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The goal of the Social Pedagogy field of study (double-subject full-time) is to produce mature and qualified educators who have gained additional knowledge and skills from a second field (Social Work / Environmental Studies), which they can apply during work with varied target groups – pupils, students, adult learners, learners with behavioural problems, drug addicts, seniors – and in multiple environments – schools, government institutions, low-threshold treatment centres, retirement homes, socially excluded areas.

The double-subject field of study provides the students with essential knowledge and skills from several areas (study pillars) – psychology and academic research in addition to pedagogy and social pedagogy. An integral part of the Social Pedagogy study field is the pillar of personal development, which helps the students to navigate through their professional and personal life. The Social Pedagogy study field emphasises varied types of teaching practice, which the students undergo during their studies (leisure-time practice, social-pedagogical practice, methodological practice).

Concerning the above-mentioned pillars, the students must complete optional and elective courses, which are selected so as to best fulfil the purpose of the field and complement and enrich the studies of the second field – Environmental studies / Social work.

Students of Social Pedagogy who choose Environmental studies as their second field of study will expand their knowledge with additional focus on the societal aspects of ecological studies. They will then be able to combine the potential of both fields in environmental education and awareness in all stages of education as well as in professionalising NGOs and civil societies. Those students of Social Pedagogy who choose Social Work as their second field will become professionals able to combine their knowledge of pedagogy and sociology with their skills and will be able to effectively help people (whether individuals, families or communities) who lack the ability to cope with problems in relationships with other people or organisations, e.g. administrative authorities, service providers, etc.

In both cases, the completion of the double-subject field of study will broaden the graduates’ possibilities of employment.

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After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

  • Undertake pedagogical and social work with children, youth, adults and elderly people, outline educational and preventive programmes
  • Be knowledgeable about basic methodical and conceptual approaches towards the pedagogical reality, its processes and problems as well as pedagogical influence in such situations
  • Master personality diagnostic methods, basic communication strategies and approaches
  • Engage in qualitative research, work with academic sources and elaborate an academic essay
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Social education specialists could easily find positions in state management:

- e.g. ministry of education, youth and physical education (educator, free time specialist, methodologist of prevention, advisor for educational and social matters);

- in the field of justice (positions of educators in prisons);

- in the ministry of health care (educator and play therapists in hospital, crisis centres);

- in the field of the ministry of social affairs (different positions in in house treatment);

-the ministry of interior affairs (social specialists in refugee camps, humanitarian services or asylum centres).

- A wide range of job positions is also available in non-profit organizations; humanitarian and charity institutions, civil agencies, foundations, etc.

The qualification of the graduates is identical to the profile of Social Education and Leisure single-subject full-time study, with respect to the connection with the second programme objectives.

Environmental Studies: social educator, teacher’s assistant, educator, leisure time instructor, leisure time animator, project manager, humanitarian worker – all these professions with a focus on environmental issues.

Social work: social worker, youth social worker, street worker, social worker in a system of social law.

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The standard duration of studies is six semesters (three years). For admittance to the final state examination students must obtain a total of 180 ECTS credits for required, selective and elective courses. Student have to pass the subject Review of Social Education and obtain 90 ECTS credits in total in the study plan of Social Education. This means that it is necessary to pass all the compulsory subjects as well as the required number of compulsory options of the pillars. Also, the student has to complete the university requirement for Physical Education, although ECTS credits for P.E. are not part of the minimum 90 ECTS credits to finish the Social Education programme.

Required courses

1) Basic Pedagogy – Basics of Pedagogy

2) Psychology – Basics of Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Intercultural Psychology

3) Social Education – Social Pedagogy, Multicultural Education, Leisure Education, Leisure Education 1 – Methodology of Activities, Inclusive and Global Education

4) Personal and practical training – Personality Preparation 1, Personality Preparation 2, Visit to Special Centres, Teaching Practice, Continuous Teaching Practice, Introductory Course – Introduction to the Studies, Methodology Course

5) Academic research – Methodology of Pedagogical Research (This subject is compulsory 1) for those students who do not enlist in a methodology course of at least 6 credits under the terms of their second subject; 2) and for the students who will graduate with their Bachelor's thesis in Social Education – in this case the methodology course is a prerequisite for enlisting in the following courses: Bachelor Thesis – Project, Bachelor Thesis, Bachelor Thesis - Completion.)

Selective courses – student have to choose out of the range of the following areas a certain number of subjects:

1) Basic Pedagogy – at least one subject out of the following subjects: Basics of Axiology, Basics of Drama in Education, Special Education, School and Social Legislation.

2) Psychology – at least one subject out of the following subjects: Social Psychology, Psychopathology.

3) Social Education – at least two subjects out of the following subjects: History of Social Education, Social Policy and Social Pathology, Social Work and Social Pathology, Leisure Education 2 – Methodology of Games, Andragogy and Projecting, Changes in Modern Society

During their studies students have to pass the subject Internationalization. The subject can be recognized if the students participate in an educational stay abroad or if they pass the subject taught in a foreign language (English, German, Russian).

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During the studies the student experiences a complex system of continuous practical training, which covers all the fields of possible employment. The system is described below:

http://katedry.ped.muni.cz/socialni-pedagogika/studium/profesni-praxe

Note: The system of practical training of double-subject studies will be specified in cooperation with the second subject supervisor (Environmental Studies / Social Work) and will be updated according to this agreement.

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The final state examination consists of:

1) Bachelor's thesis defence

2) Social Education

3) Applied psychology

4) Pedagogy

Exam topics and further information are available on the department website:

http://katedry.ped.muni.cz/socialni-pedagogika/studium/statni-zaverecne-zkousky

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After the Bachelor's degree the students may continue in in follow-up Master's study programme N7501 Education: Social Education and Leisure (full time studies), or Social Education (combined studies). If the student would like to focus on the second subject (Environmental Studies / Social Work), it is possible to continue in FSS 6107T013 EN Environmental Studies or in FSS 6731T011 SPK Social Policy and Social Work or FSS 6731T012 SPR Social Work.

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Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Social Education
Abbreviation: SOCP
Code: 7502R011
Type: Bachelor's degree programme
Degree: Bc.
Accreditation: to 31/12/2024
Programme: B6731 B-SP Social Policy and Social Work
Faculty of Education
Field of study guaranteed by:
Faculty of Education

Additional Information

Further information about the programme is available on the department website:

http://katedry.ped.muni.cz/socialni-pedagogika/o-katedre

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https://www.facebook.com/socialnipedagogika/