Research seminar: Social change, tranformation, transition

dr hab. Marcelina Zuber
Number of hours: 
2h X 15 weeks = 30 hours (1 semester)

This seminar aims at presenting the processes that have occurred in Poland after the year 1989 as the example of transformation.
Its goal is to present the most important dimensions of transformation of the contemporary Polish society and to show the relevant social factors responsible for creation of the specific attitudes towards particular changes. It is based on some relevant resources concerning theoretical approaches to transformation processes and on the most recent empirical material presenting the dynamics of attitudes of the Polish society towards particular examples of change.
It will give students the knowledge of basic transformation processes in the post-socialist society. It will help them develop abilities to use various sociological empirical material ( e.g. public opinion studies reports and other secondary data) and acquire sociological imagination necessary to understand mechanisms of social change


1. Assessment of individual student's preparation for the seminar and participation in the discussions during the seminar (knowledge based on pre-reading, interpretation capabilities, competences for finding and using new concepts and data, capacities of critical assessment of other students' work)
2. Assessment of an oral presentation (15/20 minutes) on the subject related to the themes of the module based on individually selected data and additional readings.
3. Assessment of individual student's research paper based the knowledge presented during the seminar and on the resources located by the student


1.   Social change, attitudes towards  social change, theoretical approaches to social  change.

2. Structural change - examples and  basic theoretical perspectives on structural change. Structural transformation  in Poland. 

3. Dimensions of  social structure in contemporary Poland.

4.Transformation of various  dimensions of social structure in  contemporary Poland

5. Culture - basic dimensions. Is  contemporary Poland  mono-cultural?

6. Dominant culture  vs. alternative cultures  and subcultures in  contemporary Poland

7. The problem of „them" and „us".  Cultural diversity  in contemporary Poland. Is Polish
     society  open and tolerant?      

8. Problems of gender and  age in  contemporary Poland.

9. The role of family in contemporary Poland.

10. Young people in Poland: new challenges and new perspectives.

11. The role of mass media in  contemporary Poland. Mass media and mass

12. Religion and religious institutions in  contemporary Poland.

13. Poland in the globalising world. 

14. Entering the EU - the challenge or threat to Poles ?