Seminaria licencjackie r. akad. 2018/19

Seminaria licencjackie
rok akad. 2018/2019
Literatura i kultura:

1. Visual Culture and Social Communication, dr Michał Lachman
The aim of the course is to provide a general introduction to visual studies, performance studies as well as different forms of social communication (mass media, journalism). The structure of the course is divided into two parts: one focuses on theory, the other concentrates on analyzing examples. Students who choose the course will be instructed how to apply contemporary cultural theories to the study of modern media, graphic novel, visual and performative arts, journalism, documentary writing and theatre.

2. Constructed worlds/simulated realities, dr Tomasz Dobrogoszcz
According to the French philosopher Jean Baudrillard, the author of the theory of the simulacra, we all constantly live in a virtual reality. Our experience of the world is necessarily mediated and indirect, it is an illusion which we accept as truth, for lack of better options. What is more, we often lose the ability to distinguish between the real and the representation, or we even consider a copy as “more real” than the reality. The issue of simulated reality features in philosophical disputes on the nature of existence, it resonates in aesthetic discussions on metafictionality in postmodernist literary representations of the world, and it also appears in technological discourses concerning computer-augmented human experience. The seminar will investigate selected contemporary novels and films (e.g., K. Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, J. Fowles’s The Magus, J. Winterson’s The Stone Gods, K. Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions, The Matrix, Black Mirror), tracing in them various dimensions of simulation: phantasmagoric, dystopian, metafictional, philosophical and ethical.

3. Many Shades of Gothic, dr Agnieszka Łowczanin-Łaszkiewicz
During this BA seminar we shall explore various forms the Gothic mode has taken over the last 200 years: in literature, film, music and fashion. Examining manifestations of the Gothic which span over two centuries, this course will offer you a chance to follow both the evolution of its forms and expansion of its criticism. We will focus on how the Gothic has permeated British consciousness, and how, by responding to a variety of social and political issues it has become a channel of expressing contemporary anxieties and traumas, and recently, has transformed into an expected, almost obligatory aesthetic form. From ghost stories and examples of Empire Gothic to the first lesbian vampire story in Victorian era, from Ian Macabre to Angela Carter’s bloody Gothic chambers, from Joy Division’s and The Cure’s dark music to Alexander McQueen’s eerie and flamboyant fashion designs, we shall see that Gothic can mean anything and can be found everywhere. It is serious, terrifying and politically engaged, but also delightful, uncanny and witty.

4. Masters of the American Short Story, dr hab. Zbigniew Maszewski, prof. UŁ
The seminar will be devoted to the development of the most characteristic genre in American literature: the short story, from the beginning of the 19th century to the present. Among the authors whose works will be discussed in class are: Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, Bierce, London, Twain, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Carver, Cheever, and the ethic writers: Walker, Erdrich, Cisneros, Chacon. Texts of short stories will be analyzed from the perspective of contemporary literary theory. Film adaptations of selected texts will also be the subject matter of class discussions.

5, Musicalized Fictions, dr Krzysztof Majer
This seminar, based on theories of intermediality, is designed to familiarize students with the idea of musicalization, that is the representation of some elements of music in traditionally understood fiction (literary prose). In this seminar, we will look at contemporary novels and short stories which deal with the subject of music (‘thematization’) and / or which try to convey the experience of music directly through language (‘imitation’). The seminar will also explore a number of topics which often accompany the representation of music in contemporary literature, such as nostalgia, the creative temperament or rebelliousness. The literary works, mostly written in English, deal with a number of genres, e.g. rock, jazz, classical; they include novels and short stories by Jennifer Egan (A Visit From the Goon Squad), Nick Hornby (High Fidelity), Michael Turner (Hard Core Logo), Esi Edugyan (Half-Blood Blues), Sean Michaels (Us Conductors), or Julian Barnes (The Noise of Time). The theoretical background for the seminar are studies of musicalization by Werner Wolf, Calvin S. Brown, or Emily Peterman.



1. Argumentation, Persuasion, and the Nature of Language, dr Martin Hinton
In this seminar we shall discuss some of the most important areas in argumentation theory, such as argumentation schemes, the theory of fallacies, and the role of emotive and evaluative language in argument, with a view to the development of advanced critical thinking skills. These skills will then be applied to a range of topics including analysis of the persuasive discourse found in politics, advertising and academic writing, as well as consideration of issues fundamental to the nature of linguistics and language itself. The seminar will also provide advice on turning original thinking into a solid research project; it is, therefore, ideal preparation for writing a thesis in the areas of argumentation, persuasive discourse, philosophy of language, and general linguistics.

2. Issues in Translation & Interpreting, dr Paulina Pietrzak
The seminar addresses the latest theories, methodologies, and trends in non-literary translation and interpreting. Students will have the opportunity to investigate various concepts and typologies of translation theory and practice. Moreover, the seminar offers a grounding in research methods and provides an overview of basic and advanced concepts in methodological aspects of linguistic analysis, translation and translation quality assessment.

3. Pragmatics of Public Communication, prof. dr hab. Piotr Cap
This BA seminar includes a wide variety of topics developing students’ theoretical knowledge and practical skills to prepare a BA thesis on one of the following:

    • application of linguistic pragmatics in the analysis of real-life discourse (language of politics and the media; advertising; social communication; misunderstandings; humor, etc.)
    • status of pragmatics in relation to such disciplines as sociolinguistics, anthropology, social psychology, experimental psychology, neurolinguistics, cognitivism and culture studies
    • methodology of pragmatic investigation and parameters of analysis (deixis, presupposition, implicature, speech acts, politeness, relevance)
    • implementation of pragmatic awareness in foreign language teaching

4. Persuasion in discourse, dr Anna Wieczorek
The purpose of the course is to acquaint students with a number of distinct perspectives on the study of meaning and persuasion, as well as with Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), an approach to the study of language as a social and political tool. Students will be familiar with main concepts and theories from the fields of semantics, pragmatics and cognitive studies.
Knowledge acquired during the course will enable them to conduct a thorough analysis of the aforementioned types of discourse of politics and the media, such as social and advertising campaigns, newspaper articles and headlines, political speeches, debates and press conferences.

5. Teaching English as a Foreign Language, dr hab. Przemysław Krakowian, prof. UŁ
This seminar aims to help students design their BA projects in the area of Second/Foreign Language instruction. The topics will cover a variety of areas within Language Didactics, Applied Linguistics, and Language Acquisition. The course will cover and introduction to research methodology in English didactics and research techniques of obtaining data for the BA project. Practical orientation in writing academic texts, relevant software (e.g.. bibliography managers, statistical packages), and word processor functions (e.g.. styles, sections, and text management). The topics will be individually negotiated to cater for the individual interests of the students.

6. Speech as a type of action: language in professional and other social contexts, dr hab. Iwona WItczak-Plisiecka, prof. UŁ
The course aims to help the students to efficiently write their BA theses using relevant methods and to pass the final exam. Themes:
The seminar focuses on language as a type of action in the context of a number of sociolinguistic variables, which invite varied linguistic interfaces. A particular research program may concentrate on e.g.:

  •  language and identity (e.g. gender, feminism, ethnic variety, (sub)cultural variety, …);
  •  language in professional settings (e.g. law, medicine, business, academic communication, classroom interaction, advertising, …);
  •  language and social status (e.g. accents, dialects, …);
  •  language and music;
  •  speech acts in intercultural communication and in translation (e.g. compliments, forms of address, etc.);
  •  linguistic signs and semiotic signs (e.g. iconicity of electronic communication [Txtng 4U]), etc.