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Composition: the Art of Skillful Writing



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Composition: the Art of Skillful Writing


(in English)

Lectures: Łukasz Romanowski, Ph.D.

ECTS credits: 3

Theme and Outline:

The course is intended to present and familiarise with theory, rules and aims of writing as well as to improve or/master students’ own writing skills. Attention will be paid to such issues as context, audience, style, objective and structure as fundamental for art. of writing. Basic theories and structures of composition will be presented and analysed by means of numerous samples and exemplar texts. Emphasis will be put only on the theoretical apparatus, but also on the development of practical writing skills. Improvement in the field will be achieved through the preparation of short assignment respectable of particular composition models. After the course students should be able to skilfully adjust the style and structure of their essays to their objective as well as to the expected audience.



Semester 03 obligatory courses

Contemporary Political Systems

Lectures: Prof. Alicja Stępień, Ph.D., Tutorials: Maciej Potz, M.A., Michał Słowikowski, M.A.

ECTS credits: 6

Theme and Outline: Structure and typology of political systems. Constitution as political system subsystem. State in political system context. Political parties systems. Cultural and civilisational aspects of political systems. Electoral systems. Democratic systems, parliamentary systems, presidential systems, semi-presidential systems. Autoritary and paternalistic systems. Totalitarian systems. Theocratic systems. Students can choose topics of tutorials according to their interests, either European systems or non European systems (focus on Asian systems: social and religious origins of Asian systems; democratic, autoritary and theocratic systems in Asia; military conflicts and their influence on political systems; political parties and their influence on Asian political systems; monarchies in Asian political systems).

Readings:

A. Antoszewski, R. Herbut, Systemy polityczne współczesnego świata, Gdańsk 2001; J. Świeca, Współczesne systemy demokratyczne, cz. 1 i 2, Kielce 2003; A. Antoszewski, R. Herbut (ed.), Demokracje zachodnioeuropejskie, Wrocław 1997; A. Antoszewski, R. Herbut (ed.), Demokracja w Europie Środkowej 1989-1999; J. Baszkiewicz, Powszechna historia ustrojów państwowych, Gdańsk 1998; W. Brodziński, D. Górecki, K. Skotnicki, T. Szymczak, Wzajemne stosunki między władzą ustawodawczą i wykonawczą (Białoruś, Czechy, Litwa, Rumunia, Słowacja, Węgry), Łódź 1996;



M. Gulczyński Współczesne systemy polityczne. Przewodnik do studiowania przedmiotu, Zielona Góra 2002 F. Kinsky, Federalizm. Model ogólnoeuropejski, Kraków 1999; Ustroje państw wspólczesnych t. 1 i 2, Lublin 2000, 2002; K.A. Wojtaszczyk, Współczesne systemy polityczne, Warszawa 1996.

Visual Culture

Lectures: Elżbieta Durys, Ph.D.

ECTS credits: 4

Theme and Outline: The aim of the course is to show meanings of icons that surround us in every-day life.

  1. Postmodernism – new paradigm.

  2. Photographics – does it only show reality?

  3. Film – Photographs that move?

  4. Film – cinema of zero style, alternative cinema – two main streams of development, new opportunities.

  5. Television – is the news only the news?

  6. Adverts – marketing of product and the idea of world.

  7. Music videos – the world of contemporary visuality.

Basic readings:

A. Bazin, Ontologia obrazu fotograficznego, [w:] Film i rzeczywistość, Warszawa 1963; S. Kracauer, Fotografia [in:] Teoria filmu, Warszawa 1875; S. Sontag, W Platońskiej jaskini,[in:] O fotografii, Warszawa 1986; B.W. Lewicki, Percepcyjne uwarunkowania estetyki filmu, [in:] O filmie. Wybór pism, Łódź 1995; M. Przylipiak, Gatunki i autorzy [w:] Kino stylu zerowego. Z zagadnień estetyki filmu fabularnego, Gdańsk 1994; R.W. Kluszczyński, Sztuka audiowizualna wobec elektronicznego wyzwania [in:] Film wideo, multimedia. Sztuka ruchomego obrazu w erze elektronicznej, Warszawa 1999. W. Godzic [w:] Telewizja jako kultura, Kraków 1999; R. Barthes, Mit dzisiaj przeł Wanda Błońska [in:] tegoż Mit i znak. Eseje, wyb. Jan Błoński, Warszawa 1970. U. Jarecka, Świat wideoklipu, Warszawa 1999.

Prognosis and International Simulations

Lectures: Prof. Grażyna Juszczak Szumacher, Ph.D., Tutorials: Halina Mikulska, Ph.D.

ECTS credits: 4

Theme and Outline: International prognosis: definition, classification, methods and techniques. Prognosis vs. outlining country`s international affairs policy and international political and economical relations. Computer-based simulations of international relations development. Simulation of heuristic models.
World Culture Heritage

Lecture: Maria Łukowska, Ph.D.

ECTS credits: 4

Theme and Outline: The aim of the course is to show the foundation of our civilisation, as well as understanding meanings and significance of world’s civilisation outcome and local societies.

  1. Geopolitical division of civilisation.

  2. Civilisations outcome and its significance as foundation of contemporary culture.

  3. Ancient world – elements of culture.

  4. Origin and beginning of material culture.

  5. Basic trends of European painting.

  6. Literature as the expression of national identity.

  7. Main trends of cinema.

  8. Sculpting and architecture.

  9. Theatre and its culturogenic influence.

  10. Philosophical foundation of culture.

  11. Women’s influence on material and spiritual culture development.

  12. Postmodernism in contemporary culture.



Semester 03 optional courses

Cities of Japan – The Frames of Tradition, Part 1

Lectures: Masakatsu Joshida, M.A.

ECTS credits: 3

Theme and Outline: History, economical and cultural development of Japanese cities. Basic Japanese phrases – every-day life communication. Tradition of various regions of Japan.

Cities of Japan – Turism, Part 1

Lectures: Masakatsu Joshida, M.A.

ECTS credits: 3

Theme and Outline: Cities’ monuments, nature’s magnitude. Introduction to scenic routes of the most popular cities of Japan. Tourism in Japanese way. Tourist infrastructure in Japan. What Japanese do during journeys? Basic Japanese phrases related to travelling. Reading information signs written in Japanese characters – KANJI.


Introduction to the US (in English)

Lectures: Grażyna Zygadło, Ph.D.

ECTS credits: 3

Theme and Outline: During this course students will be acquainted with various current political and socio-economic aspects of American life, as well as elements of popular culture. The following subjects will be discussed: US Geography and Cultural Regions, American Values, introduction to American Myths (American Dream, City Upon the Hill), Issues of Immigration and Acculturation, Urbanisation, Minorities: Stereotypes vs. Reality (Latinos), the Changing Role of Women in American Society, Government and Politics, Legal and Educational Systems, Religion, Aspects of Popular Culture (Popular Icons and Heroes: American flag, Marlboro Man, Barbie Doll, The Car, Mall, American Cowboy), American Arts, and the Role of America in the Era of Globalisation. The course is specifically designed for students planning to choose American Studies as their M.A. specialisation, but it can be useful for all who want to acquire general knowledge of contemporary U.S.

History of USA, Part 1 (prior to 1865)

Lectures: Paulina Matera, Ph.D.

ECTS credits: 3

Theme and Outline: Creation of the United States of America: national identity, war for independence, young democracy problems, ideology, federal government and state governments, social and economical structure. Civil war – origin, outline, effect.


History of Russia, Part 1

Lectures: Prof. Grzegorz Przebinda, Ph.D.

ECTS credits: 3

Theme and Outline: History of Russia in 19th and 20th century. Russia vs. Europe during the reign of tsar Alexander I. Autarkic empire of Nicolas and its collapse. Alexander II – big reforms and geopolicy of conquests. Capitalism during the reign of Alexander III. The fall of Romanovs. Bolshevik revolution. Leninism and Stalinism – continuation or breaking-up.

Language and Writings of Georgia

Lectures: David Kolbaja, Ph.D.

ECTS credits: 3

Theme and Outline: History of Georgian language and Georgian language studying. The origin of Georgian language. The oldest monuments of Georgian language. Creation of Armenian and Albanian languages. Three types of writing: mrglowany, echedruli and chucuri.

Basic readings:

G Abramiszwili, Z Aleksidze, Mchedruli damtserlobis sataveebtan, Tbilisi 1978; I. Abaludze, Kartali tseris nimushebi, Paleograpiuli albomi, Tbilisi 1973; P. Ingorokwa, Kartuli damteserlobis dzeglebi antikuri chanisa, Tbilisi 1939.



British National Identity: the Anatomy of Otherness


(in English)
Lectures: Łukasz Romanowski, Ph.D.

ECTS credits: 3

Theme and Outline:

The course is aimed familiarising students with the issue of British identity in the historical and social context, as well as finding an answer to the question: what makes the British different from the rest. Selected historical, critical and literary works will be used as basis for the study of various factors that have contributed to the creation of British cultural distinctiveness. A more detailed analysis will cover geographic, historical and religious aspects. It will be proved that all these processes have resulted in the existences of today’s Britishness. Some attention will also be paid to the changes in British identity that took place in second half of the 20th century. The flow of immigrants as well as the expansion of the European Union will be presented as the major factors contributing to the changes.


British Social and Political Intitutions

Lectures: Agata Dąbrowska, M.A.

ECTS credits: 3

Theme and Outline: Social and political institutions structure in Great Britain. Understanding the structure will help to understand political foundations of the country and their implementation. Outline: Political system in Great Britain. Legal system in Great Britain. Welfare state and the Third Way. Class system and the Royal Family. British state and public schools. Religions and the Church. Position of Great Britain in EU, NATO and UN.

Readings:

N. Davies, Wyspy, Kraków 2003; P. Johnson, Historia Anglików, MARABUT, Gdańsk 2002; M. Kemler (ed.) Wielka Brytania. Leksykon. PWN, Warszawa 2002; T. Kapitaniak, Historia Szkotów, Ibidem Łódź 2000; K. Kujawińska - Courtney, Culture at Global/Local British and Commonwealth. Contribution to World Civilisation, Łódź 2002; W. Lipoński, Narodziny Cywilizacji Wysp Brytyjskich. Poznań 2001; J. O’Beirne Ranelagh, Historia Irlandii, MARABUT Gdańsk-Warszawa 2003; W. Zakrzewski, Ustawa i delegacja ustawodawcza w Anglii, Kraków 1960.



Contemporary Ethnic Problems in Central and Eastern Europe

Lectures: Dawid Kolbaja, Ph.D.

ECTS credits: 3

Theme and Outline: Geopolitical conditions of Central and Eastern Europe development. Central and Eastern Europe countries in the process of European integration. Central and Eastern Europe vs. Russia. Nationalism – national conflicts in Central and Eastern Europe. Development perspectives. Polish – Russian, Polish – Ukrainian and Polish – Belarussian relations. The issues of migration. Ukraine in geopolitical context. Baltic Europe transformation. Nations and stereotypes: German, Polish, Russians. Creation of the new Europe. Some problems of international relations among Ukraine, Poland, Russia and Germany.

Selection of readings:

G. Gorzelak, B. Jałowiecki, A. Kukliński, Europa Środkowa 2003. Perpektywy rozwoju; F. Zich, Euroregions Along the Chech/German and Czech/Austrian Borders; W. Zdaniewicz, The Role of Catolic Church in transformational Proceses in Poland in the Years 1993-2003.



Semester 04 obligatory courses
Introduction to Philosophy

Lectures: Stanisław Konopacki, Ph.D.

ECTS credits: 3

Theme and Outline: Main streams of European classical philosophy in ancient times, medieval times, modern times and contemporarily.

Basic readings:

Wł. Tatarkiewicz, Historia filozofii, t. 1,2, dowolne wydanie; J. Galarowicz, Na ścieżkach prawdy, Warszawa, 1999; M. Siemek, W kręgu filozofów, Warszawa 1984; Filozofia XX wieku, red. Z. Kuderowicz, Warszawa, 2002, vol.1.

Regions’ Culture (elective lectures)

ECTS credits: 4

  1. American Cultures: Basic Concepts and Myths; Lectures: Prof. Elżbieta Oleksy, Ph.D.

(in English, specialisation American Studies and Mass Media)

Theme and Outline: Basic American myths. Assimilation and multiculturalism in USA. Globalisation in American culture. The multi-media lecture will focus on the following issues: 1. Basic American myths: American Dream, the frontier West, the romantic South, the Counter-culture; 2. Basic American concepts: assimilation, multiculturalism (Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, women in the US).

Readings:

C. Lasch, The Culture of Narcissism. American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations, New York: W.W. Norton&Company, Inc, 1991; M. Bradbury, H. Temperley (eds): Introduction to American Studies, Second Edition, London and New York: Longman 1989; V. Parrillo, Strangers to these Shores, New York: Macmillan, 1994; Diversity in America, Pine Forge Press 1996.



  1. Introduction to German Speaking Countries’ Culture, lectures: Barbara Ratecka, Ph.D., (specialisation German Studies)

Theme and Outline: German heritage. Culture of I Reich. Influence of reformators over creating every-day life culture and spiritual culture of German speaking countries. Life with the absolute monarch. Classic and Romanticism. Cultural changes in Switzerland in 19th century. Urban society and its origin in 19th century. Austria in the end of 19th and beginning of 20th centuries – second decade of the 20th century. Culture during national socialism. Music and Vienna’s classics. Great inventions – beloved technology.

  1. Culture of the Caucas and Central Asia, lectures: Dawid Kolbaja, Ph.D.

Theme and Outline: monographic presentation of chosen regions of the Caucas, Central Asia and Middle East. Cultural and social systems of the region, influencing factors, ethnic diversity. Ethnic, language, religious and political structure of the regions. Traditional social structures as the source of the contemporary conflicts. Religious conflicts. Christians in the Middle East. Religion and politics in Islam. Ethnic policy in Turkey and Iran.

Basic readings:

B. Anderson, Wspólnoty wyobrażone, Kraków 1997; A, Majewicz, Klasyfikacja języków Świata, Warszawa 1989; F. Thiele, Święta religijne żydów, chrześcijan i muzułmanów, Warszawa 1995; Wielka Encyklopedia Świata, A, Posern-Zieliński, vol. XVIII, Poznań 2000.



International Public Law

Lectures: Marek Wisiński, Ph.D.

ECTS credits: 4

Theme and Outline: sources and objects of international law. Country’s sovereignty. Internal and external institutions of the state in international relations. Law of treaties. Country’s international responsibilities. Territory and population in international law. International conflicts and their solving. International courts system. Military conflicts law and issues related to disarmament. Basic institutions of international private law. Objects of international relations. Civil contracts in international trade. Representative offices. International trade arbitrage.

International organisations, Part 1

Lectures: Przemysław Żurawski vel Grajewski, Ph.D.

ECTS credits: 4

Theme and Outline: Definition, origin, evolution and classification of international organisations. International and non-government organisations as objects of international relations. Structure and functions of international organisations: aims, legal status, organs. Decisions and international officers. Relations among international organisations and countries: reasons for participation of countries, active membership, passive membership. Universal and regional organisations. Non-government organisations, their significance and relations with countries. United Nations – structure, characteristics, NATO – origin, aims. Poland and international organisations.

Selected readings:

Bezpieczeństwo europejskie. Koncepcje, instytucje, implikacje dla Polski, (ed.) J. Czaputowicz, Warszawa 1997; J. Kaczmarek, NATO-Europa-Polska 2000, Wrocław 2000; R. Kupiecki, Od Londynu do Waszyngtonu. NATO w latach 90., Warszawa 1998; R. Kupiecki, NATO u progu XXI wieku, Warszawa 2000.

Semester 04 optional courses

Cities of Japan – the Frames of Tradition, Part 2

Lectures: Masakatsu Joshida, M.A.

ECTS credits: 3

Theme and Outline: continuation of Part 1

Cities of Japan – Tourism, Part 2

Lectures: Masakatsu Joshida, M.A.

ECTS credits: 3

Theme and Outline: continuation of Part 1

History of Russia, Part 2

Lectures: Prof. Grzegorz Przebinda, Ph.D.

ECTS credits: 3

Theme and Outline: USSR after World War II and during the ‘Cold War’. Chrushchov’s times – first reforms. Brezniev – backing up. Glasnost’ and pieriestroyka during Gorbachow. Anayev’s putsch – the collapse of USSR. Political and geographical reality in post-imperial times. Yeltzyn’s Russia – beginning of democracy or oligarch’s anarchy. Putin’s Russia – between pragmatism and ideocracy.


History of USA, Part 2 (post 1865)

Lectures: Paulina Matera, Ph.D.

ECTS credits: 3

Theme and Outline: Reconstruction and development of the country after the Civil War. Consequences of participation in World War I. Internal problems and destability during the 2nd decade of the 20th century. Participation in World War II. Internal policy from H. Truman to G.W. Bush. USA as a superpower during the ‘Cold War’ and now.


Modern Leader in Organisation

Lectures: Ewa Brzezińska, Ph.D.

ECTS credits: 3

Theme and Outline: Leaders and their supporters – psychological, social and political aspects. Leader – characteristics, abilities, behaviour. Leadership styles according to circumstances. Leader in transformation. Leading the organisation of future. Leader of future in action. The course is conducted as a workshop, with students participation.


American Film Types

Lectures: Elżbieta Durys, Ph.D.

ECTS credits: 3

Theme and Outline: The course is conducted in he form of consultations. The aim is to introduce the phenomenon of American film types. Discussions over various films representing each of types will give the incentive to reflection upon the idea of society expressed by the cinema as part of culture. The course also analyses the relation between the development of film type and social and political circumstances.


Culture of Austrial and Oceania

Lectures: Maria Łukowska, Ph.D.

ECTS credits: 3

Theme and Outline: Social and cultural issues in contemporary Australia. Geographical characteristics of Australia. Nations of Australia and Oceania, closest neighbours. Inhabiting Australia and Oceania. Colonial policy influence. Australian culture characteristics, problem of multiculturalism. Language and religions of Australia and Oceania. Polish – discoverers of Australia and Oceania. Material culture of the region. Social and spiritual culture.

Readings:

A. Godlewski, Na morzach Południowych; A. Paluch, Obszary kulturowe Pacyfiku; K. Śląski, Dawni żeglarze Oceanii; W. Dworczak, Dookoła piątego kontynentu; B. Malinowski, Argonauci Zachodniego Pacyfiku; E. Pietraszek, B. Kopydłowska, Ludy i kultury Austarlii i Oceanii, J. Bartz Spojrzenie na Samoa; O. Budrewicz, Argonauci z Papui; A. Kuczyński, Polskie opisanie świata vol. 2; T Dworecki, Z kraju kamiennej siekiery.




History of Arabic – Muslim Civilization

Lectures: Izabella Kończak, Ph.D.

ECTS credits: 3

Theme and Outline: Presentation of Islam history since 7th century till the present day. Description of mail Muslim cultures, with the focus on Middle East Aghreb countries (Arabic countries, Turkey, Iran). Spiritual heritage of Islam. Cross-cultural relations of Islam with the Western world. Modernism and fundamentalism since the beginning of 19th century till the middle of 20th century. Poland’s attitude towards Muslim world.

Basic readings:

M.M. Dziekan (ed), Arabowie. Słownik encyklopedyczny, Warszawa 2001; M.M. Dziekan, Polacy a świat arabski, Gdańsk 1998; J. Danecki, Arabowie, Warszawa 2001; F. Robinson, Islam, Warszawa 1996; F Robinson, Świat islamu, Warszawa 1996; J.D. Sourdel, Cywilizacja islamu, Warszawa 1980; A. Hourani, Historia Arabów, Gdańsk 1995; L. Bohdanowicz, S. Chazbijewicz, J. Tyszkiewicz, Tatarzy muzułmanie w Polsce, Gdańsk 1997; E. Said, Orientalizm, Warszawa 1991.




Readings of the Koran

Lectures: Prof. Marek Dziekan, Ph.D.

ECTS credits: 3

Theme and Outline: The course focuses on reading the Koran (in translation into Polish) and understanding its meaning. Comparison of the meaning to the Bible.

Basic readings:

M. Cook, Koran, Warszawa 2001; J. Danecki, Opowieści Koranu, Warszawa 1991; M.M. Dziekan Symbolika arabsko- muzułamańska, W-wa 1997; J-D. Thyen, Biblia i Koran. Synopsa wspólnych tradycji, Warszawa 2002; Koran, tłum. J. Bielawski, Warszawa 1986, Koran, tłum. J. Murza Tarak-Buczacki, Warszawa 1988.





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