Course Description

Pedagogy: Year I

PSO 101 – Fundamentals of Psychology
Year I, 1st semester, 15 lectures/30 seminars, 4 hrs/week, 6 ECTS points. examination

The aim of this lecture course is to present an introduction to fundamental ways of understanding mental processes, especially in the interpersonal context. The ideas presented here are intended to provide a basis for further understanding in social, developmental and clinical psychology.

Fundamentals of psychology covers the following subjects: a description of psychological research methods - both quantitative and qualitative; a general overview of the functioning of the human nervous system, with particular attention to the role of neurotransmitters and the functional organisation of the brain; issues surrounding consciousness (consciousness, arousal, vigilance, attention); sensory processes, perception and attention; storage and retrieval processes in memory and evidence for the existence of different kinds of memory store; cognitive processes from a variety of different perspectives; emotional processes and issues related to stress; intelligence and contemporary theories of intelligence; motivational processes (drives, individual and social forms of motivation); contemporary theories of personality.

Lecturers: Professor Stanislaw Zabielski, Emilia Dolata, Ph.D., B. Piekarska M.A.

Teaching medium: lectures, seminars

Form of assessment: written examination

Language of instruction: Polish


Tomaszewski T. (ed.): Psychologia ogólna, (General Psychology) PWN, 1992

Zimbardo P.G., Ruch F.L.: Psychologia i zycie, (Psychology and Life) PWN, 1997

Aronson E., Wilson T.D., Akert R.M.: Psychologia spoleczna, (Social Psychology) Zysk i Spólka, 1997 (selected chapters).


SOO 101 - General Sociology
Year I, 1st semester. 15 lectures/30 exercises, 3 hrs/week, 4 ECTS points, course credit

Sociology is defined as the science of social reality. General sociology which may be considered to consist of the theoretical aspects of sociology, serves two basic functions as far as students of pedagogy are concerned. It provides a general understanding of the structure and changes in society, paying particular attention to social groups and institutions, as well as to social processes and phenomena in themselves. It is conducive to shaping general humanistic values among future graduates of pedagogy. In addition, sociology holds a central place as one of the most important subjects in the education of students of pedagogy. It allows students to gain a closer understanding of the basic principles, theories and results of research in the area of sociology, which are of fundamental importance to the individual disciplines of pedagogy.

The lectures cover the following basic issues:

These issues are presented in the form of lectures, which allow basic information to be conveyed to students in a systematic way and in practical classes which are based, above all, on selected literature of specific interest to the subject under discussion.

Lecturers: Professor Andrzej Sadowski; Malgorzata Bienkowska M.A. and Wojciech Jocz M.A.

Teaching medium: lectures, practical classes

Form of assessment: oral accreditation. The subject matter covered by the lectures is examined in the 2nd semester under the sociology of education.

Language of instruction: Polish.


Krawczyk Z., Morawski W., (ed.) Socjologia. Problemy podstawowe. (Sociology, Fundamental Issues), PWN, Warszawa 1991.

Szacki J. Historia mysli socjologicznej, cz. I i II, (The history of sociological thought, parts I and II), PWN, Warszawa 1981.

Berger P. Zaproszenie do socjologii, (Invitation to sociology), PWN, Warszawa 1988 (or 1995).

Turowski J. Socjologia. Wielkie struktury spoleczne, (Sociology. Large social structures), Towarzystwo Naukowe KUL, Lublin 1994.

Turowski J. Socjologia. Male struktury spoleczne. (Sociology. Small social structures), Towarzystwo Naukowe KUL, Lublin 1993.

Nowak S. Metodologia badan spolecznych, (Methodology of sociological research), PWN, Warszawa 1985.

Aronson E., Czlowiek jako istota spoleczna, (Man as a social being), Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN, Warszawa 1995.

Sztompka P., Teorie zmian spolecznych a doswiadczenia polskiej transformacji, (Theories of social change and experiences from the Polish transformations), “Studia Socjologiczne” 1994 nr 1.

Schaefer R.T., Sociology, Mc Graw-Hill, Inc., Western Illinois University, USA, 1989.

Goodman N., Wstep do socjologii, (Introduction to Sociology), Zysk i Spólka Wydawnictwo, Poznan 1997.

Bauman Z., Socjologia, (Sociology) Zysk i Spólka, Poznan 199

Dahrendorf R., Nowoczesny konflikt spoleczny, (Modern social conflicts), Czytelnik, Warszawa 1993.


HWY 100 - History of Education
Year I, 1st & 2nd semester, 45 lectures/60 seminars, 4 hrs/week, 10 ECTS points, examination

The main aim of the history of education as a university subject is to demonstrate the origins of contemporary pedagogical trends, to develop an understanding of the relationship between educational phenomena and the complex socio-cultural realities of a given period and of the state. The subject also provides a theoretical basis for, and a discussion of, practical attempts to realise various education reforms, which might be considered as the source of inspiration for contemporary pedagogy.

The subject covers the history of education and pedagogical thought from the pedagogical aspects of life among primitive peoples, through education in the ancient cultures of the East, Greece and Rome, to the rich traditions of European pedagogy from the Middle Ages to modern times - 1961. Lectures and seminars focus on significant educational achievements and pedagogical trends in Poland. Innovative ideas and educational reforms are analysed. Students are given the opportunity of acquainting themselves with methodological issues in the history of education.

Lecturers: Teresa Zaniewska Ph.D., Elwira Krynska Ph.D., Joanna Kurylo-Omielianiuk M.A., Joanna Dabrowska M.A., Ewa Romanowska M.A.

Teaching: lectures and seminars

Form of assessment: oral examination

Language of instruction: Polish


Bobrowska-Nowak W.: Historia wychowania przedszkolnego, (The history of pre-school education), WSiP, Warszawa 1978.

Bobrowska-Nowak W.: Zarys dziejów wychowania przedszkolnego, cz.I i II, (An outline of achievements in pre-school education, parts I and II), WSiP, Warszawa 1978.

Hellwig J.: Prolegomena do historii wychowania, (Prologue to the history of education), Wydawnictwo “Eruditus”, Poznan 1995.

Kurdybacha L. (ed.) Historia wychowania, vol I & II (A history of education), PWN, Warszawa 1965.

Miaso J. (ed.) Historia wychowania XX wieku, vol. I i II, (A history of 20th century education) PWN, Warszawa 1980.

Hellwig J. (ed.) Historia wychowania. Skrypt dla studentów dziennych i zaocznych, (The history of education. A text for full-time and oart-time students.) Wydawnictwo “ Eruditus”, Poznan 1994.

Kurylo-Omelianiuk J., Romanowska E., Zaniewska T.: Historia wychowania. Przewodnik, (The history of Education. A guide.) “Trans Humana” Wydawnictwo Uniwersyteckie, Bialystok 1996.

Kot S.: Historia wychowania, vol.I i II, (The history of education.) Wydawnictwo “Zak”, Warszawa 1994.

Kurdybacha L.: Pisma wybrane (Selected essays) vol. I-III, PWN, Warszawa 1976.

Mozdzen S.: Zarys historii wychowania, (An outline of the history of education) parts I-III, Wydawnictwo Pedagogiczne ZNP, Kielce 1993.

Woloszyn S.: Dzieje wychowania i mysli pedagogicznej w zarysie, (Achievements in education and pedagogical thought) PWN, Warszawa1964.

Wroczynski R.: Dzieje oswiaty polskiej do roku 1795, (Achievements in Polish education to 1795) PWN, Warszawa 1964.

Wroczynski R.: Dzieje oswiaty polskiej 1795-1945, (Achievements in Polish education 1795-1945) PWN, Warszawa 1980.


POG 101 - General Pedagogy
Year I, 1st & 2nd semester 30 lectures/30 seminars, 4 hrs/week, 8 ECTS points, examination

Recommended courses: HFI 100

I. The essence of science and scientific research. Pedagogy in the context of other human developmental and educational sciences.

1. The emergence of the scientific approach as a main principle in human thinking

2. A critical analysis of the characteristics of pedagogy

3. The search for pedagogical self-knowledge and the identity of pedagogy as a subject

4. The crisis of pedagogy as an explanatory science

5. Hermeneutics as the methodology for rational sciences and the art of comprehension

II. General pedagogy as a discipline within pedagogy, the science of human education and questions regarding pedagogy

1. Construction of “Categorical maps” as the notions constituting pedagogy

2. Understanding of the generality of pedagogy in pre- and post-war Poland and in the current period of transformation

3. The paradigm dispute in pedagogy

III. Theoretical pedagogy as an alternative to general pedagogy

IV. Various regionalisms (diversity of thinking) in pedagogy. General pedagogy as a critical theory.

1. The culture of modernism and postmodernism and issues in pedagogy and education

2. The essence and basis of thought defined as critical pedagogy

3. Various regionalisms in contemporary pedagogy

4. Alternative ways of thinking in pedagogy (pedagogy of liberation, resistance, dialogue, humanistic pedagogy)

5. Pedagogical disputes

V. The basis and premises for modern conceptions of the teacher-educationalist

Lecturers: Professor Wlodzimierz Prokopiuk, Jolanta Andrzejewska M.A., Alicja Korzeniecka M.A.

Teaching medium: lectures, practical classes

Form of assessment: written examination

Language of instruction: Polish, Russian


Kwiatkowska H., Ewolucja tozsamosci pedagogiki. (Evolution of identity in pedagofy) Warszawa 1994, PTP

Folkierska A. Pytanie o pedagogike. (Questions about Pedagogy) Warszawa 1989. UW.

Hejnicka-Bezwinska T. Tozsamosc pedagogiki. (The identity of pedagogy) Warszawa 1997, Wyd. 69

Kunowski S. Podstawy pedagogiki wspólczesnej. (Fundamentals of modern pedagogy) Warszawa 1994, Wyd. Salezjanskie.

Palka S. Teoria pedagogiczna a praktyczne doswiadczenia nauczycieli. (The theory of education and the practical experience of teachers) Warszawa 1989, WSiP

Hejnicka-Bezwinska T. (ed.) Pedagogika ogólna. Tradycja, terazniejszosc - nowe wyzwania. (General Pedagogy. Traditions, new challenges for the present day) Bydgoszcz 1995, Wyd. WSP

Prokopiuk W. Samoksztalcenie nauczycieli w kontekscie humanistycznego paradygmatu rozwoju czlowieka. (The self-education of teachers within the context of a humanist paradigm of human development) Warszawa 1989, Wyd. 69


SOW 102 - Sociology of Education
Year I, 2nd semester, 30 lectures/15 seminars., 4 hrs/week, 6 ECTS points, examination

The sociology of education is one of the basic theoretical/empirical subjects in the 3pedagogical education of students. The main aim of this subject is to prepare students whose main subject is pedagogy,to consider sociological aspects of research on educational environments and processes and to use sociological ideas and research results in solving pedagogical problems. The sociology of education provides a theoretical and empirical view of the socio-cultural conditioning of social phenomena, processes and problems. The lectures include the following topics:

Lectures: Professor Andrzej Sadowski.

Practical Classes: Malgorzata Bienkowska M.A. and Wojciech Jocz M.A.

T2eaching medium: lectures, seminars.

Form of assessment: oral examination.

Language of instruction: Polish


1. Znaniecki F., Socjologia wychowania, t. I i II, (The sociology of education. vols. I and II.), PWN, Warszawa 1973.

2. Meighan R., Socjologia edukacji, (The sociology of education) UMK, Torun 1993.

3. Wozniak R.B., Zarys socjologii edukacji i zachowan spolecznych, T. I, II, (An outline of the sociology of education and social behaviour. Vols. I & II.) Baltycka Wyzsza Szkola Humanistyczna, Koszalin, 1997.

4. Kowalski S., Socjologia wychowania w zarysie, (Outline of the sociology of education) PWN, Warszawa 1979.

5. Wlodarek J., Socjologia wychowania w Polsce, (The sociology of education in Poland). Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, Poznan 1992.

6. Winnicki A.R. (ed.), Wspólczesni socjologowie o wychowaniu, (Modern sociologists on education). Uniwersytet Slaski, Katowice 1993.

7. Zemlo M., Nowa socjologia edukacji, (A new sociology of education). Trans Humana, Bialystok 1996.

8. Tillmann K.J., Teorie socjalizacji, (Theories of socialization) Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN, Warszawa 1996.


PDL 100 - Teacher Studies
Year I, 2nd semester, 15 lectures/30 seminars, 3 hrs/week, 4 ECTS points, examination

Teacher Studies (Pedeutology) is the science of understanding the teacher and his/her profession and as such is an indispensable part of the educational programme for students of pedagogy. The subject provides an introduction to the language used in the field of Teacher Studies, describes the evolution of research issues in this field, and discusses classical questions concerning the teacher, interpreted in the light of various theoretical positions. It also uses knowledge in this field as an essential factor in shaping the style of individual teachers' work and providing students with a definition of themselves in the professional sense. The course on Teacher Studies also provides a picture of the current condition of the social and intellectual status of teachers and their new role in societies that are frequently changing and increasingly dependent on information technology. The syllabus is based around nine themes which have an open-ended, changeable structure: the teacher and his/her profession, the process of becoming a teacher, the teacher and the subject of education, the teacher’s education: professional pedagogical education and improvement, philosophical-ethical dilemmas in the profession, development of teacher studies (pedeutology) as a discipline in pedagogy, research directions in teacher studies, traditions in Polish pedeutological thought, co-operation of teachers at an international level within the structures of The European Council (ATBE) and UNESCO.

Lecturer: Professor Alicja Anna Kotusiewicz

Joanna Kozak M.A., Jerzy Plyska M.A.

Teaching medium: lectures, seminars

Form of assessment: oral examination

Language of instruction: Polish

Literature: each of the nine theme areas has literature for the student to choose from.


BPW 100 – The Biomedical Basis of Development and Education
Year I, 2nd semester, 15 lectures/30 seminars, 3 hrs /week, 4 ECTS points, examination

Human development - factors, characteristics of developmental periods, acceleration. Health, illness, the diseases commonly associated with developmental stages. Prevention. Immunity in ontogenesis. Addictions and diseases associated with civilisation, with particular emphasis on prevention. The hygiene of the education process. Injuries and accidents affecting children and young people. The role of the educationalist in health promotion. Rational nutrition. Health services for pupils in educational institutions.

Lecturers: Dr Kazimiera Pawlowska M.D., Dr Tadeusz Fedyk M.D.

Teaching medium: lectures. seminars

Form of assessment: written examination

Language of instruction: Polish


Wolanski W. Biomedyczne podstawy rozwoju i wychowania. (The biomedical basis of development and education) PWN 1984.

Jaczewski A. Biologiczne i medyczne podstawy rozwoju i wychowania. T. I i II. (Biological and medical bases of development and education. Vols I & II). WSiP 1994.

Radiukiewicz S. Medycyna szkolna. (School Medicine) PZWL 1987r.


KMU 101 - Musical Culture
Year I, 2nd semester, 15 lectures/30 seminars, 3 hrs/week, 4 ECTS points, course credit

Aims of the subject:

Lecturer: Edward Kulikowski Ph.D., Marek Oksiuta M.A., Dorota Pekacka M.A.

Teaching medium: lectures, seminars.

Form of assessment: course credit

Language of instruction: Polish.

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