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PhD Programme in Political Science

Program Coordinator
Dr Piotr Sula

Institute of Political Science at the University of Wroclaw invites candidates to join its English language PhD Programme in Political Science. The four-year programme comprises of 430 hours (or up to 750 hours if teching apprenticeship is included), 32 ECTS points. The director of programme is Prof. Marek Magdziak. The detailed programme is available here 

Contact: Dr Piotr Sula, Vice Director of the Institute of Political Science for Research and International Cooperation 

PhD studies graduate's profile description

The graduate of PhD programme in Political Science will be capable of distinguishing certain definitions and approaches to politics in the case of the local, regional, national, European and international domains in a comprehensive and enhanced manner. He/she will be able to demonstrate enhanced and advanced knowledge considering political theory and methodology in the domains of political science, public policy, international relations and European studies.

The graduate will be able to demonstrate an enhanced and advanced knowledge considering a variety of political processes and actions undertaken by decision makers; will be capable of identifying and defining certain concepts (legal, ideological, ethical, religious) that have impact on certain processes and political decisions; will be capable of identifying and providing an in-depth explanation of the surrounding environment (social, cultural, demographic and economic) in which phenomenon occur in the local, regional, national, European and international domains.

The programme will develop student’s research skills as introducing viable research questions and applying an adequate methodology to solve them, critical assessing of the source material, formulating, proving and verifying hypothesis and other outcomes of conducted research, distinguishing the links between the aforementioned phenomenon and apply existing theories and paradigms in the research process, presenting both verbally and in written form the result of the conducted research and apply a proper terminology and language.

The programme features also Polish language classes, which will shape the graduate's profile, since this competence is going to make it possible for the programme's participants to join the Polish scientific teams. Students will get the opportunity to contribute to two journals published by the Institute: Polish Political Science Review (in English) and Wrocławskie Studia Politologiczne (in Polish).

Besides this academic path, the graduate will have also the opportunity to prepare oneself to enter the labour market by participating in the modules referring to public speaking and presentations, research and education projects management, international and intercultural communication, scientific research methodologies and ethics, etc.

Apprenticeship-scope and regulations

Didactic apprenticeship consists in one's individual conducting classes or, if approved of by the Head of PhD Studies, in participation in classes conducted by academic staff. The apprenticeship includes from 10 to 90 hours per academic year (40-360 hours over four-year studies).   

SEMESTER 1

COURSE

COURSE TYPE (OBLIGATORY /OPTIONAL)

FORM OF ASSESSMENT

NUMBER OF HOURS

ECTS

Doctoral seminar

obligatory

final grade

15

1.5

Theory of Politics and International Relations

obligatory

exam

30

1.5

Polish language

obligatory

final grade

30

2.5

 

TOTAL

75

5.5

SEMESTER 2

COURSE

COURSE TYPE (OBLIGATORY /OPTIONAL)

FORM OF ASSESSMENT

NUMBER OF HOURS

ECTS

Doctoral seminar

obligatory

final grade

15

1.5

Scientific writing

or

Academic teaching

Optional

final grade

30

2.0

Polish language

obligatory

exam

30

2.5

 

TOTAL

75

6.0

SEMESTER 1 and 2

COURSE

COURSE TYPE (OBLIGATORY /OPTIONAL)

FORM OF ASSESSMENT

NUMBER OF HOURS

ECTS

Academic teaching traineeship

obligatory

Final credit

10-90

0.5

Health, security, fire-fighting training - individual e-learning

 

obligatory

Final credit

0

1.0

 

TOTAL

10-90

1.5

SEMESTER 3

COURSE

COURSE TYPE (OBLIGATORY /OPTIONAL)

FORM OF ASSESSMENT

NUMBER OF HOURS

ECTS

Doctoral seminar

obligatory

final grade

15

1.5

Political Science Research Methods

obligatory

exam

30

1.5

Optional Courses:

 

Comparative Politics

or

New Media and International Relations

or

Contemporary European Studies: Methodological Approaches

optional

final grade

15

1.0

 

TOTAL

60

4.0

SEMESTER 4

COURSE

COURSE TYPE (OBLIGATORY /OPTIONAL)

FORM OF ASSESSMENT

NUMBER OF HOURS

ECTS

Doctoral seminar

obligatory

final grade

15

1.5

Optional course developing teaching competences:

Find your voice. Giving presentations and public speaking

or

Research and educational projects writing and management

 

optional

final grade

15

1.0

Optional Courses:

Political Communication

or

Global economy

or

European system of governance

Or

Contemporary debates in Political Philosophy

optional

final grade

15

1.0

 

TOTAL

45

3.5

SEMESTER 3 and 4

COURSE

COURSE TYPE (OBLIGATORY /OPTIONAL)

FORM OF ASSESSMENT

NUMBER OF HOURS

ECTS

Academic teaching traineeship

obligatory

final credit

10-90

0.5

 

TOTAL

10-90

0.5

SEMESTER 5

COURSE

COURSE TYPE (OBLIGATORY /OPTIONAL)

FORM OF ASSESSMENT

NUMBER OF HOURS

ECTS

Doctoral seminar

obligatory

final grade

15

1.5

Optional Courses:

Ethics of scientific research

or

The protection of intellectual property rights

optional

final grade

15

1.0

Optional Courses:

Political economy of Sub-Saharan Africa

or

Political parties and interest groups

or

European Identities

optional

final grade

15

1.0

 

TOTAL

45

3.5

SEMESTER 6

COURSE

COURSE TYPE (OBLIGATORY /OPTIONAL)

FORM OF ASSESSMENT

NUMBER OF HOURS

ECTS

Doctoral seminar

obligatory

final grade

15

1.5

Monographic lecture

 

International and intercultural communication

or

Local government in comparative perspective

or

European Union Policies

optional

final grade

15

1.0

Optional courses:

Philosophy of science

or

Sociology of knowledge

optional

final grade

30

1.0

 

TOTAL

60

3.5

SEMESTER 5 and 6

COURSE

COURSE TYPE (OBLIGATORY /OPTIONAL)

FORM OF ASSESSMENT

NUMBER OF HOURS

ECTS

Academic teaching traineeship

obligatory

final credit

10-90

0.5

 

TOTAL

10-90

0.5

SEMESTER 7

COURSE

COURSE TYPE (OBLIGATORY /OPTIONAL)

FORM OF ASSESSMENT

NUMBER OF HOURS

ECTS

Doctoral seminar

obligatory

final grade

15

1.5

 

TOTAL

15

1.5

SEMESTER 8

COURSE

COURSE TYPE (OBLIGATORY /OPTIONAL)

FORM OF ASSESSMENT

NUMBER OF HOURS

ECTS

Doctoral seminar

obligatory

final grade

15

1.5

 

TOTAL

15

1.5

SEMESTER 7 and 8

COURSE

COURSE TYPE (OBLIGATORY /OPTIONAL)

FORM OF ASSESSMENT

NUMBER OF HOURS

ECTS

Academic teaching traineeship

obligatory

final credit

10-90

0.5

 

TOTAL

10-90

0.5

 

Totat: 430 hours (minimal number) - 750 (max.), 32 ECTS.