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University of Silesia in Katowice

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Faculty of Social Sciences

Psychology, long-cycle studies

Long-cycle studies in Psychology are oriented towards people who are interested in human behaviour, its psychological underpinnings, and social and biological determinants. The programme offers knowledge of general psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, clinical psychology, family psychology, forensic psychology, occupational and organisational psychology, health psychology, and psychopathology. It also prepares students to plan and conduct scientific research, equips them with skills to recognise individual and social psychological phenomena, develops competencies in planning psychological interventions and providing support for other people. In addition, studies in Psychology provide knowledge in various complementary courses (philosophy, sociology, biological bases of behaviour, neurobiology, logic, psychiatry) and individually chosen elective courses on, among others, new trends and movements in psychology that go beyond the basic psychological framework (e.g. economic psychology, Internet psychology, psychology of music, addiction psychology, and sport psychology).

The curriculum allows students to build a foundation for their professional development (including internships) in the following paths of specialisation:

Clinical Adult Psychology provides, among other things, knowledge of causes and course of behaviour and personality disorders, anxiety, psychotic, and mood disorders, and other disorders caused by use of psychoactive drugs, as well as skills in diagnosing given clinical problems.

Occupational and Organisational Psychology provides, among other things, knowledge and skills concerning human functioning in the work environment, the use of which allows to create innovative solutions in the organisation and to remedy problems arising in the workplace.

Psychology of Health and Quality of Life focuses on, among other things, the relationship between somatic health and mental health as well as on the factors that affect human happiness, and provides knowledge and skills in the area of quality of life improvement.

Forensic Psychology addresses issues of forensic psychology (witness testimony, interviews, forensic assessment), criminology, victimology, and rehabilitation. It provides, among other things, workshop knowledge and skills in forensic psychological assessment, psychology of witness testimony, and rehabilitation in penal institutions and youth detention centres.

Psychology of Family and Human Development allows to develop an understanding of the nature of human development, from birth to old age, in the context of family life, provides knowledge of causes and clinical picture of child and youth behaviour disorders and knowledge in the area of family psychology in daily life.

The Programme Catalogue is available at: https://informator.us.edu.pl/kierunki/06-SMPS12.2015/1

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