Exploring Central Europe Courses
Students take all their courses at the University of Lower Silesia, unless they are taking a class at another university.
Students wanting to take a course at another university may have the opportunity to do so, but they must inform Director of Programs Lou Berends as soon as possible. Because the program travels frequently on weekends during the first two months abroad, you will have some flexibility to consider doing a “tutorial course” directly/one-on-one (or two students to one faculty). This is similar to many British universities’ style of teaching and learning.
Required (All courses taught in English)
ANT/GEO/HST/IRP/PSC/WRT/CRS 300.1 (3 credits; required)
Traveling through Europe, one is constantly confronted with memories of conflict and reconciliation in places that have experienced dramatic upheavals. The urban and rural spaces of Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Austria, and Hungary will give us unique insight into contemporary Europe.
Note for Syracuse University international relations students: This course is approved for the IR capstone, if you meet eligibility requirements .
Syllabus available upon request.
East Central Europe in the 20th Century
HST/PSC 300.2 (3 credits; required)
It is impossible to understand contemporary Europe without analyzing the joint influence of Nazism and Stalinism on the continent. The two totalitarian systems left a particularly complicated and traumatic legacy in East Central Europe. The effects of totalitarianism in this area were mediated not only by the local political regimes, but also by the region’s socio-cultural makeup—its diverse populations, languages, cultures, ethnic tensions, and competing historical memories.
Exploring Culture and Society in Transition: Gender, Sexuality, Class, and Race in Poland
ANT/QSX/WGS 300.2 (3 credits; students must enroll in this course or PHI/PSC 300.3)
After 1989, as Poland transitioned from a centrally planned to a market economy, and as the Catholic Church transitioned from the margins of Poland’s political and cultural life to its center, the situation of workers, women, and queer people also underwent major changes. The objective of this course is to allow students to explore the current situation of women, queer people, and workers in Poland, both through printed sources and first-hand research.
Discord and Unity: Engaging the Contemporary World Through Ethics and Philosophy
PHI/PSC 300.3 (3 credits; students must enroll in this course or ANT/QSX/WGS 300.2)
The course discusses important moral, social, and political dilemmas of today including the condition and future of democracy, rising challenges of bioethics, problems of social justice, the changing position of the state and citizenship in the globalizing world, the role of language as a means to understanding social reality, or the challenges of multiculturalism to classical models of rationality, with the goal of helping students to productively discuss these dilemmas through the application of philosophical and ethical concepts.
Civil Society East and West
PSC/SOC 380 (3 credits; optional)
This course will present and discuss issues related to the notion of civil society in comparative perspective. The general theoretical framework of the course combines universal notions of human agency in bringing about social change with pluralist perspective on particular historical, cultural and political-ideological contexts.
In addition to the core curriculum, students can take courses at three local universities, including foreign languages (Polish 101, 4 credits or Survival Polish, 1 credit). The current course listings will be provided at your request. If you wish to take an additional course, you will need to have it approved prior to your arrival in Wroclaw.
POL 101 (4 credits; optional)
This course is intended for students with no previous knowledge of Polish. By the end of this course, you will be introduced to enough grammar and vocabulary to carry on basic conversation in authentic situations and read/understand simple texts with the use of a dictionary. To master these language skills, the lessons will vary between those based on conversation and those based on the grammatical analysis of reading passages (and grammar explanations). Each unit will contain exercises reinforcing all four skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) and important vocabulary of past lessons. Students who choose to continue Polish study will be on track to enroll in POL 102.
POL 180 (1 credit; optional)
The purpose of this course is to help students to study and live in Poland by developing your use of the Polish language in everyday situations and to overcome the initial difficulties in communicating. During the course, you will have the opportunity to learn and practice basics of grammar, spelling, and pronunciation, to learn a set of basic vocabulary and expressions used in everyday life, as well as to get a sense of cultural specificity of the Polish culture and language.
Courses in chemistry, biology and other STEM disciplines may be available at the University of Natural Sciences in Wroclaw if requested in advance.
Courses in economics, finance, business, and other social science disciplines may be available at the University of Economics in Wroclaw if requested in advance.