General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Poland Today
Language English
Module lecturer dr Krzysztof Hoffmann (koordynator); zespół wykładowców
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position adiunkt
Faculty Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology
Semester 2021/2022 (winter)
Duration 30
USOS code 03-AP-PT


Module aim (aims)

Everything you wanted to know about Poland, but you were afraid to ask – and more! During this hand-crafted, top-notch course uniquely designed for foreign students you will have the one and only opportunity to learn among others about: birds living in Poland, the most stunning tourist places, the Polish ancestry of Geralt of Rivia, Polish jazz music, trepidations of Polish society… – and that’s just 1/3 of the course (check the detailed timeline). The course is led by the Adam Mickiewicz University experts in respective fields.If you are looking for a compendium on contemporary Poland, for an interdisciplinary approach to education, for a place to start: look no further! Please feel encouraged to deepen your knowledge in courses on specific fields of Polish culture, but there is one course to rule them all, one course to bind them.Join us now and good things will happen!

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

No prior knowledge is necessary.



1 March 3 dr Krzysztof Hoffmann Introduction to the Poland Today Lectures; Poland, Poznan and AMU in numbers - not so useless knowledge

2 March 10 prof. UAM dr hab. Rafał Dymczyk Tourist Attractions of Poland

3 March 17 prof. UAM dr hab. Tomasz Brańka Social capital: Is It a Trust Issue?

4 March 24 prof. UAM dr hab. Piotr Zduniak Birds in Poland – diversity & protection

5 March 31 mgr Katarzyna Słupecka Place of national parks in the structure of nature conservation in Poland – the natural heritage

6 April

7 prof. UAM dr hab. Wojciech Sajkowski Brief history of Poland since 19187 April 14 prof. dr hab. Waldemar Kuligowski Polish Folk Music. Politics and Folklor in Central Europe

8 April 21 dr Małgorzata Miławska-Ratajczak Polish Self-Portraits in Contemporary Polish Cinema

9 April 28 dr Marta Mazurek How Poland Became an Angry Woman

10 May 5 dr Krzysztof Hoffmann Masterpiecies of Contemporary Polish Literature

11 May 19 prof. UAM dr hab. Krzysztof Podemski Values and Attitudes of the Polish Society

12 May 26 dr Łukasz Smoluch Giants of Polish Jazz

13 June 2 prof. UAM dr hab. Agnieszka Kula Polish Media Today - Iconic Brands and Their Narratives

14 June 9 prof. UAM dr hab. Wojciech Hamerski Faces of Geralt: Cultural Recycling in "The Witcher" franchise

15 June 16 dr Emilia Kledzik Polish culture from the foreign point of view

Reading list

Each lecturer will present a short (optional) reading list.