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NOTE! JU Institute of Sociology conducts studies in Polish.

In our offer you will find many English-language courses that are part of the study programmes and those dedicated to Erasmus+ students, but to take up studies, you have to demonstrate knowledge of the Polish language.


Why is it worth studying social work at the Institute of Sociology?

  • The social work education program offered by the Institute of Sociology is embedded in the context of theory, research and practices undertaken from a sociological perspective - adopting this unique orientation enables a broad and multidimensional analysis of social life
  • We educate professionals - we grant the right to practice the profession of a social worker
  • We have over 30 years of experience in teaching social work: the program is a continuation of studies conducted for over a quarter of a century at the Jagiellonian University, with unique identity, traditions and personal resources in the whole country, factual and organizational
  • We provide interdisciplinary knowledge and skills at the highest level
  • We provide competences necessary in the modern world - the education profile has been adapted to the needs of the changing labor market, systemic changes introduced in the field of social welfare and the challenges of civilization that they must meet people who want to help professionally
  • We work with the method of social projects carrying out group projects for specific institutions
  • We develop international cooperation
  • We individualize professional traineeships and expand their possible scope and number of hours which is included in the Diploma Supplement
  • We support students in their scientific development
  • We provide regular supervision
  • We emphasize on relationship, dialogue, cooperation
  • The basic principle of teaching for us is awakening individual and social activity, showing creative research thought and developing the ability to implement knowledge
  • We prepare to independently solve problems related to social and professional activity, including the implementation of aid activities

Study program

The program consists of two modules for the theory of social work:

  1. The first discusses general issues of social problems related to their historical conditions and attempts to find solutions within the framework of social policy
  2. The second concerns analysis of the mechanisms of social exclusion and the theoretical foundations for various activities aimed at reducing it

The next three modules cover topics focused on:

  1. Legal basis of social assistance
  2. Research in social work
  3. Methods of social work

The next two modules focus on the research and application foundations of social work. They include seminar and optional courses as well as those focused on analyzing examples of possible apprenticeships in social work.

The program is complemented by language course, additional courses and 60 hours of study visits, 180 hours of professional traineeship and 30 hours of group supervision


How do we work?

The implementation of the study program is based on traditional teaching methods, as well as approaches specific to education in the field of social work:

  • Methodical camps enabling the acquisition of competences in the use of basic methods of social work: individual, family, group, environmental and in the form of a social projects
  • Social work supervision including traineeship carried out during studies
  • Involving experienced people in the teaching process - with specific development needs
  • Courses based on the analysis of the needs reported by students implemented in the form of open courses, co-designed by students under the scientific and didactic supervision of an academic teacher
  • Continuous evaluation of the program implementation process in the form of dedicated courses
  • Stimulating and developing of self-education complementary to the educational program

Where can graduates work?

The knowledge, skills and experience acquired during the studies enable graduates to undertake aid, promotional, educational, advisory and managerial activities in various sectors: private, local government, non-governmental.

Studying at the Institute of Sociology of the Jagiellonian University gives qualifications to practice as a social worker at:

  • social welfare centers,
  • care and education, socialization, rehabilitation centers,
  • labor market institutions,
  • nursing homes,
  • addiction therapy centers,
  • integration and reintegration centers.

Graduates can also find employment:

  • in observatories of local and regional social policy,
  • in social companies,
  • as part of their own business, they can offer services on the market in the field of analyzing the processes of social phenomena in the field, personal support and development, and providing social e-work.

Cooperating institutions

In the implementation of social projects as part of the studies we cooperate, among others, with:

  • Centrum Profilaktyki i Edukacji Społecznej PARASOL - Center for Prevention and Social Education PARASOL
  • Małopolski Instytut Kultury - Malopolska Institute of Culture
  • Miejski Dzienny Dom Pomocy Społecznej w Krakowie - Municipal Daily Nursing Home in Krakow
  • Miejski Ośrodek Pomocy Społecznej - Municipal Social Welfare Center
  • Stowarzyszenie MONAR (Poradnia Profilaktyki, Leczenia i Terapii Uzależnień w Krakowie) - MONAR Association
  • Stowarzyszenie Rodzin Adopcyjnych i Zastępczych PRO FAMILIA - Association of Adoption and Foster Families PRO FAMILIA
  • Stowarzyszenie „Senior Na Czasie" w Tarnowie - "Senior On Time" Association in Tarnów
  • Stowarzyszenie SIEMACHA - SIEMACHA Association

The study program received a positive opinion from, among others by the following institutions:

  • Stowarzyszenie MONAR (Poradnia Profilaktyki, Leczenia i Terapii Uzależnień w Krakowie) - MONAR Association
  • Poradnia Psychologiczno-Pedagogiczna (Sanok) - Psychological and Pedagogical Counseling Center in Sanok
  • Centrum Profilaktyki i Edukacji Społecznej PARASOL - Center for Prevention and Social Education PARASOL
  • Dom Pomocy Społecznej (Kraków, ul. Praska 25) - Social Welfare Home (25 Praska Street in Kraków)
  • Fundacja na rzecz Kobiet JA KOBIETA (Warszawa) - Foundation for Women JA KOBIETA in Warsaw
  • Stowarzyszenie SIEMACHA - SIEMACHA Association
  • Bródnowskie Stowarzyszenie Przyjaciół i Rodzin Osób z Zaburzeniami Psychicznymi POMOST (Warszawa) - Bródno Association of Friends and Families of People with Mental Disorders POMOST (Warsaw)
  • Szpital Kliniczny im. Dr. Józefa Babińskiego SPZOZ w Krakowie - Józef Babinski Clinical Hospital in Kraków