About the Institute

About the Institute

About the Institute

The Institute for Social Prevention and Resocialisation at the University of Warsaw was established in the 1970s. Its founders came from the Faculty of Psychology and Pedagogy, the Faculty of Law, and the Faculty of Sociology and may be considered today as the pioneers of interdisciplinary approach in social sciences and of their application in research and teaching. Over 35 years of existence, the Institute has developed its own, unique training standards for specialists in the field of social prevention and resocialisation.


The Institute’s research programme is focused on social problems and on how these are addressed. The Institute’s scientific efforts and the fruits of its cooperation with foreign research centres and institutions involved in solving social problems have been translated into the teaching curriculum that is constantly upgraded and enhanced, both in terms of its content and its form.

Study specialties

The IPSiR offers study programmes in the following specialties:

BA and MA degree with the unique-in-kind specialty in social prevention and resocialisation;
BA degree in social work and the unique MA degree in criminology.

Courses under the specialty of social prevention and resocialisation are offered to daily, evening, and extramural students, and those on social work and criminology are open to daily and extramural students.

Teaching programmes in social prevention and resocialisation provide fundamental knowledge about basic social problems (poverty, unemployment, addictions and traditional crime), about new issues such as trafficking in human beings, violence at school, organised crime, etc., and about methods used to solve and prevent them, and to reduce their scope. Additionally, students acquire basic skills needed to design changes at the macro-social scale, in local communities and in individual lives. Hence, the programme covers the issues of social policy, criminal policy, various forms of social control, social work and social care, sociotherapy and psychotherapy in problem behaviours, charity work, educational system or educational policy. Thanks to its interdisciplinary curriculum the Institute is able to train highly qualified specialists for public and non-governmental institutions responsible for diagnosing, responding to and dealing with social problems connected with social pathologies such as crime, drug addiction, as well as issues linked to social marginalisation caused by poverty, unemployment and homelessness.

The curriculum of the degree in social work meets the accepted educational standards for 3-year BA studies. It focuses on the acquisition of knowledge and skills needed to take on the role of a social worker. Graduates of this specialty can continue their education in a 2-year MA programme at IPSiR (specialty: social prevention and resocialisation) or at other faculties.

With its specialties and different modes of study, the IPSiR offers comprehensive and modern humanist education that is both theoretical and practical.

Research and teaching staff

Teaching is provided by highly qualified research and teaching staff. The Institute employs specialists who represent a variety of social sciences (sociology, psychology, pedagogy) and legal sciences (criminology, penitentiary science, criminal law). In addition, the members of the IPSiR’s research community have substantial hands-on experience and achievements in shaping Polish legal policies and acts of law, the fundamentals of social policy, the policy of managing social and educational problems and the system of prevention and resocialisation of the youth and adults. The Institute’s staff members serve as scientific advisers and conduct expert analyses for the Polish Parliament, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, and the Council of Europe.

The setting of study at the Institute

We provide a friendly and a reasonably comfortable setting for studying. In a relatively limited group of students (approximately 800 people) it is easy to socialize with peers, approach teachers, become involved in research and other projects carried out at the Institute, and work actively for the benefit of the student community. Moreover, the premises of IPSiR include a computer laboratory, a library integrated with the University of Warsaw Library (and with a small reading room) and a cafeteria.