The Department of International Polish Studies offers students from other universites the chance to spend one semester or an entire academic year as a full-time student of the Department of IPS and the Jagiellonian University within the framework of the Study Abroad Programme. In this way, international students have the opportunity to experience and live in the metaphysical and time-honoured city of Kraków whilst studying at the most prestigious university in Poland. Today, the Jagiellonian University attracts over a thousand foreign students annually.
To answer their needs, the Department of IPS organizes lecture courses for international undergraduate students who will find in both Kraków and the Jagiellonian University an internationally renowned center of artistic creation and humanistic and scientific research. It is here that students have the chance to study in depth the most important issues and problems of contemporary culture that confront modern Polish Studies today while remaining dedicated to the historical context.
The offered curriculum, based upon highly original programs, is taught in English by distinguished experts from the most influential and leading academic centers in Poland (i.e. Kraków, Warszawa), important figures of artistic life, and also by professors from abroad.
The curriculum is run in five modules: Literature, Culture, Jewish Studies, History, and Language. To complete a semester, students are obliged to choose at least four courses from the offered curriculum, for which they receive 32 ECTS credit points (according to the European Credit Transfer System).
Students are not obliged to learn the Polish language but are encouraged to include such courses in their own interdisciplinary curricula.
Recognizing that for today's students, higher education is becoming a world that knows no borders and the demands of knowledge has become an organizing principle of globalized societies, the Department of IPS maintains a database of available internships within the public and private sectors in Poland and the rest of Europe. The Department of IPS encourages and provides assistance for students interested in gaining the valuable practical experience that an internship offers upon the completion of studies at IPS.
All lecture courses carry 40 hours of in-class instruction per semester. Usually, lecture courses will meet twice per week for one and a half clock hours. Most courses offer the academic reward of 8 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits (approximately 4 US credits).
Polish language courses contain 72 hours of contact instruction and customarily meet three times per week for two clock hours of class time instruction. Polish language courses are also given 8 ECTS credits.
The requirements for earning credit for each lecture course at the Department of IPS vary, however regular attendance, active participation, a semester essay and/or presentation, and a written and/or oral exam during the examination period are the standard.
Participants in the Study Abroad Programme at IPS are obliged to complete a minimum of 32 ECTS points per semester. Thus students must register for a minimum of four courses in order to be considered full-time students. An additional lecture course, that is, a fifth course, that will take students above 32 ECTS credits for one semester, carries the extra cost of US $450 above the tuition fee payment. An enrolment of 5 students is required to open any lecture course.
Polish language instruction is not mandatory, however, considering these are not just Polish Studies, but studies in Poland, students are encouraged to take language courses as well. Language courses are taught in co-operation with the Center for Polish Language and Culture in the World.
CUL = Culture
HIS = History
JST = Jewish Studies
LIT = Literature
LAN = Language
Instructor: Jakub Basista, PhD
Code: HIS 101A
ECTS Credits: 8
Poland is a historic nation and Poles like to recall their history. It is often very difficult to understand the Polish mentality having no information and knowledge of the past centuries which bring about Poles' pride and cast shadow on today's life, politics, culture, religion - in practically all domains of life. This will be a typical survey course intended to share with students the basic political, cultural and social changes in Polish history, from Poland's non-existence at the beginning of the 20th century up to the transition to democracy in the 1990s. Polish history will be discussed in a Central European/European context.
Instructors: Edyta Gawron, PhD
Code: JST 102S
ECTS Credits: 8
Topics related to Polish-Jewish relations are exceedingly difficult, because of the tragic historical events of the 20th century. Additionally, lack of contact between the two groups during the Communist period in Poland led to the deepening of stereotypes and prejudices, and cast a shadow over contemporary Polish-Jewish relations. The course will be dedicated to the most important and striking moments in contemporary Polish-Jewish relations, and the contemporary history of Jews in Poland. It will also be a platform to promote Polish-Jewish dialogue, and the development of Jewish studies at universities in Poland.
The course presents the history of Polish Jews during the Holocaust and post-Holocaust period. Discussing various aspects of the Holocaust, its history, but also its sociological and psychological features (e.g., human behaviour in different situations and in different countries), will be the background to understand the postwar history of the Jews not only in Poland, but also in Central and Eastern Europe. Topics of the post-Holocaust history include migrations, political issues, Jewish cultural and religious life, social life of the Jewish communities in Poland, antisemitism, Holocaust memory, and revival of Jewish culture. The contemporary history of Jews in all parts of Poland is included, however special attention is given to the Jews of Cracow. This emphasis on Cracow is attended to by visiting the local places important for Jewish history and meetings with people involved in contemporary Jewish life.
Instructor: Tomasz Bilczewski, PhD
Code: LIT 102S
ECTS Credits: 8
In recent debates concerning the prospects of comparative literature, which has often been perceived as the place of renewal in the whole area of studies devoted to culture, the issue of interpretation and/as communication clearly becomes a central one. In this way, the discipline gives its answer to the ongoing and increasingly more complex process of globalization that affects many spheres of cultural production. Numerous questions raised by comparatists, trying to find for literature some new space in the intellectual life of modern societies, lean toward a revision of the existing ideas regarding translation - the key notion in thinking about cultural dialogue in the era of technology. The process of translation has often been viewed as a purely technical operation involving neutral, value-free interlingual communication. Our cultural tradition stubbornly maintains that translating is a kind of secondary, not necessarily creative, activity; a rather auxiliary tool which, as a transparent pane of glass, leads to the real source. This stereotypical view has created a whole set of binary and value-oriented oppositions in which the authority of a perfect original is imperfectly rendered by its copy, replica, duplicate, portrait, reflection, reproduction, imitation or mirror image.
The aim of this course is to demonstrate, in a comparative perspective, how this broad concept of translation penetrates different areas of literary and cultural studies and how it coincides with various fields influenced by the so called 'translation turn': anthropology, philosophy, psychology, women, gender and queer studies, linguistics, and even theology. We will examine in the context of Eastern European literature and culture, which after the collapse of the Berlin Wall became a hot topic in the most recent debates on the state of comparative studies, how cultural and literary theories handle the issue of translation and how they try to use it as a fresh comparative perspective in thinking about literature and culture.
Our weekly classes will be divided into two parts. The first meeting will be devoted to the analysis of historical and theoretical issues; the second one will try to make use of the previous discussions and apply them in reading Polish literature and culture. The course will start with an introductory outline and an attempt to look at translation and Polish experience from the outside (Eva Hoffman). Then we will switch into authors representative of various streams of 20th century Polish literature and culture: Witold Gombrowicz, Bruno Schulz, Ryszard Kapusci´nski, Tadeusz Rózewicz, Zbigniew Herbert, Czeslaw Milosz, Wislawa Szymborska, Anna Swirszczy´nska, Adam Zagajewski, and others.
Instructor: Artur Grabowski, PhD
Code: CUL 107A
ECTS Credits: TBD
Unlike most of western theatre, which is usually realistic, the Polish way of playwriting and Polish performing art are mostly poetic and allegorical. Polish drama of the 20th century has achieved world-wide acclaim and counts among the acknowledged masterpieces of the European canon. The most famous names: Witkiewicz, Gombrowicz and Mrozek, among others, come to mind. Modern theatre of our time counts the names of Grotowski or Kantor to their founders.
The intension of the course is to familiarize students with major trends in Polish drama of the 20th Century. Texts and video-recorded performances of selected plays will be presented and discussed; they will be treated both as a unique phenomenon and as a typical example of some great European aesthetic movements. As the course serves for non-polish speaking students of Polish culture, comparative literature and theatre we will always try to maintain balance between performance studies and literary close reading to finish with a kind of survey. We start from general cultural context of folk performances and medieval religious theatre only to pass quickly to metaphysical plays in verses of Polish Romanticism. Then the most of the time we will spend on analyzing modern avant-garde plays together with their theories and manifestos to see how they are realized in theatre productions.
Code: LAN 101A
ECTS Credits: 8
Instructor: Mateusz Borowski, PhD
Code: CUL 105A
ECTS Credits: 8
Although seen from the outside Polish theatre might be regarded as a monolithic phenomenon, in fact from the mid-20th century onwards it has been developing under the impact of a variety of cultures and theatre traditions. The heritage of the Polish Romanticism and the avant-garde of the first half of the century mingled with both the Western influences (such as happening, performance art or lately postdramatic theatre) and elements of Eastern conventions and acting styles. The most notable examples are Jerzy Grotowskis poor theatre which incorporated Asian traditions of theatre in a unique format of physical theatre and Tadeusz Kantors Theatre of Death where contemporary performative arts mixed with both Polish and Jewish cultural traditions. Notably, each of these fusions, of which Grotowski and Kantor are only most eloquent examples, have a unique character and can be understood only in a broad context of theatre studies and theatre practice.
For this reason the course Polish Theatre at the Crossroads of Cultures has been designed to break with the stereotype of Polish theatre as a hermetic set of conventions, communicating only with the local audiences. To achieve this aim, it offers a chance to get thoroughly acquainted with the most significant developments in contemporary Polish theatre from the 1950s till today through learning and practice. It combines theoretical and historical approach with practical exercises and workshops conducted by theatre practitioners and theatre scholars, specialist in the field. The 40-hour course focuses on the main lines of development of Polish theatre both in the mainstream and in the off-theatre and aims to show where Polish theatre originated and to what extent it influenced and enriched other Western and non-Western traditions and cultures. This intercultural and interdisciplinary perspective has been chosen to introduce Polish theatre to foreign students interested not only in the indigenous, local traditions but also their place in the wide context of contemporary tendencies in theatre.
Instructor: Michal Galas, PhD
Code: JST 101A
ECTS Credits: 8
The course is a survey of Jewish history in Poland from the beginning of Jewish settlement on Polish lands up to the present time. It presents an overview of Jewish history in Poland from the Middle Ages up to contemporary Poland, with a special focus on key events important to Jewish history and Polish-Jewish relations. These include: the Chmielnicki pogroms, the partitions of Poland, the development of Polish national ideology, the Holocaust and the situation of Jews in Poland after 1945. The course will also discuss the most significant phenomena of Jewish religion and culture which flourished among Jews in Poland, including: Jewish traditional culture, mystical and messianic movements (Sabbateanism, Frankism and Hasidism), the influence of Haskalah and of reform movements in Judaism, Yiddish culture and literature, and religious life during the interwar period and the Holocaust.
As a city rich in Jewish history and sites of Jewish cultural heritage, Kraków offers a unique site and model for the study of the history of Jews in Poland. During the course students will have an exceptional opportunity to compare academic studies with heritage and remnants of Jewish life in Kraków that have survived till the present day.
Instructor: Piotr Oczko, PhD
Code: CUL 105S
ECTS Credits: 8
The aim of the course is to instruct the students about the specimens of old Polish arts and crafts, their development throughout the centuries, their intellectual, social, and historical background, and the multitude of foreign influences (both from the West and East). Finally, the special emphasis will be put on the artistic phenomena that took place only in Poland (e.g. 17th century coffin portraits, national Polish Sarmatian outfits, etc.)
The course will focus both on theory (workshops, analyses of the iconographic materials the lectures will be illustrated with a vast selection of visual material) and practical analysis (outings to the museums e.g. The Bishop Erazm Ciolek palace, sightseeing).
Instructor: Grazyna Urban-Godziek, PhD
Code: CUL 105A
ECTS Credits: 8
The main point of our interest will be put on topics and styles of medieval and early modern literature (especially Italian, French and Polish), but in a wide perspective: from the ancient sources of European love poetry to the point of destination i.e. Romanticism, when the whole tradition is gathered, cumulated, exhausted and finally distracted.
A thorough analysis of poetic texts directed towards finding out the origins of love topics largely known from 19th- and 20th-century literature aims at acquainting students with the conventions of erotic poetry, and also it should help them to improve their skills in interpreting poetic texts (a close reading method) using a wide literary context. The other aim is to show how a competent, profound philological analysis could contribute to cultural studies and anthropology of literature. Furthermore, the exploration of long lasting , and changing motives, conventions, styles and functions of poetic speaking of love should on the one hand, picture the continuity of European culture, and on the other, indicate the most important turning points in this culture, which determined its internal metamorphosis.
It will not be a regular course of the history of literature, but we will follow the motives, topoi (topics) and typical styles of poetic love discourse through the ages, such as: anacreontic; elegiac; pastoral; chivalrous; petrarchian; antipetrarchian; libertine; sentimental; rococo; romantic. Several topics should be described with poetic examples from ancient Greek and Roman literature, then medieval (mainly Provençal and Italian), humanistic Neo-Latin (form Italy, France, Poland, Netherlands, England etc), to Renaissance and Baroque vernacular European literatures, sometimes also classicistic and Romantic (especially English and French 18th and 19th-century literature based on Italian Renaissance topics). Such a structure of lectures and programme is invented also to show a place of Polish early modern literature in Europe.
Code: LAN 102S
ECTS Credits: 8
Instructor: Roma Sendyka, PhD
Code: CUL 106A
ECTS Credits: 8
This course aims to examine the relationship between the endeavor to remember the Holocaust and the contemporary everyday visual experience of the present day cities in Poland and neighboring countries. The main question is how/if the Holocaust is (in)visible to the citizens of the todays cities once partially inhabited by the Jews. The purpose of this course is to undertake a critical and comparative study of the "memory policies", deepen the skills of analysis of visual discourses (monuments, museums, visual arts, movies, architecture, finally: the discourse of the city as a visual object) as well as of the visual aspect in the literature (modes of description). The issue of representation of the Shoah will be discussed based on a range of texts from the City without the Jews by Hugo Bettauer through This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski to Fateless by Imre Kertész accompanied by the works of visual arts (Zmijewski, Libera, Liebeskind, Bartana among others). It will build the background for examining the core problem: do/how the todays Central/Eastern European cities represent the loss of its inhabitants?
Guest lecturers: Tomasz Majewski, Katarzyna Bojarska, invited guest: Martin Jay
Instructor: Jan Sowa, PhD
Code: CUL 101A
ECTS Credits: 8
The course deals with the problem of interaction between contemporary art and politics. It offers a theoretical introduction to the question of political art as well as a brief presentation of the most important creative strategies used in contemporary art (conceptual and post-conceptual). Focusing on the case of Poland it analyses the question of politics and art from the both sides: political attempts to appropriate and control art as well as artists' efforts to influence politics and society. Much attention is given to casting contemporary artistic discourse on historical background (of art history and socio-historical issues) as well as current situation of Polish contemporary art, being under siege from conservative politicians and catholic church activists. Students will also be presented with a detail analysis of several Polish artists dealing with social and political issues in their art (Partum, Kozyra, Libera, Zmijewski, Dziadkiewicz et al.). Apart from official art, a phenomena of contemporary Polish counter-culture will be presented (street art, culture jamming, ad busting etc.). Theoretical analysis will be accompanied by a rich visual material (videos, reproductions, slideshows etc.)
Instructor: Professor Michal Pawel Markowski, PhD
Code: LIT 101A
ECTS Credits: 8
This course deals with the dissident currents in Polish modern literature, represented in the writings of Bruno Schulz, Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz, and Witold Gombrowicz. Considered by their contemporaries as eccentric, absured, or even insane, these eminent writers made an immense effort to reinterpret Polish literary tradition in a critical mood, pointing more to the unconscious, unofficial, marginal, and bizarre strata of existential experience than to the institutionally acclaimed features of Polish mentality. In fact, what they accomplished was the total critique of a conservative attitute towards life, which had served as a base for the official picture of Polish Modern culture for years.
Besides the particular aim of presenting Polish modern literature in the context of European modern culture, this course strives to discuss more general questions concerning the political implications of modernity. This is why the main issues addressed during the course will focus on the following questions: What does marginality mean in the field of art? How do the strategies of power emerge in literature, and how can a writer successfully resist them. This strong knot of aesthetics and politics builds a broad framework for the course.
Instructor: Anna Kowalcze-Pawlik, MA
Code: CUL 103A
ECTS Credits: 8
This course will provide an introduction to monstrosity as an essential part of the Western culture. We will analyze the monstrous in a broad historical and cultural context that will allow us to shape an understanding of how monstrosity has been approached, represented, studied and (ab)used in various spheres of human activity, such as art, literature, film and the sciences.
As an introduction to the phenomenon of monstrosity, this course will aquaint you with works of fiction and theoretical debates touching upon the issue. Accordingly, we will draw on various media and genres of representation that range from written works, both literary and scholarly, to the visual arts, drama, cinema, and television. This wide array of materials will allow us to cover a number of issues, including: representations of the monstrous body throughout the ages language of the monstrous various categorizations of monsters/monstrosities political uses and abuses of the category production and reproduction of monsters, as well as monsters of reproduction geography of the monstrous monstrous appetites sexual differences and monstrosity and ultimately, the culture of spectacle, difference and display that pervades representations of monsters.
Instructor: Agnieszka Marczyk, MA
Code: CUL 104A
ECTS Credits: 8
The 1890s and the decades that followed witnessed revolutionary changes in European life mass culture emerged in Europes great cities, scientific inventions transformed daily life, and new technologies made warfare more deadly than ever before. Writers and intellectuals often despaired about Europes future, but they also began experimenting, inventing new literature, new art, and new values to create a new culture throughout the continent. They traveled without passports, meeting in Paris, Vienna, and Berlin to discuss Nietzsches philosophy or Picassos newest paintings. Innovative ideas defied religious and political censorship and found their way into the most remote regions of Europe. The modernist rebellion against history and tradition, however, was not the same everywhere it took a variety of forms, depending on the local histories and cultures of the many European nations.
In this course we will explore the emergence of Polish modernism before World War I. In Poland, the break with history was particularly difficult because historical imagery overshadowed Polish culture. Following the loss of Polish independence to Russia, Prussia, and Austria in 1795, history became a symbolic weapon in the fight for the nations survival. To be a Polish poet was to support Polands future independence by evoking its historical splendor and past achievements. Such patriotic duties gave great prestige to literature, but they did not encourage experimental works. In wanting to create new, autonomous literature Polish modernists thus faced a truly daunting task. Yet we cannot simply say that to oppose the Polish attachment to history they turned to Western European thought. To understand their relationship to both Poland and Europe we will read their works and relate them to the writings of their European contemporaries. This will enable us to understand what about early Polish modernism was unique, and what belonged to the wider transformations taking place throughout Europe.
Our course readings will give us occasion to explore questions of wider importance: do ideas and literature influence history? Or do they only reflect what goes on in the world of commerce and politics? Is there something called European literature or European thought? Or is Europe only a collection of separate cultures? And finally, how do marginal cultures seek to produce universally relevant art without losing their distinct local identity? These and similar questions will guide us in discussing the past and present difficulties of Europes cultural integration.
Instructor: Grzegorz Jankowicz, MA
Code: CUL 102S
ECTS Credits: 8
The POPCULT course is an introduction to the central role popular culture has played in the last decades of twentieth century Polish history and consciousness. Through lectures, readings, class discussions, and a wide variety of supplemental materials, we will examine the relationship between popular culture and the transformation of Poland from a communist to a postmodern society as well as the historical debates over the definition and nature of contemporary popular culture and its effects on audiences and society.
Popular culture analysis occurs in a number of different fields, including Sociology, Communications, Anthropology, History, Cultural Studies, Women's Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Polish Studies. We will move between these various disciplines to refine the student's ability to synthesize analytical materials into her or his own interdisciplinary examination.
There is a wide range of forms that are related to Polish popular culture (film, music, sports, comix, fashion, television, advertising, cyberculture), but three of them appear to play the crucial role in the aforementioned transformation of Polish consciousness: film, comix, and SF literature. We will examine these forms in the context of such issues as race, gender, sexuality, censorship, and imperialism.
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Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language. Find English courses on Language Learning Portal.
In order to be eligible to participate in the Study Abroad Programme at the Department of IPS, all applicants are required to be in good academic standing at their home university.
Students in degree programmes other than Polish Studies are also welcome to apply to the Study Abroad Programme.
The language of instruction for lecture courses is English. Non-native English speakers must provide documentation proving their aptitude. No prior knowledge of Polish is assumed or necessary to participate in the Study Abroad Programme.
US $5000 per semester
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