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The Faculty of Sociology aims to conduct research, develop theoretical inquiry and teach sociology at the highest level of excellence. In the pursuit of its goals, the Faculty engages the entire community of scholars, students and staff, taking care to disseminate information about joint and individual achievements in teaching and research as well as current research projects.

Our faculty members have authored works in many fields of sociology, including foundation courses in systematic sociology, history of sociological thought, contemporary sociological theories, methodology and statistics, anthropology, and a number of specific sociologies (see Units).

As its basic principle of operation, the Faculty of Sociology combines teaching and academic research, both basic and applied. Our faculty aim to improve the quality of teaching by engaging the best-performing students (doctoral and other) in studies and projects conducted at our Faculty. This intertwining of teaching and research prepares students for independent research work, enriches the research process with students’ interpretations and teaches teamwork skills which are helpful in solving problems of interest for all participants to the research process. Despite a high proportion of practical and workshop-style classes, typical academic formats prevail in the curriculum (lectures, seminars and tutorials). The emphasis is put on students’ own work: they read and analyse texts, prepare written assignments, presentations and reports, take part in discussions and group work, and prepare to undertake their own research projects. Practical outcomes of education remain closely connected with purely academic ones.

The Faculty of Sociology undertakes the challenges arising from dynamic social change in Poland and worldwide by developing knowledge and a versatile set of skills, with its curriculum firmly anchored in basic social science. Our academic work and teaching is focused on gaining insights and developing critical analysis of social phenomena. Members of our community demonstrate their belief that sociology can be useful in social life and public debate by developing innovative academic research, preparing significant publications and educating new generations of experts and specialists, while also taking active part in public life.

Sociologists from our Faculty have been active as researchers and commentators as well as witnesses and participants throughout Poland’s transformations. Representing a variety of orientations, they built a community which has remained open to new ideas, theories and methods. This community undertook research on new phenomena, delivered critical reflection and ensured its presence in public life. We continue this tradition of dialogue, collaboration and openness to new ideas and perspectives. We also equip our students with such skills by making them prepared to undertake professional activity in the fast-changing world and to get involved in public debate with a critical attitude backed up with solid arguments.

The Faculty of Sociology has always been part of the global academic community, encouraging its staff to take part in international studies and to publish in renowned, peer reviewed journals. The Faculty actively collaborates with foreign research and teaching institutions, and maintains effective working relations with universities and institutions across EU countries. Moreover, our Faculty also undertakes efforts to obtain grants for research and teaching innovations, engaging students (doctoral and other) in that type of work.

We address the expectations of the broader community by reaching out to local governments, non governmental organisations, culture institutions, commercial research providers and varied communities of employers. We do so by participating in joint research projects, organising an extensive system of practical training and liaising with our graduates. Notably, the graduates of our Faculty do not only take up jobs on the market but also create new jobs by setting up research companies. Some also share their knowledge and expertise by teaching at our post-graduate programmes.