General information:
Name:
Contemporary Poland
Code:
UBPJO-220
Profile of education:
Academic (A)
Lecture language:
English
Semester:
Spring
Responsible teacher:
prof. nadzw. dr hab. Szmeja Maria (maria.szmeja@agh.edu.pl)
Academic teachers:
prof. nadzw. dr hab. Szmeja Maria (maria.szmeja@agh.edu.pl)
Module summary

Course might help students to understand contemporary Polish Society.

Description of learning outcomes for module
MLO code Student after module completion has the knowledge/ knows how to/is able to Connections with FLO Method of learning outcomes verification (form of completion)
Social competence
M_K012 Student understands the aim of social activities Involvement in teamwork,
Activity during classes
Skills
M_U006 Student is able to analyse social problems and explain them using sociological categories Presentation,
Activity during classes
Knowledge
M_W011 Student should know a basic terminology in analysis of contemporary Polish society Presentation,
Examination
M_W012 Student knows historical background and modern concepts of Polish society Presentation,
Examination
FLO matrix in relation to forms of classes
MLO code Student after module completion has the knowledge/ knows how to/is able to Form of classes
Lecture
Audit. classes
Lab. classes
Project classes
Conv. seminar
Seminar classes
Pract. classes
Zaj. terenowe
Zaj. warsztatowe
Others
E-learning
Social competence
M_K012 Student understands the aim of social activities - - - - - + - - - - -
Skills
M_U006 Student is able to analyse social problems and explain them using sociological categories - - - - - + - - - - -
Knowledge
M_W011 Student should know a basic terminology in analysis of contemporary Polish society - - - - - + - - - - -
M_W012 Student knows historical background and modern concepts of Polish society - - - - - + - - - - -
Module content
Seminar classes:
  1. A process of transformation

    We will talk about background of transformation from socialism to democratic state. It was an unique process in history, it was a social experiment.

  2. Winners and losers. Economic changes in Poland after 1989

    During class we will discuss about lucky and unlucky groups in Polish society. Why some of them have lost the future? Why some of them have been successful?

  3. Who is satisfied and who complains? Why?

    Poles rarely are happy. Why do Poles complaint so often? Who is unsatisfied of social position and why?

  4. Work and employment

    Unemployment was a big shock for Polish society. It was a side effect of new economy. How do people adjust to it? We will discuss if the unemployment motivates people to activity.

  5. Do we really have national/ethnic minorities?

    Problem of national/ethnic minorities have arises in 1989 after transformation. Many people still follow mono-ethnic vision of Polish society. It is a social problem. We will see some of ethnic and national groups and they problems in Poland. We will see a film on that topic.

  6. Who votes? Who refuses to vote? Why?

    Political activity is very poor in Poland. People don’t trust to politician so they refuse to vote. Who votes? We will research outcome of political surveys and programs of main political parties

  7. Cultural differences between Poles.

    Despite common opinion, Poland is culturally diverse society. During class we will regard differences: historical, folk, habits, religious dimensions. We will see some events happened in city center.

  8. Cultural and communicative memory in Poland after 1989.

    Polish society is divided on historical memory. Official history often opposed oral history presented at home. Why it is? We will talk about communicative and cultural way of presenting bygone events.

  9. Young and senior Poles.

    Demographic problems of Polish society. Poland is an aging society. It cases lots of problems: employment, social care, activity of seniors. On the other hand, young people have to be prepared for help and hard work.

  10. Customs and tradition vs modernity.

    Modernization of society, social changes have opponents. How to deal with that problem? What should society keep from their tradition, what might be changed?

  11. Contemporary problems: abortion, refugees, gender

    During classes we will discuss contemporary problems of Polish society. For now it is: abortion (banned), refugees (Poland refused to take them), gender (Catholic Church is against it), homosexuals (not accepted by average of society).

Student workload (ECTS credits balance)
Student activity form Student workload
Summary student workload 100 h
Module ECTS credits 4 ECTS
Participation in conversation seminars 30 h
Preparation for classes 30 h
Realization of independently performed tasks 36 h
Contact hours 2 h
Examination or Final test 2 h
Additional information
Method of calculating the final grade:

50% activity during classes
20% presentation
30% test

Prerequisites and additional requirements:

I would like students to be active participants of course. Read lectures and discuss it.

Recommended literature and teaching resources:

A. Koźmiński, 2015. Bounded Leadership. Empirical Study of the Polish Elite. “Polish Sociological Review” no. 4. p. 425-453
T. Kowalik. 2001. The ugly face of Polish success: social aspects of transformation (in) Poland into the New Millenium (ed) Gregore Blazyca, Ryszard Rapacki. Edward Elgar. North Hampton. MA. USA
A. Gwiazda, 2016. National and ethnic minority representation. In: Democracy in Poland. Representation, Participation, Competition and Accountability since 1989. pp. 50-70 . Routladge.
A. Kłoskowska, 1995. Neighboring Cultures and Ethnic Tension. in: After Communism. A Multidsciplinary Approach to Radical Society Change. (ed) E. Wnuk-Lipiński. PAN. Warszawa p.95-105
S. Kapralski, 2016, The Evolution of Anti-Gypsyism in Poland: From Ritual Scapegoat to Surrogate Victims to Racial hate Speach? “Polish Sociological Review” no 1. pp101-117
M, Bieńkowska 2015. Transsexual Masculinity construction in Poland. “Polish Sociological Review” no2 p.179-192
M. Dudek, 2013. From Unemployment to Running One’s Own Business: the Ideational Embededdednes id Enterpreneurship in Poland and EU Public Policy. “Studia Humanistyczne AGH” no 2 pp.29-43
M. Dzięglewski.2015. Polish Graduates:Migration and Its Media Representations. “Polish Sociological Review” no 2 p. 171-188
Ł. Krzyżowski, W. Kowalik, K. Suwada. 2014. Introduction. Transition onto Retirement in Central and East Europe. “Studia Humanistyczne AGH” no. 4.pp7-16

Scientific publications of module course instructors related to the topic of the module:

Maria Szmeja, 1999, Silesian National Identity in Opole Region. A Case of Borderland Groups. "Polish Sociological Review. no.3

Additional information:

None