Faculty of Social Sciences

The faculty of Social Sciences at Vytautas Magnus University focuses on research and studies of the nature, behavior and development of an individual, community and society. The Faculty unites professors and students whose scope of interests involves studying behavior, functioning and development of individuals, groups, organizations, communities and society, analyzing learning processes, career development, issues and methods of education, developing social services, social justice and human rights.

Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences are based on the culture of discussions, development of critical thinking, creativity, synergy between theory and practice. The mission of the Faculty is creation of new knowledge and activities in collaboration with diverse social groups and communities, striving to nurture strengths and dignity of a person, cherish social welfare and develop creating society on local, national and international level. The Faculty values creativity, diversity and collaboration, focuses on the innovative studies and breakthrough research, cherishes personal freedom and responsibility in the face of social change.

Faculty offers unique opportunities for international European and transatlantic studies. Joint doctoral degree programme in Education has been established with the University of Aveiro (Portugal). Professors and students participate in joint projects and exchange programmes. Professors from the Southern Illinois University (USA) give lectures in the Social Anthropology Master programme. VMU Students obtain the Anthropology certificate from the Southern Illinois University (USA). Joint lectures with the Chicago Loyola University (USA) take place via weekly video conferencing. VMU students in social work obtain the attendance certificate from the Loyola University Chicago. The “International Journal of Psychology: a Biopsychosocial approach” is published in collaboration with the University of Nebraska at Kearney (USA). Annual joint video conferences with psychology students presenting their academic research are held. During their studies at Faculty of Social science students are involved in the research projects carried out by the teachers, students participate in the empirical field research, analyze gathered data and later present their findings during the conferences or even publish them.

Major research areas at the Faculty are: psychological issues in health promoting and stress coping; risk taking behavior in different age groups; psychological issues in organizational development and employee wellbeing; outcome of psychological interventions; psychological issues in teaching and learning; use of thetheory of individual psychology in school and organizational settings; vocational education and training; adult education and learning; technologies enhanced learning; career design; education quality management; sociology of family, gender and sexuality; civil society and political participation; environmental, consumption and health sociology; social exclusion; sociology and anthropology of religion and new religious movements; migration studies; analysis of the vulnerable people’s experiences and social work practice and professionalism in social work from the critical, feminist and social construction perspectives; research on social services and social policy from the perspective of empowerment, human rights and social justice.

The Psychology Clinic’s priority action is free psychological counseling of VMU students. The Psychology Clinic organizes regular training and public education events, as well as the annual scientific conferences for school children where teachers and students present their research.

Periodically published journals on social sciences testify to the quality of studies and research. International scientific databases include the faculty’s journals “The Quality of Higher Education”, “Vocational Education: Research and Reality”, “International Journal of Psychology: a Biopsychosocial Approach”, “Social Work: Experience and Methods” and “Culture and Society: Journal of Social Research”.

Faculty In Brief

Community

  • approx. 1500 students
  • approx. 70 lecturers and 8 research fellows

Structure

  • Departments of Education Sciences, General Psychology, Theoretic Psychology, Sociology, Social work
  • Centres of Social Research, Vocational Training and Research, Educational Study, Social Anthropology, Social Work Competences
  • Psychological Clinic

Master’s Degree Studies in English

BA and MA Courses in English

Exchange Oppurtunities

One-semester studies at the universities in Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom by Erasmus exchange programme and by VMU bilateral collaborative agreements. Two-semester studies at one of the member universities of Campus Europae. Students may gain practical experience by making use of Erasmus work placement program in enterprises and organisations in all EU countries as well as in Island, Norway, Lichtenstein, Turkey and Switzerland.

Student Activities

  • VMU Psychology Students’ Association
  • Club of social welfare students “Vesta”
  • Young Teacher Club
  • Sociology Student Club