The Institute of Sociology, UwB, was founded in the year 1998. Its current educational activity includes full-time undergraduate (1st cycle/Bachelor) and graduate (2nd cycle/Master) studies. It also offers PhD (3rd cycle) studies which are tailored for graduates in the humanities.
The scope of research conducted by the academic staff of the Institute includes transformations of the contemporary Polish society – in the broad sense of the term, with a focus on the systemic change, intercultural dialogue, cultural aspects of the social structure and new social divisions. Other research fields include processes of social integration, global culture and the new media. A special place in the academic activity is dedicated to the domain of borderland and multicultural studies which correspond with the cultural characteristics of the region.
There is a large number of philosophers working in the Institute who concentrate their academic activity on issues related to contemporary, social and political philosophy as well as philosophy of mind and cognitive studies. What is more, the activity of the Institute encompasses potent fields of research in logic, IT and philosophy of science.
The studies are designed for students who want to expand their horizons, explore the fundamentals of interpersonal relations, develop their communication skills and competence in methodology, scrutinize the rules of psychology and social philosophy as well as collective and institutional behavior. Students will also acquire practical skills during their undergraduate studies thanks to practical modules and – in the course of graduate studies – thanks to specializations and internships.
In 2015, the Institute of Sociology started a new interdisciplinary Bachelor’s program in cognitive science and communication, and, in 2016, it changed its name to the Institute of Sociology and Cognitive Science.
The cognitive science and communication program offers courses in cognitive science with an emphasis on the social aspects of cognition and communication. Cognitive science, an interdisciplinary field focused on mental and cognitive processes, investigates questions such as: What is cognition? What is its purpose? How does it work?, and studies natural and artificial cognitive systems – not only people and other animals, but also electronic devices designed to process information and enhance natural cognitive processes.
The cognitive science and communication program draws on the latest stage of development of cognitive science. On the one hand, it stresses the impact of socio-cultural factors on research into cognition and communication, while, on the other, it treats the basic social units as cognitive systems that interact and communicate with each other using a wide range of information channels and cultural codes.
In cognitive science and communication, the main focus is man, understood as a social being, a cognitive system and, at the same time, a subject of cultural and communicative behaviors that employs a variety of cognitive tools, including advanced information technologies.