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Economic and public policy – factors of economic performance



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Economic and public policy – factors of economic performance


(in English)

Lectures: Justyna Morawska, M.A.

ECTS credits: 3

Theme and Outline: Basic factors influencing levels of life in underdeveloped countries. Theory of policy of social and economic development and its practice on the examples of Ireland, Greece and Spain.

Basic references: B. Snowdon, Współczesne teorie makroekonomii, PWN Warszawa 1998; B. Guy Peters, Administracja publiczna w systemie społecznym, Scholar, Warszawa 2000; W. Morawski, Socjologia ekonomiczna, Warszawa 2002; J.W. O’Hagan, The economy of Ireland, Dublin 2000; J. Bradley, Regional aid and convergence, Avebury 1994.
National Marketing – Building Market Identity in the Era of Globalisation

Lectures: Marta Hereźniak, M.A.

ECTS credits: 3

Theme and Outline: Significance of building market identity in the face of integration and globalisation. Creating national marketing strategies and national trade marks – focus on Poland. National marketing influence on creating welfare state. National marketing of Poland.

British Subcultures: (De)Construction of Society

(in English)

ECTS credits: 3

Lectures: Łukasz Romanowski, Ph.D.

Theme and Outline: The course is intended to present British youth subcultures of the second half of the 20th century. Some attention will be paid to the historical and social context of the post-war Britain which gave birth to a number of youth movements. Subcultures like rockers, mods, skinheads, hippies, punks and rastafarians will be subject to more detailed analysis. Their rebellious beginnings as well as later, more established phases of activity will be presented in a general social context. Also, a short analysis of their influence upon today’s British and other countries youth sobcultures will be proposed.
Republic of South Africa. Country – People – History – Present Times

Lectures: Maria Łukowska, Ph.D.

ECTS credits: 3

Theme and Outline: Knowledge of the country that controls sea route from Middle East to Europe and USA. The beginning of European inhabitance in the end of the 15th century. Geography, climate, history, British colonialism, African and European inhabitants, multiculturalism, aparthaid, contemporary changes.

Readings:

A. Bianke, Państwo aparthaidu; Warszawa 1986; H. Walpe, Race, class and aparthaid state, Paris 1988; A. Żukowski, W kraju złota i diamentów. Polacy w Afryce Południowej w XVI-XX w. Warszawa 1994; tenże, Polsko-południwoafrykańskie stosunki polityczne, Olsztyn 1988; J. Balicki, Afrykanerzy, Afrykanie, Apartheid, Warszawa 1980; M.J. Malinowski, Białe mocarstwo Czarnego Lądu, Wrocław 1986; tenże, Republika Południowej Afryki: przemiany wewnętrzne i ich międzynarodowe uwarunkowania, Warszawa 1988.



Semester 10 optional courses


Signs and Symbols of Culture

Lectures: Maria Łukowska, Ph.D.

ECTS credits: 3

Theme and Outline: World’s and European cultural tradition in the aspect of describing cosmos, surrounding world and human, from Ancient times till now. The issues of symbols and signs related to cosmos (sky, sun, moon, earth, water), time and part of world, minerals, plants, humans, colours (red, white, golden, blue, purple, green, grey, brown), religion, every-day life objects.

Readings:

D. Forstner, Świat symboliki chrześcijańskiej; M. Eliade, Traktat o historii religii; P. Kowalski, Leksykon. Znaki Świata. Omen, przesąd i znaczenie; M. Harris, Krowy, świnie wojny i czarownice; R. Gogard, Kozioł ofiarny; M. Lurker, Słownik obrazów i symboli biblijnych; D. Morris, magia ciała, W. Kopaliński, Słownik mitów i tradycji kultury.




Concepts of Japanese Cinema

Lectures: Masakatsu Joshida, M.A.

ECTS credits: 3

Theme and Outline: History of cinema and its relations to major political, social and cultural facts in Japan. Major works of Japanese cinema. Specific Japanese firm type. Fields of interest and characteristic way of showing people, peolple’s lifes, conflicts and tragedies. Analysis of major films and directors. In co-operation with ‘Cytryna’ cinema.


The British Political System


(in English)

Lectures: Łukasz Romanowski, Ph.D.

ECTS credits: 3

Theme and Outline: The course will concentrate upon the historical development and the current state of the political system in Britain. The distinctiveness and genuineness of British will be analysed in order to depict the profound contribution of that nation into the European civilisation, and thus the modern world. The development of Monarchy, rise of democracy and the appearance of numerous other institutions will be discussed. The political system will also be looked upon in the context of the rise the Empire and later the Commonwealth. Then the phase of co-operation with the EU will receive attention. Finally, an emphasis will be put on the phenomena of devolution and the third way as signs of profound changes in the political system of Britain.

Central and Eastern Europe in Second Half of the 20th Century

Lectures: Karol Stryjski, Ph.D

ECTS credits: 3

Theme and Outline: Central Europe after World War I. Central and Eastern Europe during World War II. Consequences of the Yalta Treaty. Beginning of USSR hegemony in Central and Eastern Europe. ‘Cold War’. Integration in Western Europe in the second half of the 20th century. Conflicts and revolutions in Central Europe. Public opinion and opposition against socialism – origin and programs. Battle for ‘human socialism’. Political changes in post - soviet areas. Size, consequences and costs of political and economic transformations. Costs and gains of integration. Central European countries in NATO and EU. The position of new EU members.

Readings: A. Antoszewski i R. Herbert, Demokracje Europy Środkowo – Wschodniej w perspektywie porównawczej, Wrocław 1998; P. Eberhardt, Między Rosją a Niemcami, Warszawa 1996; Europa Środkowa – czas przełomu, w: Rocznik Strategiczny 1997/98; L. C. Gardner, Strefy wpływów; Wielkie mocarstwa i podział Europy, Warszawa 1999; J. Neneman (ed), Po dziesięciu latach – transformacja i rozwój w krajach postkomunistycznych, Warszawa 2000.

An Introduction to American Folklore

(in English)



Lectures: Joanna Rydzewska, M.A.

ECTS credits: 3

Theme and Outline: The course aims at familiarizing students with the American concept of folklore and folklore studies. During the course we will examine specific examples of verbal (jokes, folk tales, etc.), customary (superstitions, gestures, etc.) and material (food, architecture, etc.) American folklore as well as groups that create them.

Semesters 07-10 specialisation courses –

specialisation in American Studies and Mass Media



Ethnic and Racial Conflicts in a Global Perpective

(in English)

Lectures: Wiesław Oleksy, Ph.D.

ECTS credits: 4

Theme and Outline: The essence of the course is to engage in dicussions on aspects of ethnic and racial relations in the USA and elsewhere in the world on the basis of readings (see below) and information provided in the web site specifically designed for this course in the USA and available on the Internet. An integral part of the course is a joint project on racial or ethnic conflict anywhere in the world. Teams of students (3-5 participants) consisting of Polish and foreign students taking the course at other participating universities, i.e., in the USA (several universities), Great Britain, Canada, Australia etc., present a project which is the results of a joint effort. Typically, a team is composed of 2 Polish and 2-3 foreign students. Department of American Studies and Mass Media UŁ is the only academic institution in Poland that has been participating in this international project for four years.


Advertising in the USA

(in English)


Lectures: Wiesław Oleksy, Ph.D.

ECTS credits: 4

Theme and Outline: The course aims at getting students acquainted with the basic concepts and problems of advertising in the USA and, by comparison, in Poland and elsewhere in Europe. Until quite recently advertising may have been viewed as a particulary American institution, but that is no longer the case. Nowadays, everyone is influenced, one way or another, by advertising. There are several reasons why students benefit from studying advertising; they: 1. understand how advertising affects business and economy, and the media; 2. understand the strategic function of advertising within the context of business and marketing; 3. discover how advertising works and what people and agencies in advertising do.
United States of America in International Relations Politics 1898 - 2003
Lectures: Przemysław Żurawski vel Grajewski, Ph.D.

ECTS credits: 4

Theme and Outline: The birth of a superpower – T. Roosevelt (Cuba Independence War, Spanish – American War, big stick policy, open door policy, USA and European colonial empires). USA and World War I. America vs. Versailles Treaty. Militarisation control in USA foreign affairs policy (1922 – 1933). Major directions of American foreign affairs policy 1918 – 1941. USA during World War II. USA as a world’s leader in the confrontation with communism: 1948 – 198. USA vs European integration: 1948 – 2004. The position of USA in non-polarised political world after 1991.

Gilded Age and Progresive Era, 1877-1917


(in English)

Lectures: Prof. Christopher Phelps

ECTS credits: 4

Theme and Outline: This course is an advanced-level examination of the history of the United States from 1877, when Reconstruction came to an end, until 1917, when America entered the First World War. Attention will likely concentrate upon social developments of the period, including the consolidation of corporate economic organisation, worker and farmer dissent against industrial capitalism, middle-class reform movements, the new immigration, and increasing urban density. This course has the following aims: (1) to provide an intensive knowledge of American history from 1877-1917; (2) to elevate comprehension and appreciation of historical interpretation; (3) to encourage thoughtful verbal expression of ideas, clear and compelling writing, and careful reading.
Semesters 07-10 M.A. seminars -

American Studies and Mass Media

Diversity in the United States: Transatlantic Perpective


(in English)

Seminars: Prof. Elżbieta Oleksy, Ph.D.

ECTS credits: 42

Theme and Outline: This seminar is designed for the students who wish to focus their work on America or comparative (American-European) subjects in one of the following areas/sub-areas: 1. Multiculturalism: racial perspective, ethnic perspective, gender perspective. 2. Trans-nationalism and globalisation in area of culture. This seminar is meant to give students a better understanding of diversity of human experience in the United States and beyond. We will investigate how race, class, sexuality, and gender are key factor in learning about those differences. Additionally, we will look at the ways in which globalisation, process are forcing us to look at the transnational interconnections that shape the socio-economic, cultural and political experiences of groups in different regions and nations, adding an important cross-cultural and comparative dimension to the understanding of human diversity in general. This is especially important in wake of Poland’s accession to the United Union and the EU’s often double-edged (positive and negative) attitude to globalisation.

This interdisciplinary seminar will use methods from variety of disciplines, with a special emphasis on cultural studies (especially visual culture) and social studies.




Gender in Visual Cultures


(in English)

Seminars: Prof. Elżebieta Oleksy, Ph.D.

ECTS credits: 42

Theme and Outline: This seminar will focus on representations of gender in visual cultures. We will examine media representations of such issues as: Feminities and masculinities; Space and gender; Sexuality; Gender and race/ethnicity; Men’s and women bonding; Parenthood; Action Hero and Heroine; Male and Female cyborgs. We will use a range of critical texts – American, British, and Polish – and apply these critiques to discussions of visuals texts (films and TV programs).

Organisational Behaviour – American Perspective

Seminars: Ewa Brzezińska, Ph.D.

ECTS credits: 42

Theme and Outline: Human behaviour in various organisations. Organisational Behaviour as an cross-disciplinary science (elements of psychology, sociology, social psychology, anthropology and political science). Organisation – structure and building. Individual in organisation. Group in organisation. Conflict in organisation and organisational development. The issues of power, politics and influences in organisation. Leadership. Corporate culture. Organisational behaviour in transnational corporations.



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