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Department of Social Studies and Special Education

Origins

In the course of the nineties there was a growing need for extending of educational and research scope in the fields of social work and special education at the Technical University of Liberec (Faculty of Education). These fields started to be temporary covered by a section for social studies and special education at the Department of Education and Psychology, est. 1994. As a consequence of the section’s expansion the separate Department of Social Studies and Special Education came into existence on 1 February 2003.

Education

Our department offers the following bachelor’s study programs:

 Two “follow-up” master’s programs are delivered:

 There are several courses at hand within the lifelong learning. They are focused on:

All study programs and courses provided by our department are delivered in a combination of present and distant study forms.

Our department takes part in more study programs that are run by other departments of the Faculty of Sciences, Humanities and Education where it ensures special educational classes.

The use of information and communication technology (ICT) has been on stable increase. We try to reflect its penetration through the society including potential social work clients as well as pupils with special needs. That is why our department puts emphasis on corresponding training of future special educators and social workers.

Research

There are two research focal points at our department, i. e. special education and social work. The areas of our interest include school social work; volunteerism; ICT in social work and special education; educating of disabled, disadvantaged or socially excluded persons; hyperkinetic disorders; inclusive education and penitentiary care.

Partnership

Making use of the Erasmus program gives our students chance to gain a priceless experience abroad as well as to our staff to cooperate with our colleagues from the Linnaeus University (Sweden), IFRASS (France), Rzeszow University (Poland), University of Presov in Presov, Matej Bel University, Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovak Rep.).

Our department participates in the international project ABLe that includes an international course Multicultural Perspectives of Disability. Students and teachers involved in the course come from the Technical University of Liberec, Linnaeus University (Sweden) and Samford University (AL, USA).

Our department is a member of the European Association of Schools of Social Work (EASSW), International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), European Centre for Community Education (ECCE), Association of Educators in Social Work (ASVSP) etc.




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