The Institute of Sociology, UwB was founded in the year 1998. It 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 entail 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 logics, IT and philosophy of science.
The studies are designed for students who want to widen 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 behaviour. 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.