In Winter Semester all theme courses will be offered online 

 

English and linguistic skills

1. Reading Addicts, unite!

Level:  C1

Duration:    30 hours per semester. Full course is 60 hours in two semesters.
Requirements:  If an examination in English is needed as part of the post-graduate studies programme (studia II stopnia), 60 hours of the course must be completed. If an examination is not needed, one or two semesters may be completed.

Tutor:   Dorota Lubińska-Pyla   dorota.lubinska-pyla@uj.edu.pl

Course description: This course is designed for all the books and reading lovers out there, especially those who have completed a regular university English class at the levels B2+ or C1. 
The aim of the course is to activate and advance all language skills with a particular emphasis on reading, speaking and writing. In every class, a selected short story, or a book, becomes a springboard for developing students’ discussion, listening and vocabulary skills. This is achieved by the use of additional authentic, up-to-date and inspiring materials such as film excerpts, video clips, TED talks, online lectures etc. The course includes elements of writing, both in and out of class, and provides plenty of grammar and lexical practice in how to express ideas in an orderly and elegant manner.   
czytaj więcej  Lubińska-Pyla_Reading Addicts Unite syllabus 2020 2021
                       Lubińska-Pyla_Reading addicts unite second ed. 2020 2021

 

2. Academic writing

Level:     C1

Duration:    30 hours per semester. Full course is 60 hours in two semesters.

Requirements:  If an examination in English is needed as part of the post-graduate studies programme (studia II stopnia), 60 hours of the course must be completed. If an examination is not needed, one or two semesters may be completed.

Tutor:        Dominika Stopa   dominika.stopa@uj.edu.pl

Course description: The course is aimed at PhD and postgraduate students who are keen to improve their academic writing skills. The course will help students gain more understanding of typical features of academic style, genre and writing process. As writing is not solely an individual process, students learn to cooperate with others in the process of peer reviewing and peer editing. What additionally broadens the perspective is the fact that participants come from different faculties and bring in their knowledge of various practices in different fields.

Literature, culture, philosophy and history

3. Breaking news

Level: B2+  
 
Duration: 30 hours/semester  
 
Tutor: Marta Romańska-Zagórska, marta.romanska-zagorska@uj.edu.pl 
 
Course description: The course is designed for everyone who is interested in the current world news and the latest developments in such fields as politics, technology, medicine and health, crime, education etc. The course is based on the most interesting pieces of the latest news from the English media (Internet, press, TV). An effort will be made to integrate speaking, reading and listening skills as well as to familiarize participants with topical vocabulary from each field.  (czytaj więcej....)

4. Listening, Speaking and Pronunciation

Level: B2+
 
Duration: 30 hours/a semester. 
Time and venue: every Monday, 9:45 – 11:15 on MS Teams, Team code: cx3igv8
                                    First class: 1st March, 2021 
 
Tutor: Dorota Lubińska-Pyla   dorota.lubinska-pyla@uj.edu.pl 
 
Course description:
An intensive, practical course for those who would like to improve their listening skills, fluency of speaking as well as pronunciation. This will be done through active and varied use of natural language in different contexts and registers using up-to-date, inspiring materials such as film extracts, video clips, TED talks, online lectures and broadcasts. A chance to engage in debates and discussions on a variety of topics will be given on a weekly basis. 
 

5. Debate corner NOWOŚĆ

MS Teams: c8dl3jv, Tuesday 16.00-17.30 

Level:                   B2+, C1 

Duration:            30 hours per semester. There is no examination after this course. 

Tutor:                   Beata Batko    beata.batko@uj.edu.pl 

Course description: The course is addressed to students who would like to  improve their  speaking skills and learn how to express and defend their opinions. The most popular forms of debates and the structure of the argument will be introduced.  During each lesson students will debate a controversial, current issue after  watching  a program or reading  an article which will provide the topic. The course will also include some necessary grammar aspects and vocabulary to enable students to speak better.  

[czytaj więcej: syllabus Batko_Debate corner

6. Grammar minimizer

MS Teams:  g8i9cw1, Tuesday 14.00-15.30

Level: B2, B2+

Duration: 30 hours per semester

Tutor: Beata Batko    beata.batko@uj.edu.pl

Course description: The course is addressed to students who would like to revise and  consolidate grammar. Students will be guided to discover analogies and similarities so that rules might be kept to minimum and remembered better. Each lesson will  be devoted to a major grammar aspect and its practical application. Students will be able to practise rules actively not only through provided exercises, but most of all thanks to  authentic materials e.g. articles, song lyrics and news reports to develop all language skills.

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Literature, culture, philosophy and history

 

1. Current Trends in Society and Culture NOWOŚĆ

Level:     B2+

Duration:    30 hours per semester. Full course is 60 hours in two semesters.

Requirements:  If an examination in English is needed as part of the post-graduate studies programme (studia II stopnia), 60 hours of the course must be completed. If an examination is not needed, one or two semesters may be completed.

Tutor:        Bernadeta Raczkiewicz   bernadeta.raczkiewicz@uj.edu.pl

Course description: The course is designed for students of humanities interested in the most current trends and societal changes in areas such as work, motivation, learning, creativity, relationships, communication, use of technology, health and wellbeing, time management, essentialism and intentional living. Topics covered in the course combine elements of psychology, sociology, management, cultural knowledge, etc. and will also depend on students’ choice. By studying a wide range of texts and audio-visual resources, students will look closely at the most current phenomena of our times and critically evaluate them in class discussions. The course will involve a substantial amount of individual reading and listening to online-based materials of varying length. Another essential aim of the course is to practise delivering speeches of varying length and level of formality, from short talks to a mini-conference presentation. 

czytaj więcej  [sylabus: Current Trends in Society and Culture ]

2. Critical Thinking in Philosophy

Level:        B2+/C1

Duration:    30 hours per semester. Full course is 60 hours in two semesters.

Requirements:  If an examination in English is needed as part of the post-graduate studies programme (studia II stopnia), 60 hours of the course must be completed. If an examination is not needed, one or two semesters may be completed.

Tutor:  Halina Kozdęba-Murray  halina.kozdeba-murray@uj.edu.pl

Course description:  The aim of the course is to develop students’ skills at critical thinking in the context of philosophical texts. Additionally, students revise their knowledge of philosophy and learn how to express their opinions in a logical and coherent manner. The course is addressed mainly to students of philosophy, but anyone interested in the subject is very welcome. The course is based on a book The Great Philosophers by B. Magee, which is a series of dialogues with contemporary philosophers such as: F. Copleston, J. Passmore, or A.J. Ayer who discuss different philosophical ideas from ancient to modern times. The book, as befits philosophy, is composed in the form of a dialogue and it is dialogue which is the most important form of learning during the course. Students can freely discuss their arguments both with each other and in teams in order to reach the most logical conclusions. We will read extracts from: Plato’s Dialogues, Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Schopenhauer’s On Women, and others. Additionally, we will use blended learning method by following Mr Magee’s dialogues with contemporary philosophers on the internet.

czytaj więcej   [sylabus: Kozdeba_Murray_Critical Thinking in Philosophy]

3. Exploring Identity NOWOŚĆ

MS Teams:  up0l0sy  Tuesday  13.45-15.15  

Level:                   B2+

Duration:           30 hours  (one semester). There is no examination after this course. 

Tutor:                   Natalia Szymaszek, n.szymaszek@uj.edu.pl  

 

Course description:  The course is designed to expand language competence of students who are thinking about applying for exchange programmes abroad, students who would like to pursue a career in a multinational company, international students  as well as all students who are eager to improve their English while exploring various aspects and dimensions of identity.  

The starting point is personal identity and elements that constitute it. We also discuss social identity and how it can be influenced by and manifested through new media. We then move on to national identity and try to define its contemporary meaning in the context of recent political and global issues. Finally, we get acquainted with fragments of literary and cinematic works, where identity becomes an important theme, shown from interesting and sometimes unusual perspectives.  

czytaj więcej  [syllabus: Szymaszek_Exploring Identity]  

4. Do we live in a dystopian world? Let’s read and discuss! NOWOŚĆ

MS Teams, Thursday, 14.15 – 15.45 

Level:                   B2+/C1 

Duration:            30 hours/ 1 semester 

Requirements: Students are assessed  by coursework and  end-of-term writing assignment. 

There is no examination after this course. 

Tutor:                   Maria Talaczyńska, maria.talaczynska@uj.edu.pl  

Course description:  The course offers fragments of world literature to students who wish to enrich their knowledge of different authors in the field of dystopian narrative of various types. It also gives its participants opportunity to use the acquired vocabulary effectively and appropriately in academic contexts. 

czytaj więcej  [syllabus: Talaczyńska Do we live in a dystopian world

 


English for Specific Purposes

 

2. English for Psychology

Level:   C1 

Duration:    30 hours per semester. Full course is 60 hours in two semesters.

Requirements:  If an examination in English is needed as part of the post-graduate studies programme (studia II stopnia), 60 hours of the course must be completed. If an examination is not needed, one or two semesters may be completed.

Tutor:   Katarzyna Opiela,  katarzyna.opiela@uj.edu.pl
 
Course description: The course focuses on different topics from neurology through applied psychology to psychiatry. Students have a chance to have a glimpse into the mechanics of the human brain, find out what goes on in the mind of a psychopath, test their own personality, study different psychological disorders, as well as ask themselves what intelligence is and whether we should try to endow machines with it, etc. The course is based almost entirely on authentic materials from the British and American media. As it includes a wide variety of materials, it is both informative and enjoyable. It is addressed to students of any field who share an interest in contemporary psychology.
 

3. Films and TV shows

Level:   C1

Duration:    30 hours per semester. Full course is 60 hours in two semesters.

Requirements:  If an examination in English is needed as part of the post-graduate studies programme (studia II stopnia), 60 hours of the course must be completed. If an examination is not needed, one or two semesters may be completed.

Tutor:   Katarzyna Machała, katarzyna.machala@uj.edu.pl
 
Course description: The course is designed for students who are keen on the cinema and the new media and would like to develop their knowledge by reading, watching and discussing materials closely connected with this field. During the course students will have a chance to read and talk about issues related with the cinema and television, as well as to write texts in response to what has been covered.
The topics relate not only to all-time classics like Pixar and Disney movies or Sherlock Holmes, but also cover technical issues of film making like script writing, sound effects, film music etc. The course is based on authentic materials, specifically adapted for its needs.

czytaj więcej Machała_FILMS AND TV SHOWS syllabus