MA Interdisciplinary Studies on Social Change: Mediterranean and Other European Borderlands


Area of Studies

social sciences



Degree (in English)


  • English
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Course Duration

2 years


Faculty of "Artes Liberales"

Tuition and Other Fees

3,300 PLN

Application Deadline(s)

from 06.06.2023 to 12.07.2023

Course Description

Course Profile

ISSC are studies offering broad understanding of sociocultural issues, describing problems and challenges faced by the modern world, in perspective of Poland, the borderland and the Mediterranean. Courses are conducted by scientists working at the „Artes Liberales” Faculty and at the Centre of Migration Research, who also carry out research in the areas of interest of ISSC studies.

Program combines the following elements:

extensive familiarity with books and research („the canon”) in the field of sociocultural sciences and critical thinking skills;

in-depth interdisciplinarity allowing to prepare for future academic career and operating in the highly competitive and dynamic labour market;

methodological discipline, regarding both quantitative and qualitative approach, as well as various research methods typical of cultural science , sociological science, political science, economy;

participation in the research process;

cultural awareness and language skills - compulsory linguistic-cultural module (languages: Italian, Spanish and English) is a significant component of the didactic offer.

Studies are highly individualized: students will be able to choose from among seminars, lectures and monographic discussion sessions, workshops and cultural-linguistic classes. This allows each student to create a different program, adjusted to individual needs and expectations. We provide three main thematic pathways and two linguistic pathways - Italian and Spanish.

Main themes of studies:

Subject matter: the issue of mobility / liquidity / variability and various dimensions of contemporary and future crises;

Pathway 1: country / sovereignty / institutions (a model of sovereign authority, national state, population managing, globalization, institutions);

Pathway 2: social change and identity (social movements, revolutions, wars, post-modern condition, post-colonialism, religion, liberalism / individualism);

Pathway 3: risks and crises (historical and contemporary crises, the idea and dimensions of risk, risks / crises) taking three perspectives into account:

a. methods (managing and authority relations),

b. institutions’ perspective and

c. individual perspective (e.g. of migrants or other mobile persons).

Other raised issues include for example: fluid life, security, risk, crisis, state of emergency, disaster; (illustrative subjects: climate catastrophe, mass global and local migrations, authority of science in the culture of post-truth, democracy quality, new social movements, hybrid wars, global threats to public health (pandemics), precarity, work automation, digitization, global economic crises, demographic aging, inequalities and social mobility); lessons from the past: ancient and modern standards of politics / society / entity, revolutions and social changes, role of knowledge and philosophy.

Education Requirements

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