The PhD programme lasts four years – the maximum period for such a programme normally allowed by Polish law (limited additional time is permitted for students interrupting their studies for the various reasons clearly specified in Ministerial regulations). Students spend only two of their four years as doctoral students attending taught courses, devoting the remaining two years entirely to research.
Students conduct studies according to their own choice of courses. Courses of lectures and seminars available in the given academic year are listed in the School Catalogue. Students select courses by completing the declaration / registration form to be submitted to the School Office by the published deadline. From the second year of studies onwards, the selection of courses requires the approval of the student’s thesis supervisor or tutor. With the written agreement of the Dean of the school students may – where necessary for their studies – take courses outside GSSR/CSS.
In the first two years of the PhD programme students will be expected to take 5 courses per year with a minimum average mark of 3,5. Courses can be chosen from those taken also by students following the MA programme, or from additional courses offered solely for PhD students. Students may also audit courses (i.e. attend but not for credit).
In the third and fourth years of the PhD programme students need not take any courses. However, if they choose to do so in order to maintain a broader range of interests than strictly encompassed by their PhD topic, they may take further courses for credit.
In the third and fourth years of the PhD programme students will be expected gain credit points:
by publications and/or;
- by teaching activities and/or;
- by attending conferences and summer schools and/or;
- by taking additional courses (see above).
Students will also be expected to join a research project to gain additional credit points.
Students accepted to begin studies in the academic year 2017-18 will follow a revised programme in which they will take fewer courses (methods and theories), but from the beginning of their studies they will also be expected to participate in one of the research programmes of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
A preliminary list of projects willing to receive students is given below (see courses and projects open to students in 2017-18)
Students following the part-time option are required to complete the same number of courses as full-time students, but are expected to complete the required number of courses within the full four years of studies rather than in the first two years. This programme is taught in partnership with Collegium Civitas in order to give students a wider range of courses at convenient times.
MA as the first year of the PhD
Studies at the GSSR are aimed at three kinds of applicant:
- Those who wish to study for an MA to improve their qualifications before seeking employment;
- Those who wish to study for an MA as a preliminary to embarking on a PhD;
- Those who wish to begin the PhD programme directly.
This can be illustrated by the following schema:
non specialist entry
non specialist entry
Candidates apply directly either to the MA or the PhD programme.
1. Some students will simply attend the School in order to complete the MA programme.
2. Students who successfully complete the MA programme and successfully apply to continue at the School as doctoral students enter directly to the second year of the PhD programme.
Students applying and accepted directly to the PhD programme may if they wish choose to follow all the MA programme requirements in their first year and so have the possibility of obtaining a British MA as the first part of the PhD programme.
Some otherwise well-qualified applicants to the PhD programme whose level of preparation is in some respects not quite sufficient for entry to doctoral studies may nevertheless be accepted to the PhD programme on condition they satisfy the requirements of the MA programme before continuing to the second year of doctoral studies.
3. All doctoral students in any year of the PhD programme are entitled to take and obtain credit for courses offered in the MA programme, but those accepted directly to the PhD programme need not take any MA courses if they do not wish to.
Courses open to PhD students
Courses to be taught in English as part of the School’s doctoral programme
in the academic year 2016-2017.
Four Compulsory courses:
- Słomczyński, K & Tomescu-Dubrow, I –Research Methodology and Methods of Social Inquiry
- Kapralski, S – Conteporary Social Theory
- Malinowski, Jacek – Paradoxes in Science: Logic of Scientific Inquiry
- Dybel, Paweł – The Problem of Interpretation in Hermeneutics, Phenomenology and Poststructuralism: Its Influence on the Human Sciences
- Piłat, Robert – The Cheerful Apocalypse (Die fröhliche Apokalypse): Vienna in early XX century
- Lipszyc, Adam – Philosophical aspects of post-Freudian psychoanalysis
- Leder, Andrzej – Logics and Trauma VI. Topology of the Trauma
- Wróbel, Szymon – Between Philosophy as Technology and Technology as Philosophy
Theories and methodology of the social sciences
- Binder, Piotr – Qualitative Methods in Research Practice 2. Analyzing Qualitative Data with MAXQDA
- Mikucka et al.- Advanced Quantitative methods
Politics and Civil societies
- Niżnik, Józef i Joanna Fomina – Europe in the Making: The Changing Status of Member States in the EU
- Niedziałkowski K /M Fronia – Environment and Society
Culture and communication, ideologies and identities
- Grabowska, Magdalena i Dorota Hall – Gender and Sexualities: De-Centered Perspectives
- Kurczewska, Joanna - Nation, Politics, Everyday Life and Emotion II
- Jarecka, Urszula – New media in their social dimension: extreme emotions and rational discourse
- Kubiak, Anna – Visual Anthropology and Sociology: The Method, the Document and the Subject of Empirical Research
Socio-economic change: Structures and institutions
- Domański, Henryk – Stratification and class structure in Poland and European societies
- Olcoń-Kubicka, Marta - Sociology of money and finance
General courses open to all students
- Dubrow, Joshua – From Idea to Research and Publishing in the Social Sciences
- Filipkowski et al. – Jak się wytwrza wiedzę socjologiczną (Course inPolish)
Student study groups:
- in the field of PHILOSOPHY: Marasli, Elcin – Discourse in the Making
- in the field of SOCIOLOGY: Franczak, Anna – Sociology of the Internet – Social, Political and Economic Aspects of Cyberspace and Society
Also (available from the MA Programmes):
Sławomir Kapralski – Social & Political Theory
- Henryk Banaszak – Research methods
- Radosław Markowski – Political sociology
- Andrzej Rychard – Economy & society I
- Michał Federowicz/Michał Sitek – Political economy of policy reform
- Magdalena Grabowska/Joanna Regulska – Women’s political identity in making
- Sławomir Kapralski – Theories of Culture
- Annamaria Orla-Bukowska – The Holocaust and its cultural meaning
- Zdzisław Mach – Culture and Nationalism
- Andrzej Rychard – Sociology of Institutional Change
- Marta Olcoń Kubicka – Qualitative methods
- Henryk Banaszak – Quantitative Methods
- Sławomir Kapralski – Contemporary Social Theory
- Michał Federowicz/Michał Sitek – Economy and Society II
- Sven Eliaeson – The Swedish model of the welfare state
- Sławomir Kapralski – The Roma in Central/Eastern Europe
- Edwin Bendyk – e-Media
- Piotr Gliński – Civil Society in Theory and Practice
- Peter Przytuła – Mass Communication and Society
- Peter Przytuła – Media Ethics
- Jan Kubik – Beyond political Culture
- Leslie Holmes – Organised Crime and Human Trafficking
- Jan Pakulski – Elites and leaders in contemporary politics
- Adam Fish, Grame Gilloch – Alternative Methodologies
Course timetable 2016-17
Courses and projects open to students in 2017-18
Civil Society Unit
(Zakład Społeczeństwa Obywatelskiego)
The idea and practice of civil society in Poland and Asian countries
Social development of contemporary mainland China and Taiwan
East Asian culture and contemporary Confucianism,
Chinese liberalism and other ideological trends in China and Taiwan,
Issues of social trust and civil dialogue
Theory of Culture Unit
(Zakład Teorii Kultury)
Culture, media, and society
Sociology of art, social and cultural changes rooted in technology,
The history as reflected in media (television and the internet).
Consumer culture studies
Media shift of 21st century, convergence culture, social changes portrayed in the media discourse, and changes in fine arts
Unit for Social and Cultural Anthropology
(Zespół Socjologii i Antropologii Kultury)
Theoretical sociology: sociology and history of ideas;, historical sociology; sociology of culture, sociology of the nation, theory of culture, including the social thought of Zygmunt Bauman; ways of conceptualizing of time and analysis of temporal transformations in the contemporary world (prof. J. Kurczewska, dr D. Brzeziński)
Qualitative methodology in sociology and anthropology: field work methodology, biographical research, grounded theory; (prof. H. Palska, dr P. Filipkowski, dr P. Binder, J. Straczuk, dr M. Karkowska)
Qualitative Data Archive IFiS PAN: archiving of new qualitative data collections; conferences on archiving qualitative data; courses and workshops on data archiving and reinterpretation of qualitative data through incorporating them into new research projects. (prof. H. Palska, dr P. Filipkowski, dr P. Binder, J. Straczuk, dr M. Karkowska)
Collective memory: studies on individual memory and collective memory in different historical, spatial and political contexts; peculiarities of collective memory in Central and Eastern Europe; biographical and collective memory and their interaction, studies of oral history (prof. J. Kurczewska, dr P. Filipkowski, dr A. Wylegała, dr M. Karkowska)
Community studies: diagnoses of local and regional cultures from the perspective of tradition and innovation; interpretation of local and regional foundations of social identities, especially on national and European context; local community on borders and borderlines, especially between Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, and Lithuania; research on national minorities and immigrants in local context (prof. J. Kurczewska, prof. H. Bojar, dr J. Straczuk)
Cultural dimension of social differences and lifestyles: reflection on the changes of cultural patterns of modern societies (especially post-communist) in context of processes of European integration and globalization; the processes of formation of new lifestyles; cultural patterns of family life, anthropology of food (prof. H. Palska, prof. H. Bojar, dr J. Straczuk)
Unit for Comparative Analysis of Social Inequalities
(Zespół Porównawczych Analiz Nierówności Społecznych)
The strategic long-term aim of ZPANS is to develop comparative studies – in terms of time and geographic coverage – on social inequality and the adaptation of individuals to social change. Social inequality is considered in a broad perspective, taking into account macroeconomic conditions as well as the transformation of political system. Research of members of ZPANS focus on the correlates of individuals in the social structure as well as the determinants of individual adaptation to social change.
Comparative analyses in time dimension: The survey panel study (POLPAN 1988-2013, polpan.org). In the nearest future ZPANS will concentrate on the following:
methodological problems: response rate in panel studies, inter-wave harmonization of panel studies, panel regression and dynamic modeling, and biographical interviewing in panel studies.
substantive problems: effects of psychological functioning on status attainment, subjective evaluation of health, subjective evaluation of social position, democratic values, and egalitarian attitudes.
II: Comparative analyses in geographic-coverage dimension: International survey programs: (HARMONIZACJA, dataharmonization.org). In the nearest future ZPANS will work on the following:
methodological problems: quality assessment of survey data, harmonization of data from international survey projects, and survey data management.
substantive problems: trust in people and public institutions, democratic values, protest behavior, and voting.
Unit for Sociology of Politics, Economy and Education
(Zespół Socjologii Polityki, Gospodarki i Edukacji)
Sociology of Institutions,
Sociology of Money,
Sociology of Tax
European Studies Unit
(Zespół Studiów Europejskich)
Political, social and legal aspects of European integration
European Union, its development and future
Global challenges to European integration
Sociology of law
The problems of democracy in multi-national political framework
The problems of migration in Europe
Problems of national and ethnic minorities in Europe
Political and social problems in the EU neighborhood
Unit for studies of religion
(Zakład Badań nad Religią)
Sociology of religion
Assisted death in the context of biopower and bioeconomy
Unit for Philosophy of Culture
(Zespół Filozofii Kultury)
Semiotics and semantics of culture (cultural normativity, theory of film), Contemporary philosophy (phenomenology, philosophy of existence, structuralism and post-structuralism),
The modern sources of contemporary philosophy, philosophy of language (semantic theses, performatics)
Unit for Logics and Cognitivist Studies
(Zakład Logiki i Kognitywistyki)
All aspects of formal and informal logics, especially: logical pragmatics, logic of speech acts, logic of probability and statistics
The main problems of contemporary philosophy, political philosophy, psychoanalysis, cognitive science, philosophy of language
Philosophy of cognitive science, philosophy of computer science, philosophy of psychology, and philosophy of mind
Unit for the History of Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
(Zakładu Historii Filozofii Nowożytnej i Współczesnej)
History of modern philosophy from 15th to 18th century.
History of Reformation and Counter-Reformation.
Aristotelian and Platonic tradition in Western culture.
Philosophy and political thought in school and academies of the early modern period.
The Scientific Revolution of the 17th century, its premises, aftermaths and philosophical relevance.
European and Polish Renaissance in thought, Letters and arts. The intellectual relevance of Humanism.
„Not-rational” animals as a philosophical and a cultural problem.
Neoscholastic philosophy (16th-20th century).
History of Polish philosophy (15-17th century).
History of early modern political thought (from Machiavelli to Hobbes and further).
Political thought as a collective enterprise (development, dissemination, censorship).
The impact of printing on Western culture.
Censorship and freedom of thought in the history of philosophy.
II History of Russian philosophy of the 18th – 20th centuries (from Radischev to the Russian religious renaissance).
Soviet studies (sovietology).
The phenomenon of ideology in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Polish philosophy of the 19th and 20th centuries (from romanticism to the interwar period).
Philosophy of history.
Philosophy of culture.
Messianisms and catastrophisms.
Philosophy and mystic experience.
Erotology in modern philosophy.
Reinterpretations of Christian ethics in the philosophy of the 20th century.
Ethics in the philosophy of the 19th and 20th centuries
III Theological turn in French Phenomenology (Marion, Henry, Chretien, Derrida, Nancy itd.).
Phenomenology of Eros.
Phenomenology of surprise, admiration and astonishment.
Phenomenology of moral emotions.
Existential phenomenology in Poland.
Descartes’ First and Late Philosophy.
Comparative studies on the beginning of the Early modern thought.
IV History of classical German Philosophy
History and theory of German Transcendentalism
Philosophy of Immanuel Kant
Philosophy of Ernst Cassirer
Philosophy of symbolic forms
Critical philosophy of culture
Logic of cultural sciences
History of cultural sciences
Philosophy of art (iconology) of Erwin Panofsky
Critical philosophy of myth
Logic of political myth
Philosophical aspects of Gestalt psychology
History of Medieval Philosophy Unit
(Zakład Historii Filozofii Średniowiecznej)
Greek philosophy, especially Greek ethics and political theory.
Identifying roots of Western culture, social, economic, moral, religious, medical and educational institutions.
Analyzing philosophical ideas and tools with the help of medieval texts.
Comparing modern and contemporary theories with their medieval predecessors.
Applying medieval philosophical tools to bioethics and neuroethics.
Editing medieval texts.
Unit for Theory of Knowledge and Philosophy of Science
(Zakład Teorii Poznania i Filozofii Nauki)
Philosophy of mathematics
Philosophy of science (except formalized theories of science)
Philosophy about science beyond philosophy of science (e.g. criticisms of science; the problem of the place, roles and status of science in the human world)
Philosophy of nature
Philosophy of biology