Polish Society and Culture (MLT217)

The unit introduces students to contemporary Polish history, culture, and society. (Available in 2019/20 only)


  • University credits: 20
  • University levels: 2
  • Pre-requisite: MLT158, RUS124, GCSE grade A, or equivalent CEF A2 qualification or experience.
  • Co-requisite: MLT257 Polish Intermediate 1 and MLT258 Polish Intermediate 2
  • Availability: Available to Level 2 students on MDLU01 BA Modern Languages only.
  • Teaching period: Autumn & Spring semesters. See: Timetables & course dates
  • Contact times: 1 hour per week over 23 weeks, starting in Week 2 of the Autumn semester.
  • Group size: Maximum of 23 students
  • Language Co-ordinator: Anna Ferrarese
  • Module Leader: Dr Joanna Kowalska
  • Pathway: N/A

    This unit explores key aspects of the cultural history of modern Poland and combines the development of core knowledge with the critical and analytical skills required to study Polish at degree level. The module is taught and assessed in English. Based on 23 hours of small group interactive seminars predominantly delivered in English, the unit also comprises 177 hours of monitored private study.

    Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

    • demonstrate a reasoned awareness and a critical understanding of modern Poland
    • situate Polish texts culturally and historically, drawing on secondary literature to distinguish between a number of important critical approaches
    • develop information literacy and research skills in relation to both Polish and English language materials
    • express cogently and convincingly their ideas and understanding of a given Polish text, orally and in writing.

    Set textbook:


    Recommended textbook:


    Summative assessment (compulsory for credited students):

    • Portfolio of work on individual texts totalling 3,000 words: 70%
    • One 15-minute presentations per semester: 30%

    Feedback: In addition to on-going individual and collective feedback during class-activities, individual written feedback is provided on all summative tasks.

    This module can be validated as part of the following schemes:

    • Undergraduate degree
    • MLTC Certificate of Attendance or Completion
    • Higher Education Achievement Record

    The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

    Information last updated: 9 June 2020