Information about the Institute
The Institute for Social Prevention and Resocialisation at the University of Warsaw was established in the 1970s. Its founders, who came from the Faculty of Psychology and Pedagogy, the Faculty of Law, and the Faculty of Sociology, may be considered the pioneers of interdisciplinary approach in social sciences and of its application in research and teaching. Over the period of 35 years, the Institute has developed its own, unique standards of the education of specialists in the area of social prevention and resocialisation.
The Institute conducts scientific research on social problems and the ways of solving them. The results of the Institute’s scientific work and of its cooperation with foreign scientific centres and institutions solving social problems are reflected in the curriculum that is constantly enhanced and perfected with regard to the course content as well as the form of classes.
IPSiR UW offers programmes in the following specialisations:
- BA and MA programmes with the unique specialisation in social prevention and resocialisation
- BA progamme with the specialisation in social work
Courses in the specialisation of social prevention and resocialisation are offered to day, evening, and extramural students, while in the specialisation of social work – to day and extramural students.
The programmes with the specialisation in social prevention and resocialisation provide fundamental knowledge not only about the basic social problems (poverty, unemployment, addictions, and traditional crime) and new phenomena such as human trafficking, violence at school, organised crime, etc., but also about the ways of solving and preventing them or reducing their proportions. Additionally, students acquire the basic skills needed to design changes in a macro-social scale, in a local community and in the scale of an individual. Hence, the curriculum covers the issues of social policy, criminal policy, various forms of social control, social work and social care, sociotherapy and psychotherapy of problem behaviour, charity work, educational system and educational policy, etc. The curriculum is interdisciplinary, which makes it possible to educate highly qualified specialists for the state and non-governmental institutions that are responsible for diagnosing, responding to and dealing with social problems connected to social pathologies, such as crime, drug addiction, as well as the ones linked to social marginalisation that results from poverty, unemployment and homelessness.
The programme with the specialisation in social work meets the accepted educational standards for 3-year BA studies. It is focused on the acquisition of knowledge and skills needed to take on the role of a social worker. Graduate of this specialisation can continue their education in a 2-year MA programme at IPSiR (specialisation: social prevention and resocialisation) or at other Faculties.
IPSiR offers both theoretical and practical comprehensive and modern humanities education in the selected specialisation and course of studies.
Scientific and teaching staff
Studies are supported by highly competent scientific and teaching staff. The Institute’s staff includes specialists representing various social sciences (sociology, psychology, pedagogy) and legal sciences (criminology, penitentiary science, criminal law). In addition, the members of IPSiR’s scientific community have considerable hands-on experience and achievements in shaping Polish legal policies and acts of law, the premises of social policy, the policy of solving social and educational problems, 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 Institute’s studying environment
We provide a friendly and reasonably comfortable setting for studying. In a not-so-large group of students (approximately 1000 people) it is easy to establish relations with peers, contact the teachers directly, join scientific research and other projects carried out at the Institute, and work actively for the benefit of the student community. In addition, the IPSiR building provides the students with a computer laboratory, a library (with a small reading room) integrated with the University of Warsaw Library, and a cafeteria.