Undergraduate programme of the study of psychology

Basic information on the study programme

Duration of the programme: 3 years
Number of ECTS credits: 180
The title: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Publication of the undergraduate programme of psychology

Publication with the information listed below, including the curriculum and short descriptions of courses, can be found here.

Principle goals and competences of the programme

The goal of the undergraduate programme of psychology is to give the student basic knowledge and skills from fields of base disciplines, from psychological science and some other sciences connected with psychology. This knowledge is for the professional work, for further education and for the improvement in different forms of postgraduate studies (at a second level of the study of psychology) and for the specific in-service training.
At the undergraduate level of the study of psychology, students try to find themselves in various fields of psychology. They gain the basic education in all psychological disciplines, meet main theories and methods of psychology, obtain basic psychological skills and discover the base of research in psychology. Acquired theoretical and methodological skills can be transferred to other fields of social sciences.
The undergraduate level of the study of psychology does not guarantee sufficient professional qualifications to work as a psychologist, because students do not get any competences for doing their individual psychological practical work. After the finished undergraduate level, the graduate is qualified for doing some basic tasks in the field of professional work in social sciences. The gained knowledge allows them the use of psychological cognitions in several fields of human activity and interpersonal relations. They can work under the supervision of the Master of Psychology or cooperate with other professionals in several fields of social science activities where they try to solve some minor psychological problems within social, economic and cultural-creative activities. Their professional work is based on cognitions of psychological science, on principles of psychological professional ethics, on maturity and is oriented towards progress and humanisation of an individual, groups or the society.

General competences gained by the programme

• general knowledge, the ability of analyzing, synthesis, of foreseeing solutions and consequences of a problem
• Knowledge and use of style manual and citation methods
• critical and self-critical judgment (critical reading and understanding of a text, self-awareness of own points of view, suppositions, partiality, advantages and disadvantages)
• ability of using the gained knowledge in practical work
• skills of searching and using information, information literacy, the use of modern informational-communicational technologies
• communicational ability and skills, ability of communication in international environment, ability of oral and written transmission of knowledge or findings, skills of public appearance
• social skills, cooperation, working in a group, ability of moderating a group
• ability of preparing and performing a project work
• ability of leading your own professional and technical development
• independence, self-initiation
• knowledge, comprehension and consideration of basic principles and development of differences between individuals, groups and cultures
• ability of confronting the value questions and commitment to general human ethic principles

Subject specific competences gained with the programme

• understanding of the general structure of psychology and connection between its disciplines
• the control of ideas, knowledge and understanding of research and applied methods, procedures and processes in different fields of psychology
• coherent control of the basic psychological knowledge, ability of connecting knowledge from different fields and their use
• knowledge and understanding of bases and history of psychology
• ability of independent reading and understanding the psychological literature
• ability of solving concrete psychological problems with the use of critical analysis, scientific methods and procedures, ability of defining problems, processing the theoretical origins of the research and hypothesis, the selection of adequate research strategy, working the research plan, doing the research and valuing obtained results, reporting of discovering
• knowledge of bases of measuring different psychological phenomena, understanding characteristics and the realisation of psychological tests analysis and interpretation of results of those analysis
• knowledge of fields and methods of psychological diagnostics
• knowledge of fields and theory of psychological advising • ability of using various methods of collecting and processing quantitative and qualitative data and other psychological screening tests • understanding and the use of methods of basic statistics and some multivariate statistics, ability of research and professional work in the field of sociology researches and marketing
• ability of incorporating new information and interpretations in the context of psychology
• development of skills in the use of knowledge in different fields of psychology, social competences for work in the society and for the society which involves: sensitivity for psychological aspects of social problems, knowing, understanding and consideration of an individual, a group and cultural diversity; researching and understanding interpersonal relations and the use of gained knowledge in various social praxis; understanding social, emotional, motivational, cognitive etc. processes of yourself and others in different circumstances; ability of connecting and maintaining the adequate relationship with the person being observed (by collecting data, in the test situation, for conducting an interview, in observing, etc) and the ability of the appropriate communication with him.
• Competences for creative cooperation in a group of professionals, competences for a modern participation in processes of co-creation new cognitions and practical activities in different social praxis.
• Commitment to psychological professional ethics. Employment opportunities of graduates
• in the state administration (ministries and their offices – e.g. Education Development Office, Office of Drug, Office of Youth) and government offices (e.g. Ombudsman)
• in non-governmental organizations
• institutions and offices of the European Union
• in economy and private sector, especially at departments for marketing, personnel services and developmental departments of companies, in market-research agencies
• in journalism or in social welfare Graduates can employ especially in the field of organisation and general psychological advisory and in organisation of work, organisation and management of developmental projects, professional advisory, marketing (planning and performing market researches, collecting and analysing data, the interpretation of them), conducting conversations (interviews), in fields of public relations, publishing and media (e.g. as editors, counsellors on preparing media-shows – e.g. for children). They can perform motivational training, can work in after school programmes and the school care, can conduct youth workshops, work on help-lines and with refugees.

Admission requirements and selection criteria

Those that have passed the upper secondary-school leaving exam (matura), those that completed any four-year secondary school programme prior to 1 June 1995 or those with an equivalent education abroad may apply for the undergraduate programme.
The expected number of enrolled students is 80 (regular studies) and 40 (party-time studies that is not available every year).If there is a greater demand than there are places available, the university’s admissions office shall rank applicants according to the following criteria:

• Overall score in the leaving exam 60% • Grade average in years 3 and 4 40%

Criteria for recognition of knowledge and skills acquired

prior to enrolment in the programme

The Faculty of Arts may recognise the obtained knowledge, qualifications or capabilities which suit completely or partly the content and difficulty of general or subject-specific competences which are defined within particular study programmes.
Knowledge, qualifications or capabilities gained with formal, informal or empiric studies are acknowledged. By acknowledgment:
• certifications and other documents (“untypical certifications”, documents of finished courses and other forms of education) are considered
• products, services, publications and other authorial students’ work are estimated
• knowledge gained with self education and empiric studies is estimated
• adequate working experience are considered The recognized knowledge, qualifications and abilities may be allocated credits according to ECTS criteria for credit allocation of study programmes and are recognized as a finished study obligation (e.g. as a part of exams, midterm exams etc. – without participation in lectures, exercises or seminars; recognition programme study units that are based on work practice and experience). With the usual procedure, the Faculty of Arts handles students’ individual applications for accreditation of knowledge, qualifications and abilities, acquired throught formal, informal or experiential learning. The application, submitted to the Student Office is passed on, to decide upon it, to the Department of Psychology which proposes credit allocation to knowledge, qualifications and abilities with ECTS credit points and the manner of its recognition.
Basic measure for recognition or non-recognition is comparability of the knowledge and competenced acquired with the content and competences in study units of the undergraduate study programme of psychology. The decision on students’ applications is made on the propostion of the department, by the Student Question Committee.

Course requirements

Conditions to proceed to the next academic year

To proceed to the second year of the undergraduate study programme, students must complete all of the academic requirements given in the curriculum and individual syllabuses for the first year, totalling 60 CR. To proceed to the third year of the undergraduate study programme, students must complete all of the academic requirements given in the curriculum and individual syllabuses for the second year, totalling 60 credit points. For enrolment in the third year, students must complete the necessary academic requirements, representing a total of 120 CR.
Exceptionally, students are allowed to proceed to the next year with up to 6 CR short of the total number of credits required; however, all of the academic requirements must be completed before enrolment in the following academic year. The shortfall may be granted only on prior written request with well-founded reasons for it. The requests are handled by the Student Question and Advisory Committee of the Faculty of Arts; the Appellate Body is the Senate of the Faculty of Arts.

Conditions for repeating a year

Students who have not completed all of the academic requirements for enrolment in the next year, defined by the study programme, are given a possibility to repeat a year once during the time of their studies, provided that they satisfy the conditions for repeating a year, defined by the study programme. The conditions for repeating a year of the undergraduate study programme in psychology are completed academic requirements for the year the students want to repeat, amounting 30 CR or 50 % of all credits for this year.

Conditions for completing the programme

• To complete the programme, students must fulfil all of the requirements defined by the study programme.

Transfer between the programmes

Transfer to the university-level undergraduate programme of psychology is possible:

1) From any university-level undergraduate programmes or programmes of professional higher education within the University of Ljubljana:
• candidates must satisfy admission requirements for the first year of the university-level undergraduate programme of psychology;
• the Senate of the University of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Arts decides on the possibility of transfer to the proposed academic programme and must determine whether the candidates fulfil the requirements for transfer; • at the proposal of the Department of Psychology, the Senate of the University of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Arts determines candidates placement tests and other obligations (from the list of basic courses of the university-level undergraduate programme of psychology, totalling from 10 to 60 CR) that need to be fulfilled as well as the year in which they may enrol.

2) From universities:

• to transfer to the university-level undergraduate programme of psychology, candidates must satisfy the admission requirements for the following year of the undergraduate programme where they are enrolled;
• candidates must satisfy admission requirements for the first year of the university-level undergraduate programme of psychology;
• the Senate of the University of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Arts decides on the possibility of transfer to the proposed academic programme and must determine whether the candidates fulfil the requirements for transfer;
• at the proposal of the Department of Psychology, the Senate of the University of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Arts determines candidates placement tests and other obligations (from the list of basic courses of the university-level undergraduate programme of psychology, totalling from 10 to 60 CR) that need to be fulfilled as well as the year in which they may enrol.

Grading system

Students’ knowledge is examined and assessed by individual courses, therefore the learning process at every course ends with final examination of knowledge and skills acquired. Knowledge can be assessed by: oral and written examination, midterm examinations, essays or seminar papers and other written tasks, practical tasks or products, project works and reports on completed practical training. Grading scale: 10 – excellent: exceptional results with minor mistakes, 9 - very good: above-average knowledge, however with some mistakes, 8 - very good: good results, 7 – good: good knowledge, however with some major mistakes, 6 – sufficient: knowledge meets the minimum requirements, 5 to 1 – insufficient: knowledge does not meet the minimum requirements.

The electives and transferability

Internal electives

Students may choose from 14 specialist electives offered. In the fourth semester, they choose 2 out of 9 available and in the sixth semester one out of five.

External electives

Students may complete 3 courses (9 credits, that is 5 % of the entire programme) offered by another study programmes at the Faculty of Arts or at the other faculties of the University of Ljubljana.

Transferability

Students are allowed to transfer 30 credit points of the programme (a semester of studies, regardless of obligatory courses or electives) from any kind of psychology programmes that are carried out at respected European universities in accordance with the Bologna Declaration.