Between Words

Detailed description of courses

Winter Session:
November 15th – December 5th, 2021 (online)
/ ECTS: 5


Linguistic creation of fantasy worlds in Sapkowski’s and Lem’s stories (Magdalena Zawisławska), e-learning course on the COME platform / language: English

During the classes, we will analyse selected short stories by Lem from the Cyberiada and by Sapkowski from two volumes of the Witcher series (The Last Wish and The Sword of Destiny). The subject of the analysis will be the linguistic creation of selected concepts (e.g., ‘swój-obcy’, ‘potwór’, ‘miłość’ / ‘one’s-foreigner’, ‘monster’, ‘love’). Students will be introduced to the theory of the linguistic worldview and the method of its reconstruction. This method will then be used in the analyses of selected concepts in Lem’s and Sapkowski’s short stories. During the classes, we will also try to compare the ways of the linguistic creation of the world presented in the two authors’ works.

Form of completion Learning outcomes Teaching methods ECTS
Test, essayA participant: 1) knows the concept of the linguistic worldview and the methods of its reconstruction; 2) can, on the basis of a selected text by Lem or Sapkowski and dictionary data, reconstruct elementary general conceptualisations of selected notions; 3) understands the relation of language to culture and non-linguistic reality.Presentations, group work, individual work, forum discussions, and case studies.2

Polish through electronic resources. Language corpora, e-libraries & other linguistic resources (Magdalena Derwojedowa, Marcin Będkowski), e-learning course on the COME platform. /  language: English

Students will learn about electronic resources and tools that can be used in research on the Polish language. We will present the more important resources, pointing out their advantages and disadvantages. Next, we will present tools created especially for the Polish language. During the classes, students will carry out research of varying complexity on the available resources, build their own corpus of Polish texts, and try to complete a research task based on this. We will focus on tools that do not require programming. 

Form of completion Learning outcomesTeaching methods ECTS
TestA participant: 1) knows Polish databases and on-line dictionaries; 2) knows how to search for the data they need and how to construct a corpus from the data obtained; 3) knows the advantages and disadvantages of corpus and stylometric methods; 4) understands the importance of electronically available data and the concepts of corpus and stylometric analysis; 5) understands the limitations of corpus analysis sets and tools.Presentations, group work, individual work, forum discussions, and case studies.2

Early modern cultural patterns (courtier/maid, senator, landlord/landlady) and their literary sources (Marta Wojtkowska-Maksymik), lecture (Google Meet) /  language: English

The aim of the course will be to discuss the selected texts of medieval and early modern Polish literature in terms of the personal models described in them. Particular interest will be given to the chronicles of Gall Anonim, Wincenty Kadłubek and Jan Długosz (due to the image of the ruler); the dialogue Dworzanin polski by Łukasz Górnicki (due to the image of the courtier); the treatise De optimo senatore by Wawrzyniec Goślicki (due to the image of the senator); and poems and epigrams by Jan Kochanowski and Żywot człowieka poczciwego by Mikołaj Rej (due to the image of the host). Attention will also be paid to typically female role models: a good wife (in the Kochanowskich’s and Rej’s works); and a mother (in the treatises and catechisms of Jan Seklucjan, Erazm Gliczner, and Maciej Wirzbięta, among others).

Form of completion Learning outcomesTeaching methodsECTS
TestA participant:
1) knows the major patterns of medieval and early modern culture; 2) is able to identify medieval and early modern texts in which these models appeared; 3) understands the differences between the patterns resulting from gender and the social roles assigned to them.
Lecture supported by multimedia presentations with elements of discussion, and online presentations of early modern printed books from the University of Warsaw Library.1

Summer Session:
April 25 – 29th (online),
May 9 – 13th, 2022 (onsite, Warsaw)
/ ECTS: 8


Warsaw, Wilno/Vilnius, Lemberg/Lviv/Lwów – Jewish Spaces in 20th Century Literature (Alina Molisak), work shop onsite and online (Google Meet) / language: German

The seminar will focus on cities – important for the development of modern Jewish identity. We will analyse literary texts (by Sutzkever, Miłosz, Venclova, Wittlin, Singer and Döblin) in which the urban space plays an important role. The main field of discussion will be cultural constructions of the Central European diaspora and formulas for the functioning of Jewish communities.

Form of completionLearning outcomesTeaching methodsECTS
esejA participant: 1) knows and understands the terminology of geopoetics and the cultural theory of literature; 2) has the knowledge of the history of the Jewish community living in multicultural cities; 3) can analyse cultural texts; 4) will be able to use the acquired knowledge to construct analytical and synthetic statements on the history of Jewish culture in East-Central Europe; 5) students will appreciate the significance of knowledge about the multicultural past of the region; they will also be able to critically evaluate the phenomena threatening the functioning of a tolerant, open society.Presentations, case studies, moderated discussions, visit to the Polin Museum.2

Conducting an orchestra of words. English–Polish translation workshop (Marta Falkowska), e-learning course on the COME platform, lecture onsite. / language: English

The aim of this course is to introduce selected translation-related issues relevant for translation from English into Polish on the basis of selected non-specialised texts. During the course, we will get to know the most important types of errors in translation as well as the strategies and techniques that can be used when translation problems occur, and the tools that can help us in the process of looking for appropriate translation solutions. The course has a workshop character: during the course, participants will use the acquired knowledge in short projects and individual and group tasks.

Form of completion Learning outcomes Teaching methods ECTS
testA participant: 1) knows: basic types of translation errors, basic translation strategies and techniques used e.g. in the case of proper names, metaphorical expressions, intertextual references or neologisms; 2) is able to: indicate basic typological differences between Polish and English, use digital tools (electronic dictionaries, the Internet, text corpora) when verifying translation proposals; 3) understands the importance of translation as a process of interlingual and intercultural communication, subject to various conditions.Presentations, case study, moderated discussion, self-reflection, work in small groups.2

The Lvov-Warsaw School and the Polish tradition of critical thinking (Marcin Będkowski), e-learning course on the COME platform /  language: English

The aim of the course is to introduce the participants to the phenomenon of the Lvov-Warsaw School: a Polish humanist formation, particularly famous for its achievements in formal logic and philosophy. During the course, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the history of the School, its most prominent representatives, and their views. Particular emphasis will be placed on the idea of practical logic as an interdisciplinary field encompassing issues from among other kinds of logic, linguistics, psychology, and praxeology corresponding, to some extent, to contemporary concepts of critical thinking. In the following modules of the course, participants will learn about the methodological demands of clarity, criticality, reliable exchange of ideas and good work as well as the related selected conceptual tools that make up the concept of practical logic.

Form of completionLearning outcomesTeaching methods ECTS
testA participant: 1) knows in general the history and selected representatives and achievements of the Lvov-Warsaw School; 2) knows the idea of practical logic and is able to relate it to the tradition of critical thinking; 3) characterises and understands the methodological postulates of the Lvov-Warsaw School (e.g., the postulate of clarity and criticism, among others); 4) is able to classify and evaluate knowledge-generating activities, such as defining, reasoning, and creating logical divisions.Presentations, individual work, forum discussion, case study.2

Winter and Summer Session


Masterpieces of Polish Literature – reading the Nobel Prize Winners (Magdalena Cabaj, Katarzyna Muszyńska), workshop online (Google Meet) / language: English

Polish literature of the last three centuries will be guided by Nobel Prize winners in literature. Henryk Sienkiewicz, Władysław Reymont, Isaac Singer, Czesław Miłosz, Wisława Szymborska and Olga Tokarczuk, among others, show us around 17th century Poland, a dynamically developing 19th century city and a not entirely peaceful countryside, pre-WW2 Warsaw, and the contemporary Sudetes. We will discuss the selected works in chronological order, considering the broader context of world literature, social changes, cultural geography, and reception theory. We will also consider how the works of our guides resonate in contemporary discourse and what place the latest literary criticism assigns to them.

Form of completionEducational resultsTeaching methodsECTS
essayA participant: 1) knows the “Polish Nobel Prize winners” in the field of literature; 2) can analyse their works in the wider context of Polish and world literature; 3) understands the cultural context of the analysed texts; 4) has basic knowledge of the phenomena occurring in Polish literature and culture.Lecture supported by multimedia presentations with elements of discussion.2