Psychology & Sociology School Trip to Krakow

Students of Psychology and Sociology can study how this once thriving Jewish community of the 19th Century tragically fell in to decline with Nazi occupation, until their well-documented demise. Krakow is an ideal location to analyse the persecution that took place study the many questions that the Holocaust raises in terms of conformity, obedience, ethics, morality, and persecution.


Tour Day 1

Daytime flight and transfer to your accommodation
Time permitting take a guided tour of Kazimierz (the Jewish District), Podgorze (Wartime Ghetto) and the exterior of the Schindler Factory
Evening meal at hotel

Tour Day 2

Visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau including a guided tour
Evening meal at your hotel

Tour Day 3

Time permitting visit the Galicia Museum to meet with a Concentration Camp Survivor or Member of the Righteous Among the Nations
Transfer to the airport for your return flight back to the UK

Curricular Links



  • Conformity: Identification and explanation of how social factors (group size, anonymity and task difficulty) and dispositional factors (personality, expertise) affect conformity to majority influence.
  • Obedience: Milgram’s Agency theory of social factors affecting obedience including agency, authority, culture and proximity.
  • Crowd and collective behaviour: Prosocial and antisocial behaviour in crowds: identification and explanation of how social factors (social loafing, deindividuation and culture) and dispositional factors (personality and morality) affect collective behaviour.


Pearson-Edexcel GCSE

  • Social Influence: Obedience, Conformity and Deindividuation



  • Social Influence:
  • Conformity including majority influence.              
  • Collective and crowd behaviour including pro-social and anti-social behaviour.
  • Obedience including obeying the orders of authority figures.
  • The effect of situational factors (other people and social) on behaviours:
  • majority influence on conformity
  • collective and crowd behaviour, including deindividuation
  • culture on pro-social and anti-social behaviour
  • authority figures on obedience
  • criticisms of the effect of situational factors, including the free will/determinism debate.


AQA A’ level

  • Aggression
  • The ethological explanation of aggression, including evolutionary explanations of human aggression.
  • Social psychological explanations of human aggression, including the frustration-aggression hypothesis, social learning theory as applied to human aggression, and de-individuation.
  • Institutional aggression in the context of prisons: dispositional and situational explanations.
  • The role of desensitisation, disinhibition and cognitive priming.


OCR A’ Level

  • Responses to people in authority - Milgram (1963) – Obedience
  • The psychology of genocide


Pearson-Edexcel A ‘Level

  • Obedience / Social control
  • Prejudice / Discrimination




  • Social control: Formal and informal methods of social control.
  • Power and authority: Different forms of power and authority.



  • Social differentiation and stratification:
    • Different forms and sources of power and authority
    • Social control


AQA A’ Level

  • Socialisation, culture and identity
  • Social differentiation, power and stratification
  • Human rights and state crimes


OCR A’ Level

  • What is socialisation?
  • What is identity?

Study Visits


A visit here will live long in the memory, as students gain a fuller understanding of the tyrannies which took place whilst considering a range of study themes such as prejudice and  conformity .

Guided tour: A 3½ hour guided visit with an official Auschwitz guide is essential for school groups. A maximum of 30 visitors is allocated to a guide, so if you have more than 30 in your group you will be split into 2 groups. Your guide will allow approx. 90 minutes at the Auschwitz I site, and then you will transfer on your coach (5 minute drive) to Auschwitz II-Birkenau for a further 90 minute tour.

Galicia Museum

The Galicia Jewish Museum exists to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and to celebrate the Jewish culture of Polish Galicia, presenting Jewish history from a new perspective. This museum is a great centre for Holocaust and Jewish studies and offers a number of services. Those most suited to GCSE and A Level students are:

Meet a Concentration Camp Survivor or Member of the Righteous Among the Nations

The Galicia Museum offers a unique opportunity for students to meet and engage with somebody who experienced the Holocaust first hand and to fully understand what life was like at this time and their views today. We highly recommend this experience to you and it is quite simply something that you will remember forever.

Traces of Memory permanent exhibition

The exhibition pieces together a picture of the relics of Jewish life and culture in Polish Galicia that can still be seen today, interpreting these traces in a manner which is informative, accessible, and thought-provoking.  Your group will be guided round the exhibition by a specialist guide from the museum. 

Specialist Galicia Workshops

The Galicia Museum offers half day workshops based on a range of topics to support study of Jewish culture, tradition and the Holocaust. Workshops are led by qualified, experienced educators from the Museum’s Education Department.

Guided Walking Tour

A half day walking tour is an essential part of your itinerary. Krakow is such a compact city which allows you to cover a lot of important sites and locations. Our walking tours are all led by guides from the Galicia Museum who are Graduates of Holocaust and/or Jewish Studies. This means that you won’t just get the regular script from a local city guide. You’ll get an in depth expert insight into the reality of life before and during the Holocaust. The tour will generally focus on:


This former Jewish district was once the hub of Jewish life in Krakow. Your guide will give you an insight into where the community lived, worked and worshipped prior to the occupation. Sites to visit are Synagogues including the Remu’h Synagogue, cemeteries and market squares. 


The Wartime Ghetto.  As Anti-Semitism took place, the Jewish population in Krakow was moved into this small area in March 1941. For many Polish Jews, this ghetto was the last stop before the labour or death camps. 

Schindler Factory & Museum 

The old enamelware factory, made famous by the film Schindler’s List, is located in Podgorze. You can view this from the outside as part of your guided tour, or go inside to view the brand new exhibition covering the story of the Jews in Nazi occupied Krakow. 

Cultural Visits

Krakow Old Town

Krakow Old Town is a centre for medieval heritage. A guided tour of the Old Town including the iconic Wawel Hill with the Castle and Cathedral and finishing in the Old Town Square, will take you from 11th Century right up to the present day. The Square is surrounded by restaurants, high street shops and smaller souvenir shops. Combined with the street entertainers, there are lots to keep you busy.

Wieliczka Salt Mines  

One of Poland’s most visited tourist sites, students can take a guided tour through this fascinating underground city to see centuries of history and tradition. The salt mines are a UNESCO Heritage Site.

Pink Bowling  

Ideal if you want to keep your students entertained in the evening.

Park Wodny Water Park

This is Poland’s biggest indoor pool, with slides, wave pools, rapids, climbing walls, fountains and also a snack bar.

Galeria Krakowska

This is a huge indoor shopping centre located next to the main train station, just a short walk from the Old Town Square.

Galeria Kazimierz

A modern indoor shopping centre located on the outskirts of the Kazimierz District. You’ll find lots of high street stores, well known brands and a great range of eateries to choose from.