Invitation to Philosophy and Sociology 2015/16

In the year 2015/16 the Faculty of Humanities is going to offer a Program in English for the incoming students “Invitation to Philosophy and Sociology”. It is composed of the 14 courses (20 H / 30 H each, 4 / 5 ECTS).

You can download the program as a: .docx or .pdf file. You can also download the program for the year 2016/17 here

All the courses (with just one exception of the course by Prof. Grzeliński) start in the week 12-16th of October).

All the courses are held in Collegium Minus (Harmonijka, Fosa Staromiejska 1a).

Every incoming student is required to enroll for a minimum of two selected seminars from the list below:

Name Subject Course hours ECTS Semester Winter
Dr. Piotr Stankiewicz Environmental Sociology and Philosophy 20 4 W&S Tuesday, 15:00-18:15 Room 220
Dr. Krzysztof Abriszewski Philosophy and popular culture 20 4 W&S Tuesday, 15:00-18:15 Room 319
Dr. Radosław Sojak Science and Technology Studies: an Introduction 20 4 W&S Monday, 11:30-13:00 Room 205
Dr. Janusz Grygieńć Introduction to Political Philosophy 20 4 W&S Tuesday, 13:15-14:45 Room 302
Prof. Krystyna Szafraniec Society in the mirror of youth – the sociological perspective 20 4 W&S Thursday, 13:15-14:45 Room 115
Dr. Anita Pacholik-Żuromska Philosophical problems of cognitive science 20 4 W&S Tuesday, 11:30-13:00 Room 302
Dr. Dominik Antonowicz State, Market and Society 20 4 W Tuesday, 11:30-13:00 Room 207
Dr. Rafał Gruszczyński Logic as a tool 20 4 W&S Friday, 13:15-14:45 Room 311
Prof. Adam Grzeliński Main Issues of Modern Philosophy 20 4 W&S Friday, 16:45-18:15 Room 317 (begins on 23rd of October)
Dr. Michał Wróblewski Biotechnology and Society 20 4 W&S Monday, 9:45-11:15 Room 317
Dr. Lucyna Stetkiewicz Social History of Literary Communication 30 5 W Tuesday, 9:45-11:15 Room 221
Dr. Lucyna Stetkiewicz Close reading of the Sociological Texts 30 5 W Monday, 9:45-11:15 Room 221
Dr. Dominik Antonowicz Modern Sport 30 5 W Monday, 15:00-16:30 Hall IX
Dr. Agnieszka Furmańska-Maruszak Labour markets – contemporary challenges 20 4 W&S Wednesday, 11:30-13:00 Room 115


Lectures planned to be given in 2015/16:

dr. Anita Pacholik-Żuromska: Philosophical problems of cognitive science

The aim of the course is to present the mind issues raised in the philosophy of mind, referring to research conducted in the field of cognitive science. At the seminar will be presented and discussed the contemporary philosophical and scientific approach to the problem of self-knowledge and self-consciousness, as well as selected discussions on mind and cognition.

Dr. Janusz Grygieńć: Introduction to Political Philosophy

The aim of the course consists in presenting to its participants a broad spectrum of possible approaches to main issues in political philosophy. The classes will focus on discussion of the most relevant and original conceptions designed by political philosophers (inter alia J. Rawls, A. MacIntyre, M. Sandel, W. Kymlicka, B. Barber, A. Etzioni, J. Habermas). This will enable students’ recognition of the most fundamental politico-philosophical trends and arguments referring to such issues and categories as democracy, conservatism, liberalism, communitarianism, ideology, republicanism, the political, justice, freedom. We will discuss such contemporary problems as challenges facing multicultural politics, or the problem of decline of citizens’ participation in politics.

prof. Adam Grzeliński: Main Issues of Modern Philosophy

The course, being a combination of a lecture and discussions on fragments of source philosophical texts, presents modern systems of philosophy of the XVII and XVIII century together with the main problems of Kant’s philosophy and of German idealism.

Dr. Krzysztof Abriszewski: Philosophy and popular culture

The classes aim at finding, identifying, and analysis of philosophical ideas, concepts and structures in pop-cultural texts (in wide, (post)structural sense). The work focuses on selected films, novels, and short stories. Students work in groups.

Dr. Michał Wróblewski: Biotechnology and Society

The aim of the course is to discuss key issues concerning the impact of biotechnological development (neurosciences, biomedicine and genetics) on the social life (self-recognition, values, citizenship, popular culture).

Dr. Michał Wróblewski: Biotechnology, medicine and Society

The aim of the course is to discuss key issues concerning the philosophical and sociological aspects of biotechnological development with particular emphasis on contemporary medicine. We will discuss such topics as biomedicalization, genetic discrimination, commercialization of medical services, biocapitalization of human body and ideology of healthism.

dr. Rafał Gruszczyński: Logic as a tool

The main objective of the course is to familiarize audience with basic concepts of logic and applications of logic in analysis of natural language. I will start from presentation of fundamental notions such as truth, consistency, validity, logical constant, truth functionality and logical consequence in the first part of the course. The second will be devoted to more advanced topics such as formalization of arguments, logic as formal system and proofs. Philosophical motivations and perspective of the problems presented during the course will serve as a referring point for aforementioned themes.

Dr. Dominik Antonowicz: Modern Sport

The main purpose of the course is to understand and analyze major aspects of the modern phenomenon of sport. Through classroom discussions and readings students will obtain a sociological insight into challenges of today’s sport. The course will be particularly focused on political, economic and social dimensions of sport and by using a wide range of different case studies it aims to combine sociological theories with practical issues. During the course students will be given an opportunity to develop their analytical skills, enrich knowledge and get better understating of developments in modern sport.

Dr. Piotr Stankiewicz: Environmental Sociology and Philosophy

Environmental sociology and philosophy create an overlapping research field that provides insight into the complex social processes which define, create, and indeed threaten our natural environment. By discussing issues of science and technology, popular culture, economics, urbanization, as well as social movements, this course will reach a broad understanding of environmental issues. More specifically, this course will investigate the relationships between various environmental and social problems, as well as the many political ideologies, philosophies, and movements that have continually redefined how we think of nature and sustainability.

Dr. Radosław Sojak: Science and Technology Studies: an Introduction

How is our cognition dependant on environment we are brought up and live? How do science and technology change the social world we live in? Who sets the agenda for our likes and dislikes, our attention and technological development? Science and Technology Studies (STS) have been attempting for a few decades to find answers to those (and many other) questions. This course is designed to give students an overview of STS and of the variety of ways that technology and science development has been understood and studied in social sciences.

Prof. Krystyna Szafraniec: Society in the mirror of youth – the sociological perspective

The aim of the course is to acquaint students with knowledge of the situation (the problems and aspirations) of contemporary youth in Poland and other European countries. Discussions and lectures will focus on the question of the role of young people in the processes of social change. As such, the course will provide an opportunity not only to define the specificity of young people in different countries, but also getting to know (to understand) the society through the diagnosis of the youth.

Dr. Agnieszka Furmańska-Maruszak: Labour markets– contemporary challenges

The aim of the course is to show students how labour markets work and how the state answers to labour market imperfections making use of labour market policy instruments. We focus on some factors influencing the situation on labour markets such as demographic trends and financial crisis.

Dr. Agnieszka Furmańska-Maruszak: The changing world of work – the economy and enterprises perspective

Digital advances, society ageing, new generations of workers and economic challenges make the workplace change rapidly. Forms of employment are becoming more flexible and individualized and the career is not related to one job for a lifetime. It is becoming more and more important to be able to balance work and life at different stages. During the course we look at the transformations in the world of work both from the economy and an enterprise perspective. We analyze the way labour market works, discuss new phenomenon in the field of employment and talk about the ways of combating unemployment. Moreover, we look at selected aspects of Human Resources Management related, among others, to employee motivation to work, organizational culture and innovations (including workplace innovations).

Dr. Lucyna Stetkiewicz: Close reading of sociological literature: society as a social system

These conclusions, drawn from current sociological research, describe some consequences of particular social locations in society. Although we may take our place in society for granted, our social location has a profound effect on our chances in life. The power of sociology is that it teaches us to see how society influences our lives and the lives of others, and it helps us explain the consequences of different social arrangements. Sociology also has the power to help us understand the influence of major changes on people. Currently, rapidly developing technologies, increasing globalization, and changes in women’s roles are affecting everyone in society, although in different ways. How are these changes affecting your life? Perhaps you rely on a cell phone to keep in touch with friends, or maybe your community is witnessing an increase in immigrants from other places, or maybe you see women and men trying hard to balance the needs of both work and family life. All of these are issues that guide sociological questions. Sociology explains some of the causes and consequences of these changes. Although society is always changing, it is also remarkably stable. People generally follow established patterns of human behavior, and you can generally anticipate how people will behave in certain situations. You can even anticipate how different social conditions will affect different groups of people in society. This is what sociologists find so interesting: Society is marked by both change and stability. Societies continually evolve, creating the need for people to adapt to change while still following generally established patterns of behavior.

Dr. Lucyna Stetkiewicz: Social history of literary communication

The class aims to present the emergence and evolution of literary communication before and after the medium of writing was invented, through the stage of manuscripts, printed books, to digital, but still alphabetical forms of literary communication. We will also focus on the style of culture, that is the dominant ideologies which affected literary communication, such as religion, censorship, and others. Therefore the knowledge of material and nonmaterial environments contributing to the development or collapse of particular forms of literary communications will be of special importance to us.

Dr. Maria Lewicka: Environmental psychology

Environmental psychology deals with the impact of physical environment (built or natural) on people’s behaviors, feelings and well-being. As such it draws from theory and research of diverse disciplines, including social and cognitive psychology, architecture, urban studies, geography, sociology, and anthropology. The charm of studying environmental psychology is that you will be able to learn a lot about your own physical environment: your own city or town, your house and school. You will also be encouraged to think about designing environments that will better fit your own needs. The course will lead you through topics like environmental aesthetics, cognitive mapping and way finding, understanding your balanced needs for privacy and community, and your feelings of place attachment, rootedness and homesickness. We will go through different designs – functional and dysfunctional – of hospitals, learning environments (museums, universities, kindergardens), offices and prisons. Finally we will turn our attention to urban space – its evolution and future.

Grading will be based on two assignments: (1) Home written essay (description and illustration of selected environmental problem), (2) test: half – multiple choice questions, half – open questions.

Adrian Wójcik: Introduction to social psychology

In the lecture I will survey the major areas of social psychology – the science of individual human behavior in social situations. The course emphasizes an understanding of the important methods, terms, theories, and findings in the field of social psychology. The topics will include inter-group relationships, forming attitudes, aggression, altruism and prejudice. The course will also focus on possible usage of socio-psychological knowledge for solving real societal problems – like the ways to promote pro-environmental behavior, reducing inter-group hostility and limiting effects of negative stereotypes.

Dr. Łukasz Dominiak: Invitation to global history of power

The most important topic of the lecture is the global history of the world in perspective neoweberian theory of power. During the course students will learn about the basics of comparative history and sociological theory of power. Lecture “Invitation to the global history of power,” aims to bridge the gap between history, sociology and political sciences. Subject matter will include the content of empirical evidence on the societies from the first agrarian societies to the globalized world of modern capitalism. The common thread for such a broad perspective is sociological theory model describing power relationships and mechanisms of human activities on four sources of power: economic, ideological, political and military.