040-0504/05 – Psychology of Safety and Catastrophes (PBK)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Occupational and Process SafetyCredits3
Subject guarantorprof. PhDr. Hana Vykopalová, CSc.Subject version guarantorprof. PhDr. Hana Vykopalová, CSc.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2002/2003Year of cancellation2010/2011
Intended for the facultiesFBIIntended for study typesBachelor
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
HAV60 PhDr. Hilda Havlíková
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Part-time Credit 12+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

On completion of the course specifically aimed to create specific theoretical knowledge and skills in the application of synthetic and analytic approach to processing and evaluation of selected theoretical situations to create optimal conditions for their application in practice.

Teaching methods



The course deals with psychological aspects in hazardous situations, life risk assessment and prevention: behaviour of a man in critical life situations, communication and threat perception. The development of posttraumatic stress disorders and other psychological disturbances, possibilities of solving.

Compulsory literature:

Bedrnová, E. a kol.: Duševní hygiena a sebeřízení. Fortuna, Praha 1999 Čech,J.: Vyjednávanie a branie rukojemníka. APZ, Bratislava 2000 Štětina,J. a kol.: Medicína katastrof a hromadných neštěstí. Grada Publishing 2000 Vizinová, D., Preiss, M.: Psychické trauma a jeho terapie. Portál, Praha 1999 Vykopalová,H.: Vybrané kapitoly ze sociální psychologie v kontextu komunikace. Olomouc 2000

Recommended literature:

Vykopalová,H.: Základy psychosociální přípravy Humanitárních jednotek ČČK. ČČK, Praha 2003

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Seminar work and follow-up test.


Other requirements


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1st Basic concepts and their interpretation Social behavior and social functioning, perception and evaluation of the situation, verbal and nonverbal communication, attitudes, social groups and their significance, Communications and relational structures in social groups, the basic patterns of human behavior in social groups 2nd The behavior of man in critical life situations Psychology in the rescue. Thematically exercise, floods and other disasters and mass disaster. Manifestations of aggression, anxiety, fear, nature, causes. Individual behavior, personality typology, group behavior, human behavior in the crowd. 3rd Psychological stress and stress Symptoms and effects of load and stress. Methods for evaluation of mental workload. personality potential. Perception of short-and long-term manifestations of workload and stress. Perception of environmental stress. Post traumatic stress disorder, causes, symptoms průběh.Psychoterapie posttraumatic stress disorder. psychosocial programs. 4th Specific threat situations Kidnapping and hostage situation, more threatening and risky situations (victims violence, intentional and unintentional damage to property, dealing with victims damaged, terrorism,..). 5th Safety aspects of work psychology Perception of work conditions and workload. Perception of short-and long-term load and stress symptoms. Rating neuropsychiatric burden when práci.Význam technical and organizational environment for rescue work. Basic principles psychohygiene rescuers. Meaning profesiografie.

Conditions for subject completion

Part-time form (validity from: 1960/1961 Summer semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Exercises evaluation Credit 85 (85) 0
        Project Project 25  0
        Written exam Written test 50  0
        Other task type Other task type 10  0
Mandatory attendence parzicipation:

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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2003/2004 (B3908) Fire Protection and Industrial Safety (3908R005) Engineering Safety of Persons and Property K Czech Ostrava 3 Compulsory study plan

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