Institute for the Study of Religions in Krakow

Established in 1974, the Institute for the Study of Religions Studies is the oldest academic institution in Poland offering complete degree programmes in religious studies, and the country's leading research unit on the religions of the world.
Spread across seven departments and one laboratory, the academic staff of the Institute conduct research in all sub-disciplines of religious studies (history, anthropology, phenomenology, psychology and sociology of religion).

This year we are the celebrating the Institute's 40th year.

The Institute works together with many universities and research facilities from EU countries, the USA and Eastern Europe. We organise international conferences, symposiums, plenary lectures and workshops for academics, students and people interested in the world's religions.
At present the Institute is located in the Collegium Broscianum building at 52 Grodzka Str. in Krakow's Old Town.

See our degree programmes and courses in English:

Our English courses in academic year 2016/2017:

Winter semester:

Religion and Mass Media (C/25)

Lecturer: mgr Anna Hojdeczko [opiekun naukowy: dr hab. Dominika Motak]
Term: winter
3 ECTS
30 hours
seminar
Form of credit: exam
Level: advanced
Language: English

Writing Systems in the Religions of the World (I/17)

Lecturer: mgr Łukasz Byrski
Term: winter
3 ECTS
30 hours
seminar
Form of credit: essey
Level: advanced
Language: English

Summer semester:

Christian-Jewish relations in Poland after 1918 (I/81)

Lecturer: mgr Jakub Drath
Term: summer
4 ECTS
30 hours
seminar
Form of credit: graded credit
Level: advanced
Language: English

Therianthropy and theriomorphism in Indian religions (B/65)

Lecturer: dr hab. Małgorzata Sacha
Term: summer
4 ECTS
30 hours
seminars
Form of credit: exam
Level: basic
Language: English

Acts of Religion: Oath, Prayer, Parable in Contemporary Philosophy (E/27)

Lecturer: dr Urszula Idziak-Smoczyńska
Term: summer
4 ECTS
30 hours
Lecture
Form of credit: exam
Level: Advanced
Language: English

New Religious Phenomena in Contemporary World: Invented Religions

Lecturer: dr Piotr Czarnecki
Term: summer
4 ECTS
30 hours
lecture + seminar
Form of credit: exam
Level: Advanced
Language: English

Psychoanalysis and Religion (I/77)

Lecturer: dr hab. Małgorzata Sacha
Term: summer
6 ECTS
60 hours
lecture + seminar
Form of credit: exam
Level: Advanced
Language: English

Religion in European and Middle Eastern Media: The Jewish and Israeli Case (I/82)

Lecturer: prof. dr hab. Gideon Kouts
Term: summer
4 ECTS
30 hours (in two meetings)
lecture
Form of credit: graded credit
Level: advanced
Language: English

Religions in Muslim-majority countries in Southesta Asia: Current issues

Lecturer: mgr Anna Maćkowiak
Term: summer
5 ECTS
30 hours
seminar
Form of credit: exam
Level: advanced
Language: English

Spirituality and its Development: Psychological Theories (I/50)

Lecturer: dr hab. Paweł Socha
Term: summer
5 ECTS
30 hours
seminar
Form of credit: exam
Level: advanced
Language: English