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Elective courses - the first- and second-cycle study programmes, 2020/21

Electives - the first-cycle study programme, winter 2020/21 Electives -  the first-cycle study programme, summer 2020/21
Electives - the second-cycle study programme,winter 2020/21 Electives - the second-cycle study programme, summer 2020/21
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Elective courses - the first-cycle study programme, winter semester  2020/21

The aim of the course is to present the history of science fiction in its manifold forms. Selected problems: defining science fiction; subgenres and borderline cases: dystopia, political fiction, feminist science fiction, fantasy and horror.

The course invites students to explore the world of Old English Literature (written before the Norman Conquest) and get more familiar with its wider cultural and historical background. The students will be asked to read, analyse and discuss chosen Anglo-Saxon texts, which will cover a wide variety of genres and themes, with the aim of showing the variety and richness of literature written in that period. Students will have a chance to taste heroic poetry (e.g. Beowulf, Battle of Maldon), historiography (The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle), elegiac poetry (e.g. The Ruin, The Seafarer) or religious writing (e.g. Genesis B, Sermo Lupi ad Anglos). They will have a chance to meet important female characters (e.g. Judith) and some monsters (Physiologus). During the course students will be also invited to look at some modern adaptations of Anglo-Saxon themes in works of various authors (e.g. J.R.R. Tolkien). Students are not required to know Old English language to participate in the course as the works will be studied in translation.

  • Elective in literary studies 3: The Second World War in English Lterature and Culture, instructor: Mr Alicja Lasak

The course is concerned with the representation of the Second World War in selected English poetry and contemporary historical fiction as well as some cinematic adaptations of historical novels. World War Two historical fiction is discussed in terms of trauma, memory and postmemory. With regard to the literary techniques employed in contemporary historical novels, frame narratives are also examined. While analysing the novels and films, different points of view are taken into consideration, including children’s, women’s and perpetrators’ perspectives. Attending the course provides an opportunity to become familiar with works by both acclaimed English writers, including Rachel Seiffert, Markus Zusak, John Boyne or Simon Mawer, and those not widely known, such as Elizabeth Wein, Lily Graham, Lissa Evans and John Donoghue to name a few.

The course is concerned with the representation of the Second World War in selected English poetry and contemporary historical fiction as well as some cinematic adaptations of historical novels. World War Two historical fiction is discussed in terms of trauma, memory and postmemory. With regard to the literary techniques employed in contemporary historical novels, frame narratives are also examined. While analysing the novels and films, different points of view are taken into consideration, including children’s, women’s and perpetrators’ perspectives. Attending the course provides an opportunity to become familiar with works by both acclaimed English writers, including Rachel Seiffert, Markus Zusak, John Boyne or Simon Mawer, and those not widely known, such as Elizabeth Wein, Lily Graham, Lissa Evans and John Donoghue to name a few.

1.    Theory of language contacts.
2.    English as a lingua franca.
3.    The influence of English on Polish.

  • Elective in linguistics 2: Survey of the World's Languages, instructor: dr Kamil Stachowski

An overview of the world's largest language families and their selected characteristics. The course is designed to give listeners a general idea of what types of languages exist and what kinds of features might be found in them. All phenomena are discussed using specific examples rather than theoretical generalizations. Due to time constraints, the perspective is wide rather than deep. Topics include: typology, Indo-European, Uralic, Altaic, Sino-Tibetan, Austronesian, Afro-Asiatic, Niger-Congo, Eskimo-Aleut, and others.

The course focuses on phonetic variation in present day varieties of English. The participants will be introduced to the basic concepts used in studies on phonetic variation and the main phonetic variables that differentiate selected accents of English. The geographical scope of the course includes varieties spoken in the British Isles, North America as well as Australia and New Zealand. Authentic recordings will be used as illustrative material. Prospective participants are expected to be familiar with the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) to the extent that it is used in the description of either Standard British or Standard American pronunciation.

Kurs wprowadza studentów w obszar podstawowych elementów badań nad przekładem, czyniąc to na przykładzie angielskich tłumaczeń prozy Stanisława Lema. Oczekuje się, że wykonując praktyczne zadania tłumaczeniowe studenci nabędą stabilny warsztat przekładoznawcy, zawierający zarówno przedwstępną podbudowę teoretyczną, jak i biegłość w rzemiośle, pozwalającą im skutecznie zajmować się fragmentami ojczystej, acz nieprostej prozy Lema.


  • Elective in translation studies 3: False Friends, instructor: dr Marta Kapera

Kurs trwa 30 godzin (15 spotkań po 2 godziny lekcyjne). Aby uczestniczyć w kursie, należy biegle posługiwać się zarówno językiem polskim, jak i angielskim. Celem kursu jest zapoznanie studentów z faux amis na różnych poziomach funkcjonowania języka (morfologia i słownictwo, frazeologia oraz idiomy, składnia) oraz z problemem "fałszywych przyjaciół" w pracy tłumacza posługującego się językami polskim i angielskim.

  • Elective in applied linguistics 1: Bridgebuilders - an Introduction to Effective Communication and Interpersonal skills, instructor: dr Dagmara Kowalewska

The course is devoted to developing students in the field of successful communication. It is less theoretical, than practical, and focuses especially on overcoming emotional, individual, mental obstacles that prevent us from communicating successfully. It is a course for those who want to be better at relating with others, talking to them and, generally, for those who want to improve their interpersonal  skills but don’t know how to do it. It contains some theory but is, first of all, practical, that is why personal involvement and perseverance are of utmost importance.

  • Elective in applied linguistics 2:  When to Use the Grammar Hammer and Other Important Questions in ELT, instructor: dr Aeddan Shaw

A practical course in nature, When to Use the Grammar Hammer... is aimed at both trainee teachers and those interested in dipping a toe into the murky waters of teaching. Examining a number of issues related to teaching in the 21st century and framed by the notion of slaying certain holy cows in ELT, the course also helps to foster and develop practical teaching techniques amongst its participants. The course ends with the production of a handbook of useful techniques and tools to use in teaching.

The course is aimed at presenting and examining various interdependencies between form, meaning and use of language with the emphasis on understanding in what way linguistic strategies and choices create meaning and act upon the reader. The course consists of three modules – stylistics of a written text which focuses on stylistic tropes and figures which provide the text with a unique form, the elements of formal (syllogistic) logic in deductive and inductive arguments, with a special emphasis on fallacies and rhetoric of the spoken text as a persuasive means which uses elements of ethos, logos and pathos. The problems discusses in the three modules also contribute to the understanding how language grammar creates linguistic meanings.


Elective courses - the first-cycle study programme, summer semester  2020/21

The course complements and extends the basic survey course in the history of literature with regard to poetry. It may be useful for all students seeking some help and guidance in reading and better understanding  poetry, as well as  those for whom poetry is a subject of a special interest. The emphasis will be put on close reading of poems combined with a detailed  analysis of  all relevant thematic and formal aspects of  the poetic text. Special attention will be given to rhetorical figures and symbolism as modes of expression especially pertaining to poetry. Thus students will be assisted in appreciating poetic imagery and detecting  the potential for diverse interpretations lying in the ambiguity of poetic language. The poems selected for discussion will primarily comprise anglophone poetry of the 20th and the 21st centuries.

In this course we will look at major trends in the drama of the British Isles in the 20th century. We will look at its thematic diversity, innovative forms and content in the social and historical context, as well as its relation to the political and economic realities and intellectual climate of the era. We will also focus on the formal structure of dramatic works, as well as the theatrical and performative potential of the dramatic text and its concretisations in theatre and cinema.

The content of the course:
1.    semantics as a component of linguistics.
2.    selected theories of meaning: referential, representational, behavioural theory of meaning.
3.    lexical semantics.
4.    sentence semantics.
5.    context and reference.
6.    functions of the language.

The goal of this course is to demonstrate that creative uses of language involve expert linguistic competence, which is knowledge of how langue works at the sublexical, lexical and syntactic levels, as well as expert semantic and pragmatic knowledge. The rules will be discovered though their manipulation in wordplay and humor, neologisms, as well as rhetorical strategies in various contexts and discourses mainly in English.


 Elective in linguistics 7: Writing Systems of the World, prowadzący: dr Kamil Stachowski

The course discusses the most important moments in the evolution of writing, the main types of writing systems, and offers a brief overview of selected writing systems of the world, whereby the criteria for selection are both the current spread and importance, as well as uniqueness. It closes with a basic practical course of the Arabic script. Systems discussed in more detail include: Egyptian hieroglyphs, Devanagari, Tibetan script, Old Turkic runes, Chinese script, Hangul, and Japanese writing systems; multiple other scripts are presented a little more briefly.


The course is an introduction to the issue of communication in the context of interpersonal cross-cultural contacts. The topics discussed in the course include communication barriers; verbal communication and its types; aspects of nonverbal communication such as metacommunication, paralanguage, proxemics, chronemics, haptics etc.; stereotyping; culture shock and acculturation; intercultural competence as well as problems related to globalization and the position of the English language in the world.

  • Linguistics elective course 9: Data visualization

    Teacher: dr Kamil Stachowski

    In an increasingly data-driven world, data visualisation has become an important tool that can be used for bad or good. The primary intention of the course is to focus on quantitative linguistic data but the skillset is general and can be applied to a wide variety of datasets. Participants will learn how to prepare professional graphs, charts, plots and other visual aids that help understand data. The main tools used in the course are R + ggplot2 + Shiny (no prior programming knowledge required); other tools can be added on demand, e.g. QGIS (cartography), Qtree (syntactic trees), or Circos (circular visualisation).

  • Elective in translation studies 5: Contemporary Philosophy - the Translator's Ultimate Challenge, instructor: Ms Giulia Cirillo

The aim of the course is twofold. Firstly, to familiarise students with selected figures of the most influential contemporary philosophers who create their works within the Anglophone sphere. Secondly, to raise students’ awareness of potential difficulties which may be encountered in the process of translating texts of modern thinkers.
The writings of each scholar will serve as examples of language which poses certain translational challenges (such as humour, figurativeness, ambiguity, terminological mismatches between English and Polish, neologisms etc). The discussion of each will be therefore extended over two meetings; the first one devoted to general presentation of his or her biography together with key ideas which they espoused. The subsequent class is intended as a workshop, within which a short fragment of the philosopher’s work will be analysed in terms of its translational challenges.
In order to obtain credit for the course students should form groups. They will be subsequently assigned one person from the list together with a short sample of their text. The groups will be firstly presenting the scholar’s thought to the rest of the class – this should involve a PowerPoint presentation that may be enriched with videos featuring the philosopher’s public appearances or lectures. During the next class groups initiate discussion concerning the problems identified in the assigned texts. This should be followed by a collective attempt to draft their possible Polish translations.


The main aim of the course is to enable students to practice observation and reflection skills in relation to teaching and learning foreign languages. The classes will focus on studying relevant literature (extracts from books and articles) and doing practical tasks which will involve watching foreign language (FL) teachers in action, group discussions, reflecting on one’s own learning strategies. Sample questions to be explored are: what makes a good FL learner? Is there a perfect coursebook? Does intelligence matter in FL learning?

Elective courses- the second-cycle study programme

Elective courses - the second-cycle study programme, winter semester 2020/21

  • Elective in literary studies 1: Racial Identity in the Literature of American South,  instructor: dr Michał Choiński

The aim of the course is to study  the issues of race in the writings of authors from the American South. In classes, we will focus on historical texts as well as short stories and novels set in that region of the US. This will help us better understand the paradoxes of American culture and the complexities of racial and regional identities. Critics have often referred to the South as “haunted” by the ghosts of the past – by the terrible legacy of slavery, racial violence and the poverty resulting from the Great Depression. By reading such authors as Lillian Smith (Killers of the Dream), William Faulkner (Dry September) or Richard Wright (Black Boy), we will seek to understand the cultural idiom of the South in terms of these metaphorical “ghosts”. We will also discuss the rhetorical aspects of how racial identity is narrated, as well as how historical denialism is practiced.

  • Elective in literary studies  2: The (Fe)Male Tradition: gay and Lesbian Writing in the Twentieth Century, instructor: dr hab. Robert Kusek

This module offers an introduction to gay and lesbian literature in English. Special attention will be paid to selected 20th- and 21st-century texts which today are considered canonical for English-language gay and lesbian literature. Discussion and analysis of selected texts will be accompanied by the study of such concepts as gay/lesbian literature, homotextuality and queer.

During the course, students will examine the different portrayals of women (and women writers in particular) in Britain of the so-called Long Eighteenth Century (from the Restoration till the Regency). The emphasis will be on the social roles available to women in general, and especially on women writers’ strategies for negotiating their social and professional positions, with the possible gains and costs of such negotiations. The content of the course will include a cross section of literary texts from the plays and prefaces of the scandalizing Aphra Behn, through passages from conduct literature for young ladies and popular novels to the playful compositions of the young Jane Austen and openly feminist works of Mary Wollstonecraft.

  • Elective in literary studies 4: The Mind-Body Problem in Contemporary English Fiction, instructor: Ms Kinga Jęczmińska

The course focuses on the presentation of the relation between the mind and the body in contemporary English fiction. The investigation is developed from the perspective of the mind-body problem as defined in contemporary analytic philosophy of mind. The mind-body problem requires an explanation of what the mind is, how it arises in a physical body or another entity, and how mental states are related to physical states. The most important stances on the mind-problem include substance dualism, property dualism, physicalism, naturalism, functionalism, and embodied mind theories. Substance dualism assumes that there are two ontologically separate substances: the soul, frequently identified with the mind, and the body. Property dualism postulates that conscious creatures are constituted by one substance (nowadays usually believed to be physical) that has properties of two sorts: physical and mental. Physicalism claims that all mental states are determined by physical states of the brain. Naturalism assumes that consciousness and mental states can be fully explained by natural sciences. In embodied mind theories, the mind is not merely generated by brain states, but arises in the process of interactions between the body and the environment. According to functionalism, in turn, each organism fulfilling a functionalist description, i.e. reacting in a specific way to certain stimuli, can be conscious, regardless of whether it is constituted by physical or spiritual substance. The course examines how contemporary fiction addresses the mind-body problem in its literary representation of the mind and the body. The analysis is focused on selected contemporary authors such as Samuel Beckett, Philip Dick, J. M. Coetzee, and Ian McEwan. The course reveals how philosophical problems are reflected in contemporary anglophone literature.

  • Elective in linguistics 1: Langage and Mind, instructor: dr Marta Ruda

The course is devoted to the science of language and it focuses on the status of language in the human mind. Assuming the perspective of the cognitive (neuro)science, we will discuss the objective facts about the human language and see what they can tell us about the properties of the human mind. We will focus on trying to understand the scope and goals of the mentalistic study of language and the reasoning behind linking scientific observations and experimental findings to conclusions about mechanisms governing language and its use. The topics which we will cover include
•    an introduction to the research questions of biolinguistics, an approach that takes language to be a part of human biology and psychology
•    the mental mechanisms of language comprehension and production
•    language disorders
•    the neurological foundations of language
•    how all of the above is affected when we have multiple linguistic systems in our minds/brains
•    the relation between progress in neuroscience and progress in linguistics.

Zajęcia mają na celu konsolidację i pogłębienie wiedzy morfologicznej zdobytej na wcześniejszych etapach nauki o języku. Kurs omawia najważniejsze kwestie morfologiczne natury ogólnej oraz zagadnienia szczegółowe dotyczące poszczególnych języków. Studenci zapoznają się z taki pojęciami, jak wyraz, słowo, leksem, morfem, poznają zasady działania fleksji i derywacji słowotwórczej oraz zdobywają wiedzę na temat typów procesów słowotwórczych. Zajęcia mają charakter teoretyczny, uzupełniają je jednak także ćwiczenia praktyczne dotyczące analiz morfologicznych języka angielskiego.

The main goal of this course is to introduce students the rudiments of Creolistics, that is, the study of pidgins, creoles and mixed languages. In a way, the three labels describe increasing degrees of complexity in situations of linguistic contact, which have been (and are being) described virtually all around the world. Russenorsk, Jamaican Patois or Michif are typical examples of a pidgin, a creole and a mixed language, respectively. Two perspectives will be adopted to present the contents of this course: theoretical and practical. The first one concerns the discussion of general issues, like for example a) the origin of the terms ‘pidgin’, ‘creole’, ‘mixed language’ and the historical connotations with which they are typically associated (broken languages, slavery, etc.), b) main structural characteristics from three viewpoints: descriptive, historical, and typological, and c) the-ories regarding their origin. The second one implies the linguistic description in detail of one English-based creole. This part of the course includes a grammatical survey (phonology, morphology, syntax) of a contrastive nature (creole vs. English) and the analysis of original texts.

Kurs stanowi praktyczne wprowadzenie do tematyki przekładu tekstów turystycznych głównie na język polski, a także angielski. Na początku kursu uczestnicy zastanawiają się nad charakterystyką języka tekstu turystycznego. Następnie ćwiczą przekład tekstów opisujących różne atrakcje turystyczne w krajach anglojęzycznych: Wlk. Brytanii, USA, Irlandii, Kanadzie, Australii, Nowej Zelandii czy RPA, a także kilka polskich, oraz strategie przekładu nazw własnych, miar, terminów architektonicznych, historycznych, geograficznych, biologicznych czy ekonomicznych, a także form adresatywnych i innych stałych elementów przekładu.

  • Elective in translation studies 2: Introduction to Interpreting, instructor:  Piotr Pieńkowski

The course is intended to make the students acquainted with the unique character of interpreting as a type of translation as well as with a set of exercises and tasks of a linguistic, memory and cognitive character related to self-training and performing interpreting. They will learn the linguistic, intellectual, social, ethical and technical requirements which determine interpretation and they will get acquainted (on a theoretical and practical level) three basic types of interpretation, that is a vista, consecutive and simultaneous. Further, they will learn evaluation criteria of interpreting and how to apply them to the existing samples of interpretation. Finally, they will learn to interpret on-line and to  work in pairs in interpretation booths and outside.

  • Elective in translation studies 3: Persuation in Language, instructor:  dr Jerzy Świątek

Elective in obejmuje trzy grupy zagadnień – potencjał perswazyjny języka, psychologiczne teorie perswazji oraz błędy logiczne w argumentacji. Są to zatem – jak widać – jedynie wybrane i stosunkowo szerokie zagadnienia obejmujące tylko pewną część zagadnień stanowiących o potencjale perswazyjnym w przekazach językowych. Obszar pierwszy to w głównej mierze ogólny przegląd potencjału językowego na podstawie języka reklamy. Analiza przykładów reklam stanowić ma punkt wyjścia do formułowania wniosków na temat możliwości perswazyjnego wykorzystania języka. Obszar drugi to przedstawienie kilku wiodących teorii psychologicznych dotyczących zjawiska perswazji wraz z próbą określenia w jaki sposób określone podejścia teoretyczne znajdują odzwierciedlenie w przekazach perswazyjnych zarówno w warstwie językowej jak i wszelkich innych przejawach określonego rozumienia sytuacji komunikacyjnej (perswazyjnej). Obszar trzeci obejmuje przybliżenie podstaw teorii argumentacji oraz pokazanie istoty błędów logicznych (lub też zamierzonych strategii perswazyjnych wykorzystujących błędy logiczne) w przekazach o charakterze perswazyjnym. Pokazanie różnych błędów logicznych oraz analiza przekazów, wykorzystujących takie błędy ma prowadzić do zrozumienia zjawiska oraz wyrobienia określonej wrażliwości w odniesieniu do przekazów perswazyjnych.

Kurs wprowadzający do tłumaczenia tekstów specjalistycznych z zakresu psychologii kinicznej. Studenci poznają główne szkoły terapeutyczne i stosowaną w nich terminologię. Dowiadują się, jak wygląda tryb współpracy z wydawnictwem z punktu widzenia tłumacza i wprawiają się w tłumaczeniu fragmentów tekstów naukowych (z języka angielskiego na język polski).

Kurs wprowadzający do tłumaczenia tekstów specjalistycznych z zakresu psychologii kinicznej. Studenci poznają główne szkoły terapeutyczne i stosowaną w nich terminologię. Dowiadują się, jak wygląda tryb współpracy z wydawnictwem z punktu widzenia tłumacza i wprawiają się w tłumaczeniu fragmentów tekstów naukowych (z języka angielskiego na język polski).

  • Elective in applied linguistics 3: Critical Skills for Studying Languages and Cultures, instructor: dr Ewa Bandura

The aim of the course is to combine theory and practice in order to develop one's critical attitude and skills necessary to study languages and cultures, participate in the world of media, and teach foreign languages. Drawing on such fields as linguistics, cultural and media studies, as well as education, the course will start with discussing related concepts of criticality, critical thinking, stereotype and critical cultural awareness, different aspects of culture as well as the methods of investigating and teaching them. Apart from gaining familiarity with theoretical issues, the students get an opportunity to practise their own critical skills and pedagogical competences allowing them to introduce the critical dimension in foreign language teaching. The course will primarily focus on developing critical cultural awareness, which involves openness, inquisitiveness, skepticism, self-criticism, avoiding sterotypisation, and an ability to evaluate and assess the reliability of information sources (including the internet and coursebooks), as well as to express one’s judgment in an intercultural debate. Class discussions based on selected texts and illustrated with examples will help prepare individual and group projects consisting in a critical evaluation of sources of cultural and linguistic knowledge in terms of their reliability and underlying ideology.

  • Practical english elective course 1: Words, Ideas, Texts, instructor: Mr Piotr Pieńkowski

The class focuses on the analysis, understanding and interpretation of the relations between the language (the form and the meaning of words), the ideas the words embed and create, as well as the text understood as a result of the relations between words and ideas. Students will also learn the changing relations in language in the process of translation from English into Polish. They will work on literary and non-literary text, learning their semantic, grammatical, stylistic and cognitive aspects. They will answer questions related to the structure of texts under discussion, their literary and figurative meanings and the significance of their message.

This elective course is not available to Erasmus students.

An introduction to Adobe InDesign, the industry standard in typesetting, as well as auxiliary software such as Gimp (bitmap graphics), Inkscape (vector graphics), QGIS (cartography), R + ggplot2 (charts, graphs, etc.), LaTeX (typesetting), and potentially others. The course gives listeners sufficient theoretical and practical basis to continue the exploration on their own, with a view to obtaining a job at a publishing house as a typesetter or editor.

Elective courses - the second-cycle study programme, summer semester 2020/21

In this course we will discuss selected works of British Romanticism in historical context. Special attention will be paid to representation of women in the literature of the period and to the achievement of women writers, whose work will be studied along the texts of canonical Romantic poets. In order to better understand the social position of women at the time we will examine passages from conduct manuals and excerpts from Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.


The aim of the course is to analyse the evolution of the short story as a literary form in the course of the 20th and 21st centuries. Apart from analysing the basic elements of structure of a literary text such as: the narrator, language, character, we are going to trace the main trends in contemporary fiction as they are reflected in this literary form.

The aim of the elective is to provide students of 1st and 2nd year of MA studies (especially majoring in linguistics) with the basics of text studies. The focus is on a text, especially artistic, as a unit of discussion at the supra-sentential level. Main issues cover: 1) linguistic mechanisms of cohesion and coherence; 2) main tenets of possible-worlds semantics and Text World Theory; 3) transtextuality – the ways in which verbal and non-verbal texts ‘converse’ with one another (e.g. ekphrasis); 4) the theory of extended and large figures (macro- and megatropes) as text-organizing devices (in literary and visual texts); 5) the theory of language-games that occur within and around the text – games of the author, games of the reader/interpreter, games of the text itself and games of translators. The last category is related to figuration and shows in what ways translators cope with the stylistics of texts. Different methodologies are involved: post-structural and cognitive semantics and stylistics, semiotics and some elements of the philosophy of language.

The course aims at expanding students’ knowledge pertaining to the art of strategy, or more specifically to the text-forming strategies in discourse. Students will learn about the theories of such representatives of the humanities as Ferdinand de Saussure, Johan Huizinga, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Roger Caillois, Eric Berne, Jean-François Lyotard, Jaakko Hintikka, Lauri Carlson and Elżbieta Chrzanowska-Kluczewska and their approach to the concept of language-game. They will also be introduced to the principles of the mathematical theory of games (John von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern, R. Duncan Luce and Howard Raiffa, John Nash) and the science of strategy within economy (Avinash Dixit and Barry Nalebuff). Finally, both literary and non-literary texts will be analysed.

Elective in przybierze formę praktycznych warsztatów translatorskich, w ramach których zajmiemy się problematyką przekładu dialogów w tekstach literackich i multimodalnych (powieściach, powieściach graficznych/komiksach, filmach/serialach). Omówimy najnowsze kierunki badań  nad dialogiem; porozmawiamy o specyfice przekładu literackiego, przekładu komiksu oraz przekładu audiowizualnego (przybliżymy praktyczne wymogi przekładu na potrzeby wersji lektorskiej oraz zasady tworzenia napisów przy pomocy dostępnych edytorów). Najwięcej czasu poświęcimy jednak rozwijaniu praktycznych umiejętności przekładu dialogu artystycznego. W ramach zaliczenia uczestnicy kursu przedłożą do oceny samodzielnie przygotowane portfolio wybranych tłumaczeń.

Uczestnicy ćwiczą praktyczne umiejętności przekładu na język angielski oraz polski różnego rodzaju tekstów o zabarwieniu humorystycznym. Kurs rozpoczyna się wprowadzeniem do badania humoru oraz humoru w przekładzie, oraz omówieniem charakterystyki tekstu humorystycznego. Następnie uczestnicy na zajęciach oraz samodzielnie ćwiczą strategie przekładu tekstów humorystycznych na krótkich formach – dowcipach narracyjnych i rysunkowych z podpisami oraz humorystycznych cytatów. W drugiej części kursu uczestnicy ćwiczą przekład dłuższych form – skeczów, opowiadań humorystycznych oraz, w miarę możliwości czasowych, także list dialogowych. Warunkiem zaliczenia kursu jest oddanie przekładów wszystkich zadanych tekstów w terminie i w akceptowalnej formie.

  • Elective in translation studies 7: Linguistic Approaches to Translation, instructor: dr Andrzej Kurtyka

The course focuses on selected linguistic theories that are applied to analyse literary and nonliterary translation, above all text studies in their broad sense, linguistic pragmatics, discourse analysis, critical discourse analysis, relevance theory and cognitive linguistics. The class revolves round presenting the selected theories in the context of translation studies and discussing sample analyses of translated texts.

  • Elective in applied linguistics 1: Hard and Soft Skills for Teachers in Foreign Language Education, instructor: dr Magdalena Trepczyńska

The course focuses on selected universal competencies contributing to teaching efficacy in the context foreign language instruction. The discussed topics will include: effective group leadership, communication skills, problem solving, (inter)cultural competence, time management, reflection in the teaching process, causes and prevention of burnout, teacher autonomy and professional ethics, and familiarity with new technologies.

  • Elective in applied linguistics 2: The Magic Wand: Technology and 21st Century Teaching,  instructor: dr Aeddan Shaw

What if technology is a magic wand which enables us to remove all manner of obstacles to teaching? What if we teach without a coursebook? What if we don't need to be in the classroom any more? What if... Framed and informed by such questions, and based around field trips to local schools to see 21st century teaching in action, the course is intended to open up a debate on technology and ELT, as well as developing the practical competences of its participants.

  • Elective in applied linguistics 4: Are You a Good Leader? - Leadership in the Classroom,  instructor: dr Dagmara Kowalewska

The course is devoted to various aspects of leadership and is presented from a wide perspective, with an special emphasis on the role of a teacher.  It includes the discussion of leadership as such, its types, levels and challenges. The first part of the course is devoted to a leader’s character, while the second part focuses on a leader’s skills. Although the course enables the participants to gain theoretical knowledge connected with leadership, the main aim is to help them grow as (future) leaders. Therefore, the main emphasis is put on students’ motivation, perseverance, active involvement and willingness to be transformed.

  • Project elective  3: Technical Writing, instructor: Pracownicy Motoroli

Kurs stanowi kontynuację innego kursu, Introduction to Technical Writing, i jest prowadzony przez zawodowych technical writerów. Warunkiem dobrowolnego uczestnictwa jest udział w kursie poprzedzającym. Głównym zagadnieniem rozwijanym na kursie jest szczegółowa prezentacja standardu DITA (Darwin Information Typing Architecture), służącego do tworzenia treści w kontekście technologii i sprzętu elektronicznego. Nacisk kładzie się na praktyczne zastosowanie ściśle zdefiniowanych zasad pisania tekstów, ze szczególnym uwzględnieniem instrukcji obsługi. Kurs odbywa się w siedzibie firmy zatrudniającej instruktora, z wykorzystaniem stosownego oprogramowania i sprzętu elektronicznego.

The course aims at expanding students’ knowledge concerning the techniques of argumentation and modes of conducting discussions/debates based on the logically formulated arguments. Students will obtain rudimentary knowledge of the theory of argumentation propounded by such distinguished philosophers of the art of rhetoric as Plato, Aristotle or Schopenhauer. The teacher will also outline the contemporary modes/methods of effective/correct manner of entering into disputes, disputes construed not as a fight leading to “knock down” the opponent, but as a fight relying on arguments (e.g. strategic maneuvering). Additionally, students will be provided with the opportunity to enhance and demonstrate their own abilities by taking part in discussions/debates, both in the formalized conditions of the Oxford debate and in the free presentations of their own opinion on the topics selected by the instructor.

Specialization elective courses

Specialization elective courses, Year I, winter semester 2020/21

The course is dedicated for MA students specializing in literature who wish to broaden and deepen their knowledge of T.S. Eliot, regarded as one of the most significant and influential figures of English literary modernism. It is assumed that T.S. Eliot deserves a more insightful reading and  closer analysis than what is offered as part of a general survey course in the history of the 20th-century English literature. Close reading and a detailed analysis and discussion of T.S. Eliot’s writing, primarily his poems and critical essays, will put in focus both their intellectual content and innovative poetic form which stand in contrast with traditional poetics largely derived from the aesthetics of romanticism. Special attention will be given to the intertextual dimension of T.S. Eliot’s work. Besides, his own  poetic practice will be related to the theoretical concepts developed in his prose of literary and cultural criticism.


  • Specialization elective in literary studies  1B: Postmodernism in practice: an Introduction, instructor: dr Ewa Kowal

The purpose of the course is to have a closer look at postmodernism: what is it?, how does it differ from modernism and poststructuralism (etc.)?, and how can we recognise it in the culture that surrounds us? A selection of a few key theoretical texts will help us interpret numerous examples of texts of culture ranging from literary works, through film, television and new media, to visual arts, architecture, music, fashion and design. Ultimately, we will try to evaluate the style, the artistic movement, and the “époque,” as well as the underlying philosophical thought. The course is dedicated to MA students.


The course is an introduction to some fundamental concepts and problems of a formal theory of syntax. The aim is to help the students understand what it takes to develop a formal theory of language and to appreciate the relation between empirical data and a theoretical model as well as the implications of a theoretical model of the language faculty for the theory of language acquisition and for cognitive science at large. Main topics covered include lexical and functional categories, principles of structure building, structural properties of phrases, structural relations between the constituents of phrases and between phrases, the formal properties, distribution, referential properties and thematic roles of arguments, selected syntactic operations and the constraints on syntactic operations and representations. Students develop the ability to understand, analyse, explain, and comment on the issues under discussion as well as classify and describe new syntactic phenomena, make hypotheses against novel data and check their consequences for the theoretical model. Analysed empirical material comes mainly from English.

  • Specialization elective in applied linguistics: Digital Technologies in Language Communication, instructor: dr Marcin Kleban

The aim of this course is the develop students' knowledge and skills as regards digital technologies in foreign language communication and education. During the course students get familiar with aspects of digital competences and have an opportunity to develop their skills of communication in the professional domain and  applying computer technologies in teaching English as a foreign language and honing their professional domain. During the course students engage in literature review tasks as well as complete several practical tasks related to applications of digital technologies in language communication and education.
  • Specialization elective in translation studies 1A: Linguistics and Cognitive Science in Translation, instructor: dr hab. Maria Jodłowiec

Kurs ukierunkowany jest na rozwijanie kompetencji tłumaczeniowej, szczególnie w zakresie umiejętności praktycznych potrzebnych w przekładzie tekstów specjalistycznych. Praktyczna część zajęć poświęcona jest tłumaczeniu fragmentów tekstów naukowych z zakresu językoznawstwa i nauk kognitywnych oraz analizie wybranych tekstów naukowych z zakresu językoznawstwa i ich tłumaczeń na język polski, połączona z dyskusją nad problemami związanymi z tego typu tłumaczeniami. Techniki wykorzystywane na zajęciach obejmują też re-translację z pogłębioną analizą. Praktykę wspiera omawianie kluczowych zagadnień teoretycznych, stanowiących podbudowę dla warsztatu tłumacza, takich jak: „dobre” tłumaczenie w kontekście literatury naukowej; ekwiwalencja i tłumaczenie terminologii; egzotyzacja i domestykacja w tłumaczeniu przykładów; częściowa przetłumaczalność i nieprzetłumaczalność.


Specilization elective courses, Year II, winter semester 2020/21

  • Specialization elective in literary studies 2A: Transgressive literature, instructor: dr Michał Palmowski

The purpose of the course is to examine selected works of fiction which have aroused considerable controversy (Roth, Jelinek, Houellebecq, Ketchum), mostly because of the fact that their protagonists seemingly embrace the morality that stands in direct opposition to the commonly accepted social values.


The main aim of the course is to discuss various aspects associated semantic analysis. In particular, the course will be devoted to the discussion of the following topics: semantics as a branch of linguistics, theories of meaning (referential, ideational, behavioural theory), lexical semantics (word meaning, lexical relations), sentence meaning (predicates, arguments, logical relations), context and deixis.


  • Specialization elective in translation studies 2: Fine and Applied Arts in Translation, instructor: dr Marta Kapera

Kurs trwa 30 godzin (15 spotkań po 2 godziny lekcyjne). Aby uczestniczyć w kursie, należy biegle posługiwać się zarówno językiem polskim, jak i angielskim. Zajęcia poświęcone są poznawaniu języka sztuki i historii sztuki oraz strategii stosowanych w tłumaczeniu tekstów z tej dziedziny. Studenci pracują nad takimi materiałami jak ulotka, wpis katalogowy, opis muzealny, esej, recenzja, artykuł, zapoznając się ze specjalistycznym słownictwem z zakresu malarstwa, rzeźby, rzemiosła artystycznego itd. 


Specialization elective courses, Year II, summer semester 2020/21

  • Specialization elective in translation studies  1B: Translations on the Web, instructor: mgr Piotr Pieńkowski

The aim of the class is to provide students with on-line tools (Wiki and Wiki-like) to prepare and present on-line   translation projects related to their university classes and/or interests that should revolve round translation in its theoretical and, preferably, practical aspects. Apart from providing necessary theoretical framework related to the Wiki Internet service, hypertext and hypermedia as well as  on-line copyright and referencing issues, the class will provide some hands-on experience of coding Wiki pages and managing on-line content. Thus the students will have an opportunity to confront the nature of their project with the on-line, hypertextual environment and to produce a translation project best suited for on-line display and use.v