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MSASS Poland: Invisible Groups in a New Poland (SASS 375C/575)
Berlin, Germany; Poznan, Poland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Break
Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2016 12/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission 03/05/2016 03/13/2016
NOTE: All applications submitted after December 1 will be assessed a $100 processing fee.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
CWRU Short-Term Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Hotel
Minimum GPA: 2.0 Credit Type: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
Number of Credits: 3 Program Advisor: Mark Chupp, MSASS
Courses Offered: Applied Social Sciences Case Credit Type: Engineering Social Sciences Credit, Global and Diversity Credit, Social Work Minor
Deposit: $200
Total Program Cost:
Included in Program Cost: Admission fees, breakfasts, Flights, Housing, In-country transportation, lunch Not Included in Program Costs: Dinner, Passport Fees, Tuition, Vaccinations, Visa fees
Program Purpose: Study
Program Description:
Poznan, Poland
SASS 375/575 Poland: Invisible Groups in a New Poland
In-Country Dates: March 5-13, 2016
Pre and post trip seminars: January 23, February 20, & April 16 (Saturdays)
Approved for:
  • Global and Cultural Diversity Credit
  • Social Science credit for engineering students
  • Social Work Minor
  • Elective course
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Contact Nancy Issa for Financial Aid Eligibility for travel costs.
Course description:
This course is taught by Kathleen Farkas, PhD and Richard Romaniuk, PhD.
This course introduces students to Polish culture and Polish social policies and practices concerning disenfranchised, stigmatized and disempowered social groups. The course will encourage students to understand how Poland's recent political and economic transformations affect society in general, and some groups in particular. The course will focus on how Polish society addresses problems of poverty, homelessness, aging, domestic violence and mental health disorders. In cooperation with the Institute of Sociology at the University of Poznan, students and faculty will use frameworks such as multiculturalism, social integration, feminism and determinants of social exclusion to understand Polish policy responses to various social phenomena. Students will have opportunities to engage government officials, practicing social workers, and some of Poland's most prominent scholars in conversation. In addition to lectures and workshops, the trip includes guided tours of neighborhoods and social institutions. Cultural events and outings will provide additional insights into Polish society and the Polish people.

Poland, once a major European power from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea, was invaded in the eighteenth century by the Russian, Prussian, and Austrian empires. The country disappeared from the map of Europe.  Poznan, often called the first capital of Poland, became part of Prussia and later Germany. A center of Polish culture and national identity, Poznan is a dynamic city with a rich multicultural past.  Arriving in Berlin, we will travel to Poznan by train. Here are a few snapshots of the city we will be visiting:

Goal: Introduce students to Polish culture and social policies and practices concerning disenfranchised, stigmatized, and disempowered social groups. The course will encourage students to understand how Poland's recent political and economic transformation has affected society in general and, especially, marginalized groups. The course will focus on how Polish society addresses problems of poverty, homelessness, aging, domestic violence and mental health disorders.
Our program was designed with cooperation from the Institute of Sociology at the University of Poznan. See the following websites for more information:

Planned schedule – subject to change
Saturday  or Sunday-  Arrival in Berlin and train to Poznan in the evening
Sunday -  Poznan sightseeing and class orientation
Monday-Thursday -  Lectures and workshops in Department of Sociology. 
Institutions visits and presentation listed below.
Friday-Saturday - Sightseeing in Poznan and vicinity.
Lectures and Workshops
· Mobility: Social and Spatial Aspects of Mobility
Family and socio-cultural conditions of mental disorders – analysis from gender perspective
Research on homelessness as an example of social marginalization
Lecture and discussion on Poles and homosexuality, the evolution of attitudes
Cultural differences in communication
The main social problems in Poland
Social conditions of marginalization and exclusion in Poland
There will also be special workshops concerning substance abuse and mental health problems prepared by MSASS faculty and students especially for Polish students
Meetings and Visits in Social Work Institutions
· Catholic Center of Education and Dependency Treatment
Center for the Development of Children and Youth

· Social Emergency Service
· Social Action Center
Psychiatric Hospital
· Monar [NGO aiding the socially excluded, homeless, addicted]
Other Meetings and Visits
· Agnieszka Kozlowska-Rajewicz, member of the Sejm (Parliament) Commission on Social Affairs; member of Commission on Youth Affairs; and member of Commission on Health
Elzbieta Dybowska, coordinator of city program for substance abuse prevention
Vice-President of the City of Poznan
Dean of the Division of Social Sciences at Adam Mickiewicz University
Director of the Institute of Sociology
· Meeting with fellows of Lane Kirkland scholarship
In addition to a rich academic program, students will be able to attend different cultural events and will be meeting with many international students from the Lane Kirkland Foundation. Translators will also assist us during our time in Poland.