About the faculty

Nemo intrat in caelum nisi per philosophiam

Founded in 1579 and aimed at further pursuing the European cultural and scientific traditions, the oldest faculty of Vilnius University at the same time remains open and modern. It is a wide-spectrum institution of science and education that offers study programmes in philosophy, education, criminology, psychology, social work, social policy, sociology and teacher training as well as organizes scientific research in those areas.

By their research, creative effort and educational activity, the lecturers and researchers of the Faculty strive to provide a wide-spectrum tertiary humanitarian and social academic education, to build professional competence as well as to develop creative, daring, responsible and free people.

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Faculty Council

Faculty Council are responsible for a timely adoption of decisions related to the organization and co-ordination of the faculty research work and studies, education of the faculty research and teaching staff, the use, acquisition and modernization of funds, premises, equipment and other property as well as co-ordination of these decisions with the other faculties concerned and the University policy.

Council of the Faculty

Chairman:
Prof. A. Poviliūnas

Secretary:
Albina Misiūnaitė

Members of the Faculty Council:

Assoc. prof. L. Bulotaitė              
Assoc. prof. J. Buzaitytė Kašalynienė
Assoc. prof. J. Dagys                
Prof. dr. A. Dobryninas           
Assoc. prof. L. Duoblienė               
Prof. D. Gailienė           
Assoc. prof. S. Girdzijauskienė           
Assoc. prof. M. Gutauskas           
Lect. V. Jakutienė               
Assoc. prof. E. Kazlauskas           
Prof. Z. Norkus         
Assoc. prof. N. Radavičienė
Prof. A. Plėšnys          
Prof. M. P. Šaulauskas           
Prof. V. Targamadzė       
Prof. G. Valickas               
Prof. L. Žalimienė               
Doct. E. Mažulytė
Stud. I. Vainoraitė
Stud. K. Ustilo

Facts and Figures

Personnel  
Total in 2014 : 119
Non academic staff: 30
Academic staff:    89
Professors: 15
Docents: 41
Lectors: 25
Other: 6
   
Students and attenders  
Total in 2014 : 1451
Undergraduate: 1023
Postgraduate: 320
Doctoral students:  79
   
Undergraduate students (2014) at:
330
Philosophy 34
Psychology 121
Social Work 13
Sociology 35
Social Policy 48

Partner Organizations

 Social Partners of the Faculty of Philosophy are institutions in Lithuania, which signed the mutual agreement of cooperation in the fields of education and social partnership.

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Vilnius Emilijos Pliaterytės progymnasium

Pliaterytes20gimnazija

Cooperation in the field of education and social partnership: cooperation in initiating and implementing joint research and study projects, the exchange of information, organizing VU students‘ internship (by way of tripartite internship contracts); organization of scientific-practical conferences and seminars. 

Vilnius Versmė Catholic School (public non-profit organization)

Vilniaus versmes katalikiskoji gimnazija

Cooperation in initiating and implementing joint research and study projects, the exchange of information, organizing VU students‘ internship (by way of tripartite internship contracts); organization of scientific-practical conferences and seminars.

Vilnius University Hospital Santariskiu Klinikos (public non-profit organization)

Santariskes

Cooperation in the field of education and social partnership: cooperation in initiating and implementing joint research and study projects, the exchange of information, organizing VU students‘ internship; organization of scientific-practical conferences and seminars.

Drug, Tobacco and Alcohol Control Department under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania

Narkotiku tabako alkoholio kontroles departamentas

Cooperation in exchange of information, in public relations, information and sociological projects in line with the priorities of the two parties in the social sciences, prevention of use of psychoactive substances and drug control.

Department of Youth Affairs under the Ministry of Social Security and Labor

JRD

Cooperation on youth policy through joint events, projects, student internship, information exchange and other areas.

Prison Department under the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania

Kalejimu departamentas

Cooperation in implementing projects of public relations, information and sociological projects according to both parties' priorities

Police Department under the Ministry of the Interior

Policijos departamentas

Cooperation in the field of education and social partnership: collaboration in joint research by Faculty of Philosophy and  Police Department under the Ministry of the Interior, cooperation in initiating and implementing joint research and study projects, the exchange of information, organizing VU students‘ internship; organization of scientific-practical conferences and seminars.

 National Courts Administration

Teismu departamentas

Cooperation in the field of education and social partnership: collaboration in joint research by Faculty of Philosophy and  National Courts Administration, cooperation in initiating and implementing joint research and study projects, the exchange of information, organizing VU students‘ internship; organization of scientific-practical conferences and seminars.

 Law Institute of Lithuania

Teises institutas

Cooperation in initiating and implementing joint research and study projects, publishing the scientific journal "Studies in Criminology".

 Lithuanian Society of CriminologyLT kriminologu asociacija

Cooperation in initiating and implementing joint research and study projects, publishing the scientific journal "Studies in Criminology".

Vilnius County Police Headquarters

Vilniaus apskrities policija

Cooperation in joint research of Vilnius County Police Headquarters and the Faculty of Philosophy of Vilnius University in criminology, sociology and psychology, initiating and implementing of joint scientific and research projects, exchange of information, organizing internships for VU students, organizing scientific-practical conferences and seminars, and other activities in accordance with the priorities of both parties.

News portal Bernardinai.lt

Bernardinai

News portal Bernardinai.lt is a partner in dissemination of information.

Vilnius Gediminas Technical University Antanas Gustaitis' Aviation Institute

VGTU

Cooperation in participation of employees of both VGTU Antanas Gustaitis' Aviation Institute and the VU Faculty of Philosophy in the professional aptitude tests of the applicants to VGTU aviation studies, the implementation of joint research, exchange of information.

MD Jonas Basanavičius Military Medical Service of the Lithuanian Armed Forces

LT kariuomenes karo medicinos tarnyba

Collaborative scientific research, lecturing, consultations on various issues relevant to both parties, initiating joint projects.

Lithuanian Training Center for The Blind and Visually Impaired

LT akluju asociacija

Cooperation regarding the issues of communication, socialization, career planning, psychology, and education of the blind and visually impaired.

Lithuanian Educational Centre for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

LT kurciuju ir neprigirdinciuju centras

Cooperation regarding the issues of communication, socialization, culture, and psychology of the deaf, as well as education of schoolchildren with hearing impairment (including users of cochlear implants).

Counceling center for the divorced

Bendrakeleiviai

Cooperation between parties on assistance to the psychologists and counsellors working at the centre (supervision, counselling, training seminars, conferences, exchange of information on the latest research, possibilities for students of psychology and social work degree programs to participate in group work as psychological assistants, etc.).

Individual Psychology Institute (public non-profit organization)

Individualios psichologijos institutas

Cooperation in the field of education and social partnership: collaboration in joint research by Faculty of Philosophy and  Individual Psychology Institute, cooperation in initiating and implementing joint research and study projects, the exchange of information, organizing VU students‘ internship; organization of scientific-practical conferences and seminars.

Kaunas Teacher Qualification Centre

KPKC

Cooperation in the field of education and social partnership: collaboration in joint research by Department of Educology at the Faculty of Philosophy and  Kaunas Teacher Qualification Centre, cooperation in initiating and implementing joint research and study projects, the exchange of information, organizing VU students‘ internship; organization of scientific-practical conferences and seminars.

Vilnius Social Sciences and Humanities Lyceum

Vilniaus humanitariniu ir socialiniu mokslu licejus

Cooperation in exchange of information using a methodical, scientific literature.

 Vilnius Žirmūnų Gymnasium

Zirmunu gimnazija

Cooperation in the field of education and social partnership: collaboration in joint research by the Faculty of Philosophy and  Vilnius Žirmūnų Gymnasium, cooperation in initiating and implementing joint research and study projects, the exchange of information, organizing VU students‘ internship; organization of scientific-practical conferences and seminars.

“Saulės” Private Gymnasium

Saules gimnazija

Cooperation in the field of education and social partnership: collaboration in joint scientific researches, cooperation in initiating and implementing joint research and study projects, the exchange of information, organizing VU students‘ internship; organization of scientific-practical conferences and seminars.

Šakiai District Gelgaudiškio Secondary School

Gelgaudiskio mokykla

Cooperation in the field of education and social partnership: collaboration in joint scientific researches, cooperation in initiating and implementing joint research and study projects, the exchange of information, organizing VU students‘ internship; organization of scientific-practical conferences and seminars.

 Šilalės Simono Gaudėšiaus gymnasium

Silales Simono Gaudesiaus

Cooperation in the field of education and social partnership: collaboration in joint scientific researches, cooperation in initiating and implementing joint research and study projects, the exchange of information, organizing VU students‘ internship; organization of scientific-practical conferences and seminars.

Kaunas District Čekiškės Prano Dovydaičio Secondary School

Cekiskes Prano Dovydaicio

Cooperation in the field of education and social partnership: collaboration in joint scientific researches, cooperation in initiating and implementing joint research and study projects, the exchange of information, organizing VU students‘ internship; organization of scientific-practical conferences and seminars.

Kaunas kindergarten “Ežiukas”

Lopselis Eziukas

Collaboration in joint research by kindergarten "Ežiukas" and the Departments of Psychology and Psychological Innovations and Research Training Centre of the Faculty of Philosophy, initiating and implementing joint research and study projects, the exchange of information, organizing internships for VU students, organizing scientific-practical conferences and seminars.

Children Support Centre (public non-profit organization)

Paramos vaikams centras

Cooperation in the field of education and social partnership: collaboration in joint research by the Faculty of Philosophy and  Children Support Centre, cooperation in initiating and implementing joint research and study projects, the exchange of information, organizing VU students‘ internship; organization of scientific-practical conferences and seminars, providing comprehensive assistance for the victims and their families.
"Žiniukas" (public non-profit organization) Collaboration in joint research by the Faculty of Philosophy and „Žirniukas“, cooperation in initiating and implementing joint research and study projects, the exchange of information, organizing VU students‘ internship; organization of scientific-practical conferences and seminars.

Antakalnis policlinics (public non-profit organization)

Antakalnio poliklinika

Cooperation in development, adaptation and standardization of the methodologies of individual psychological evaluation.

Karoliniškių policlinics (public non-profit organization)

Karoliniskiu poliklinika

Cooperation in creating, adapting and standardizing individual psychological evaluation methodologies.

Vilnius centre for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (public non-profit organization)

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Cooperation in creating, adapting and standardizing individual psychological evaluation methodologies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Organizations

Student organizations are active in the Faculty of Philosophy. Students’ Representation, officially representing students in the life of the Faculty. Vilnius University Psychology Students' Association, The Scientific Societies of Psychology and Philosophy Students. Doctoral students of sociology, writing the blog “Social sociology”, founded the Sociokinas club, organizing screenings of the films followed by discussions.

                                                    

Organization

Contacts

Vilnius University Students’ Representation at the Faculty of Philosophy (VU SA FsF)

VU FsFVU SA

President Karolina Ustilo

e-mail:

phone: +370 67667054.

Vilnius University Psychology Students’ Association (VUPSA)

VUPSA

 

Scientific Society of Psychology Students

VU PSMD

 

Scientific Society of Philosophy Students

VU-FSMD

 

 

Weblog “Sociali sociologija” by the doctoral students of sociology

sociali sociologija

 
 
 
 

History

The beginning of the philosophical education in Lithuania
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Each prominent event – and the founding of the Vilnius University and its Faculty of Philosophy is such an event – requires favorable circumstances. Having adopted Christianity, Lithuania had to present itself as a state of Western culture, and University education is one of the proper characteristics of this culture. As early as 15th century in noble manors and wealthy households teachers were hired to satisfy the needs for education. Skills of reading and writing in Latin were becoming insufficient, demand was emerging for higher learning – philosophical studies. It was especially fostered by the expanding activity of monkhoods. In 1507 a school of philosophical and theological studies was established at the Dominican monastery in Vilnius. It was to dedicated to Lithuanian district, to educating those entering the Dominican order. Hence a completely novel phenomenon – professional philosophy – appears in Lithuania in 1507. The abovementioned Dominican school in Vilnius had a narrow profile, it was only devoted for members of the order, not for laymen.

The prehistory of the Faculty of Philosophy at Vilnius University

The philosophical education of laymen was begun by the Societas Jesu, it is the historical merit. The history of a prominent event usually also has a prehistory. It is also characteristic to the Faculty of Philosophy of Vilnius University. Jesuits have established a college in Vilnius in 1570, and one year later founded Philosophical studies there. In 1571 a philosophy class was open, and the Croatian professor of logic Thomas Sdelaritius with his lectures on logic has opened the three-year-long studies in philosophy. In addition to logic the studies contained natural philosophy and metaphysics, as well as a course on mathematics and astronomy. The division of philosophy in the Jesuit college was a prehistory of the Faculty of Philosophy at Vilnius University.

Studies at the Faculty of Philosophy

fsfsenos2Prehistory of the Faculty of Philosophy was rich with events. The activities in the Faculty of Philosophy established together with the University were even more diverse: the number of professors was gradually increasing – there were three of them, after the founding of the department of ethics – four, and together with the professor of mathematics – five. Number of students was growing – the number of students in the three year studies was over a hundred. Most of them were graduating from the Faculty with the bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and philosophy, or, having defended their theses or passed solid exam, with the supreme Master’s degree in Liberal Arts and Philosophy. It is approximated that in 1583-1781 scientific degrees from Vilnius University were conferred to 4076 persons: 1810 bachelors of philosophy, 1700 masters of philosophy (they were called doctors from the 18th century), 46 bachelors in theology, 58 licenciates in theology, 312 doctors of theology, 113 doctors and licenciates of canon law, 36 doctors and licenciates of canon and civil law. The numbers indicate that Faculty of Philosophy had the largest number of students. Faculty was administered by the Dean, with assistance of study prefects who were appointed to supervise the process of studies and to help students.

Changes in the Faculty during the Enlightenment

18th century saw the collapse of scholastics at Vilnius University and colleges of Grand Duchy of Lithuania. It fsfsenos3was the end of the longest period (two and a half centuries long) of development of philosophy in Lithuania. During the expansion of the philosophy of the modern ages there also appeared new disciplines with modern contents – ontology, psychology, natural theology, general and special physics. Since the philosophical of the time contained natural sciences of the modern age, graduates of the Faculty also had a considerable scientific education. However, orientation in rapidly developing natural sciences was becoming difficult even for a philosophy professor – it was increasingly perplexing to cover all the natural science of the time, he did not have sufficient qualification. Universal philosophers even became unwelcome – the country required not them, but specialists in particular areas – doctors, teachers, agronomists, engineers, architects. Specialization was introduced by the Commission of National Education which secularized the education system. However, the Commission went too far: not only did it abolish the Faculty of Philosophy, but it also has removed philosophy from the study programmes. Faculty of Philosophy was established in Lithuanian University in Kaunas, only together with theology, and called Faculty of Theology and Philosophy. There also was a separate division of philosophy in the Faculty of Humanities. In 1939 when Vilnius and part of the region was given back to Lithuania, Lithuanian government reorganized both universities: Faculty of Humanities, together with its division of philosophy was moved to Vilnius, while the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy remained in Kaunas. This decision – to have a hearth of philosophy in both universities of the country – was quite reasonable. During the very first invasion of the Soviets the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy was abolished, professors repressed. Faculty of Philosophy was briefly restored in the Vytautas Magnus University by the decree of the Provisional Government in 1941.

Faculty of Philosophy at Vilnius University

Efforts were put into restoring the Faculty of Philosophy at Vilnius University during the Soviet time. Unfortunately, they were not successful. It has been only achieved that some psychology students could specialize in philosophy. The current modern Faculty of Philosophy has been restored following the break of more than two centuries in 1989. Modern study programmes in philosophy and sociology were created, psychology moved from the Faculty of History, and in 1992 the programme of social work was established. Faculty of Philosophy once again became an institution of broad education and research in human and social sciences. It currently employs more than 50 most famous Lithuanian researchers and professors. In February 2005 the Faculty has returned to the old architectural ensemble of the University.

The information provided is based on the article by prof. Romanas Plečkaitis “420 years of the Faculty of Philosophy at Vilnius University” (published in Lithuanian in Problemos 57: 9-16) and the book “Faculty of Philosophy at Vilnius University 1579-1989-2009”.

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