The Adult Education and Personnel Management programme treats adult education and personnel management as similar fields of study which share the same objective – the development of adults. It takes into consideration the idiosyncrasies of adults and focuses on one’s development in all phases of adulthood, observing all the relevant aspects. It specializes in a whole range of areas (workplace, leisure activities, public sphere) and contexts (motivation and barriers, methods, etc.) within the field of education and development of various groups of adults, and focuses on the different aspects of managing and educating adults in organisations.
The programme adopts the standard modern European approach to andragogy, viewing adult education and learning as an institutionalised and deliberate activity as well as an activity which is part of our daily lives (in the area of work, civil society, lifestyle, self-realization, etc.). The programme’s concept of personnel management derives from internationally accepted trends, covering a wide series of topics, observing modern tendencies within the field, and reflecting peculiarities in different regions as well. The programme offers both theoretical and practice-oriented subjects.
The bachelor’s programme does not only provide students with theoretical and specialized knowledge, but it also helps them gain professional expertise. In other words, students do not only obtain an academic degree, but they also develop skills necessary for their future professions. The concept of the programme derives from the basics of humanities and modern trends in social sciences, which include the growing support for interdisciplinary research. This synergy is reflected in the fact that empirical research in the field of adult education and personnel training is being interconnected with approaches relevant in the sphere of social sciences and in the way we interpret and reformulate findings from other associated disciplines, such as psychology, sociology, pedagogy, management, etc.
A number of specialized topics are covered, such as the didactics in adult education, education of older adults, gerontagogy and professional training of adults, personnel management, practises and methods. The curriculum of the programme also includes a range of compulsory elective and elective subjects which help students develop their own area of specialization in the field.
Students may choose to study this programme separately in a single-curriculum study, or they may combine it with any other bachelor’s programme offered by the Faculty of Arts for which double-curriculum study is allowed.
The master’s study programme is based on interdisciplinarity. All theoretical, specialized and methodological qualifications and competencies which students have gained in the bachelor’s study programme will be developed and deepened in accordance with the current state of research.
The programme aims to interconnect empirical research in the fields of adult education and personnel management with the approaches relevant in the sphere of social sciences, focusing on closely related disciplines such as psychology, management, sociology, pedagogy, as well as newer disciplines such as work and organizational psychology, psychology of learning, social pedagogy, and special education. Topics like strategic and international dimensions of personnel management and adult education are also covered. The curriculum of the programme also includes a range of compulsory elective and elective subjects which help students develop their own area of specialization in the field.
Students may choose to study this programme separately in a single-curriculum study, or they may combine it with any other master’s programme offered by the Faculty of Arts for which double-curriculum study is allowed.