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PhD Programme in Sociology

Program Coordinator
dr hab. Adam Mrozowicki

Institute of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wroclaw, invites candidates to join its English language PhD Programme in Sociology. The programme duration is four years. It comprises of 430 hours (or up to 750 hours if teaching apprenticeship is included), 32 ECTS points. The director of the programme is Professor Marek Magdziak.

PhD studies graduate's profile description

A graduate of PhD programme in Sociology will possess advanced knowledge on contemporary processes of social and cultural changes that account for the character of social life. The graduate will be equipped with deepened knowledge on classical and recent sociology to be creatively and critically applied in his/her research activity. S(he) will know and will be able to apply in practice advanced methodologies of quantitative and qualitative empirical research.

Being able to critically analyse naturally occurring sources, being familiar with the latest relevant literature and capable of designing and conducting his/her own original research on an international scale, the graduate will find it easy to function in the European Research Area, including contribution to internationally recognised journals from JCR, applying for European grants dedicated to young researchers and participation in international scientific consortia.

What is noteworthy, and quite rare in the European PhD programmes dedicated for international students, the graduate of PhD studies in sociology will also have practical teaching experience, acquired thanks to obligatory didactic apprenticeship and supervision of the lessons conducted at the Institute of Sociology within the frames of the programme of MA studies "Sociology - Intercultural Mediation". It is going to be helpful at his/her applying successfully, after PhD dissertation defense, for research and teaching posts in Poland and abroad.

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. Also, teamwork experience obtained within research grants realised by the supervisors can be treated as added value of the programme.

Graduates' complex preparation for entering the labour market will not be limited to academic path only. Modules referring to research methodology, public presentation, preparation of scientific grants, etc. will make it possible for the programme's graduates to successfully look for posts in research and expert institutions in private and public sector.   

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).   

More information and courses description at: 

http://www.socjologia.uni.wroc.pl/Studies/PhD-in-Sociology    

The rules of recruitment:  

http://www.socjologia.uni.wroc.pl/Recruitment/PhD-in-Sociology-1 

1st  Year, 1st  Semester - obligatory courses

Course

Course type (obligatory/optional)

Form of assessment

Number of hours

ECTS

Doctoral seminar

Obligatory

 Final grade

15

1.5

Core concepts of contemporary sociology

Obligatory

Exam

30

1.5

Polish language

Obligatory

Final grade

30

2.5

 

SUM

75

5.5

 

1st Year, 2nd Semester -  obligatory courses

Course

Course type (obligatory/optional)

Form of assessment

Number of hours

ECTS

Doctoral seminar

Obligatory

 Final grade

15

1.5

Polish language

Obligatory

Exam

30

2.5

 

SUM

45

4.0

 

1st Year, 2nd Semester -  optional courses

It is required to choose one optional course.

Course

Course type (obligatory/optional)

Form of assessment

Number of hours

ECTS

Scientific writing

Optional

Final grade

30

2.0

Academic teaching

Optional

Final grade

30

2.0

 

SUM

30

2.0

 

1st Year, 1st and 2nd Semesters - obligatory courses

Course

Course type (obligatory/optional)

Form of assessment

Number of hours

ECTS

Academic teaching traineeship

Obligatory

Final credit

10-90

0.5

Health, safety and fire-fighting training - individual e-learning

 

 

Obligatory

Final credit

-

1.0

 

SUM

10-90

1.5

 

2nd Year, 3rd Semester - obligatory courses

Course

Course type (obligatory/optional)

Form of assessment

Number of hours

ECTS

Doctoral seminar

Obligatory

 Final grade

15

1.5

Advanced methods of sociological research 

 

Obligatory

Egzamin

/ Exam

 

30

1.5

 

 

SUM

45

3.0

 

2nd Year, 3rd Semester - optional courses

It is required to choose one optional course.

Course

Course type (obligatory/optional)

Form of assessment

Number of hours

ECTS

Sociological perspectives on globalization

Optional

Final grade

 

15

1.0

Sociological studies of civilisation

Optional

Final grade

15

1.0

Security studies

Optional

Final grade

15

1.0

 

SUM

15

1.0

 

 

2nd Year, 4th Semester - obligatory courses

Course

Course type (obligatory/optional)

Form of assessment

Number of hours

ECTS

Doctoral seminar

Obligatory

 Final grade

15

1.5

 

SUM

15

1.5

 

2nd Year, 4th Semester - optional courses

It is required to choose one of the optional course developing teaching competences (Find your voice OR Research and educational projects) and one of remaining optional courses (Sociological studies of collective memory OR Sociological concepts of contemporary social changes)

 

Course

Course type (obligatory/optional)

Form of assessment

Number of hours

ECTS

Find your voice. Giving presentations and public speaking

Optional

Final grade

 

15

1.0

Research and educational projects writing and management

Optional

Final grade

 

15

1.0

Sociological studies of collective memory

Optional

Final grade

 

15

1.0

Sociological concepts of contemporary social changes

Optional

Final grade

 

15

1.0

 

SUM

30

2.0

 

 

2nd Year, 3rd and 4th Semesters - obligatory courses

Course

Course type (obligatory/optional)

Form of assessment

Number of hours

ECTS

Academic teaching traineeship

Obligatory

Final grade

10-90

0.5

 

SUM

10-90

0.5

 

 

 

3rd Year, 5th Semester - obligatory courses

Course

Course type (obligatory/optional)

Form of assessment

Number of hours

ECTS

Doctoral seminar

Obligatory

 Final grade

15

1.5

 

SUM

15

1.5

 

 

3rd Year, 5th Semester - optional courses

It is required to choose between Ethics of scientific research and The protection of intellectual property rights, as well as between Social specifics of Central and Eastern Europe and New approaches to border and borderlands.

Course

Course type (obligatory/optional)

Form of assessment

Number of hours

ECTS

Ethics of scientific research

Optional

Final grade

 

15

1.0

The protection of intellectual property rights

Optional

Final grade

 

15

1.0

Social specifics of Central and Eastern Europe. Selected cases.

Optional

Final grade

 

15

1.0

New approaches to borders and borderlands

Optional

Final grade

 

15

1.0

 

SUM

30

2.0

 

3rd Year, 6th Semester - obligatory courses

Course

Course type (obligatory/optional)

Form of assessment

Number of hours

ECTS

Doctoral seminar

Obligatory

 Final grade

15

1.5

 

SUM

15

1.5

 

 

3rd Year, 6th Semester - optional courses

It is required to choose one monographic lecture (Culture and cultural diversity... OR Contemporary urban studies) and one additional optional course (Philosophy of science OR Sociology of knowledge)

Course

Course type (obligatory/optional)

Form of assessment

Number of hours

ECTS

Monographic lecture: Culture and cultural diversity in contemporary world

Optional

Final grade

15

1.0

Monographic lecture: Contemporary urban studies

Optional

Final grade

15

1.0

Philosophy of science

Optional

Final grade

 30

1.0 

Sociology of knowledge

Optional

Final grade

30

1.0

 

SUM

45

2.0

 

 

3rd Year, 5th and 6th semesters - obligatory courses

 

Course

Course type (obligatory/optional)

Form of assessment

Number of hours

ECTS

Academic teaching traineeship

Obligatory

Final grade

10-90

0.5

 

SUM

10-90

0.5

 

4th Year, 7th Semester - obligatory courses

Course

Course type (obligatory/optional)

Form of assessment

Number of hours

ECTS

Doctoral seminar

Obligatory

 Final grade

15

1.5

 

SUM

15

1.5

 

 

4th Year, 8th Semester

Course

Course type (obligatory/optional)

Form of assessment

Number of hours

ECTS

Doctoral seminar

Obligatory

 Final grade

15

1.5

 

SUM

15

1.5

 

4th Year, 7th and 8th Semesters

 

Course

Course type (obligatory/optional)

Form of assessment

Number of hours

ECTS

Academic teaching traineeship

Obligatory

Final grade

10-90

0.5

 

SUM

10-90

0.5

 

Total: min 430 godzin/hours (max.750)*, 32 ECTS.

* Depending on the number of hours within teaching practices per  year.