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Undergraduate Programme in Political Science



Address
Nowy Swiat 67, 00-927 Warsaw, Poland (Institute of Political Science); Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28, room 127, 00-927 Warsaw, Poland (administration of studies in English)

Telephone
+48 22 826 54 28 (Institute of Political Science);
+48 22 55 22 969 (administration of all studies in English)

Facsimile
+48 826 77 70 (Institute of Political Science)

E-mail address
graduate.politicalscience(at)uw.edu.pl - (administration of studies)
inp(at)uw.edu.pl



Type of course
First-cycle full-time studies

Language of tuition
English

Length of course
3 years (6 semesters)

Date of commencement
The Winter semester begins on 1 October and extends until the end of January, with the Christmas and New Year break. The Summer semester begins in mid-February, after the semester break, and extends until the last week of June, with a short break for Easter holidays. There is also an additional exam session in September – after the long summer holidays (July-August).

Class size
The maximum number of students who can study within the Programme is 20, but the class size is usually about 15.

Cost/fees
Tuition fees cover the cost of participation in the program and have been set for the academic year 2018/2019 at 1,500 euros per semester. Students from outside the EU/EFTA area should pay additional single fee which amounts to 200 euros.

Accommodation
The Institute of Political Science has to its disposal about 10-15 rooms in student dormitories for students studying within the Programme. There are in Warsaw also a lot of opportunities to rent a flat.

Major recruiters of graduates of our programmes
Many different job opportunities are available for graduates of the Programme. Political parties and state institutions, local governments and schools of higher education, banks and offices, companies and media, the diplomatic service and international organisations all require employees with Political Science diploma.

Exchange partner schools
Institute of Political Science co-operates with many foreign universities. Within the Erasmus Program it has signed agreements with about 50 universities from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom (selected students of the Undergraduate Programme in Political Science can study one semester at one of these universities).

Student profile
1. Ratio of National / Overseas students - Candidates are first of all foreign students from outside the EU/EFTA area. However, the exact number of students from EU/non-EU countries depends on a year of studies.
2. Ratio of Men / Women - The number of male and female candidates are similar (however, it depends on a year of studies).
3. Age - from 19 to 45. Our students are the multicultural group from different countries and continents.

Admission requirements
See opposite

Head of Course
Professor Adam Szymanski, Institute of Political Science, University of Warsaw
ar.szymanski(at)uw.edu.pl

Contact details for application
Ms Aneta Rachwal
E-mail address: graduate.politicalscience(at)uw.edu.pl



University of Warsaw
Institute of Political Science

Undergraduate Programme in Political Science


Undergraduate Programme in Political Science is addressed primarily to the high school graduates. The Programme is fee-paying. The language is English.

The courses within the studies are both theoretical (aimed at developing the theoretical knowledge of political science issues) and practical, including courses preparing students to do research. The Programme consists of obligatory and optional courses (the latter enables students to develop their individual path of studies). The particular emphasis is placed on issues concerning the European integration, Poland and Central and Eastern Europe as well as globalization.

Our students apart from regular courses take part actively in the academic life, participating in different political science associations; conferences, debates and lectures of distinguished guests from all over the world invited often by our university as well as social events. Thanks to knowledge and skills developed during our studies they can win scholarships and awards within different competitions, e.g. for the best foreign students in Poland.

Graduates of Undergraduate Programme in Political Science will acquire the intellectual qualifications necessary for analysing political problems from an international perspective. Thanks to skill building activities provided during courses, they will be well trained in the art of communication, negotiation and persuasion. In order to receive a Bachelor's degree, the graduates will be required to write the BA thesis and pass the examination.








 

 

FIRST YEAR

Semester I

Subject

Lecture

Classes

Tutorial

Form of completion

ECTS

Introduction to Political Science

30 h

30 h

 

Exam

6

Research Methodology I

 

30 h

 

Credit/grade

4

Political Economy

30 h

Exam

4

Introduction to Sociology

30 h

 

Exam

4

European Integration – Theory and Empirical Studies

15 h

15 h

 

Credit/grade

4

Politics in Central and Eastern EuropeTheory and Research

 

30 h 

Exam

5

Foreign Language

 

 

60 h

 

2

BHP (Health and Safety course)

Internet course

Credit

0,5

Protection of Intelectual Property

Lecture (3 hours)

Credit

0,5

Sport course

 

30 h

 

Credit

             Total (per semester): 300 hours, 30 ECTS

Semester II

Subject

Lecture

Classes

Tutorial

Form of completion

ECTS

Introduction to Political Theory  

 30 h

Credit/grade

5

EU Political System 

 

 30 h

Credit/grade

5

Global Studies – Theory and Empirical Studies

30 h

 30 h

 

Exam

7

Contemporary Political Systems – Theory and Empirical Studies

30 h

30 h

Exam

7

Foreign Language

 

 

60 h

Credit/grade

2

Research Methodology II

 

30 h

 

Credit/grade

4

Sport course

 

30 h

 

Credit

                Total (per semester): 300 hours, 30 ECTS

SECOND YEAR

Semester III

Subject

Lecture

Classes

Tutorial

Form of completion

ECTS

Contemporary Political Movements

30 h

 

Credit/grade

4

Dynamics of Party System

30 h

15 h

 

Credit/grade

6

1) Political Systems in Central and Eastern Europe  or

2) Economic and Energy Policy in Central and Eastern Europe

 

30 h 

Credit/grade

5

1)Contemporary Polish Political History  or

2) Political System of Poland

 

 

30 h

Credit/grade

5

Optional course

 

 

Credit/grade

4

Optional course

 

 

Credit/grade

4

Foreign Language

 

 

60 h

Credit/grade

2

Sport course

 

30 h

 

Credit

                  Total (per semester): 225 hours (without optional courses), 30 ECTS

Semester IV

Subject

Lecture

Classes

Tutorial

Form of completion

ECTS

Social Psychology

30 h 

Credit/grade

4

Political Philosophy

15 h

15 h

 

Exam

6

1) Foreign and Security Policy in Central and Eastern Europe

2) Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU

 

 

30 h

Credit/grade

4

Foreign Language

 

 

 

Credit/grade

2

Foreign Language Exam

 

 

 

Exam

2

1) Process of Globalization or

2) Transnational Conflicts

 

 

30 h

Credit/grade

4

Optional course

 

 

Credit/grade

4

Optional course

 

 

Credit/grade

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total (per semester): 180 hours (without optional courses), 30 ECTS

THIRD YEAR

Semester V

Subject

Lecture

Classes

Tutorial

Form of completion

ECTS

Democracy: Theory and Practice

 

 

30 h

Exam

7

1)    Middle Eastern Politics and Societies  or

2)    Central Asian Politics and Society

 

30 h

         Exam

5

Political Analysis

 

30 h

 

Credit/grade

4

General Univ. Subject

 

 

Credit/grade

3

General Univ. Subject

 

 

Credit/grade

3

Diploma Seminar I

 

30 h

 

Credit

6

                      Total (per semester): 120 hours (without the general univ. subjects), 30 ECTS.

                      

 

Semester VI

Subject

Lecture

Classes

Tutorial

Form of completion

ECTS

Central Asian Politics and Societies

30 h

 15 h

 

Exam

7

 

Political Rhetoric

 

30 h 

Credit/grade

6

General Univ. Subject

 

 

Credit/grade

3

Diploma Seminar II

 

30 h

 

Exam

10

                   Total (per semester): 105 hours (without general univ. subjects), 30 ECTS  

 

Overall number: 1230 hours (without general univ. courses and optional courses) and 180 ECTS.




Admission Requirements


Any person who completed a secondary school in Poland or in another country is eligible for admission. The programme language is English; therefore, a candidate should speak English fluently enough to be able to study in this language.

Candidates will be admitted on the basis of the submission of the required documents.

1. A secondary school leaving certificate or an IB Diploma (a copy certified by the University of Warsaw) and, in the case of foreign certificates:

• legalisation or an apostille, if the document was issued by an educational institution of a country that is a party to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Journal of Laws of 2005, No. 112, items 938 and 939)

• a sworn translation of the certificate into Polish (if it was made in a foreign language); in exceptional cases, the certificate in English or its sworn translation into English may be accepted a confirmation from the high school or any other educational institution in the given country that the high school diploma gives full rights to apply for BA studies in the country of issuing the diploma.

2. An application for admission printed out from the Internet Candidate Registration system

3. An application for an Electronic Student ID Card printed out from the Internet Candidate Registration system together with the application for admission (after the student’s photograph has been uploaded to the system)

4. A copy of the ID used to register in the Internet Candidate Registration system

5. A written pledge to pay tuition fees regularly

6. A payment receipt for the administrative fee, if the payment was made abroad (after the registration)

7. A medical certificate stating no contraindications for undertaking studies, provided with a translation, if it was issued in a language other than Polish (applies to foreign nationals)

8. A photocopy of a residence permit in Poland (applies to foreign nationals)

9. Certificate confirming the knowledge of English or any other equivalent document in accordance with the Regulation of the Minister of Science and Higher Education of 12 October 2006 . On taking by foreigners study and training , and their participation in research and development work , as amended.

When the number of candidates is greater than the limit of places candidates will be qualified based on the average ratings of all the subjects to be taken at the high school. On the basis of the scores obtained by the candidates the recruitment commission creates a ranking list by descending order of the number of points obtained. The list determines the order accepting candidates within the limit of seats. The final result is the number of points in the range of 0 to 100.

Candidates should also register on-line (https://irk.uw.edu.pl/?change_lang=en), fill in an application form and pay a non-refundable application fee (80 PLN). See more: http://rekrutacja.uw.edu.pl/en/index.php/application-and-tuition-fees/


About the Institute of Political Science

Institute of Political Science at University of Warsaw was founded in 1967 - initially as a part of the Philosophy Faculty.

Currently, the Institute operates in the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies. The Institute is the oldest, largest and - for several years - has been rated the best of all political science centres in Poland. The Institute of Political Science provides teaching and research of the highest standard. It has undergone voluntary academic audit procedures and has received the Teaching Quality Certificate from the University Accreditation Committee - with distinction. This enabled the Institute to receive the pro-qualitative financial support from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education given only to the best Faculties in Poland.

The teaching includes political science studies in the following programs: BA and Master's degree studies (both in Polish and English), different postgraduate studies in Polish and doctoral studies (in Polish and English). Moreover, the Institute offers BA and Master's degree studies in Internal Security (Polish and English). We have also the agreement with the University in Konstanz (Germany) on the double MA diploma. The Institute employs over 80 academic staff.

Several factors contribute to the high level of teaching, among which is the location of the Institute in Poland's capital, its tradition, experience and prestige. The Institute readily adapts to the changing world modifying existing curricula and embracing new teaching methods. Political Science has become one of the most popular subject areas, providing qualifications and expertise from the pursuance of various careers in the public sphere.

Many different job opportunities are available for Political Science graduates. Political parties and state institutions, local governments and schools of higher education, banks and offices, companies and media, the diplomatic service and international organizations all require employees with political science diplomas. Understanding problems of the world we live in gives the graduates a head start in today's competitive labor market and makes them capable of meeting the demands of every employer in Poland and abroad.