Summer School 2014

5797 Study at a Foreign Institution (12 Semester Credit Hours)

Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) in Comparative Perspective: Assessing Social and Political Change

7th Edition

Summer 2014

Summary Description of the OSU Summer School in the Social Sciences (hereafter, Warsaw Summer School)

The Warsaw Summer School is a Study Abroad Program developed and administered by the Cross-National Studies: Interdisciplinary Research and Training Program – CONSIRT ( through the OSU Office of International Affairs. CONSIRT is a joint endeavor of The Ohio State University (the Departments of Sociology and Political Science) and the Polish Academy of Sciences (the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, and the Graduate School of Social Research). Kazimierz M. Slomczynski, Professor Emeritus, the Department of Sociology at OSU, is the Director of CONSIRT, as well as the Resident Director of the Warsaw Summer School. The Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Polish Academy of Sciences (IFiS – PAN) is the hosting institution of the Warsaw Summer School.

The Warsaw Summer School is a unique, interdisciplinary program that fully integrates training in quantitative research methods for the social sciences, students’ independent research, and training in comparative political, economic, and cultural aspects of CEE societies. Students will earn 12 semester credit hours for: SOC 3549: Statistics in Sociology (3 credit hours), (b) its application to studying social and political change in Central and Eastern Europe, subsumed by SOC 4998: Undergraduate Research in Sociology (6 credit hours), and (c) SOC 5503 Social Change in Central and Eastern Europe (3 credit hours). In departments different than Sociology, the Study Abroad course will be considered as equivalent of other similar courses if pre-approved by the appropriate department.

The instructors of the Warsaw Summer School are Professor Kazmierz M. Slomczynski, Dr. Irina Tomescu-Dubrow and Dr. Joshua K. Dubrow from IFiS-PAN and CONSIRT. Both Dr. Tomescu-Dubrow and Dr. Dubrow have received their PhD degree from OSU.

Organization of the Warsaw Summer School

As part of the Warsaw Summer School, students engage in (a) individual research and class meetings with the instructors at OSU Main Campus (May 5 – 30, 2014); (b) four weeks of intensive training and research in Warsaw, Poland (June 4 – July 4, 2014) at IFiS-PAN; and (c) individual research and Internet/personal consultations with the instructors upon return to OSU (until August 4).

See the Syllabus 2014 and Handouts 2014