History of the department

The Department of Philosophy, Social Sciences and Humanities was established on September 01, 2014, as a result of the reorganization of two departments of the Faculty of History and Law, the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Studies and the Department of Sociology and Political Science. From 2008 to 2013, the Department of Sociology and Political Science was headed by G. B. Irenov, Professor, Doctor of Political Sciences, Director of the Regional Center for Political Studies. I. A. Kaliyev, Candidate of Political Sciences, Professor, filled the position of Head of the Department vacated by G. B. Irenov in 2013-2014. From 2008 to 2014, G. G. Akhmetova, Candidate of Philosophical Sciences, headed the Department of Philosophy and Culturology. From 2014 to 2015, the Department of Philosophy, Social Sciences and Humanities was headed by Candidate of Philosophical Sciences, Associate Professor Gaukhar Galymovna Akhmetova. In September 2015, the department of Management and Political Science was formed, becoming independent of other disciplines. Currently, the Department of Philosophy, Social Sciences and Humanities is led by M. Zh. Kozhamzharova, Candidate of Philosophical Sciences.


Head of the Department

Full name: Mayra Zhanaydarovna Kozhamzharova

Position: Head of the Department, Associate Professor

Academic degree: Candidate of Philosophical Sciences

Academic rank: PSU Associate Professor

Education: Higher, Tomsk State University named after Kuibyshev, Faculty of Philosophy, 1989

2009 - defended her thesis on specialty 09.00.08 - "Philosophy of Science and Technology" (Institute of Philosophy and Political Science of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan).

Publications: about 46 scientific works, including 10 articles recommended be HAC of the RK, 1 study guide, 1 vocabulary in a group of authors, in two collective monographs, 1 publication in Scopus. Also has scientific publications in Germany, Czechoslovakia, England.

Awards, diplomas and certificates:

- The owner of the badge "Honorary Worker of Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan" (2016);

- The holder of the jubilee medal “The 125th Anniversary of S. Toraighyrov” to mark the special contribution to the development of the University (2018);

- The holder of the badge “Honorary Worker of Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2016);

- The developer and supervisor of the research project funded by the state under the state budget program of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan “The 2012-2014 Grant Funding for Research” on the theme of “New Religious Movements in Kazakhstan”;

- Participation in the international summer school on the theme of “Innovative Knowledge in the Modern System of Education” held by Almaty University of Management (Issyk-Kul, July 02-10, 2016);

- Participation in the program and workshop on the theme of “Universities of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. Development and Integration into the Global Innovative System” (California, USA);

- Participation in the international summer school on the theme of “Management of Changes” held by Almaty University of Management (Azerbaijan, Baku, July 2017).

Courses taught: Philosophy, Religious Studies, Philosophy of Education, Medieval Arab-Islamic philosophy, Aqidah- the basis of Islamic creed, Time management, Logic.

Field of research:problems of scientific rationality, the ethno-confessional sphere, new religious movements

Professional experience: 29 years (institutional)

Additional information: a certificate of the expert of the Independent Agency for Accreditation and Rating (the abbreviated name in Russian: NAAR); the member of the commission of the party supervisor in the field of Education, acting in the framework of the pre-election campaign of the Nur Otan political party.



The Department focuses on:

- developing students’ ability to self-improve and self-progress in relation to learning; facilitating students’ skills of mastering new knowledge throughout their active life in an independent and creative way;

- mastering culture of humanities-based studies, fostering an improving culture of thinking, upgrading ethical and legal norms regulating attitude to the person, society, nature, the world as a whole;

- developing students’ knowledge of basic modern theories and concepts of culture of the East and West, urgent problems of modern and Kazakh philosophy, culture and religion, and their role in modern integration processes; helping students acquire systematic ideological knowledge and skills of research work.

The Department offers the following Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs: 5B020400 Culturology (Science of Culture) (a full-time degree program, an additional degree program, a distance learning program, a degree program designed for those having completed technical and vocational training); 6М020400 Culturology (Science of Culture), 6М020100 Philosophy, 6М050100 Social Science (a scientific-teaching Master’s degree program, a vocational Master’s degree program).

Currently, the Department’s student body consists of 17 students undertaking a Bachelor’s degree in Culturology, among them, seven students take their degrees via distance learning. There are 39 Master’s degree students majoring in Culturology, Philosophy and Social Science in the Department.




Contacts: Tel.: 8(7182) 673677 (ext. 1153)

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Location of the Department: Pavlodar, 64 Lomov St., office No.426

Reception hours: 10:00-13:00.


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