Bookpacking through Poland and World War II

Course content

It would be difficult to overstate the importance of the Second World War and the Holocaust on modern Europe. Roughly 3% of the 1940 population died, it resulted in the creation of the Eastern Block behind an Iron Curtain for half a century, and it changed the European map permanently. Around 6 million Polish citizens perished during World War II, 3.5 million of whom were Jews. In other words: about one fifth of the Polish pre-war population was killed, and 90% of all Polish Jews. The Polish cultural and geographical landscapes carry traces of these deaths and battles. Polish literature and cinema is full of stories about the war and in Polish villages and cities stand statues of battles and killed soldiers, remnants of former concentration camps, and museums testifying to the atrocities.

In this course we spend the first 8 weeks reading fiction and watching movies about East European World War II history with a special focus on Poland, and for 8 days in April we travel collectively to Poland and visit sights mentioned in the text and institutions where we learn from local experts about the war. The remaining 3 weeks of lessons will be organised as workshops on students’ individual papers.

Texts we will read include classics by Tadeusz Borowski and Czesław Miłosz as well as more rare finds by Zofia Nakowska, and films by Andrzej Wajda and Agnieszka Holland. Sites we visit might include the Auschwitz concentration camp outside of Krakow; The Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk; and the Institute of National Remembrance in Warsaw.

Students should be ready to contribute a fee covering their own travel costs as well as part of the joint expenses. Possible grants and external funding will be explored and the travel costs kept as low as possible.


Kurset udbydes til:

  • Fagstudieordning Bacheloruddannelsen i østeuropastudier 2019
  • Fagstudieordning Kandidatuddannelsen i østeuropastudier 2021
  • Fagstudieordning Bachelortilvalget i østeuropastudier 2019
  • Fagstudieordning Kandidattilvalget i østeuropastudier 2019
Learning outcome

BA i Østeuropastudier 2019-studieordning:
Valgfrit emne (aktivitetskode HPLB01351E)
BA-projekt (aktivitetskode HPLB01361E)

BA-tilvalg i Østeuropastudier 2019-studieordning:
Valgfrit emne A (aktivitetskode HØEB10171E)
Valgfrit emne B (aktivitetskode HØEB10181E)

KA i Østeuropastudier 2019-studieordning:
Fordybelsesemne (aktivitetskode HPLK03551E)
Særligt studeret emne (aktivitetskode HPLK03591E)

KA-tilvalg i Østeuropastudier 2019-studieordning:
Fordybelsesemne (aktivitetskode HØEK13551E)
Særligt studeret emne A (aktivitetskode HØEK13591E)
Særligt studeret emne B (aktivitetskode HØEK13592E)
Særligt studeret emne C (aktivitetskode HØEK13593E)

Seminars (practical excercises + colloquia), excursion, group supervision in workshops

To be announced in Absalon

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assessment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 84
  • Preparation
  • 126,5
  • Practical exercises
  • 24
  • Excursions
  • 60
  • Guidance
  • 18
  • Exam
  • 100
  • English
  • 412,5


Partially in Danish
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Programme level
Bachelor choice
Full Degree Master
Full Degree Master choice

1 semester

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Max 20 studerende på dette kursus
Study Board of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
Contracting department
  • Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator
  • Anna Helena Alexandra Krakus   (11-4a77776a37547b6a747e7c49717e7637747e376d74)

Anna Krakus,
Tine Roesen,

Saved on the 29-04-2022

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