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Area Studies Courses
OverviewThe Council on International Educational Exchanges' Study Center at the Warsaw School of Economics was established in 1989. It provides a broad-based academic program combined with an in-country cultural experience. Students gain a greater understanding of Eastern and Central Europe with specific emphasis on the Polish perspective and experience. The program offers students a series of specially designed courses in such fields as Eastern and Central European politics, literature, film, history, and economics. Although there is no language prerequisite for participation in the program, all students are required to take conversational Polish. All area studies courses are taught in English. @
Academic ProgramThe program offers students a series of specially designed courses in such fields as East and Central European politics, literature, history, and economics. Although there is no language prerequisite for participation in the program, all students are required to take conversational Polish. During the semester, students study the Polish language and select four area studies courses. All area studies courses are taught in English.
Teaching methods tend to be lectures although discussions and questions are welcomed by most professors. Area studies courses are worth a recommended three semester credits while the Polish language course is worth a recommended four semester credits. Council courses generally meet twice per week for one hour and a half although the schedule is subject to change. Council courses begin no earlier than 9:15 a.m. and end no later than 4:45 p.m. Grades are assigned using the Polish grading scale of 1-5 with 5 equaling an A, 4 equaling a B, and so on. Plus grades are also assigned but there are no minus grades awarded. Most courses have at least two means of assessment usually based on a mid-term exam, final exam or paper, and depending on the course, additional assignments such as a research paper or a class presentation. Attendance and class participation are also incorporated into the final grade.
The academic calendar for the Warsaw School of Economics consists of a fall semester (early October-late January) and a spring semester (mid-February-late May or early June). The Council program calendar follows that of the U.S. system with the spring semester from late January to late May. @
Area Studies CoursesJudaism in Poland and the Holocaust. - WRSW 1420 - This course introduces students to the history of Polish Jewry. It also presents Polish-Jewish relations before World War II in the broader context of the national minority question in Central Europe. The course also examines the Holocaust and reactions to it in Poland and in the West, as well as its post-war interpretations. Visits to the Polish Jewish Museum in Warsaw and to the Warsaw Ghetto complement the material presented in the course. 45 contact hours, 3 semester credits or 4.5/quarter credits
Instructor: Dariusz Stola.
History of Eastern and Central Europe, 1871-Present - WRSW 1430 - The history of Eastern and Central Europe since 1871 is discussed in this course. The topics include defining Eastern and Central Europe, foreign rule over the region, societies and economies prior to World War I, the effects of World War I on the region, interwar political developments, the effects of World War II, Communist rule, the demise of the Communist monopoly of power, political leaders in the region, and recent East and Central European history (1990-96). 45 contact hours, 3 semester credits or 4.5/quarter credits
Instructor: Wojciech Roszkowski.
The Development of the Market Economy in Poland - WRSW 1440 - This course covers Poland's historical development of a command economic system and the transition period to a market-oriented economy. Comparisons are also made to other post-Communist countries. Students discuss models of Communist economies allowing them to understand what the post-Communist countries inherited from their past. The Polish model of a market economy, the achievements, and the challenges of the emerging Polish market economy are also discussed. Issues such as privatization, denationalization of state assets, small business development, foreign capital acquisition, and anti-inflationary policy models are addressed as well.
Instructor: Alexander Muller.
Polish Society and Politics - WRSW 1450 - The focus of this course is the impact of the Communist regime's collapse in 1989. Discussions include the social and demographic structure of Polish society, the history and effects of the Solidarity Movement, and the changes in Polish politics and society since 1989. Discussions also address the nature of the government system, the process of creating a constitution, as well as the creation and development of the new democratic party system.45 contact hours, 3 semester credits or 4.5/quarter credits
Instructor: Nina Gladziuk.
Social Issues in Contemporary Poland - WRSW 1460 - This course examines the current structure of Polish society by looking at economic and social stratification, relations between Poles and other nationalities, examples of Polish nationalism in legend and in reality, religious life, the younger generation's role, and the Communist Party's attempt to create a society without classes. There may be some excursions incorporated into this course. 45 contact hours, 3 semester credits or 4.5/quarter credits
Instructor: Adam Kurzynowski.
The Search for Self: Identity in Post-war Polish Literature - WRSW 1480 - The course examines the quest for self identity in its existential, national, and political aspects as reflected in Polish post-war literature. The course probes the motivation of those writers who sided with the Communist regime as well as those who rejected any form of collaboration, often at the price of silence. 45 contact hours, 3 semester credits or 4.5/quarter credits
Instructor: Dorota Gostynska.
The Dynamics of Breakthrough in Eastern Europe - WRSW 1490 - This course covers the revolution in Poland from the early days of Solidarity through martial law to the eventual eclipse of democratic forces in Poland over the old Communist regime. The course explores this time period and these events from both sociological and political science perspectives.
45 contact hours, 3 semester credits or 4.5/quarter credits
Instructor: Jadwiga Staniszkis
Language CoursesBeginning Polish - WRSW 1400 - This course introduces the phonetics, basic grammar, and practical vocabulary of the Polish language. This allows students to learn the Polish language so that they may communicate in their daily life while in Warsaw. 80 contact hours, 4 semester credits or 6 quarter credits
Instructor: Emilia Smolikowska.
Intermediate and Advanced Polish - WRSW 1410 - This course for intermediate and advanced students concentrates on improving written and oral skills, and includes reading newspaper articles and modern Polish literary texts. 80 contact hours, 4 semester credits or 6 quarter credits
Instructors: Lidia Kacprzak and Eulalia Teklinska.
FacultyNina Gladziuk: M.A., Ph.D., Department of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Warsaw; Visiting Scholar, New School of Social Research, New York City; Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley; Visiting Professor, George Washington University, Washington, DC; Associate Professor of Political Science, Warsaw School of Economics.
Dorota Gostynska: M.A., University of Warsaw; Ph.D., Polish Academy of Sciences; Professor, Polish Academy of Sciences; Visiting Associate Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Lidia Kacprzak: M.A., University of Warsaw; Ph.D., Faculty member, Department of Polish Language; Affiliated with the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Adam Kurzynowski: Professor, Warsaw School of Economics; Chair and Professor, Department of Sociology of Work, Social Policy, and Employment, Warsaw School of Economics; Fulbright Scholar, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Visiting Professor, Groningen, the Netherlands; Consultant to UNESCO and UNICEF; Board Member, Central Office of Statistics of Poland.
Alexander Muller: Professor, Warsaw School of Economics; Professor, Department of Economics, Warsaw School of Economics; Visiting Professor, Institute of National Planning, Cairo, Egypt, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Georgetown University, and at universities in India and Austria.
Bogdan Radomski: M.A., Ph.D., Warsaw School of Economics; Associate Professor, Director of International Programs and Student Exchange Office, Warsaw School of Economics; Visiting Professor, Georgetown University and University of Minnesota; Resident Director, Council Study Center at the Warsaw School of Economics.
Wojciech Roszkowski: Professor, Warsaw School of Economics; Professor, Department of Economic History, Warsaw School of Economics; Visiting Professor, Georgetown University and University of Maryland; Research Fellow, The Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C.
Emilia Smolikowska: M.A., University of Warsaw; Faculty member, Department of Foreign Language Practical Teaching, Warsaw School of Economics; Affiliated with the University of Warsaw and the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Jadwiga Staniszkis: Professor, Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw and Institute of Political Science, Polish Academy of Sciences; One of the founders of the Solidarity movement and a top advisor to Lech Walesa for several years in the 1980s.
Dariusz Stola: M.A., University of Warsaw; Ph.D., Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences; Associate Professor, Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences.
Eulalia Teklinska: M.A., University of Warsaw; Faculty member, Department of Foreign Language Practical Teaching, Warsaw School of Economics.
ApplicationsApplications need to be filed with the Council of International Educational Exchanges, International Study Programs, 205 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017-5706
The Council's Spring 2000 program at the Warsaw School of Economics runs from January 30 to May 20. The application deadline for Spring 2000 is October 26, 1999. Late applicants should contact the CIEE advisor by phone 212-822-2767 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated 10/4/99
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