Bachelor’s study program, vocationally oriented full-time and part-time study

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.


Bachelor’s program, vocationally oriented part-time study

The study responds to demographic forecasts, current changes, needs and trends of education in the elderly in the Czech Republic. The three-year bachelor's single-subject combined study is focused on the preparation of qualified specialists for the education of seniors - in the current broad concept of leisure time, academic (U3A), educational institutions or work in specialized institutions seniors (senior / retirement homes, clubs, day care centers…).

The study emphasizes the preparation of students for practical applications of modern adult education so that they can meet the goals of conceptual government documents for lifelong learning and preparation for old age in accordance with the legitimate expectations of participants - seniors and in conjunction with effective educational forms, participatory methods and resources.

The study  is based on the concept of social pedagogy focusing on the educational dimension in working with the elderly and is based on knowledge of pedagogy, andragogy, gerontagogy, general and developmental psychology (psychology of aging and age), personality psychology, social psychology, health psychology, social gerontology, sociology and other disciplines that enhance the graduate's competence profile.


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.