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      PSYCHOLOGY

               Full-Time Major Course

               Part-Time Major Course

 

Basically, the studies of psychology in the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences are carried out within the frameworks of such specialities as:

Clinical Psychology

Developmental Facilitation and Education

Community Psychology

and from 2016/2017

Applied Social Psychology

The curriculum involves:

- studies of the theories that explain patterns of behavior of an individual and of social groups;

- methods of the psychological diagnosis of basic mental functions of individuals at different stages of development as well as the psychological causes of disorders that affect these functions;

- methods of carrying on empirical research in order to be able to evaluate:

  • the outcome of practical actions;
  • psychological aspects of health and sickness;
  • methods of providing psychological support;
  • psychological aspects of development and education of children and youth;
  • methods of enhancing the development of individuals;
  • barriers and dysfunctions affecting this development and how to eliminate them;
  • methods of providing counseling and psychological assistance to individuals, (children and adults), social groups   as well as  various institutions and organizations;

 

SPECIALITY: Clinical Psychology

Focus of instruction:

- diagnosis and psychological assistance in health development;

- health disorders and methods of preventing;

- diagnosis and methods of psychological therapy applied in health disorders of various origins: mental, somatic and neurological.

 

SPECIALITY: Developmental Facilitation and Education

Focus of instruction:

- ways of enhancing the development of individuals (children and adults) and how to eliminate developmental barriers and dysfunctions;

- counseling and providing psychological assistance to individuals (children and adults), social groups and various institutions and organizations.

 

SPECIALITY: Community Psychology

Focus of instruction:

- social influence and exchange;

- preparation and realization of local community projects;

- trancultural skills in practice.

 

SPECIALITY: Applied Social Psychology (from 2016/2017)

Focus of instruction:

- social influence and exchange;

- group formation and dynamics;

- prosocial behaviour, aggression, facilitation.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

After graduating from a MA degree in Psychology students:

Knowledge

  • gain advanced command of psychological terminology and its application in related disciplines;
  • develop in-depth and ramified knowledge of the roots of psychology and its position vis-à-vis the system of sciences, and psychology’s topical and methodological links with other scientific disciplines;
  • develop in-depth, systematized knowledge of contemporary directions of development in psychology, and an understanding of their historical and cultural determinants;
  • gain in-depth and systematized knowledge concerning the topical and methodological specificity of psychology (familiarity with the main schools, research approaches, strategies and methods applied in the social sciences);
  • acquire organized and in-depth knowledge of the sub-disciplines and specializations of psychology, its terminology, theory and methodology;
  • acquire in-depth knowledge concerning human development throughout the life cycle from its biological, psychological and social perspectives;
  • develop in-depth knowledge of the various types of social relations and the rules which govern them vis-à-vis their significance for the understanding of psychological processes, particularly family psychology and group psychology;
  • understand and analyze the psychological processes which are important for health and its protection; have systematic knowledge of the cultural determinants of psychological processes; have systematic knowledge of the goals, organization and functioning of educational, caring, cultural, helping and therapeutic organizations, more profound in selected areas;
  • develop knowledge of the theoretical bases for psychologically appropriate prevention and intervention activities; be familiar with the principles of evidence-based practice;
  • acquire systematic knowledge of the theories of human development and the processes of learning and memory from a psychological perspective;
  • know the principles of psychologically informed promotion of health and healthy lifestyle;
  • know and understand the basic concepts concerning protection of intellectual property and copyright, especially with respect to the typical instruments applied in psychology and subject to such protection;
  • know the general principles governing the psychology of work and organizations and selected applications of psychology in the facilitation of individual enterprise;
  • have systematic knowledge of emotional, personality and behaviour pathology and disorder, and selected knowledge of mental diseases and their biological, social and individual determinants;
  • have sufficient knowledge of human anatomy and bodily functions, adequate from the psychological point of view;

Skills

  • have well-developed skills in observation, processing and interpreting information concerning psychological and social phenomena, based on a variety of sources;
  • demonstrate ability to apply and integrate theoretical knowledge of psychology and related disciplines in order to analyze complex problems relating to education, care, culture, counselling and therapy, as well as assessment and practical intervention planning;
  • demonstrate ability to communicate effectively with specialists and target groups via various communication channels and techniques;
  • communicate clearly, coherently and precisely, orally and in writing; construct elaborate oral and written studies of psychological issues using various theoretical approaches, utilizing the achievements of psychology and other scientific disciplines;
  • develop proficiency in presenting one’s own ideas, doubts and suggestions; proficiency in multifaceted argumentation based on selected theoretical perspectives, the ideas of various writers, and ethical principles;
  • develop good research skills; ability to distinguish between various methodological approaches, formulate research problems, select adequate methods and techniques, and construct research instruments; analyze, present and interpret research findings, draw conclusions, indicate directions for further study within a selected sub-discipline of psychology;
  • demonstrate well-developed ability to observe, assess, and rationally evaluate complex psychological situations, and to analyze motives and patterns of human behaviour;
  • demonstrate competent application of selected theoretical approaches to analyze practical activities;
  • demonstrate ability to generate original solutions to complex psychological problems, predict their course, and foresee the consequences of planned actions in selected practical areas;
  • demonstrate ability to select and implement psychologically appropriate interventions, select means and methods in order to fulfil professional tasks effectively;
  • demonstrate, after appropriate training, ability to render oral presentations concerning a selected sub-discipline of psychology, in Polish and/or a selected foreign language, scientifically correct and based on various sources;
  • develop linguistic proficiency in one chosen foreign language, equivalent to CEFR level B2+;
  • demonstrate basic psychological interviewing and psychological group work skills;
  • demonstrate psychological assessment skills, including ability to assess behaviour, personality, individual differences, emotions and cognitive functions and dysfunctions, including mental disorders and diseases;

Social Competence

  • develop insight into, and awareness of, personal knowledge and skills; understand the importance of continual personal and professional development and lifetime learning;
  • willingness to undertake professional and personal challenges, activity, effort and perseverance in undertaking professional individual and team work in the field of psychology; cooperation;
  • appreciate the importance of the psychological sciences for individual development and functional social relations; demonstrate positive attitude to acquisition of knowledge in one’s scientific discipline and development of professional psychological methods of work;
  • identify with the values, goals and tasks realized in psychological practice; demonstrate deliberation, maturity and engagement when masterminding, planning and implementing psychological activities;
  • identify the importance of behaving professionally and respecting the principles of professional ethics; identify and formulate moral issues and ethical dilemmas pertaining to one’s own work and the work of other people;
  • demonstrate responsibility for one’s own professional training, decisions and activities and their consequences; demonstrate accountability to people for whose good one is striving to work, and demonstrate this attitude in the expert community, and indirectly model this attitude for others;
  • demonstrate awareness of the specific nature of interpersonal relations in the helping setting and sensitivity to the importance of interpersonal relations in psychological relations.