The Institute of Pedagogical and Psychological Sciences


In the academic year 2004/2005, the studies of the Bachelor branch of Social Pathology and Prevention (study program of Specialization in Pedagogy) were opened in full-time form and in the academic year 2006/2007, in combined form as well. Since the academic year 2010/2011, ÚPPV has been implemented in implementation of lifelong learning (Social Pathology and Prevention) of Category A in Trutnov and, since the academic year 2012/2013, also in Opava.

The graduates from the study program of Specialization in Pedagogy, branch of Social Pathology and Prevention, can find and are finding broad opportunities of employment particularly in low-threshold centres, contact centres, asylum homes, in management of handicapped persons, seniors, in social area, etc. That is confirmed also by the amendment of Act on social services, included in Legal Collection from July 1, 2009 as Act No. 206/2009 Coll., amending the Act on social services and some other acts. The amendment includes modification of § 110 para. 4 letter b) that integrates newly also the branch of social pathology among the branches of university studies conditioning the professional qualification of social workers. That fact has led to increase the number of practical lessons to approximately 300 hours. Within the ESF developmental project, “Social-pathological phenomena in pre-graduate education”, CZ.1.07/2.2.00/ 07.0034, the students have been offered narrow-profile subjects (Telephonic Crisis Intervention, Internet Consulting, Preventive Programs, Adventure Pedagogy, Volunteerism, Volunteer Practice). At present, the subjects of Adventure Pedagogy, Preventive Programs, Volunteerism and Volunteer Practice are taught by the Institute employees within the project sustainability since the creation of the Faculty.

For its whole existence, ÚPPV has also been preparing students of teaching of general-educational subjects for secondary schools. It provides them with education in pedagogical, psychological and applied pedagogical-psychological disciplines. The Institute is guarantor of lessons of the above stated areas for the study branches of teachers’ combinations at the Faculty of Arts and Natural Sciences of the Silesian University in Opava.

The lecture activities is significantly completed with ÚPPV-organized conferences. One of the conferences, taking place every year since 2008, is the conference focused on the family; it is implemented in cooperation with the Čtyřlístek (Four-leaf Clover) Children Centre and, at present, focused on the central topic of family transformations. In 2010, ÚPPV implemented also the international conference “Warsztat pracy pedagoga resocjalizacyjnego (dokonania i perspektywy)” in cooperation with the Uniwersytet Wroclawski of Poland. In 2011 and 2012, the conference called “Management of current social-pathological phenomena and risk behaviour” was implemented and it was available not only to students of the branch of Social Pathology and Prevention but, particularly, also the teachers from schools from the Moravian-Silesian Region and to broad public.

The quality of studies and the professional actions are supported by the regular long lasting cycle of public lectures called “Human under close examination of social disciplines”, organized by the Institute, with participation of professionals from other scientific branches and from practice.