The Graduate School for Social Research (GSSR) at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Introduction

The Graduate School for Social Research (GSSR) at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences educates students at the postgraduate level. We offer programmes giving the possibility of obtaining a British Master of Arts degree from Lancaster University, and as well as programmes leading to a doctorate awarded by the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences or a doctorate awarded by both the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Lancaster University.

Students who successfully complete our postgraduate programme requirements giving the possibility of obtaining a British Master of Arts degree awarded by Lancaster University are eligible to continue to the School’s PhD programme. They must complete the usual application procedure, but if their application to continue to the PhD is accepted, they enter directly into the second year of doctoral studies.

The GSSR is a part of the Centre of Excellence designated in 2004 by the Polish Government and coordinated by the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. It was the first Centre of Excellence in Poland operating in the area of social sciences and humanities. The Institute of Philosophy and Sociology was awarded the highest rating, A+, in the most recent (2013) evaluation by the Ministry for Science and Higher Education’s Committee for Evaluation of Academic Units.

The GSSR is also host to the annual British Alumni Society Scholarships competition giving lyceum students the opportunity to complete their secondary education at leading British boarding schools.

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MA in Culture, Media and Society

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years October 2018 Poland Warsaw + 1 more

The MA in Culture, Media and Society track offers students a unique chance to gain a broad perspective on the contemporary developments in the field of cultural studies together with a practical focus on those aspects of culture which are of importance in today’s societies. [+]

The MA in Culture, Media and Society track offers students a unique chance to gain a broad perspective on the contemporary developments in the field of cultural studies together with a practical focus on those aspects of culture which are of importance in today’s societies. In particular, the problem of cultural identity in the contemporary world is addressed in various courses that make up this track, including Theories of Culture, the Holocaust and Its Cultural Meaning, Culture and Nationalism, Women’s Political Identity, and the Roma in Central/Eastern Europe.

The media-component provides students with an understanding of the growing importance of the interplay of influence between mass media and society, examining the media’s role in shaping socio-cultural, political, economic, and technological developments. The track looks at a broad range of subjects related to the production and reception of news and advertising, including mass communication history and theory, media effects, media ownership structure... [-]


MA in Economy and Society

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years October 2018 Poland Warsaw + 1 more

The MA in Economy and Society track was designed to help students develop an understanding of how social preconditions may both limit and stimulate change from non-market to various types of market economy. [+]

The MA in Economy and Society track was designed to help students develop an understanding of how social preconditions may both limit and stimulate change from non-market to various types of market economy. The seminars focus on the interdependence between the economic and social systems at the time of a deep transformation. Thanks to courses like Political Economy of Policy Reform, Economy and Society (I and II), Management for Eastern Europe, Seminar on Corruption and Sociology of Institutional Change, students are able to observe theories “in action”, as instruments for achieving a better understanding of the socio-economic world.

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MA in Society and Politics

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years October 2018 Poland Warsaw + 1 more

The MA in Society and Politics is the oldest and most established track in our MA programme. It offers a variety of courses that will provide both the “standard canons” of theoretical and empirical discourse and relate to the research frontier as well. [+]

The MA in Society and Politics is the oldest and most established track in our MA programme. It offers a variety of courses that will provide both the “standard canons” of theoretical and empirical discourse and relate to the research frontier as well. Political sociology, especially civil society both East and West of the Elbe and social movements, contemporary welfare states, especially the so-called Swedish model, classic and contemporary social and political theory, institution building, corruption, political culture, political gender issues, the interpretation of Holocaust and law and society are examples of our orientation as reflected in our courses.

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