University of Wroclaw - Faculty of Historical and Pedagogical Sciences

Faculty of Historical and Pedagogical Sciences

Introduction

University of Wrocław

The University of Wrocław has a rich history of more than three centuries. Founded by Leopold I Habsburg the university evolved from a modest school run by Jesuits into one of the biggest academic institutions in Poland. At the beginning of the 19th century the university had five Faculties: philosophy, Catholic theology, evangelical theology, law and medicine. Later it was expanded by numerous sections, laboratories and a natural museum, which exists until today.

After the Second World War a group of Polish professors, formerly from Lvov, started teaching and research activities at the University of Wrocław. Initially they created the Faculties of law and administration, arts, natural sciences, agriculture, veterinary, medicine, mathematics, physics and chemistry. Some of these Faculties were soon transformed into other universities.

Since the beginning of the 20th century, the University of Wrocław produced 9 Nobel Prize winners, such as Theodor Mommsen, Philipp Lenard, Eduard Buchner, Paul Ehrlich, Fritz Haber, Friedrich Bergius, Erwin Schrödinger, Otto Stern and Max Born.

Today, the first and foremost focus of The University of Wrocław is scientific research. Our scholars have numerous links with their fellow researchers from other higher education institutions in Poland and throughout the world. The success of our researchers has been recently recognized by Polish authorities, who significantly increased funding for both equipment and research at our University by 80% compared to previous years.

Like in most countries, in Poland the national quality assessment system is part of a national strategy for improving the quality of education. Every four years the Ministry of Education evaluates faculties of all Polish universities. Last year 9 out of 10 of our Faculties were qualified in the highest category and one was the second highest.

The Academic Incubator of Entrepreneurship is a new unit of the University of Wrocław designed to aid students in starting their own businesses by providing free entrepreneurial advice, organizing conferences, seminars, subsidizing selected investments and offering office space. The Academic Incubator of Entrepreneurship cooperates with the Wrocław Technology Park, a technological centre with laboratories, office space, conference centre and modern multimedia equipment. The objective of the Technology Park is to create conditions for the use of scientific and industrial potential of Wrocław and the region and to stimulate the advanced technologies industry. The University of Wrocław is proud to be one of its shareholders.

Today the University of Wrocław is the largest university in the region and teaches over 26,000 students and around 1300 doctoral students at 10 Faculties. 9000 students graduate from the University every year.

Faculty of Historical and Pedagogical Sciences

The Faculty of History and Pedagogy is organized into seven institutes and offers full-time and part-time courses in areas of study including history, psychology, pedagogy, archaeology, culture, and anthropology. The Faculty has over 250 Faculty members and around 6400 students and over 260 PhD students in the areas of history, psychology and pedagogy.

Areas of study:

  • Archaeology
  • Ethnology
  • History
  • History of art
  • Cultural Studies
  • Pedagogy
  • Psychology
  • Musicology

Research:

Areas of expertise include:

  • Archeological excavations in Poland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Sudan, Czech Republic and Germany
  • History of Poland and Central Eastern Europe
  • Inventory of historical sites and monuments
  • Modern culture and civilization
  • Pedagogy and adult education
  • Psychology
  • Anthropology

International links:

Each institute cooperates with other universities from Europe, Asia and the USA. Students and staff may participate in international exchange programs.

Facilities:

classrooms with multimedia projectors, computer labs, disability access, audio-visual equipment

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

Master

Master in Public History

Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2018 Poland Wrocław

The public history program is addressed to all the BA graduates, not only in history, and even not only in the humanities, who would like to conduct the research about and promote the public uses of history. [+]

Public History

The public history program is addressed to all the BA graduates, not only in history, and even not only in the humanities, who would like to conduct the research about and promote the public uses of history. Public history has been operating since the 1970s as a subdiscipline of history, but also as a separate academic discipline. It is called the history "for the people, by the people, with the people, of the people" and deals with all the aspects of history outside the formal education (also academic education). It operates for many years at the universities worldwide and enjoys considerable popularity among the students.

The history itself concentrates on examining the past (aiming at answering the question "how was it there?") while public history conducts research on how the knowledge about the past is present in the social consciousness and how it is (and may be) instilled in this consciousness, with the central question of "what do (did/will) the people know about how it was?" It focuses on the historical memory, which is rather marginal in the "traditional" history research. The courses from the public history program concentrate on the ways of shaping the historical consciousness (or collective memory) - both in the context of its theoretical framework and mechanism (including e.g. politics of history) and in various practical ways (tools/techniques) of influencing this memory and consciousness, starting from collecting and processing the testimonies of the past, through speech-writing and preparing other texts promoting the historical knowledge,... [-]


Contact

Address Pl. Uniwersytecki 1
50-137 Wrocław, Lower Silesia, Poland