The Institute of Political Science and Public Administration is an academic structure, within the University of Opole. The Institute began its activity in 1968, as the Department of Social and Political Science. In 1974 the Department was transformed into the Institute of Social and Political Sciences, and in 2018 renamed into Institute of Political Science and Public Administration
Institute offers study programs in Polish and English language:
– undergraduate degree in Political Science, International Relations, Journalism and Social Communication, Public Relations, Public Administration, Global Studies (EN)
– MA degree in Political Science, International Relations, Public Relations, European Studies (EN)
– Ph.D. degree in Political Science in PL and EN
From 2021, Institute has the right to give the degree of habilitation in Political Science.
The programs held in English are made in international cooperation: BA in Global Studies was created as a result of the FORTHEM Alliance project, associating teachers from 9 European universities. The MA in European Studies, called Europa Master, is a trilateral study program, made with the University in Mainz (Germany) and the University of Burgundy (France).
The unit, which is responsible for admission and studying at the BA and MA levels is the Faculty of Political Science and Social Communication.
The unit, which is responsible for admission and studying at the Ph.D. studies, is the Doctoral School of the University of Opole.
The Institute conducts scientific research within the Departments of:
– Department of Regional Studies
– Department of International Relations
– Department of Political and Administrative Systems
– Department of Journalism and Social Communication
– Department of European Studies
– Department of Political Theory and Political Thought
– Department of Public Governance and Public Policy.
The Institute is a member of international academic networks:
– Forthem Alliance: established in 2019, an Alliance of 9 European universities from Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Romania, and Spain. Our Institute employees are involved in the project management, and the research, under the „Experiencing Europe” research lab.
– „Border and Regional Studies”: an academic network of 17 universities from Central Europe, established in 2021, within the CEEPUS initiative. Our Institute is the coordinator of the network.
– Borders, Human-to-Military Security Database: a network of universities and NGOs from Canada (leader), France, Germany, Hungary, Northern Ireland, and Poland, established in 2020, within the framework of the Jean Monnet Network program.
Wojciech Opioła & Hynek Bohm: Euroregions as political actors: managing border policies in the time of Covid-19 in Polish borderlands, “Territory, Politics & Governance” 2022 (IF: 4,580)
Rafał Riedel: Tri-Marium as the ’emancipation’ of Last-Central Europe: framing European counter-narratives in Poland, “Journal of Contemporary European Studies” 2022 (IF: 1,667)
Sabina Baraniewicz-Kotasińska: The Scandinavian Third Way as a Proposal for Sustainable Smart City Development-A Case Study of Aarhus City, “Sustainability” 2022 (IF: 3,473)
Hynek Bohm: New re-bordering left them alone and neglected: Czech cross-border commuters in German-Czech borderland, “European Societies” 2022 (IF: 2,418)
Marek Mazurkiewicz: Non-competitive Elections at the Local Level and the Incumbency Advantage of Mayors – Research Experiences from Poland, “Lex-Localis” 2021 (IF: 0,702)
Forthem is an Alliance of 9 universities from Spain, Finland, France, Latvia, Germany, Norway, Romania and Italy, under which the University of Opole has the possibility of educational, scientific and organizational development. The basis for the agreement under the European Commission program was the cooperation of the UO with the University of Dijon and the University of Mainz. The employees of the Institute of Political Sciences and Administration play an important role in developing the project at all levels. More >>>
Faculty of Political Sciences and Social Communication
is one of the most dynamic organizational units at the University of Opole. Our students have the opportunity from 2007 to study in a new didactic facility located in the center of the university campus. It houses 22 modern classrooms, a multimedia room, a library, a computer lab and rooms for research institutes.
In the teaching process, we attach great importance to learning foreign languages - classes in some subjects are conducted in English and German. We organize study trips to e.g. NATO Headquarters, the Council of the European Union, the European Commission, the European Parliament and other EU institutions in Brussels.
We have an interesting offer of student internships and trips to semester studies abroad under the Socrates-Erasmus program. This academic year our students study at universities in Turkey, Germany and the Czech Republic. We support young scientists. Many of our employees are also our graduates.