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New Erasmus Courses 2021/22

New Erasmus Courses 2021/22

List of the courses in English 2021/22 Faculty of Philosophy Jagiellonian University

The Faculty of Philosophy of the Jagiellonian University consists of 5 Institutes: Philosophy, Pedagogy, Psychology, Religious Studies and Sociology and the Center for Comparative Studies of Civilization. Currently, almost 2,300 students and less than 200 doctoral students study at the faculty. It is one of the oldest faculties at our university since it was established in 1364.

During your studies you can get to know yourself, other people, various cultures and religions, as well as understand the world, individual and society. We invite you to join our academic society, study with us and explore the present, past and future of both the Jagiellonian University and the royal city of Kraków.

 

Centre for the Comparative Studies of Civilisations

(Katedra Porównawczych Studiów Cywilizacji)

 

Body Language in Communication

Conversatory classes / 30h / 4 ECTS / winter semester

Coordinator: dr hab. Bożena Gierek

https://psc.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/about/staff/bozena-gierek

 

 This course is a continuation of the course „Body Language in Practice”. Thus, making students aware of importance of body language in communication in every area of life and teaching them how to decode and encode nonverbal cues accurately, the course will be based on analysing people’s behaviour in reality. After the introduction, every participant of the course will present such an analysis on a chosen example (short film/video).

 

 

Body Language in Practice

Conversatory classes / 30h / 4 ECTS / winter semester

Coordinator: dr hab. Bożena Gierek

https://psc.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/about/staff/bozena-gierek

 

The aim of the course is to look at all aspects of the body language (and even broader - non-verbal communication) in various situations in everyday life. Knowing the elements of body language and their functions one can not only improve the interpersonal communication, but also to make his/her professional life successful. Non-verbal communication is not merely replacement or accompaniment of verbal communication, but a very important complementary element of it.

 

 

Body Language, Paul Ekman and Lie to Me

Conversatory classes / 30h / 4 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: dr hab. Bożena Gierek

https://psc.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/about/staff/bozena-gierek

 

The aim of the course is to make students acquainted with Paul Ekman's research on body language and to show how his science was applied in the series Lie to Me. We will also study body language of the actors playing the main characters in the series Lie to Me.

 

 

Introduction to Buddhism

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/2/15/66

Conversatory classes / 30h / 4 ECTS / winter semester

Coordinator: dr Robert Szuksztul

https://psc.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/about/staff/robert-szuksztul

 

The goal of the course is to give an introduction to the Buddhist tradition in the form of a general overview spanning the whole duration of its history, and, as such, is intended for an audience without prior knowledge about the subject.

 

 

New Religions – Background, Features and Examples

Conversatory classes / 30h / 4 ECTS / winter semester

Coordinator: dr Robert Szuksztul    

https://psc.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/about/staff/robert-szuksztul

 

The goal of the course is to inform students about the phenomenon of the so-called New Religious Movements. Emphasis will be put on finding common features based on several case-studies. Students will be alerted to the problems with the precise definition of NRMs, nonetheless creating a working definition of the phenomenon will be one of the goals of the course.

 

 

Postcolonial theories

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/66

Conversatory classes / 30h / 3 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: dr hab. Wojciech Klimczyk

https://psc.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/about/staff/wojciech-klimczyk

 

The course is designed to introduce students to most essential texts in postcolonial theories. Additional goal of the course is to acquaint students with the development of postcolonial studies from the after II World War until today.

 

 

Satan in Abrahamic Religions

Conversatory classes / 30h / 4 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: dr Wojciech Kosior

https://psc.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/about/staff/wojciech-kosior

 

The main purpose of the course is to acquaint the students with the early cultural history of Satan basing on the literary materials composed within Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

 

 

The Rhythms of Cultural Expression: Music and Theatre of South India

Lecture / 30h / 4 ECTS / winter semester.

Coordinator: dr hab Cezary Galewicz

https://psc.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/about/staff/cezary-galewicz

 

The course intends to introduce students through selected examples of music, theatre, dance and performing arts traditions of India to several important aspects of interculturalism in its broad theoretical sense as well as in its contemporary practices of experiencing different forms of cultural expression and social communication. A comparative perspective concerning different local traditions will be reinforced and contrasted against a general theoretical background in the form of the basic introduction to classical Indian theories of rhythm, musical scale, theatrical expression and aesthetic experience as well as a historical context of evolving genres. Practical aspects of the course shall focus on the multimedia experience of selected music, dance and theatre performances introducing students into the practical knowledge of regional cultures of South Asian instruments, performance practices, codes of expression techniques and actor body kinetics as well as social patterns of cultural experiencing of musical and theatrical events. The course aims at highlighting the importance of performance traditions for South Asian civilizations.

 

 

Institute for the Study of Religions

(Instytut Religioznawstwa)

 

Aesthetic experience as a paradigm for religious experience in Tantric Śaivism of Kashmir

Seminar / 60h / 6 ECTS / winter semester

Coordinator: prof. Raffaele Torella (visiting professor)

https://religioznawstwo.uj.edu.pl/visiting-professors/lectures

 

The philosophy and the religious worldview of Kashmirian non-dual Śaivism, culminating in its greatest spiritual master and philosopher, Abhinavagupta, is impregnated by a basic aesthetic flavour (and, moreover, it is to be noted that Indian aesthetics as a whole has Abhinavagupta as its most prominent figure). A major characteristic of this aesthetic-aristocratic attitude in religious experience is the downgrading of all painful effort, seen as plebeian feature. The aristocrat intends to show that what inferior people can achieve only at the cost of long and painful exercises is accessible to him promptly and very easily. However, such ‘easiness’ is all but easy for ordinary (and not aesthetically refined) man.

 

 

Ancient Mediterranean religions: Greece

Lecture + Seminar / (30+30) 60 h / 6 ECTS / winter semester

Coordinator: dr hab. Ioanna Patera

https://religioznawstwo.uj.edu.pl/dr-hab.-ioanna-patera

 

This course offers an overall picture of the main topics of religions of the ancient Mediterranean. Cosmogonies and theogonies will be presented and compared, illustrating the contacts between various cultures. Their main gods will be presented through their myths and cults. Human behaviour towards gods and other supernatural beings will illustrate general patterns and a number of variations.

 

 

Between Athens and Mecca. Premodern philosophy in the Eastern Mediterranean

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/68

Seminar / 30h / 4ECTS / winter semester

Coordinator: dr. Anna Izdebska

https://religioznawstwo.uj.edu.pl/dr-anna-izdebska

   

The course will introduce students to changes and developments in the practice of philosophy from Archaic Greece (8th-6th c. BC) to Classical Islam (9th-13th c. AD), paying special attention to the transitional period linking the two “cultural worlds”, Greece and Islam, that is Late Antiquity (3rd-8th c. AD). By paying equal attention to both cultures, Ancient Greek and Medieval Islamic, it will make it possible to the students to understand the ways in which philosophy changed within each of these cultures and – most importantly – in the process of transitioning between the two, which occurred in Late Antiquity. In this way, the students will be able to appreciate the uniqueness of the medieval Graeco-Arabic translation movement and its significance in global history. Moreover, for those students with little knowledge of the Ancient Greek or Classical Islamic philosophy, the course will also serve as a brief (“crash-course”) introduction into each of these philosophical cultures. The lectures will focus on general phenomena as well as specific philosophical traditions, in particular Pythagoreanism, which will make it possible to explain the nuances of the philosophical transformations that took place within and in between the Greek and Arabic philosophical cultures.    

 

 

Body in Tantric tradition

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/en/document/9aa4b37f-0389-4af6-82fb-4c8b56456b59.pdf

Seminar / 30h / 4 ECTS / winter semester

Coordinator: dr Robert Czyżykowski

https://religioznawstwo.uj.edu.pl/web/instytut-religioznawstwa/dr-robert-czyzykowski   

Lecturer: dr hab. Małgorzata Sacha

https://religioznawstwo.uj.edu.pl/web/instytut-religioznawstwa/dr-hab.-malgorzata-sacha

 

The course is an introduction into the topic of the embodiment in the Indian Tantric traditions. The topic will be presented in the context of the most prominent but also misunderstood religious tradition of India – Tantric traditions. The participants of the course will be acquainted with the topics covering the origins, historical development, social institutions, initiation rituals and esoteric aspects of Tantric tradition in various contexts relating to the main topic of the embodiment. Special interest will enjoy the area of the various methods of Tantric Yoga where human body is vehicle in realizing the soteriological and other goals. A dominant part of the course is covered by the most prominent Tantric traditions, namely Vaishnava, Śaiva and Śakta religions with some introduction to the Buddhist Tantric tradition. After completing the course students will be able to integrate and evaluate the knowledge about Tantric groups in India and in limited degree outside the India. Students will gain awareness of the proposed methodologies for studying such religious phenomena.

 

 

Greek ways to honour the gods: the festivals

Lecture and Seminar / (30+30) 60h /6 ECTS/ winter semester

Coordinator: dr hab. Ioanna Patera

https://religioznawstwo.uj.edu.pl/dr-hab.-ioanna-patera

 

This course offers a detailed picture of the setting of Greek festivals. The various means to repeatedly honour the gods will be examined in order to differentiate what is meaningful in each case. These settings will be compared to the discourses about the origins of festivals, the myths regarding the honoured gods and the actual way of honouring them. Variations of patterns will be examined as ways to differentiate the meaningful and the specific aspect making each of the festivals recognizable and unique. We shall examine the great and smaller festivals, their settings and organization, the administration of the sanctuaries as well as the overall modern theories mostly regarding the nature of the honoured gods.

 

 

Homo Spectator. Religion and the Visual

Seminar / 30h / 4 ECTS / winter semester

(+ workshop filmmaking teachers from FILMSPRING OPEN)

Coordinator: dr Urszula Idziak – Smoczyńska

https://religioznawstwo.uj.edu.pl/web/instytut-religioznawstwa/dr-urszula-idziak-smoczynska

 

The course will be devoted to the analysis of religion and the visual from several perspectives (enchantment and disenchantment of art in the realm of postsecularism, the confessing function of art, metamorphosis and catharsis  - the ritual in art,  the idolatric and iconic function of art,  vision and blindness - from faith to art, trangression as origin of both religion and art) It will be will be a brief introduction to the ocularocentric structures of the human mind and the history of the intertwinement between philosophy, religion and culture. The course will be accompanied by work-based learning during professional film-making workshop. The theoretical part of the course will aim at showing students the possible practical outcomes of the theory in their own filmmaking projects or future documentary projects about religion made during Film Spring Open workshop taking place near Cracow in October (or online). Students will gain the opportunity to discover technical and artistic abilities in documentary film upon professional filmmakers.

 

 

Islam and the West: between Islamophobia and Western conversions to Islam

seminar / 30h / 4 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: dr Joanna Krotofil

https://religioznawstwo.uj.edu.pl/dr-joanna-krotofil 

 

The module draws on theories and empirical studies from the sociology and social anthropology, to illuminate what is the current position of Islam and Muslims in Europe. Concepts discussed include ethnicity, identity, globalisation, multiculturalism, islamophobia, lived Islam and conversion to Islam. Diverse European contexts will be considered for comparative purposes (e.g. Great Britain, France, Germany, Poland). The discussion will focus on the construction of Muslim identity in the context of multiculturalism, immigration and the place of religion in public life. Western conversions to Islam and islamophobia will be discussed as two examples of the identity processes related to Islam. Students will discuss the processes shaping representation of Muslims in media, politics and public life. The goal of the module is to enable students to participate in academic debates on the role position of Islam in Europe and critically evaluate academic literature in this field.

 

 

New religious phenomena in contemporary world: Invented religions

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/document/679fa874-bc12-4346-b0b8-d3a453e6b0c7.pdf

seminar / 30h / 4 ECTS / summer semester  

Coordinator: dr hab. Piotr Czarnecki

https://religioznawstwo.uj.edu.pl/web/instytut-religioznawstwa/dr-hab.-piotr-czarnecki

 

The aim of a course is a deep, academic analysis of the new, controversial religious phenomena – the Invented Religions, with its main branches: Joke Religions, Parody Religions, Fiction-Based Religions and Socially Involved Invented Religions.

The analysis of source materials, and scholars’ treatises shall give the answers to the fundamental questions of the origins, the specificity and inspirations of such groups. Another important issue will be the analysis of the relations between Invented Religions and other contemporary phenomena, such as New Religious Movements, New Age or pop-culture, that will enable to distinguish characteristic features of Invented religions, to define them and also to give answer to the question: whether such phenomena, that claim to be religions, can be considered religious by the scholars. The answer to the question whether Invented Religions can be called religions, according to the academic definitions is crucial also from the legal point of view, because it determines the attitude of the law towards such phenomena.

During the course, students will discuss source materials and academic texts concerning invented religions, listen to the lectures and watch the multi-media presentations. They will also have the opportunity to present the effects of their own research on a chosen group (or groups) belonging to the current of Invented Religions in the final essay and in the presentations prepared for the classes.

 

 

Pentecostalism and charismatic movements

seminar / 30h / 4 ECTS / winter semester

Coordinator: dr Natalia Zawiejska 

https://religioznawstwo.uj.edu.pl/web/instytut-religioznawstwa/dr-natalia-zawiejska

 

This course gives an overview on global Pentecostalism and Charismatic movements. We look at contemporary Pentecostalism as one of the most intriguing examples of the dynamics of religion in the contemporary world. Often framed in terms of Pentecostal explosion and Pentecostal revolution, Pentecostalism is without doubt one of the most vital and diversified religious phenomena worldwide. It is transformative and conservative at the same time. It is both institutionalized and spiritual. These ambiguities make Pentecostalism difficult to capture. Does Pentecostalism show us a new face of Christianity? Studying Pentecostal cultural and social dynamics, we might ask what Pentecostalism tell us about the ontological status and epistemic frame of religion in contemporary world.   

 

 

Psychoanalysis and religion

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/en/document/bf932b85-f7f9-42ab-a036-2da72f734d34.pdf

seminar / 30h / 4 ECTS / winter semester

Coordinator: dr hab. Małgorzata Sacha

https://religioznawstwo.uj.edu.pl/web/instytut-religioznawstwa/dr-hab.-malgorzata-sacha

 

Traditionally, there has been a strong opposition between psychoanalysis and religion. However, recent years have seen an increase in interest in religion and spirituality in the field of psychoanalysis. The course would represent a unique opportunity of examining the latest psychoanalytic and psychoanalytically-informed theories on religion. Through lecture, discussion and readings, students will be introduced to the contemporary psychoanalytic discourse on culture, religion and spirituality. We will also demonstrate relevance of modern psychoanalytic concepts, theories and modified (off-the-couch) practices for many cross-disciplinary studies that address various religious phenomena in their socio-cultural backgrounds (e.g.: religiously interpreted possessions, religious terrorism). Readings and discussions will be situated within the area of the cross-disciplinary studies.

 

 

Religion and the city

seminar / 30h / 5 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: dr Natalia Zawiejska 

https://religioznawstwo.uj.edu.pl/web/instytut-religioznawstwa/dr-natalia-zawiejska

 

Contemporary religion is prevailingly an urban phenomenon. Moreover, we might observe that religion and urbanity are shaping each other. In such approach urbanity becomes the medium for religious articulations. Understanding the agency and presence of religion in the urban environment becomes crucial for recognizing ontological status of religion in the contemporary world. The course gives an overview of the main topics important in the contemporary debate on religion and urbanity. It dwells on variety of examples form different spatialities in Europe, Africa and Asia. However, the research project that we will develop during the course will focus on locality, dwelling on East European and Polish specifics. The course format oscillates between seminar and research workshop. 

 

 

Religion and the Mind

Seminar / 30 h / 4 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: dr Matylda Ciołkosz

https://religioznawstwo.uj.edu.pl/dr-matylda-ciolkosz

 

The aim of the course is to get the participants acquainted with the relation between mind and cognition, and religion and the study of religions. The first part of the course provides introduction into the rudiments of philosophy of mind, thus providing the students with a general understanding of what the mind is. The second part of the course is a brief review of different models of the mind in different religious traditions. In the last part of the course, the students are introduced to the main tenets and methodologies of the cognitive study of religions. Religion is presented as a cognitive activity, and an answer to the question how “the mind” creates and interprets religious concepts and experiences is attempted.

 

 

“Roots of all Evil”? - social consequences of religiosity

Seminar / 30h / 4 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: dr Aneta Czernatowicz - Kukuczka

https://religioznawstwo.uj.edu.pl/web/instytut-religioznawstwa/dr-aneta-czernatowicz-kukuczka

 

Most people around the world identify themselves as religious and/or spiritual. Constantly, religion influences not only psychological functioning of an individual, but also exerts strong impact on various social and political phenomena. Given the current socio-political tensions around the world, it seems crucial to understand what is the role of religion in shaping intergroup relations. Indeed, in psychology we can find number of studies on the consequences of religiosity, e.g. for political views, violence, but for also for prosocial behaviors and altruism. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the social consequences of religion from psychological perspective. The real-world applicability of the results will be also discussed.

 

 

Institute of Education

(Instytut Pedagogiki)

 

 

Women in Education

Seminar / 30h / 4 ECTS / summer semester.

Coordinator: dr hab. Katarzyna Wrońska, prof. UJ

https://pedagogika.uj.edu.pl/dr-hab.-katarzyna-wronska

 

The course offers an overview of selected pedagogical and philosophical concepts of educating girls as well as educational initiatives created and implemented by women over the centuries, from antiquity to the present day. The choice of analyzed concepts and practices will take into account the interests of the course participants. The aim of the course is to show the changes that have undergone educational practice for girls and their upbringing in the history of Western civilization, as well as to look at the lines of thought behind either maintaining the status quo or overcoming inequalities and breaking down barriers to the access of girls and women to education.

 

 

Pretence in education: the possibility of disclosing and overcoming

Seminar / 30h / 3 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: dr Krzysztof Polak, prof. UJ

https://pedagogika.uj.edu.pl/dr-krzysztof-polak

 

The aim of the course is to acquire students' knowledge, skills and habits in the fields of pedagogical activity resulting from the specificity of the field of study. A foreign language used during these classes is primarily an instrument of communication and reflection on the content of the subject, but it is also an object of improvement. Material competences related to the learning outcomes of the course will be supplemented with competences related to the need to communicate in a foreign language. They will be complemented in activities that require reading foreign-language texts and foreign-language audiovisual materials.

 

Transcultural Competence in Working with Roma Communities

Seminar / 30h / 3 ECTS / winter semester

Coordinator: dr hab. Jacek Bylica

https://pedagogika.uj.edu.pl/dr-jacek-bylica

 

This course provides a brief summary of the history of the Roma people, their traditions and culture. Then it provides a sound knowledge base of the factors impacting the socio-economic position of the Roma communities in modern society. Questions of health promotion and assistance, social welfare and unemployment, education, social integration and human rights protection for minorities are analysed. Competences used in qualitative research such as ethnographic interviewing and participatory action research are examined as a tool for participant community development. All matters are pervaded by a transcultural approach, thus the course aims to build knowledge, understanding and skills that students will need in their efforts to facilitate and strengthen transcultural leadership in local Roma communities.

 

Education through Chess

Workshop / 30h/ 3 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: dr hab. Jacek Bylica

https://pedagogika.uj.edu.pl/dr-jacek-bylica

 

Nowadays, chess is being used as an important element in education. There are many indications that the game of chess develops academic and cognitive skills. In Poland, the project „Education through Chess in School” has been operating in primary schools for several years; similar programs are also carried out in the European regions. The course aims to prepare participants for the implementation of chess classes in educational, welfare and social rehabilitation institutions at the basic level. Participants will learn about the history of chess, the theory of openings, the rules of the middle and end game. Educational issues such as the beauty of the game (chess as an art), competition, logical and strategic thinking, addiction risk and others will be analysed. Classes will be largely based on the method of problem-based learning (PBL).

 

 

Institute of Philosophy

(Instytut Filozofii)

 

Roman Ingarden: the system of aesthetics and the pluralism of art

Lecture and Seminar / 30h / 6 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: prof. dr hab. Leszek Sosnowski

 

Roman Ingarden's philosophy belongs to a structurally and systemically ordered one, expressed in his individual style of inquiry. This style, although clear and distinct, is at the same time meandering because of its analytical and therefore meticulous and illuminating all sides approach to the problem. These factors make it difficult to understand Ingarden's thoughts. It requires in-depth intellectual effort, offering in return an original study of important problems in the main areas of philosophy. This is also the case with aesthetics. The aim of the seminar is two-way: on one hand, presenting the main assumptions of this aesthetics, on the other hand, checking the relevance of this aesthetics in the context of 20th-century avant-garde trends in art. Ingarden himself analyzed them in his aesthetics; it is therefore necessary to ask with what effect he managed to make.

 

 

Action and Cognition

Seminar / 60h / 5 ECTS / summer semester / I level / Cognitive Science

Coordinator: Jacek Wawer, Bipin Indurkhya

 

Art and Aesthetics in 20th and 21st Century

Lecture and Seminar / (15+15) 45 h / 6 ECTS / summer semester / II level

Coordinator: Michał Ostrowicki

 

Contextualism and minimalism about natural language

Seminar / 30h / 6 ECTS / winter semester / II level

Coordinator: Katarzyna Kijania-Placek

 

Cognitive robotics

Lecture and Seminar / (15+30) 45 h / 5 ECTS / winter semester / II level / Cognitive Science

Coordinator: Bipin Indurkhya

 

Creativity: cognitive and computional perspectives

Lecture / 45 h / 5 ECTS / winter semester / II level / Cognitive Science

Coordinator: Bipin Indurkhya

 

Ethical Aspects of Artificial Intelligence

Seminar / 21h / 3 ECTS / summer semester / I level / Cognitive Science / on-line

Coordinator: Michał Klincewicz

 

Introduction to computability

Lecture and Seminar / (30+30) 60 h / 12 ECTS / summer semester / I level

Coordinator: Zalan Gyenis

 

Kant’s Philosophy of Religion: Selected Issues

Seminar / 45h / 6 ECTS / summer semester / II level

Coordinator: Anna Tomaszewska

 

Model theory

Lecture and Seminar / (30+30) 60 h / 12 ECTS / winter semester / I level

Coordinator: Zalan Gyenis

 

Modern Philosophy I

Seminar / 45h / 6 ECTS / winter semester / I level

Coordinator: prof. dr hab. Piotr Mróz

 

Modern Philosophy I

Seminar / 45h / 6 ECTS / summer semester / I level / Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in Humanities (MISH)

Coordinator: prof. dr hab. Piotr Mróz

 

Peano arithmetics and Goedel's theorems

Lecture and Seminar / (30+30) 60 h / 12 ECTS / summer semester / I level

Coordinator: Zalan Gyenis

 

Philosophy of Music

Lecture and Seminar / (30+30) 60 h / 12 ECTS / summer semester / II level

Coordinator: Krzysztof Guczalski

 

Seminar in cognitive science I

Seminar / 30h / 5 ECTS / summer semester / II level / Cognitive Science

Coordinator: Bipin Indurkhya

 

The passage of time

Seminar / 30h / 6 ECTS / winter semester / II level

Coordinator: Tomasz Placek

 

Usability engineering and user experience design

Lecture and Seminar / (15+30) 45 h / 5 ECTS / summer semester / I level / Cognitive Science

Coordinator: Bipin Indurkhya

 

 

Institute of Psychology

(Instytut Psychologii)

 

Human neuropsychology

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/document/6f1a4c95-02ba-41b9-9556-5c4adbc5df01.pdf

Lecture / 15h / 2 ECTS / winter semester

Coordinator: prof. dr Anton M.L. Coenen, Department of Biological Psychology, Donders Centre for Cognition, Netherlands; dr hab Marek Binder

https://psychologia.uj.edu.pl/marek-binder

 

The objective of this course is to describe human neuropsychology, the study to the relationships between brain functions and behaviour. Neuropsychology is strongly influenced by the brain theory, stating that the brain is the source of behaviour. The course approaches how the brain controls behaviour and produces consciousness. Neuropsychological investigations into the brain-behaviour relationship can identify impairments of behaviour that result from brain trauma and brain disorders and diseases. Most important human functions such as cognition, movements, perception, attention, emotion, language and learning and memory, come up, with their disorders and eventual therapies, Also impairments in brain development such as expressed in ADHD and autism, as well as psychiatric and neurological disorders will also be discussed.

The course will be given in December 2021 from Monday till Friday, 5 days, every day 2 lectures of 60 minutes. Lecture 1: From 10 till 11, then a break of 15 minutes followed by lecture 2 from 11.15 till 12.15.

Participation in the course for Erasmus students is subject to availability.

 

Psychology of recruitment and selection

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/document/f18c673c-dcf6-4590-b066-45c8034cc899.pdf

Discussion class / 30h / 4 ECTS / winter semester

Coordinator: dr Piotr Prokopowicz

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/instytut/pracownicy/piotrprokopowicz 

 

The intent of the course is to create both a theoretical and practical foundation for creating comprehensive projects in personnel recruitment and selection. The objectives of this course are to: present and analyze recent developments in personnel psychology, develop an in-depth understanding of empirical issues involved in personnel recruitment and selection and acquire practical skills in creating and conducting middle-sized personnel-related projects in organizations. The course will take on several topics in psychology of recruitment and selection, including (but not limited to) job performance, cognitive ability, personality, emotional intelligence, recruitment, assessment centers, development, interviews and situational judgment tests. Participants will be required to create a project in personnel psychology that deals with practical issues of recruitment, selection or evaluation, based on the recent developments in personnel psychology. Graduating from the course will result in receiving a professional certificate granted by the teacher.

Evaluation criteria: Course will be conducted in the form of a role-playing game. Rules of the game will be provided at the beginning of the course. Weekly tests; consulting report; final presentation

Participation in the course for Erasmus students is subject to availability.

 

Applied social psychology

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/document/662702a0-93ff-4414-ae29-553b1b7edf71.pdf

Discussion class / 30h / 4 ECTS / winter semester

Coordinator: dr Sindhuja Sankaran

 

Applied Social Psychology combines the science of social psychology with the practical application of solving problems in the real world. This knowledge is vital in understanding many social problems such as immigration, national identity, inter-group relations, and conflict resolution. The course will also help in understanding other social behaviour such as sports performance, consumer behaviour, health behaviour, environmental behaviour and so on. The main objective of the course is to apply social psychological theory and technique to study real everyday situation. Most of the class will be structured as lectures with recommended readings. There will also be workshops and discussions in class. I will begin the class with a short introduction to the topic. We will supplement each other’s knowledge each week and come to share an understanding of the theories and application of the theories in real social settings. We will primarily follow research articles on particular topics and references will be provided for the same.

Evaluation criteria: Exams (40%) - There will be a multiple-choice exam with one 250-word essay. The exam will consist of a number of questions of which you will have to select one to answer. These questions will be answerable based on the discussions we held in class, the handouts prepared by presenters, and your thoughtful reflection. (B) Applied Social Psychology Presentation (25%) – The final presentation would aim to address certain social phenomenon and derive a solution on how to address the same. So, for instance, intervention strategy for a specific issue in sports; policy changes in certain political situation, social awareness campaign, advertising and selling a product and so on. (C) Class presentation (15%) – There will be one group presentation. (D) 1 written assignment (15%) – There will be one written assignment. (E) Class Participation (5%) – The value of this class comes from the active participation of all students which would comprise participation in discussions and creating a good discussion question at the end of each class and sharing opinions freely.

Participation in the course for Erasmus students is subject to availability.

 

The psychology of the refugee "crisis"

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/document/6e7a76a9-b037-4ed2-83d9-5a9a6d1aaa2c.pdf

Discussion class / 30h / 4 ECTS / winter semester

Coordinator: dr Sindhuja Sankaran

 

A compelling humanitarian debate that has taken the world by storm is that of the ongoing refugee crisis. Finding durable solutions for refugees has indeed become a major challenge worldwide. The perception of refugees as untrustworthy and unethical creates a rationale for significantly limiting the admittance of refugees to many Western countries and thereby hindering potential integration. Thus, the overall aim of this course is to address the psychological aspects of the present ‘humanitarian crisis’. The humanitarian crisis can be seen from the perspective of the refugees, what they experience, why they flee, the mental health of refugees, refugees in European refugee camps and also from the perspective of the host citizens in terms of refugee acceptance. The course will thus focus on various aspects of the situation of refugees and also various antecedents and consequences of the so-called refugee crisis in the society. Antecedents will include values, attitudes, motivations and ideologies. Consequences would include concepts of dehumanisation, integration policies, pro-social behaviour and so on. The class will be structured as lectures with recommended readings. There will also be workshops and discussions in class. The classes will be interactive with movie/documentary screenings, field trip and engage in a conversation via skype with refugees. We will primarily follow research articles on particular topics and references will be provided for the same.

Evaluation criteria: (A) (A) Exams (40%) - There will be a multiple-choice exam with one 250-word essay. The exam will consist of a number of questions of which you will have to select one to answer. These questions will be answerable based on the discussions we held in class, the handouts prepared by presenters, and your thoughtful reflection. (B) Social awareness event plan (30%) – The final presentation would include students preparing a social awareness event on the topic and presenting it to the class. The group presentation with the highest marks will have an opportunity to implement this plan in collaboration with a local initiative – ‘Rethinking Refugees – Knowledge and Action’. (C) Class presentation (15%) – There will be one group presentation. (D) 1 written assignment (10%) – There will be one written assignment. (E) Class Participation (5%) – The value of this class comes from the active participation of all students which would comprise participation in discussions and creating a good discussion question at the end of each class and sharing opinions freely.

Participation in the course for Erasmus students is subject to availability.

 

 

Laboratory in cognitive neuroscience

Laboratory / 30h / 3 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: dr hab Mirosław Wyczesany

https://psychologia.uj.edu.pl/miroslaw-wyczesany

 

This laboratory course provides practical training in cognitive neuroscience techniques, which can help us reveal the neural underpinnings of mental processes. Each class will start with theoretical introduction, after which students will engage in practical experiments addressing behavioral, cognitive, and physiological processes using various neuroscience paradigms. Students will learn, what kind of questions can be approached by particular methods, and how to properly design and perform experiments to answer these questions. The course will cover autonomic measures (skin conductance, cardiovascular measures, electroencephalography, transcranial stimulation and others).

Evaluation criteria: test exam, group work - designing an experiment related to particular research question, discussion on prepared proposals.

Prerequisites: introductory course in biological psychology (or similar).

Participation in the course for Erasmus students is subject to availability.

 

Life in two languages. Cognitive aspects of bilingualism and second language learning (lecture)

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/document/ce146d04-e1bb-4d59-a591-862eae2171e6.pdf

Lecture / 30h / 4 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: dr hab Zofia Wodniecka-Chlipalska

https://psychologia.uj.edu.pl/zofia-wodniecka-chlipalska

 

The goal of the course is to introduce students to the interesting and rapidly developing field of bilingualism. We will take a cognitive perspective on what it means to be bilingual or "a second language user". Research in the field has demonstrated that even relatively short exposure to a foreign language leaves traces in the cognitive system that cannot be ignored. Undoubtedly, the ability to speak foreign languages is desirable; however, being a second language speaker can be both a blessing and a curse. Besides the obvious communicative benefits, growing evidence suggests that there are both cognitive advantages and disadvantages associated with bilingualism. We will examine several issues related to bilingualism and second language use and acquisition. Topics to be covered in the course include relationship between language and thought, constraints on second language acquisition, brain representation of a second language, benefits and drawbacks of bilingualism, organization of both languages in mind.

Prerequisites: Good knowledge of English (speaking, reading and writing)

Participation in the course for Erasmus students is subject to availability.

 

 

Stereotypes and prejudice (lecture)

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/document/e29dae21-2356-4e11-8e7a-fed62a57b02a.pdf

Lecture / 15h / 2 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: dr hab Marcin Bukowski

https://psychologia.uj.edu.pl/marcin-bukowski 

 

The course will cover six main topics from an introduction to intergroup biases, content of stereotypes, representation and activation of stereotypes, automaticity and control in stereotyping, the motivational functions of intergroup biases and finally their relations with intergroup emotions and behaviors. The course will also refer to methodological aspects of stereotype measurement within the social cognition and social identity framework, as well as the application of theoretical ideas in activities and projects aimed at stereotype and prejudice change.

Evaluation criteria: Exam in a form of a written test (max. 30 points). Exam is passed with 50% + 1 of points.

Prerequisites: Good knowledge of English allowing reading of scientific literature.

Participation in the course for Erasmus students is subject to availability.

 

 

Stereotypes and prejudice (workshop)

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/document/e4d5091e-ff2d-43ab-b198-8658a315403d.pdf

Seminar / 30h / 3 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: dr hab Marcin Bukowski

https://psychologia.uj.edu.pl/marcin-bukowski

 

The course will cover six main topics from an introduction to intergroup biases, content of stereotypes, representation and activation of stereotypes, automaticity and control in stereotyping, the motivational functions of intergroup biases and finally their relations with intergroup emotions and behaviors. The course will also refer to methodological aspects of stereotype measurement within the social cognition and social identity framework, as well as the application of theoretical ideas in activities and projects aimed at stereotype and prejudice change.

Evaluation criteria: Exam in a form of a written test (max. 30 points), Participation in discussions and extra activities (max. 5 additional points), Presentation in the class (10 points), Report in a written form (max. 20 points). In order to pass the exam one has to complete one assigned task, participate in a project team, elaborate and present a final project based on the work done during the whole seminar. Exam is passed with 50% + 1 of points. General evaluation includes the evaluation of work done during the class and for the final project.

Prerequisites: Advanced level of English (reading, speaking, and writing), Obligatory attendance to course "Stereotypes and prejudice (lecture)" WFz.IPs-N-SB06.

Participation in the course for Erasmus students is subject to availability.

 

 

Neuropsychology of sleep

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/document/b0837a38-5838-4465-bd37-d0e78c6d2775.pdf

Lecture / 15h / 2 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: prof. dr Anton M.L. Coenen, Department of Biological Psychology, Donders Centre for Cognition, Netherlands; dr hab Marek Binder

https://psychologia.uj.edu.pl/marek-binder

 

This short series of lectures aims at explaining the basis of the neurophysiological and neuropsychological aspects of sleep, such as dreaming, phases of sleep, states of consciousness. The objective of this course is to learn more about the nature of sleep, one of the most common life functions, but also one of the most mysterious and fascinating function. In this course the features of sleep will be placed in the context of the other states of consciousness, such as waking and dreaming. The latter state, as appearing during sleep, will get full attention, since it shows similarities both with waking and sleeping. Sleep disturbances due to various causes are amongst the most frequently occurring brain disorders. It is estimated that sleep problems affect more than one quarter of mankind. Sleep therapies for chronic insomnia, both pharmacological as behavioural, will be treated. Finally, sleep as a subconscious state will be compared to other low-conscious states such as anaesthesia and coma.

The course will be given in March 2022 from Monday till Friday, 5days, every day 2 lectures of 60 minutes. Lecture 1: From 10 till 11, then a break of 15 minutes followed by lecture 2 from 11.15 till 12.15.

Participation in the course for Erasmus students is subject to availability.

 

 

Institute of Sociology

(Instytut Socjologii)

 

Anti-corruption workshops

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Seminar / 30h / 5 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: dr Paulina Polak

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/paulinapolak

 

The course deals with the phenomenon of corruption, starting from theoretical approaches to corruption, through discussing several areas of corruption (healthcare, politics, economy, organized crime – or others, depending on the interests of course participants), to practical problems, including cases of corruption, business codes of conduct, and anti-corruption policies. Students participating in the course shall play an active part in classes, suggesting problems and searching for solutions, both in open discussions and in small group work.

Final grade will be based on one’s input and active participation throughout the semester, final paper on a chosen problem of corruption or anti-corruption policy and its discussion.

 

 

Arts, Culture and Urban Development

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Discussion class / 30h / 5 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: dr Marta Klekotko

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/martaklekotko

 

The course is designed to provide students with theoretical knowledge and some practical skills in urban cultural planning and help them to understand why and how arts and culture impact economy, politics and social development in urban context.

From creative class and neo-bohemia, through entertainment and cultural events, urban revitalization and neighbourhood regeneration, to New Urbanism, cultural place making and urban scenes, the course provides various perspectives on arts and culture in urban context. It analyses uses and misuses of arts and culture in urban development and asks why some cultural interventions and investments favour regeneration and social development while others lead to gentrification of urban neighbourhoods and unsustainability?

The course will be a good choice for students interested in urban studies (applied urban studies in particular), social/cultural activists, future community-workers and urban policymakers, artists, as well as everybody who likes to know how things work and how culture and arts affect our lives in contemporary cities. The course will include active student participation, building on key readings and case studies of uses and misuses of arts and culture in urban policies (every student will be requested to present one case study, preferably from his/her home country). All the readings will be available online on Chalk/Dropbox. Students are expected to come to class prepared to discuss the readings. If they can tie in references to pop culture, contemporary politics, or their own hobbies and interests, so much the better. Students will be also encouraged to develop a mini project of cultural intervention or a research paper.

 

 

Auschwitz: the past in the present

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Seminar and Fieldwork / 20 h +10h / 4 ECTS / winter semester

Coordinator: prof. dr hab. Marek Kucia

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/marekkucia

 

The course will discuss selected issues and will analyze selected cases of the social and cultural memory of Auschwitz. It will deal with what of the history of the camp is and was remembered, how and why. The focus will be on the site of the former camp, the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum with its exhibits, and Auschwitz memorials and commemorations, but selected other representations of the camp will also be analyzed. These will be discussed in wider contexts such as Poland’s history and present, Holocaust history and memory, Polish-German and Polish-Jewish relations, and others. The course will draw upon the historiography of Auschwitz and the Holocaust, and literature in the social sciences on Auschwitz the camp and Auschwitz after the camp. It will also use the theories and methods of multi-disciplinary memory studies.

The course will consist of seminar classes held in the Institute of Sociology and one or two field classes – study trips to the site of the former Auschwitz camp, the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.

 

 

Building Organizations: Organizational Design and Development in Action

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Workshop / 30h / 3 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: dr Piotr Prokopowicz

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/piotrprokopowicz

 

This evidence-based, practical course builds directly on students’ experiences and, enriching them with complementary approaches in organizational development and planning. Students will create, develop and manage a virtual organization with a mission, vision and strategic plan of their own design. The practical experiences in the class will be complemented with theoretical reflection on the value of organizational theory and sociology for building and understanding organizations.

The course will focus on practical issues in organizational development, including (but not limited to): organizational planning and development, strategic planning, teamwork and project management. Each class shall conclude with practical, evidence-based tips for organizational development and planning. For each class, students are required to read the obligatory readings or prepare a specific task / presentation. During the last meeting, students will present the prototypes and / or services that they were able to create using the methods of organizational design and development.

 

 

Coaching and mentoring for project managers

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69 

Discussion class / 30h /3 ECTS / winter semester

Coordinator: dr Seweryn Krupnik

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/sewerynkrupnik

 

Introduction to coaching and mentoring. Diagnosis of own strengths and weaknesses in the context of project management. Self–help industry. Tools for coaches. Tools for mentors.

 

 

Contemporary Development Studies

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Seminar / 30h / 4 ECTS / winter semester.

Coordinator: dr Marta Klekotko

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/martaklekotko

 

Development theories, strategies and ideologies: modernization. Development theories, strategies and ideologies: dependent development theory. Poverty and foreign aid Human rights, war and violence. Development, culture and institutions. Soft states. Other modernities: China and Far East

Development for whom? Towards alternative models.

 

 

Criminalisation – An Intersectional Perspective

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Discussion class / 30 h / 4 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: dr Agata Dziuban

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/agatadziuban

 

Social science and humanities scholars have been documenting an enhanced turn to criminalisation in the European region and globally. This trend is characterised by a growing support for the application of criminal law, crime control measures and legal vocabularies in many spheres of social life. The aim of this course is an in-dept, intersectional analysis of the contemporary processes of criminalisation. During the class students will have a chance to explore different theoretical perspectives and academic debates on criminalisation, and broader mechanisms of juridification, in democratic societies. While grasping criminalisation as a mode of democratic governance, this class will offer a possibility to ask about the roots, contexts, historical manifestations and impact of increased reliance on criminal law in managing society and citizenship-state relations.  It will also allow to inquire the different ways in which criminalised individuals and groups navigate, negotiate, contest and resist criminalisation, and claim their rights. Within the framework of this class, we will ask, specifically, how and with what consequences criminal laws are being used in the field of migration, sexuality and reproduction, drug use, labour, health, and poverty. Furthermore, entanglements of criminalisation with gender, class, race, sexuality, citizen and health status will be discussed.

 

 

Futures analysis

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Discussion class / 30h / 4 ECTS / winter semester

Coordinator: dr hab. Riccardo Campa, prof. UJ

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/riccardocampa

 

In the first meeting (2 hours) the teacher will present the structure of the course, the literature, the requirements. In the following 6 meetings (12 hours), the teacher will propose 6 different lectures (based on power point presentations and video materials) about aims, methods, and results of future analysis, by using the knowledge provided by the handbook and by personal research experience. During this part, students will be asked to attend the course regularly, to participate actively by commenting and asking questions. In the following 7 meetings (14 hours), students will be asked to make a 20 minutes presentation (15 min. presentation + 5 min. discussion) about one of the topics of the course included in supplementary literature. The last lesson (2 hours) will be devoted to a zero term written exam. Concerning topics, in the first part of the course, the lecturer will provide knowledge about different modes of futures analysis, such as trend analysis, scenario thinking, Delphi method, futures wheel, backcasting, and cross-impact analysis. In the second part of the course, the lecturer and the students together (by mean of presentations and comments) will analyze the main narratives about the future of society through the prism of the sociology of sociotechnical expectations, with a special focus on the automation of manual and intellectual work, the rise of Artificial Intelligence, the transformations of living species by means of biotechnologies and genetic engineering, the new frontiers of biomedicine and human enhancement, climate change, demographic trends, asteroid mining and space colonization.

 

 

Gender and Democracy in Poland

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Discussion class / 30h / 5 ECTS / winter semester. Coordinator: dr Marta Warat

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/martawarat

 

Gender order under state socialism. Gendering politics. Gender equality in the labour market. Reproductive rights in Poland. „Gender wars” in Poland. Backlash against gender equality.

Women's mobilization - the case of Black Protest. Gender equality in a family: on social and political construction of femininity and masculinity.

    

 

Gender and Law

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Lecture 30h, Class 30h/ 6 ECTS / winter semester

Coordinator: prof. dr hab. Grażyna Skąpska

 

This course is focused on the analysis of interrelations between gender and law. Discussed are the struggles for recognition of gender in legal principles, legal norms and application of law, with the special attention paid to the anti-discrimination principles and equality of rights. Also, debated are legal constructs of gender and their interconnections with social structures of oppression and power. The Polish regulation of gender -related issues presents a part of this course.

 

 

Gender Politics in Central and Eastern Europe

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Discussion Class / 30h / 5 ECTS / summer semester
Coordinator: dr hab. Katarzyna Zielińska, prof. UJ

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/katarzynazielinska

 

The countries of Central and Eastern Europe have experienced processes of profound economic, social and political changes over the last thirty years. These transformations have also had a visible gender dimension, often omitted in discussions and studies about the region. The proposed course aims to fill this gap by offering students an opportunity to analyse the post-socialist transformations, Europeanisation and democratisation in the region from a gender perspective. In the class, we will discuss among others the following issues: (re)constructions of femininity and masculinity, (re)definitions of citizenship (also sexual and intimate citizenship), the impact of the EU on gender equality policies in the region, and the situation of men and women in the labour market and in politics.

 

 

Global phenomena in the public sphere

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Seminar / 30h / 5 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: dr Paulina Polak

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/paulinapolak

 

The student is prepared in the field of acquiring knowledge, critical analysis skills and social competences.

 

 

Habitus: the body, social structures and cultural contexts

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Discussion Class / 30h / 4 ECTS/ winter semester

Coordinator: dr Borys Cymbrowski

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/pracownicy/borys-cymbrowski  

 

The aim of the course is to study the concept and phenomenon of "habitus" in a systematic way; to see it as a research tool in social theory and its various applications in a range of disciplines, as diverse as philosophy, literary critique, cultural studies and applied sociology. The course offers insights into various entanglements of individuals in relations within small groups, broader social milieux as well as social classes. The insights will be based on the basis of 19-th and 20-th century novels, texts of contemporary literary critique, fragments of writings in modern social research, and last, not least, students' own observations.

 

 

Human Resource Management

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Discussion class / 30h / 3ECTS / winter semester

Coordinator: dr Piotr Prokopowicz

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/piotrprokopowicz

 

The intent of the course is to create both a theoretical and practical foundation for creating comprehensive projects in human resource management.

The objectives of this course are to:

• present and analyse recent developments in personnel psychology,

• develop an in-depth understanding of empirical issues involved in personnel recruitment and selection and

• acquire practical skills in creating and conducting middle-sized personnel-related projects in organizations.

The course will take on several topics in training, development and recruitment and selection, including (but not limited to) job performance, cognitive ability, personality, emotional intelligence, recruitment, assessment centres, development, interviews and situational judgment tests. Participants will be required to create a project in human resource management that deals with practical issues of recruitment, selection or evaluation, based on the recent developments in personnel psychology. Graduating from the course with honours will result in receiving a professional certificate granted by the teacher. The course with honours will result in receiving a professional certificate granted by the teacher.

 

 

Introduction to Case-Oriented Methodology:

Qualitative Comparative Analysis and Process Tracing

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Discussion class / 30h / 6 ECSTS / summer semester

Coordinator: dr Seweryn Krupnik

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/sewerynkrupnik

 

Introduction to case-oriented methodology. Set theory. Introduction to process tracing. Introduction to qualitative comparative analysis. Presentation of the research project.

 

 

Introduction to Historical Sociology

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Discussion class/ 30h / 3 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: dr Borys Cymbrowski

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/pracownicy/borys-cymbrowski

 

The purpose of the course is to broaden students' knowledge in the special sociological discipliene of historical sociology which covers sociology's preoccupation with past occurencies and and analyzing social processes in history with use of social theory.

 

 

Is God dead? Religion and Spirituality in Contemporary European Societies

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Discussion class / 30h / 5 ECTS / winter semester

Coordinator: dr hab. Katarzyna Zielińska, prof. UJ

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/katarzynazielinska

 

The course covers a broad range of issues related to religion and religiosity in contemporary Europe, presented in the wider context of global changes on the religious scene. It aims to look at contemporary empirical developments through the theoretical lenses of social sciences. Our discussions will cover the following topics: the role and place of religion in contemporary European societies (e.g. relations between religion and politics, different models of Church - state relations, religion and civil society), question of freedom of religion and belief (e.g. rights of believers and non-believers, individual rights vs. secular regimes), the relationship between gender and religion (e.g. differences in religiosity between women and men, religious discrimination and empowerment), and religious minorities in European countries (e.g. Muslim minorities in Europe, relations between minority vs. majority religions, new religious movements).

 

 

Is the World Flat? Places and Localities Matter

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Discussion Class / 30h / 5 ECTS / winter semester

Coordinator: prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Gorlach

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/krzysztofgorlach

 

The goal of this course is to provide participants with an analytical framework as well as basic statements and theories of globalization processes. Student can assess the potential of local resistance activities and is able apply them in cooperation with local social activists and leaders. Student is ready to play a role of potential social advisor and/or instructor working with local social activists.

 

 

Islam in Europe

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Discussion class / 30h / 5 ECTS / winter semester

Coordinator: dr Marta Warat

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/martawarat

 

The presence of Islam in Europe has become a key political issue as well as an important area of research. Muslims have become a well-established minority in many European countries, constituting approximately 6% of the population. The aim of this course is to analyse and discuss the diverse situations and experiences of Muslim communities in Europe. The first part of the course will provide a comparative overview of Muslim communities in Europe. Students will learn about the historical roots and recent settlement of Muslim communities. The following sessions will examine the contemporary issues of Islam and Muslim communities in Europe such as Muslim-state relationship, religious, ethnic and national identities, accommodation of religious practices, civic engagement and activism of Muslims, gender relations, media representations of Muslim minorities, Islamophobia and hate crimes. The selected public controversies, namely headscarf debate, honour killing, Danish Cartoons Affair, terrorism and refugee crisis will be critically analysed.

 

 

Leadership, Management and Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Discussion class / 30h / 4 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: dr Piotr Prokopowicz

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/piotrprokopowicz

 

Leadership has been famously defined as the capacity to translate vision into reality. The aim of this interdisciplinary course is to introduce the complex and interconnected nature of three defining phenomena of the 21st Century - leadership, management and entrepreneurship. In this class, students will learn what it means to be a good leader, what are the key differences between management, leadership and entrepreneurship, as well as the practical tools to lead and manage.

Each student is obliged to attend the class, conduct a biographical interview with a leader and make a presentation on “How to become a leader”.

The first part of the class introduces, but is not limited to, the various types of leadership, classical and modern theories of management, as well as social and psychological determinants of entrepreneurship. The second, practically-oriented part of the course explores the tropes of leadership, management and entrepreneurship in modern business, science, government, non-governmental organizations, and families.

 

 

Liberalism and Its Critics: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Seminar / 30h / 4 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: dr Daria Łucka

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/darialucka

 

The course introduces students to the political ideology of liberalism: its classical and contemporary versions. The emphasis will be put on basic notions within the liberal discourse: freedom, equality, rights, individualism, authority, etc. The course also integrates important challenges to the moral, social and political viability of liberalism, from, conservative, communist, socialist, to communitarian critiques. Throughout the course, we will try to answer the following questions: Does liberalism overemphasize the importance of an individual, at the expense of community? Are liberal societies bound to be selfish and atomized? Do liberal theories rest upon a mistaken view of the self? What corrections of liberalism are provided by the critical approaches to it?

 

Polish Society Through Documentary Film and Ethnography

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Discussion class / 30h / 5 ECTS / winter semester
Coordinator: dr hab. Grażyna Kubica-Heller, prof. UJ

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/grazynakubicaheller

 

The course is meant to discuss important issues in Polish society. Here are main topics:

I. The role of Catholicism in Polish social life.

II. Polish Jews and Polish Memory.

III. Socialism and Post-socialism.

IV. Minorities and pluralisation of public sphere.

V. Post-war expulsions and contemporary migrations.

These themes are presented via documentary films made by best Polish (and not only Polish) film- makers, accompanied by ethnographic texts written mainly by Krakovian scholars. This way students

will receive deeper knowledge about Polish society based on visuality and empirical studies done locally. This material will be a starting point for discussions in a classroom, and will enable students

to engage in the problems of the country they visit (or will help them to see from another perspective in the case of Polish students).

 

 

Racism and nationalism in the contemporary world

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Discussion class / 30h / 4 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: dr Annamaria Orla Bukowska

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/annamariaorlabukowska

 

The course will begin with the basic terminology as it has been defined heretofore (e.g., racism, nationalism, ethnocentrism, stereotype, prejudice, etc.) in various languages, compared and analyzed against the backdrop of different historical and sociopolitical contexts. Examined will be past cases of racism and fundamentalist nationalisms to identify similar patterns; parallels will be drawn between historical situations in which the rise of such phenomena can be foreseen and predicted. Also explored will be how individual and collective identities are shaped and become intertwined (e.g., intersectionality). Racism and nationalism as political ideologies as well as political practice will be debated. The academic perspectives represented will be the fields of social anthropology, political anthropology, social psychology, and sociology.

 

 

Reading Anthropology Between the Lines

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Discussion class / 30h / 4 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: dr Annamaria Orla Bukowska

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/annamariaorlabukowska

 

The focus of social anthropology is no longer limited to fieldwork conducted in distant and remote areas of the world. Since the 1970s and 1980s, especially European scholars have been doing what is known as "anthropology at home": applying the methodology of social anthropology to study one's own culture as if it was foreign, as if the researcher was an "outsider", rather than an "insider" to his/her own society.

 

Reading Sociological Texts

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Seminar / 30h / 4 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: dr Daria Łucka

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/darialucka

 

Sociology as a science. Social structure. Socialisation. Class inequalities. Gender stratification. Changing societies: globalisation and post-modernity.

 

 

Religion in Transforming Countries of Central and Eastern Europe

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Lecture / 30h / 5 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: prof. dr hab. Irena Borowik

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/instytut/pracownicy/irenaborowik

 

Confessional past and the present structure of the region of CEE. Christian traditions in CEE - similiarities, differences and its social outcomes. Religions and Churches confronting the Communism: what was reached, what was lost. Religiosity (and atheism) of Central-Eastern European societies. Religion, Politics and the public life in CEE. Catholicism in Poland - institutional and subjective level of the presence of religion.

 

 

Social and Political Philosophy

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Discussion class / 30h / 4 ECTS / winter semester

Coordinator: dr hab. Riccardo Campa, prof. UJ

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/riccardocampa

 

The starting point for the discussion will be the source texts of the following authors: Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, Niccolo Machiavelli, John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Michel Foucault. We will start discussing the primary literature, then we will enlarge the discussion to the secondary literature, that is to the different ways of interpreting these works.

 

 

Sociology and Psychology of Terrorism

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Discussion class / 30h / 4 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: dr hab. Riccardo Campa, prof. UJ

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/riccardocampa

 

The course is set up in two main parts and it is mainly patterned on R. A. Hudson’s research in the field. First, we examine the relevant literature and assess the current knowledge of the subject. In particular, we review the main types of terrorism (normative, extranormative, nationalist-separatist, social revolutionary, right-wing, religious) and the main sociological and psychological theories explaining the emergence of these social phenomena. Secondly, we analyze psychological and sociological profiles of terrorist individuals and selected groups to use as case studies in assessing trends, motivations, likely behavior, and actions that might deter such behavior, and we shall also reveal vulnerabilities that would aid in combating terrorist groups and individuals. Psychological factors relating to terrorism are of particular interest to sociologists, psychologists, political scientists, and government officials, who would like to be able to predict and prevent the emergence of terrorist groups or to thwart the realization of terrorist actions. Besides, this course focuses on individual psychological and sociological characteristics of terrorists of different generations as well as their groups in an effort to determine how the terrorist profile may have changed in recent decades, or whether they share any common sociological attributes. The assumption underlying much of the terrorist-profile research in recent decades has been that most terrorists have some common characteristics that can be determined through psychometric analysis of large quantities of biographical data on terrorists. Although there appears to be no single terrorist personality, members of a terrorist group(s) may share numerous common sociological traits. Yet, this course is not about terrorism per se. Rather, it is concerned with the perpetrators of terrorism. Prepared from a social sciences perspective, it attempts to synthesize the results of psychological and sociological findings of studies on terrorists published in recent decades and provide a general assessment of what is presently known about the terrorist mind and mindset. Because this study includes profiles of diverse groups from Western Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, care has been taken when making crossnational, cross-cultural, and cross-ideological comparisons. Some of the papers included in the bibliography examine such topics as the age, economic and social background, education and occupation, gender, geographical origin, marital status, motivation, recruitment, and religion or ideology of the members of terrorist groups. It is hoped that an examination of the extensive body of behaviorist literature on political and religious terrorism authored by psychologists and sociologists as well as political scientists and other social scientists will provide some answers to questions such as: Who are terrorists? How do individuals become terrorists? Why do some individuals decide to break with society and embark on a career in terrorism? Do political or religious terrorists have anything in common in their sociopsychological development? How are they recruited? Is there a terrorist mindset, or are terrorist groups too diverse to have a single mindset or common psychological traits? Are there instead different terrorist mindsets? Can a terrorist profile be developed that could reliably help security personnel to identify potential terrorists, whether they be would-be airplane hijackers, assassins, or suicide bombers? Do some terrorists have a psychotic personality?

 

 

Sociology by Woody Allen

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Seminar / 30h / 3 ECTS / winter semester

Coordinator: dr Marta Klekotko

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/instytut/pracownicy/martaklekotko 

 

Post-modern society. Lifestyle and stratification of post-modern society. Gender in post-modern society. Mass culture in post-modern society. Social roles and conformism to expectations. Spirituality in post-modern society.

 

 

Sociology of food

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Seminar / 30h / 4 ECTS / summer semester. Coordinator: dr Ewa Kopczyńska

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/ewakopczynska

 

This course is designed as an introduction to social aspects of food and eating. In addition to learning from the main theorist of food and classic anthropological and sociological analyses, participants will familiarize with food studies’ methods and tools. During the course we will discuss the wide array of food-related topics like social inequalities, social continuity and change, globalization of food patterns, culinary tourism, weight stigma, food media and communication. We will also take a closer sociological look on Polish foodscape.

 

 

Sociology of organized crime

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Discussion class / 30h / 4 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: dr hab. Riccardo Campa, prof. UJ

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/riccardocampa

 

The course is set up in two main parts. First, we examine the relevant literature and assess the current knowledge of the subject. In particular, we review the main types of organized crime (mafia, terrorism, criminal gangs, etc.) and the main sociological and psychological theories explaining the emergence of these social phenomena. Secondly, we analyze psychological and sociological profiles of gangsters and selected mafia groups to use as case studies in assessing trends, motivations, likely behavior, and actions that might deter such behavior, and we shall also reveal vulnerabilities that would aid in combating these organizations.

 

 

Sociology of Sex Work

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Discussion class / 30h / 4 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: dr Agata Dziuban

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/agatadziuban

 

The aim of this course is in-depth analysis of the social phenomena of sex work. First of all, different theoretical perspectives and contemporary academic debates on sex work and prostitution will be discussed. Students will have a chance to examine alternative – if not, conflicting – sociological (and feminist) approaches to sex industry and critically reflect upon their grounding and empirical validity. Secondly, focus will be placed on the complex character of sex work and its social, cultural, economic and political dimensions. Thus, we will scrutinise not only historically changing hegemonic and counterhegemonic representations of sexual commerce and sex workers, different legal frameworks and policies governing prostitution in Europe and other regions (criminalisation-legalisation-decriminalisation continuum) but also wide variety of practices, work settings and labour markets constituting internal dynamic of sex industry. Eventually, we will shift to ‘sex work politics’ by exploring the genealogy of sex worker movement and analysing many different identities and political engagements underlying collective mobilisation among sex workers globally and in the European region.

 

 

Sociology of Youth

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Discussion class 30h, Fieldwork 15h / 5 ECTS / winter semester

Coordinator: dr Ewa Krzaklewska

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/pracownicy/ewa-krzaklewska

 

Transitions to adulthood today are prolonging and young people construct their lives in different ways than the previous generations. Not only they are more actively negotiating their life paths but also they navigate them in the new social, economic and cultural conditions. In the course, we will explore social theories that aim at describing the changing environments in which young people live and the impacts on young people’s situation and life course constructions. The course will provide its participants with knowledge on classical theories that tackled the “youth question”, as well as more recent approaches aiming at e.g. capturing emergence of a new phase of life, such as emerging adulthood theory. Then, we will look at social and cultural variations in the transitions to adulthood and explore differing experiences of young people in areas of education, labour market, family life, independent living and mobility. We will analyse the impact of welfare regimes on situation of young people in different European countries and the potential of youth policy for improving young people’s well-being. The critical approach will allow us to see how youth a social category is positioned in social theories and in national and European policies. The field trips will create space to debate the themes with different groups of young people and those who construct or implement youth policies.

 

 

The Anthropology of Cultural Pluralism

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Lecture + Seminar / 30 h + 30h / 6 ECTS / winter semester

Coordinator: dr Annamaria Orla Bukowska

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/annamariaorlabukowska

 

As a case study, material will be discussed in the context of Polish history and this country’s minorities. Among others, the Jewish culture will be a focal point as it was the most widely experienced element which has pluralized Polish society for a millennium. Furthermore, the country's borderland territories have constituted a natural experiment in multiculturality. In addition, urban metropolises are another place where the range of diversity is broadened. Since the exit out of communism, there is also exposure to various communities and “cultural” groups in the broader sense of that term (e.g., homosexuals, the disabled, youth subcultures, etc.). Issues regarding tolerance and minority group rights in an open, civil society will be discussed, as well as misunderstandings associated with the experience of various levels of cultural pluralism.
General areas covered will be: religious minorities; ethnic & national minorities; linguistic minorities; regional minorities; refugees; subcultures (youth, various disabilities, etc.)

 

 

The Anthropology of Eastern Europe

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Lecture 30h / Fieldwork 15h / 5 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: dr hab. Marcin Lubaś, prof. UJ

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/marcinlubas

 

This course is an introduction to the anthropology of neo-capitalist transformation in Eastern Europe. Our specific aim is to explore the contemporary cultural experience of change, deprivation and opportunities in Eastern Europe. More particularly, we will show, how socio-cultural anthropologists examine new social arrangements in Eastern Europe: new economic regime and neoliberal subjectivities, knowledge and biotechnologies, new social boundaries, violence and conflicts, secularization and religious fundamentalism, art and public events. The course consists of twenty hours of seminars and ten hours of field practices, which can help to learn the anthropological craft of ethnographic research.

 

 

The Food as the Weapon in the Contemporary World:

Food Safety and Food Security in the Global World

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Discussion class / 30h / 5 ECTS / winter semester

Coordinator: prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Gorlach

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/krzysztofgorlach

 

The main goal of this course is to provide participants with an analytical framework as well as basic statement concerning the issues of food safety and food security. Student knows and understands an analytical framework as well as basic statement concerning the issues of food safety and food security.  Student can assess the potential of local activities to build food security and food safety systems as well as is able to apply them with local leaders and social activists.

 

 

The Heart of Society: Social Movements as Development

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Discussion class / 30h / 5 ECTS / winter semester

Coordinator: prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Gorlach

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/krzysztofgorlach

 

Students attending the course have an opportunity to learn about social movements as developmental forces in the context of globalization. Student knows and understands key issues of social movements theories. Social movements are treated as a core issue of the emergence and change of social order. Student is ready to play a role of a commentator of social processes as well as an advisor to NGO`s.

 

 

The Holocaust and Memory in Poland

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Lecture / 30h / 4 ECTS / summer semester

Coordinator: prof. dr hab. Marek Kucia

https://socjologia.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/instytut/pracownicy/marekkucia

 

The Holocaust, that is, the persecution and murder of European Jews by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945, occurred largely in Germany-occupied Poland. The majority of Holocaust victims were the Jews of Poland. The country lost nearly all its Jewish population. The Jewish Holocaust took place amidst ethnic Poles, who were also persecuted by Germans, and many were killed. The attitudes of Poles to Jews during the Holocaust varied, ranging from rescue to complicity. This course will study the selected aspects of Holocaust memory in Poland—physical sites, memorials, museums, commemorations, debates, popular culture, and collective memory—against the background of Holocaust history. The study will concern the present state of Holocaust memory and its transformations since after World War II. The course will also analyze the relationship between Holocaust memory in Poland and transnational, cosmopolitan, universal and European Holocaust memory. The course will draw upon the historiography of the Holocaust, the theories and methods of cultural and social memory studies, the social theory of cosmopolitanism, and the theories of Europeanization.

 

 

10 ideas that created Europe:

Beauty. Truth. Love. Death. War. Power. Justice. Freedom. Work. Happiness

https://sylabus.uj.edu.pl/pl/3/1/3/15/69

Lecture / 30h / 4 ECTS / winter semester

Coordinator: dr Markus Lipowicz

 

The aim of the lectures is the presentation, analysis and interpretation of the most profound ideas of the European culture: beauty, truth, love, death, war, power, justice, freedom, work and happiness. These selected ideas accompanied or even influenced in a particular way the development of the culture and the history of the European civilization. Also contemporary public conflicts and scientific controversies frequently refer to these ideas. Therefore it seems to be unimaginable to detach Europe from its intellectual roots. Only a reliable analysis and the interpretation of these crucial ideas enables us to understand the specificity and uniqueness of the western civilization. Especially in times of the European integration with its accompanying normative conflicts it seems to be worth remembering the postulate of the Enlightenment era that it is the intellectual development, which comprises the axiological fundament of a modern civilization. An important part of this intellectual development is the critical reflection of those fundamental ideas, which not only constituted our collective identity but which also provide the proper thought contents, that in turn enable us to build up new perspectives for the development of our culture – Europe.