Master's programme. Students gain the ability to shape themselves as free citizens with their own judgment and critical thinking skills, and to apply this in the educational process. They should also develop attitudes towards themselves and to others, and to educate individuals based on human values and awareness of the responsibilities of the teaching profession.
Another important goal of the studies is to create the conditions for students to shape the methodological content of their knowledge based on the relevant social science disciplines and thus prepare graduates for continued studies in Teaching Civic Education at Primary and Secondary Schools in the subsequent Master's programme. Graduates have basic specialist education with a field-didactic component and are prepared for the follow-up Master's studies. Graduates can work as a teaching assistant, instructor in free-time centres, as an educator in youth centres, educator in after-school clubs, and in various civic associations involved in educational activities.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- create a general image of society and understand a person's role within society, from both the historical and current point of view, based on the knowledge gained in the fields of social sciences
- understand, interpret, critically judge and present social science texts based on the development of critical thinking and practical experience with such texts
- write a piece of text or a project related to one of the themes of social sciences
- apply gained knowledge and skills to the profession of teacher assistant of civics at primary schools
- be familiar with the basic documents governing the educational process at primary and secondary schools
- use modern information technologies
The possible occupations for graduates are as teaching assistants of civics teachers, or specialists in the structures of government, NGOs and the private sector where activities are focussed mainly on cooperation with EU institutions and bodies.
A Bachelor’s degree programme takes 3 years (180 ECTS credits) to complete, and ends with a final state examination. Part of the examination is usually the defence of a Bachelor’s thesis.
To complete the Bachelor's double field study it is necessary to combine one field of study with another one. Frequent and also recommended combinations are the following: English Language and Literature, Czech Language and Literature, History, French Language and Literature,Music, Christian Education, Mathematics, German Language and Literature,Russian Language and Literature, Physics, Technical and Information Education, Geography.
The system of teaching practice is long term and systematically directed towards developing the professional skills of the student and preparing them for full mastery of the role of assistant teacher at primary and secondary schools.
The system of teaching practice is part of the curriculum Specialization in Pedagogy (B7507 B-SPE), specializing in a pedagogical-psychological module + teaching practice (core subjects).
The Department of Education, the Department of Special Education and the Department of Social Educatione are largely responsible for the system of teaching practice.
The final state examination consists of oral exams in these subject areas:
a) Civics and social sciences, including didactics
b) The second field including didactics
c) the defense of the thesis
d) pedagogical-psychological foundation for Bachelor's degree
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 for the studies. For a Bachelor's degree a total of 180 credits must be obtained.
The structure of Bachelor's state examination in civics and social sciences:
1. Defense of the thesis.
2. Oral part (2 questions from the given areas, one question on didactics)
History of ethics
Graduates are prepared for follow-up Master's studies to become a teacher of their field for primary school or secondary school.