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Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities
Academic Program
1. Four Departments:

  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Social Sciences
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Educational Science

2.The Center of Research for Peace and Development

Degrees Awarded

The Faculty grants the following degrees:
  • Bachelor of Arts (3 years).
  • TD in Educational Sciences, option: Basic Education Cycles I and II, TD in Social Sciences and Philosophy (1 year)
  • Masters (2 years)
  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, Social Sciences, Psychology and Educational Science
1. Department of Philosophy
Overview
The Department of Philosophy is the suitable place for the formation of an innovative and critical spirit. It promotes freedom of thought, strengthens and enhances thinking, and suggests solutions to philosophical questions that concern our contemporary world.

Therefore, philosophy sheds light on the Human Being who is by nature curious and open and who is not satisfied with certainties. It initiates students to implement their critical and analytical skills regarding major issues of our time. It develops their argumentation skills. It enables them to seek a career in interdisciplinary and multicultural environments wherein analytical and thinking skills are valued.

Philosophy calls the human being to find his own essence, as being in the process of becoming and existing in the world. This is a form of expression which is above all ethical and authentic, an expression of the representation of the Human Being for the Human Being. The philosopher brings to the world the mastery of knowledge of the Self and the Other.

Objectives of the training
Philosophy is addressed to those who wish to develop a deep, committed and dynamic thinking about the Human Being and the world.

The major themes which represent the basics of the program are the following:
  • Highlights of Oriental and Arabic thinking
  • Highlights of Occidental thinking
  • Truth of Man
  • Truth of Art
  • Development of Sciences
  • Religious expression
  • Questions which are both raised by, and which are facing Humanity
  • Political problems
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Ethical issues

Diplomas
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (96 credits - 3 years)
  • Teaching Diploma in Philosophy (24 credits + internship - 2 semesters after the Bachelor)
  • Master in Philosophy (36 credits - 2 years after the Bachelor)
    Options:
    • General Philosophy
    • Mediterranean Philosophy and Civilization
    • Master in Philosophy within the framework of the double diploma agreement with the University of Poitiers The various philosophical components and movements (philosophy of art, philosophy of will, Arabo-Islamic philosophy, philosophy and religion, philosophy and law, philosophy and ethics, etc.) represent the main part of the teaching program, alongside an advanced methodological training concretized by the Master dissertation.
  • Ph.D. in Philosophy (60 credits)

Job Opportunities
  • Teaching grade 12 classes
  • University teaching for holders of a Master Degree or Ph.D.
  • Careers in the fields of research, media, politics, etc., wherein the methods of questioning and thinking acquired in philosophy prove to be particularly useful
2. Department of Psychology
Overview
The Department of Psychology aims to provide a scientific explication of human behavior and the understanding of its underlying motivations. The Department aspires, through the teaching it offers, to develop in students intellectual and analytical skills, and to sharpen their sensitivity of psychological problems, under the auspices of basic professional ethics. The training helps students command, on the one hand, theoretical, methodological and practical knowledge. On the other hand, it prepares them to practice the profession of psychologist and researcher.

The undergraduate program, spread over three years, prepares students for a Bachelor in Clinical Psychology and Industrial Psychology. The graduate studies program provides a specialized training at the Master level.

Objectives of the training
Training in psychology is concerned with psychic functioning in its various cognitive, affective and behavioral aspects, on both normal and pathological levels.

Training in Clinical Psychology, at undergraduate level, covers theoretical learning, supported by tutorials and training in specialized institutions, according to the provided education.

Training in Industrial Psychology, at undergraduate level, aims to familiarize students with workplace phenomena related to the different fields of their involvement; study of motivation and interpersonal relations in the work sector, in addition to situation analysis and assessment. The program includes a training that is concerned with the practical implementation of theoretical knowledge.

Clinical Psychology is concerned with the functioning of the Human Being as member in a given group or culture. It also deals with both normal processes and mental issues.

The Master in Industrial Psychology aims to provide a specialized qualification in the selection, collection, processing and use of information, in order to take action (decisions, interventions, confrontation of theoretical and methodological knowledge to a problematical issue, development, planning, implementation, evaluation and readjustment of an intervention project, etc.).

Health Psychology covers the issues of disabilities, stress and trauma. Simultaneously, the Master degree helps students to acquire the methodology to develop and conduct research in a continually evolving field and to facilitate the occupational integration in various healthcare sectors.

School Psychology helps analyze and understand difficulties encountered by children and teenagers, during the various school education levels, and to provide teachers and parents with strategies likely to guide their practices.

Social Intercultural Psychology trains professionals who strive for Islamic-Christian dialogue in Lebanon and the Middle East, who deal with social peace and development issues, who take care of refugees, immigrants, and children who are left behind. These professionals can eventually teach the “Cultures and Civilizations” course in the new Civic Education curriculum.

Criminal Psychology deals with the mental health of criminals, violence within their family and social frameworks, the psychic reasons that led to the committing of crime, the right of defense, and the natural mechanisms that drive people to become criminals. Criminal Psychology also covers delinquent actions, war crimes, sex crimes, etc. Professional psychologists in Criminology analyze the character of the perpetrator who committed violent, aggressive and criminal acts, the dynamics of resorting to violence, failure of mental development, link of the perpetrator with the elements, link with the victims and the issue if victimology.

Psychologists in charge of persons with special needs are professionals who are qualified to support them. They help them integrate into school and professional society, based on the level of their needs.

Diplomas
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (96 credits - 3 years)
    Options:
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Industrial Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Psychology (36 credits - 2 years)
    Options:
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Industrial Psychology
    • Health Psychology
    • School Psychology
    • Social Intercultural Psychology
    • Criminal Psychology (In progress)
  • Ph.D. in Psychology (60 credits)

Job Opportunities
  • On the undergraduate level, the involvement of clinical and industrial psychologists is limited to providing advice and support within teams in various institutions, thus allowing psychologists to become more professional. Specialized intervention requires further training at the Master level
  • Psychological practice in schools and clinics, rehabilitation and specialized training centers or in hospitals
  • Intervention of psychologists in public or private companies, and in the areas of psychology related to human resources
  • University teaching for holders of a Master degree or a Ph.D.
3. Department of Educational Science
Overview
The education world is nowadays facing increasingly complicated situations and major challenges.

It is important that the concerned actors have a link to consider such challenges, promote new analysis and action models, update their practices and develop new projects.

Due to the importance of education, which is the treasure of knowledge-based societies, the Department of Education trains several types of educational professionals at different university levels: education administrators, teachers in cycles I and II and basic education levels, educational technologists, and researchers in the field of education.

The Department bases its education not only on a sum of accumulated knowledge, but also on the ability to think and to criticize in order to build a better world. And it is the responsibility of the educator of today to form the men and women of tomorrow.

Objectives of the training
  • Acquire learning theories approaches, teaching methods, used according to the taught course and learn about the learners’ characteristics, in addition to classroom management techniques;
  • Enhance language teaching methods and the various disciplines of the program;
  • Determine and develop didactic situations related to basic education and primary education, through their various parameters, and, relatively, to the teaching fields;
  • Analyze didactic situations by referring to methodological options and the content proposed by the Lebanese curriculum;
  • Deal with theoretical and practical issues concerning the specialized didactics of the French language, Mathematics, Life and Earth sciences, Arabic, History and Geography;
  • Determine the analysis levels of the French language, and the specifications of the language teaching fields, or a discipline from the curriculum of basic education and primary education;
  • Identify the specifications of the French language, taught as a second language, within the Lebanese educational framework.

Within this perspective, several training levels are offered:
  • One year of common-core syllabus to make the department’s students aware of University work and cross-cultural communication;
  • Two years of specialization, in order to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Education (at the end of the third year); options: basic education, primary education (French; French and Mathematics, French and Sciences, Arabic, Arabic/History/Geography and Civism) and a Teaching Diploma according to the Bachelor degree program;
  • A specialized training in “Early Childhood Education” available in both English and French (In progress).

After the Bachelor, or the Teaching Diploma, students can go for a Master in Education with the following three options:
  • Basic Education
    This option has the following objectives:
    • Training specialized educationalist teachers who practice their skills in both levels of Basic Education and in the various taught courses;
    • Developing the students’ personal culture, in order to develop a critical synthesis of theories and practices related to education and teaching, and to help learners become active partners in their training.
  • Administration of Education
    The main themes of this training are:
    • Study of strategies and administration and management problems in education;
    • Acquisition of management skills required in the various education and training institutions;
    • Work in terms of administrative accreditation and leadership in the field of education administration and school management.
  • Technology of Education
    The specific objectives of this option are:
    • Training in the evaluation, production and distribution of various educational tools and materials;
    • Training for resource persons, who initiate education professionals into the use of pedagogical materials in their work.

Diplomas
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education (96 credits - 3 years)
    Options:
    • Basic Education (Undergraduate and graduate studies)
      Specializations:
      - French
      - French and Math
      - French and Sciences
      - Arabic
      - Arabic, History/Geography and Civism
    • Childhood Education (In progress)
  • Teaching Diploma in Education (24 credits + internship - 2 semesters after the Bachelor)
  • Master of Arts in Education (36 credits - 2 years after the Bachelor)
    Options:
    • Basic Education
    • Administration of Education
    • Technology of Education
    • Assistance of people with special needs (In progress)
  • Ph.D. in Education (60 credits)

Job Opportunities
  • Pedagogical coordination at primary education level
  • Basic education at primary education level
  • Evaluation, production and distribution of pedagogical materials
  • School administration and management
  • Work in companies that produce educational software
  • Research in education
4. Department of Social Sciences
Overview
The Department of Social Sciences allows you to study the behavior of Society, to understand the Human Being in his environment, and to measure the causes and effects of his well-being or ill-being. It is the duty of the sociologist to be in the service of his Society, in order to lead it towards a civically minded, politically safe development, and ethical responsibility.

Thanks to the training in social sciences, students deal with social issues in terms of globalization, the components of its vocabulary, its purposes and targets. They learn to struggle against inequality, to lead collective action, to understand all forms of Middle-Eastern, Mediterranean or other politics, and to organize cultural centers. The training prepares students to do research in social sciences; particularly research that focuses on a deep exploration of their society, in order to be involved therein as promoters of salvation.

Objectives of the Training
The Department of Social Sciences offers a multidisciplinary education and aims to achieve the following objectives:
  • Train polyvalent students with a background of multidisciplinary knowledge in sociology, anthropology, economy, etc., and initiate them into the command of methodological, epistemological, demographic and statistical skills;
  • Introduce students to social sciences research;
  • Introduce students to economic analysis, through the acquisition of basic concepts in economy and specialized knowledge in socio-economic politics and development;
  • Prepare students for professional integration, through introducing professional teaching units and training.
Targeted skills are conveyed in terms of knowledge and potentials. At the end of the Bachelor degree program, students should therefore command essential knowledge in social sciences, particularly in sociology, and should be open to other areas of humanities.

Diplomas
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (96 credits - 3 years)
    Options:
    • Work and Social Intervention
  • Teaching diploma in Social Sciences (24 credits after the Bachelor + internship - 2 semesters)
  • Master in Social Sciences (36 credits - 2 years after the Bachelor)
    Option:
    • Social Intervention (In progress)
  • International Master of University Cooperation for Peace and Development (36 credits - 2 years after the Bachelor), in partnership with La Sapienza University (Roma) and the Lebanese University (Beirut)
  • Ph.D. in Social Sciences (60 credits)

Job Opportunities
  • Instructor/trainer in the fields of social and economic sciences in schools and public and private social institutions (NGOs, municipalities, ministries, notably the Ministry of Social Affairs, movements, etc.)
  • Administrative officer in various ministries, NGOs and social and media companies, etc.
  • Assistant in research projects in social sciences
  • University teaching for holders of a Master degree or Ph.D.
  • Jobs in research labs in specialized sociology
  • Conducting opinion polls and environmental surveys in polling organizations
 
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