General information

Module title Political Life In Poland
Language English
Module lecturer dr Stanisław Zyborowicz
Lecturer's email stanz@amu.edu.pl
Lecturer position senior lecturer
Faculty Faculty of Political Science and Journalism
Semester 2021/2022 (summer)
Duration 30
ECTS 5
USOS code 14-XPLLF

Timetable

Monday, 18.30-20.00, room 127, Faculty of Political Scince ana Journalism

Module aim (aims)

The course is an introduction to the political scene in Poland and it is addressed mainly to English-speaking foreign students. After an introduction to the actual setting of Polish politics including constitutional developments, the electoral system and political parties, several major themes are explored. The focus is on the pragmatics of the system. The last part of the course is devoted to Poland's foreign policy.

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

Basic knowledge in political science

Syllabus

Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: The essence of politics
Week 3: The setting of Polish politics
Week 4: Foundations of Polish politics 1
Week 5: Foundations of Polish politics 2
Week 6: Basic values and constitutional principles in Poland 1
Week 7: Basic values and constitutional principles in Poland 2
Week 8: Elections in Poland and policy alternatives 1
Week 9: Elections in Poland and policy alternatives 2
Week 10: Representation, executive power and policy making 1
Week 11: Representation, executive power and policy making 2
Week 12: Polish foreign policy
Week 13: Polish press and politics
Week 14:Essays presentations
Week 15:Final evaluation

Reading list

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Beyme von, K. (2003). "Constitutional Engineering in Central and Eastern Europe", in: S. White, J. Batt, P. G. Lewis (eds) Developments in Central and East European Politics 3. New York, USA: Palgrave MacMillan.
Faulkner, S./ McLoughlin, J./ Owsiak, S. (1999). "Polish Transition Ten Years On: An Introduction", in: S. Faulkner, J. McLoughlin, S. Owsiak (eds.) Polish Transition Ten Years On - Processes and Perspectives. Aldershot-Brookfield USA-Singapore-Sydney: Ashgate.
Grabbe, H. (2003). "The Implications of EU Enlargement", in: S. White, J. Batt, P. G. Lewis (eds) Developments in Central and East European Politics 3. New York, USA: Palgrave MacMillan.
Jasiewicz, K. (2003). "Elections and Voting Behaviour", in: S. White, J. Batt, P. G. Lewis (eds) Developments in Central and East European Politics 3. New York, USA: Palgrave MacMillan.
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Wallas, T. (2003). "European standards of political systems in relation to Polish reality", in: Y. Choe, B. Hassler, S. Zyborowicz (eds) Sweden and Poland from a European Perspective. Some Aspects on the Integration Process. Huddinge, Sweden: Sodertorns hogskola.
Węcławowicz, G. (1996). Contemporary Poland. Space and Society. London, UK: Westview Press.
Zyborowicz, S. (2006). “Alternation of Power as an Important Condition of Democracy”, E. Czerwinska-Schupp (eds), Values and Norms in the Age of Globalization, Wien, Austria:Peter Lang
Zyborowicz, S. (2003). "Democracy in the European perspective", in: Y. Choe, B. Hassler, S. Zyborowicz (eds) Sweden and Poland from a European Perspective. Some Aspects on the Integration Process. Huddinge, Sweden: Sodertorns hogskola.
Zyborowicz, S. (2000). "The Electoral Experience in Post-Communist Europe: Poland 1993-1995", in: R. F. Farnen, H. Dekker, D. B. German, R. Meyenberg (eds) Democracises in Transition: Political Culture and Socialization Transformed in West and East. Oldenburg, Germany: Bibliotheks- und Informations system der Universitat Oldenburg.