FACULTY OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SPORTS

COMENIUS UNIVERSITY IN BRATISLAVA

SLOVAKIA

 

The Faculty of Physical Education and Sports is an academic, educational and research institution. It is one of the youngest faculties of the oldest Slovak university – Comenius University of Bratislava. As a faculty, it became a part of the university in 1965. However, its bases were laid down as soon as in 1939 when the Institute of Physical Education (Telovýchovný ústav) was founded at the Slovak University. It was gradually transformed to the Department of Physical Education and Sport of the Pedagogical Faculty. Then to the Institute of Physical Education and Sports of Comenius University and finally to the Faculty. Faculty of Physical Education and Sports of Comenius University is the oldest and the biggest faculty preparing P.E. teachers and sport experts in Slovakia.

The content of both education and research is based on an objective existence and reality of sports movement of a people. Laws of the educational process in the field of competitive and elite sports, sports for all, sports for disabled and school sports as well as on reflection of sports in the human personality and society.

The Faculty provides three-levels of education - undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate. The standard length of undergraduate studies is 3 years. Graduate studies take two years and doctoral studies three years in the case of full-time study or five years in the case of part-time study. Undergraduate students receive their “Bachelor” degree, Graduate students “Masters” degree and Doctoral students the degree of “Philosophiae Doctor” - PhD.

Undergraduate and graduate studies are provided in the following fields – study programmes:

SPORT 

-          Coaching (32 kinds of sports)

-          Sports and Health

-          Sports and Regeneration (in cooperation with the Medical Faculty of Comenius University)

-          Sports Management (in cooperation with the Faculty of Management of Comenius University)

-          Coaching and Teaching of Physical Education 

-          Sports and Health and Physical Education Teaching

TEACHING OF ACADEMIC SUBJECTS

-          Physical education in combination with another subject (studied at the Philosophical Faculty or Faculty of Natural Sciences of Comenius University)

Postgraduate studies are provided in three fields of study with affinity for the 1st and 2nd degree of studies:

-          Sports Kinanthropology

-          Sports Humanities

-          Sports Educology

Undergraduate and graduate students are introduced to the social, pedagogical, psychological and biological substance of sports activities, theory and didactics of sports training according to their specialisation or physical education, management, marketing etc. Moreover, they make themselves familiar with scientific work bases, with various diagnostic methods (mostly developed at the faculty) and data analysis. They can cooperate in solutions to scientific projects of the Faculty. They can present their results at conferences or in magazines and proceedings. At the end of their studies, they are both theoretically and practically ready to manage, or conduct and coach. The training process runs on in their relevant field of sport or physical education at school. They can provide advisory services or conduct performance diagnostics and manage the process of regeneration in sports.

Postgraduate students are introduced deeper to the methodology and methods of the scientific research work. They share the solutions to research projects of the Faculty and present their results at conferences or in magazines and proceedings. At the end of their studies, they are fully qualified for the scientific research work in one of the existing sports sciences: Sports Educology, Sports Humanities or Sports Kinanthropology.

The research interests of the Faculty teachers and researchers are focused at enrichment of knowledge of Sports Educology, Sports Humanities and Sports Kinanthropology. Sports Educology is orientated above all at the structure and development of human motion in its many-sided manifestation and endogenous (internal) contingency. Sports Humanities are orientated at the value of sport from various aspects of both athletes and society. Sports Educology is orientated at the educational process of P.E., school sports, sports for all, sports for disabled and elite sports. The Faculty has established a long-time cooperation with Wilheminen Spital in Vienna in the development of rehabilitation facilities for patients recovering from knee operations, and has been engaged in THENAPA I and THENAPA II projects (Thematic Network of Adapted Physical Activity).

Students, teachers and researchers have at their disposal upgraded study premises. This includes three functional laboratories, amphitheatre (220 seats), computer room (20 PCs), 6 classrooms each with 50 seats and several smaller classrooms (10 - 20 seats). All bigger classrooms and the majority of smaller ones are equipped with the latest projection technology. Sports education takes place in indoor facilities with 2613 m2 area - halls for sports games, gymnastics, dance, combat sports, swimming, and outdoor facilities with 17,214 m2 area for track and field events and sports games, including beach games. The Faculty has its own boathouse as well. The Faculty’s library has more than 45,000 books on stock and subscribes to 58 journals. It provides services for 2,025 readers. It has three study halls.

From the beginning of its existence, the Faculty has prepared 6,549 graduates (3,455 teachers and 2,994 coaches, methodologists, experts in management, regeneration, sport and health, or sport for all). While in the past teacher study programmes prevailed, at present the priority has been taken over by sport. Since 1987, 303 graduates of full-time and part-time studies have acquired PhD or CSc. (Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences) title (older data are unavailable). In the last few years the total number of students at all levels of studies has reached 1,150 in average.

ETCS (European Credit Transfer System) was adopted for all study programmes including doctor’s studies in 1999. The Faculty passed to the three-level system of studies in academic year 2004/05. In academic year 2007/08, the Faculty produced the first 138 bachelors and 12 doctors enrolled in studies organized in accordance with the European standards and Bologna Declaration. In the next academic year, the Faculty will have its first holders of the master degree in accordance with the European standards and Bologna Declaration. Study programmes, which were not divided to the 1st and 2nd level, will definitely cease in academic year 2008/09.

 

CONTEMPORARY STUDIES AT THE FACULTY OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SPORT

The university undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate study programmes, adapted to Bologna Declaration and ECTS, enables students to acquire better knowledge and flexibility and promote the two-way mobility. The Faculty of Physical Education and Sports of Comenius University has launched the LLP/ERASMUS mobility programme and signed bilateral agreements with more than 30 faculties from the EU. Study stays and internships are considered an excellent opportunity for the exchange of experience and knowledge, and for shaping the students’ profiles.

Undergraduate studies last 3 years (6 semesters) and include 1,512 contact hours; a student must acquire 180 ETCS credits. Graduate studies last 2 years and include 1,008 contact hours; a student must acquire 120 ETCS credits. Both the 1st and 2nd levels of study include a part common for all students. Both levels include compulsory and optional subjects.

Postgraduate full-time study lasts 3 years, part-time 5 years. A student must acquire 180 ETCS credits and pass 18 compulsory lectures and 30 optional lectures. Credits are given also for scientific research and publication activities.

The study programme is comparable to faculties in Prague (Czech Republic), Brno (Czech Republic), Zagreb (Croatia), Warsaw (Poland), Budapest (Hungary), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Tartu (Estonia), Leuven (Belgium).