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Summer Semester, 1hr of lecture per week, 1 ECTS credit

PREREQUISITES: First Certificate (FCE)-level language.

TEACHERS: Polish and foreign staff.

FORMAT: lecture.

CONTENT: The main period covered is 1485-1918, with priority given to political and social history, but with some discussion of cultural and intellectual history. Uses a thematic approach which narrates a detailed outline, discusses certain characters, events, trends, and movements, and analyses their causes, effects, and significance. Nine main sections: introduction to elements of British history up to 1485; Henry VII and VIII; the Reformation; Elizabeth and the birth of the modern nation; the revolutionary C17th; Enlightenment Britain (1702-63); revolutions, repression, and reform (1763-1837); the Victorian age; the Twentieth century (an impressionistic account). Students are expected to read one of the basic texts as well as investigate several sources on a chosen period.


  1. D. McDowall: An Illustrated History of England

  2. K.O. Morgan: Oxford History of Britain

  3. G.M. Trevelyan: History of England

  4. appropriate volumes in the Pelican History of England

OBJECTIVES: To provide students with the essential knowledge about the history of Britain, particularly as background information for the study of English literature. Also, to emphasise the genesis and development of British (particularly English) traditions. Finally, to encourage students to think about history and context, as an aid to comprehension of various contemporary issues in Britain.

ASSESSMENT: Class participation.


First Year

British Culture 1

Summer Semester: 1hr of tutorial per week, 1 ECTS credit

PREREQUISITES: First Certificate-level language.

TEACHERS: Polish staff and native speakers of English.

FORMAT: seminar/discussion.

CONTENT: Geography of Britain, the people (regional variety, accents of English, Britain as a multiracial society), life and institutions (parliament, government, monarchy; law; education), architecture, painting, sculpture, film, music, media.


  1. J. Oakland: British Civilization

  2. P. Bromhead: Life in Modern Britain

  3. D. McDowall: Britain in Close­up

  4. B. Gascoigne: Encyclopedia of Britain

  5. B. Ford (ed.): The Cambridge Cultural History (in nine volumes)

  6. A. D. Watkin: English Architecture

  7. W. Gaunt: English Painting

  8. F. Spalding: British Art Since 1900

OBJECTIVES: giving the students a general idea of British political system and other aspects of public life, and providing them with the background knowledge necessary to understand English language and literature and the attitudes of British people, all of which will be useful in students’ future career.

ASSESSMENT: class participation, class presentation.


First Year

American Culture 1

Summer Semester, 2hrs of tutorial per week, 2 ECTS credits

PREREQUISITES: Completion of the first semester.

TEACHERS: Polish staff and native speakers of English.

FORMAT: tutorial/discussion.

CONTENT: American geography and cultural regions, immigration and ethnicity, American beliefs and values, religious life in the US, American Government, education in the US, the Civil Rights movement, feminism in America, music and fine arts, mass media.


  1. Bromhead, Life in Modern America, Longman

  2. Stevenson, American Life & Institutions, Klett

  3. Fiedler, America in Close-Up, Longman

  4. Coben, The Development of an American Culture, St. Martins

OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this course is to introduce and discuss ideas connected with life in the United States, including the American dream, the American myth of success, racial and cultural minorities and their struggles in American Society.

ASSESSMENT: Class participation, class presentation.


First Year

Introduction to Linguistics

Winter+Summer Semester, 1 hr of lecture, 1 hr of tutorial per week, 2+2 +2E=6 ECTS

PREREQUISITES: FCE-level language, knowledge of Polish grammar and elementary English grammatical terminology.

TEACHERS: Polish staff.

FORMAT: lecture + class work.

CONTENT: language - different definitions and approaches; functions of language; language description; words, word-formation and morphology; sentences and syntax; different approaches to meaning and semantics; elements of pragmatics and speech act theory; introduction to historical and typological linguistics; elements of first and second language acquisition; language in society; the scope, goals and methods of language studies.


  1. V. Fromkin, R. Rodman, An Introduction to Language

  2. B. Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk (ed.), Ways to Language. An Introduction to Linguistics

  3. J. Lyons, Introduction to Theoretical Linguistics

  4. G. Yule, The Study of Language

OBJECTIVES: the course constitutes the first contact with linguistic issues. It provides students with introductory knowledge - and terminology - indispensable for future professional career as teachers of English, translators or interpreters, or in more advanced research in linguistics

ASSESSMENT: class participation, revision tests, written examination.


First Year

Descriptive Grammar 1
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