A new date for the registration has been decided on:
The online registration for 2nd year BA students for BA seminars will commence on 27 April at 8 p.m. and will close on 29 April at 11.59 pm. Students register via usosweb.
There are limits to the number of students in each group. If the group of your choice is already full, please make an alternative choice.
Descriptions of courses (coming soon):
dr hab. prof. UŁ, Joanna Kruczkowska, Irish Identities North and South
The seminar explores Irish identities in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland as expressed in literature and culture created at home and abroad in the 20th and 21st century. The fluid and complex issue of identity in Ireland involves contexts such as Irish history and politics, the language question, postcolonialism, feminism, Celtic and national mythology, environmental issues, social problems, emigration/immigration/exile, Celtic Tiger and its decline. The seminar has an interdisciplinary character and combines literature, film, music and visual arts. Students will be required to pick up the topic of their B.A. theses in the first semester, and follow a strict timetable of writing it in the second.
dr Małgorzata Hołda, British Modernism – the Creative (Dis)continuity, Innovation and Experiment
Modernism departs from the former ways of thinking and writing. It is continually open to new forms of inquiry, new topics, and new ways of (re)presenting reality. Its focus on experiment and newness expresses the human boundaryless potential for expressiveness and creativity. This relentless pursuit of the novel in both subject matter and generic form yields outstanding modernist literary achievements.
The Seminar aims to investigate topics within British modernist prose writing. It will encompass the versatility of modern writing styles and the polyvalence of themes that great British modernists explored. The list of the authors includes, but is not limited to, the renowned names of Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Joseph Conrad, Katherine Mansfield, and D.H. Lawrence. The course will embrace the following research areas: modernity and tradition – constructive (re)visitations, (re)petitions, (re)tellings; modernism and psychoanalysis; the allure of conciseness – the modern short story; modern epiphanies (revelatio); modern ethics; the intersections of modern literature and art; and the philosophical underpinnings of modern writing. The Seminar is also intended to be a space for creative interdisciplinary encounters between the literary, artistic, and philosophical discourses of British modernism.
Attendees are expected to actively participate in seminar discussion. To write their BA thesis, students may choose topics within the suggested area or submit their own proposals to be discussed and worked on with the tutor. Students must follow the methodological rules for writing a BA dissertation and submit it on time to successfully complete the course.
dr Justyna Stępień, Cyborgs, Hybrids and Posthuman Bodies in the Anthropocene,
This interdisciplinary seminar traces how our bodies might be better described as cyborgs, hybrids or the ‘posthuman.’ While examining our engagements with technology, biotechnology and our embodied relations to nonhuman animals and the material planet, the course addresses the notion of the posthuman which, in the contemporary debate, has become a vital tool to the understanding of the current conditions of the Anthropocene. Drawing on research and concepts from technology studies, feminist and queer theory, environmental and animal studies, we will work through specific examples of reproductive technologies, pharmaceuticals, self-tracking, and animals in space, amongst others – to think about who and what we are today. Along with short theoretical and literary essays, we will discuss films, visual art, TV series, videos, fashion and games.
dr Justyna Fruzińska, Race in America
The seminar will be devoted to discussing the representation of race in American literature and culture, focusing mostly on the depiction of Blacks and Native Americans.
- we will talk about the approach to race in different periods of American history
- we will look at the history of Blacks and Native Americans in the US
- we will discuss texts about racial Others and by ethnic writers
- we will see the representation of people of color in art as well as art produced by them
- we will watch documentaries connected to race and racism
Even though the seminar will focus on the issue of race, I invite all students interested in American literature and culture. The range of possible BA topics accepted is far wider than the scope of the seminar, and theses dealing with other problems in American literature or popular culture are welcome as well.
dr Krzysztof Majer, We Others: New Trends in American Fiction
The course deals with recent (late 20th century / early 21st century) developments and tendencies in American fiction. Examples are selected from among the most critically acclaimed novels and collections of short stories published over the last three decades. From variants of so-called new sincerity (Wallace, Saunders) and experiments in intertextuality and metafiction (Markson), through problematizations of ethnicity, gender and queerness (Cisneros, July) and meditations on our dependence on technology (DeLillo) to engagements with the Romantic tradition and popular culture (Millhauser, Whitehead), the course offers an overview of some of the most exciting literature to come out of the US at the turn of the millennia. Proposed syllabus: selections from George Saunders, Tenth of December, Pastoralia; David Foster Wallace, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men; Girl With Curious Hair; Oblivion; Miranda July, The First Bad Man; Sandra Cisneros, Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories; Deborah Eisenberg, Your Duck is My Duck; All Around Atlantis; Steven Millhauser, We Others: New and Selected Stories; David Markson, Wittgenstein’s Mistress; Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad; Don DeLillo, Zero K.
dr hab. prof. UŁ, Mikołaj Deckert, Audiovisual translation
The BA seminar covers the basic theoretical and practical notions of Audiovisual Translation, or Audiovisual Translation and Media Accessibility. Students will get to know different research methods and tools to choose from for their BA projects which can focus on films as well as video games. An important objective is to make participants aware of the characteristics of particular AVT modes, and enable participants to identify factors that influence the translator’s decisions and those that could shape the viewer/player experience.
The seminar will also focus on the very process of planning, structuring and writing the BA thesis – discussing issues like data types, data selection and collection, hypothesis formulation, referencing, register, and text editing
prof. Piotr Cap, Populist rhetoric of conflict and crisis in the contemporary Polish and European public discourse
This BA seminar explores linguistic patterns of conflict, crisis and threat generation in state-political discourse of post-2015 Poland, positioning the main strategies in line with the populist rhetorical trends dominating right-wing radical and exclusionary discourses in contemporary Europe. It demonstrates that crisis construction, conflict generation and threat management have been at the heart of Polish state-level policies since the Law & Justice (PiS) party came to power in October 2015. The L&J’s threat-based policies are enacted in multiple public discourses focusing on home as well as international issues. The present seminar places its lens on (a) parliamentary discourse directed at parliamentary opposition leaders, (b) presidential and party ‘rhetoric of despise’ against the people opposing the L&J government, (c) narratives contesting Poland’s relations with EU institutions at Brussels, and (d) tension-perpetuating discourse targeting Russia and Germany – before and after Russia’s invasion on the independent state of Ukraine. Drawing on research models from contemporary critical discourse studies and critical-cognitive pragmatics, students will learn that the crisis, conflict and threat elements in these discourses produce public coercion patterns which contribute significantly to the strong leadership and continuing popularity of the L&J party. Throughout the course, the analysis of the Polish political discourse is intertwined with samples of right-wing discourses in other European countries (Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Austria, Italy, the UK), demonstrating analogies with regard to the major discursive themes (European integration, multiculturalism, immigration, welfare state), actors, and rhetorical strategies used (othering, enemy-construction, fear appeals). Altogether, the seminar offers a unique and authoritative panorama of the Polish state-political discourse, coupled with a thought-provoking picture of ties and mutual dependencies among radical and populist right-wing discourse trends colonizing the 21st century Europe.
dr Weronika Szubko-Sitarek, Issues in English Language Teaching
In the course of the seminar, a vast array of topics related to the field of TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) will be explored. Since the seminar participants will be required to conduct a small-scale research project, selected research tools commonly used in applied linguistics will be discussed. The seminar participants will be encouraged to formulate their own topics for the BA papers/ projects; they can, however, be inspired by background reading and suggestions from the supervisor. These are some preliminary suggestions for possible BA project topic areas:
- EFL course and materials development;
- Authentic materials in a foreign language classroom;
- A portfolio as an autonomy-enahncing tool;
- Teaching L2 reading to young learners.
Credit requirements include: fulfilling all reading assignments, conducting one presentation per semester (literature-based in the first semester and research-based in the second one), active participation in class discussions, and timely submissions of particular parts of the BA paper.
dr hab. prof. UŁ, Kamila Ciepiela, Analyzing non-literary texts in and across contexts
The central concern of this BA seminar is with language patterns that recur across many different texts in and across various contexts. In keeping with a broader view of communication as multimodal, it aims to cover aspects of spoken and written language as potential sites of investigation.
During the course, students will be first provided with explicit theoretical frameworks for linguistic analysis, and ideas for how to put the material they will be collecting to good use. Then, a text-internal perspective will be taken. There the focus will fall on some of the structural aspects of language that frequently need to be understood in order to describe how a text works. After that, a text-external analysis, focusing on some of the more contextual aspects of interpretation will follow. All this should help students undertake, conduct, and complete detailed, language-focused, contextually sensitive analyses of a wide range of texts – spoken, written and multimodal.
The working method for this BA seminar is to provide students with useful frameworks and approaches and give them a toolkit for active enquiry into language use in the many texts that surround us. These include, for example, advertisements, newspaper articles, instructions and recipes, notices, informal conversations, interactional narratives, interviews forms of digital communication.
dr hab. prof. UŁ, Iwona Witczak-Plisiecka & dr Anna Gralińska-Brawata, Analysing variability in English
The aim of the seminar is to acquaint students with a variety of factors influencing the use of English and ways of investigating variability in speech from the sociolinguistic point of view. It also aims at inspiring and preparing students for conducting a research project as part of their B.A. thesis.
The course will focus on the most important issues concerning various sources of variability in language use including a range of sociolinguistic variables (e.g. age, gender, ethnicity, social status, identity, speaking styles) and language / phonetic features (dialect and accent differences). We consider the pairing of form and function (how certain forms are taken in the context of a chosen variable). These will be based on close analyses of selected audio-visual materials.
By the end of the winter semester the students will be able to identify various sources of variability in native and non-native English,use different tools in investigating variability in language use, recognise functional units in discourse, present the topic of particular interest that may result in the preparation for B.A. research project.
By the end of the summer semester the students will be able to prepare and conduct B.A. research project, and write B.A. thesis with appropriate theoretical background, thorough methodology description, presentation, analysis and discussion of the results
dr hab. prof. UŁ, Przemysław Krakowian, Topics in English Language Teaching
This BA diploma seminar is meant for students whose interest lie in the area of language teaching and who wish to write on a variety of topics within persistent issues in ELT in a modern school setting. While the instructor’s principal fields of activity are within the role of popular technology and media in language learning, new technologies in skill development and language assessment, students are welcome to pursue issues relevant to their personal interests within the scope EFL. In terms of their research projects, the students will be provided, where possible, with access to data-sets and relevant research methodology and research support will be provided to those pursuing their own projects.