The Institute of Political Science at the University of Wrocław is one of the biggest and the most dynamic centers of political science research in Poland. Since 2008 the Institute has developed also curricula in English. Both international and Polish candidates can join the study programme and obtain the title of Bachelor or Master in Political Science.
Since Summer semester of academic year 2012/2013 studies at Bachelor level are also offered by the Institute, with specializations in:
- Comparative Politics
- Media and Politics
- Global Security
- Europe in the World
The BA study programme will consist of six semesters: five semesters at the University of Wroclaw and one semester of mobility arranged within ERASMUS+ at one of the Partner Universities abroad (list of Partner Universities here).
Students will take the opportunity to study the most important topics related to contemporary politics as well as key issues related to social sciences - taught by our highly qualified academic staff.
The Institute also encourages students to develop their professional careers during studies by providing them with the opportunity to have an internship. In order to accomplish it, institutional partnerships with numerous, public and private entities have blossomed.
Comparative Politics – BA specialization
Group of lectures aims at empirical and theoretical analyses with respect to the interactions between political and societal actors within the institutional arrangements that characterize not only representative democracy. We have set out to analyses these interactions in parliamentary and presidential democratic politics and in nondemocratic states (hybrid regimes) and their impact on public policy formation and related performance.
One of the main aims is to explain the format and consequences of democratic politics and non-democratic forms of activity under socially diverse situations and varying economic circumstances.
On one side we focus on the democratic state and its political performance in the context of societal changes to understand the capacity of contemporary democracies to solve their problems and on another side we are interested in non-democratic states where it appears that turbulence and turmoil characterizes the relations between politics and society and all aspects of politics appears to be in a situation of flux.
Media and Politics – BA specialization
Mass media – traditional and new –play important role in politics in XXI century. Political actors cannot exist nowadays in the society without them. The media are the main channel of political communication.
A few decades ago, the public – citizens – voters have to wait for news one or more days, when traditional newspapers, radio, and TV could distribute political information. The development of new media as internet and above all the social media (Facebook, Twitter etc.) have changed deeply a political landscape and character of political communication.
Politicians and their personnel who work in the office as political advisers and consultants, spokespersons, etc., can distribute the news at once or at this same time when events are happening. Internet and the social media motivate also the public –citizens -voters who are the third participant of the political communication process. They can react immediately to the news and message of political actors.
The specialization “Media and Politics” is linked with a very important aspect of political life in each state in the world.
Global Security – BA Specialization
The aim of the specialization is to provide the student with extended knowledge on Global security issues in contemporary global politics. The courses are to familiarize the students with basic principles of how a global community functions and what roles do state and non-state actors play in it.
The main focus is laid on the issue of security and how does it change in the globalizing world, especially the changing role of the state and its implications for the international order and broader, for the international relations. The dilemma between embracing the forces of globalization and opposing them is in the center of discussion among IR specialists nowadays.
Another important conundrum that policy-makers are facing, is the balance between security and efficiency. In other words, the opening up to globalization allows countries to benefit from eg. international trade, immigration which contribute to the growth and economic welfare.
On the other side, apart from the obvious benefits, the downsides of global integration such as terrorism, cyber terrorism interdependency of states and limited control over the country’s economy come into play. Students will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge about non-state actors such as international organizations, NGO’s or Transnational Corporations, i.e. the new stakeholders in the system of global security.
Europe in the World – BA specialization
Europe in the World bachelor's specialization provides an inter-disciplinary understanding of the functioning of the European Union (EU) and its role as a global actor. It focuses on the internal and external aspects of European integration from the political, economic and social perspectives.
In the challenging times we are living, the increasing Euroscepticism on the continent is to a large extent caused by the lack of knowledge about the purpose, structure, and benefits of the EU as well as of the policies it delivers.
This specialization will give students the possibility to discuss, contest and understand the issues which they find complex or controversial about Europe. The specialization module is divided into three general courses – offering a broad knowledge about the challenges the EU is facing today, and five issue-focused courses - dealing with concrete policies or problems of the European integration.
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Last updated January 5, 2018