About the faculty

Welcome to the Faculty of Psychology and Pedagogics!

General information

Gomel is known as a place, where one of the founders of modern psychology – Lev Vigotsky lived, studied and started his research and teaching career.

The Faculty of  Psychology and Pedagogics, which continues the best traditions of Vigotsky  was created in 1991 and was first named “The Faculty of Psychology and Pre-University Training”. On February 1, 2010 the faculty was renamed into ‘The Faculty of Psychology and Pedagogics”.

The graduates of the faculty work in educational sphere (secondary schools, colleges, universities, social and psychological centers), healthcare (hospitals, policlinics), Social care, departments of the  Ministry of Internal Affairs and Ministry for Emergency situations offices and other public and commercial organizations.

The Faculty provides opportunities for learning and professional development. A wide range of programmes is offered - from undergraduate degrees, to Masters level qualifications and PhDs. 

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Dean: Dr. Uladzislau Beizerau 

The faculty provides training on following specialties:

Undergraduate (Bachelor degree) courses:

-Psychology (Specializations: Pedagogical Psychology; Psychology of Sport; Social Psychology, Psychology of family relations)

-Social-Pedagogical and Psychological education

-Social Work and consultancy

Graduate  (Master degree)  courses: 

-Psychology (profile – social psychology and general psychology);

-Social-Pedagogical and Psychological education (profile - General Pedagogics; History of Pedagogics and Education)

The training is provided in Russian, Belarussian and English languages.

Training for Bachelor’s (undergraduate) degree usually lasts 4 years full-time and 5 years part-time.

The Masters degree (MA) is usually  one-two year full-time (part-time) degree which aims to provide a grounding in educational and psychological research methods and theoretical and methodological understanding of the field of education and psychology through one of the  specialist routes: Master in Psychology and Master in Social-Pedagogical and Psychological education (profile - General Pedagogics; History of Pedagogics and Education). The research is available in the field of social, medical, educational, sport, cognitive, family psychology, child development and education, comparative and international education, learning and technology, higher education, research design and methodology.

 

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The PhD in Psychology and PhD in Pedagogics (Education) are  full-time or part-time  programmes which take 3-4 years and which are intended to provide graduates with a wide range of research skills as well as in-depth knowledge, understanding and expertise in their chosen field of research.  PhD students are attached to the department, researching a wide range of topics, normally linked to one or more of the Department Research Groups. Students come from different countries and are supported by a variety of scholarships and grants. Entry is highly competitive, and applicants are required to have a strong academic background and to submit a research proposal.

 

 


The students and the teachers of the faculty are highly involved into voluntary activities carried out by local, national and international organizations. Much attention in these projects is paid to the help and support of children in need and their families. That is why these activities became one of the most important parts of students’ training.

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The Faculty of Psychology and Pedagogics is one of the largest centres for the study of psychology and social pedagogics in Gomel Region and Belarus.

Today more than 350 undergraduate and  graduate students are trained here  full-time and more than 400 students part-time. 

We have nearly 40 highly-qualified academic faculty. Structurally the Faculty includes 3 departments:

The Department of Pedagogics

The Department of Psychology

The Department of Social and Pedagogical Psychology

The faculty also includes 6 off-campus branches opened at educational and health-care establishments: Gomel State Gymnasium №10, Lev Vigotsky Gomel State Pedagogical College, Gomel Regional Center for Hygiene, Gomel City State Social and Pedagogical Center, Gomel Regional Center for correctional education,  rehabilitation and inclusion.  

 

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Science and Research

The faculty carries research in the following areas:

- Ideological, moral and spiritual self-development as the basis for the formation of social competence of pupils and students;

- Methodological education of students of humanitarian sphere;

- Social and pedagogical foundations of moral education of the students;

- Social and moral mechanisms of the ontogeny of morality in adolescence;

- Social and psychological determinants of psychological well-being;

- Experience of the individual in the dynamics of social development situation;

- A model of psychosocial support to adults and children of alcoholics.

 

 

 

Faculty pays much attention not only to theoretical but also to practical training. There are 5  research laboratories. Based on these labs, researchers and students conduct their research; learn modern methods of psychodiagnostics, educational and correctional work, implement a number of volunteer projects, prepare papers for publications. Student's Scientific Research Laboratory "Alliance" twice won the Special Presidential Award (in 2003 and 2010).

The Faculty organizes and carries regular international conferences on the problems of psychology and Pedagogics. 

 

International Cooperation

The faculty takes an active part in the international programs of cooperation.

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The main foreign partners of the faculty are: The Bologna University (Italy); The University of Florence (Italy);  The St. Clement of Ohrid University of Sofia (Bulgaria); L. Vigotsky Institute of Russian State Humanitarian University (Russia); A. Gertsen Russian State Pedagogical University (Russia);  Institute of Practical Psychology (Russia); The University of Alicante (Spain), The Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain), Karlsruhe Technological University (Germany), Lund University Turku (Finland), Moscow city university (Russia), Ushinsky State Pedagogical University (Ukraine), State Pedagogical  University (Moldova) and other.

Among one of the most interesting cross-cultural projects is the study of social and psychological factors determining the psychological well-being of youngsters living in different European countries. The project connected with dance therapy and art therapy is carried in cooperation with the research laboratory of The University of Parma.