The Institute of Political Science of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University (UKSW) was established in the year 1999. However, the history of the Institute goes back to the existence of the Warsaw Theological Academy where „political science” appeared as a specialization under different names. At first it was the Catholic Social Teaching (1982), afterwards the Christian Social Sciences (1991), then the Political and Social Sciences specialization (1993) and, finally, Political Science (1999).
It is arguably an undoubted achievement to have transformed, within a decade, from a Catholic Social Teaching specialization into a Political Science Institute, which proposes courses that meet all required science and education standards. The Institute of Political Science is currently a highly valued scientific institution in Poland. It is recognized, in the country and abroad, particularly through research on the cultural basis of politics, relations at the interface of politics-religion, as well as research on the political and cultural processes in Central and Eastern Europe. Thanks to contacts and engagement of its employees, researchers, and professors, the Institute enjoys an international reputation in polish and foreign scientific and non-scientific environments (political and religious). UKSW Institute of Political Science is one of the youngest Polish units of political science, but at the same time is considered to be one of the most dynamic and innovative.
The creator and founder of the Institute is an outstanding Polish theologian and political scientist, Rev. Prof. Dr Helmut Juros (former Rector of Warsaw Theological Academy), who led the Institute until 2005. From 2005-2008, the Institute was directed by Rev. Prof. Dr Piotr Mazurkiewicz; from 2008 until 2012 by Prof. Dr Aniela Dylus, and since 2012 the duties of director are performed by Prof. UKSW Radosław Zenderowski.
The Institute of Political Science is the second largest institute of the Faculty of History and Social Sciences and one of the largest at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University. The organizational structure of the Institute consists of departments, offices, and sections representing different subject areas, subdisciplines, within political science. Departments and offices conduct their research in the framework of thematic seminars, as well as in the area of special interests of our academic researchers. Sections (groups which associate with our academic researchers from various departments) concentrate their work on chosen and specified issues.
When compared to other centers of political science in Poland, our Institute differs in several fields: firstly by its “youth”, secondly by its specific research concentrations related primarily to the so-called “soft political science” (which focus on political idea, political philosophy, axiology of politics, and political ethics), and lastly by its very dynamic scientific team composed of national and international researchers.
Our academic staff are members of many scientific organizations and associations such as scientific committees of the Polish Academy of Sciences (e.g., Committee on Political Sciences and Committee on Ethics in Science). The staff are members of scientific boards of various research centers (including the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences) and boards of prestigious scientific academic journals. They also belong to international scientific associations, such as the International Political Science Association, European Society for Research in Ethics Societas Ethica, Görres-Gesellschaft, Vereinigung für katholische Sozialethik in Mitteleuropa, European Society of Catholic Theology, British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies, European Association for Population Studies, as well as national scientific associations such as: the Polish Political Science Association, Polish Sociological Association, Polish Association for Business Ethics (EBEN Poland) and many others.
The Institute of Political Science educates more than 1,300 students. They study Political Science in several different specializations on all three degrees of higher education compliant with the Bologna system, European Studies (I and II degrees) and Internal Security (I degree). Studies are carried out in a full and part-time system. The high level of teaching at the Institute is confirmed by quality certifications (verified by the State Accreditation Committee and University Accreditation Commission), the right to confer doctoral degrees in Political Science, received by the Institute in 2008, as well as by numerous awards in national competitions for the best doctoral, master, and bachelor theses won by our students. Several doctoral theses have won prestigious prizes awarded by the Polish Political Science Association and the President of the Republic of Poland. Many master theses of our graduates have received the prizes of Minister of Foreign Affairs (I and II place and several distinctions), the Institute of Labour and Social Studies (I and III place), and the Conference of Financial Companies in Poland “Verba Veritatis”.
The involvement of our students in both scientific and non-scientific areas of life is certainly noteworthy. In recent years, tens of our students have received scholarships from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, which have helped them in their further scientific development. Also in recent years, the number of students attending foreign universities in the framework of exchange program, such as Socrates / Erasmus and Central European Exchange Program for University Studies (CEEPUS), has significantly increased.
Graduates of our Institute find employment in public and local administration, media, and political institutions, as well as in prestigious think-tanks. Among our graduates are government spokespersons (of the Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz and Donald Tusk governments), members of Parliament, well-known Polish journalists of national and regional media, and presidents of cities and starosts. One of the graduates of our Institute is, among others, the Olympic champion from Beijing, Tomasz Majewski. Many of our students maintain contact with each other and with the university even long after graduation.
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