History and Cultural History of Poland

Course content

In this class we study the dynamic history and culture of Poland. We begin in the Middle Ages and Mieszko I’s baptism in 966, and move through Reformation and the Renaissance, the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth era, Enlightenment period, the Polish partitions, and the period from Polish independence in 1918 all the way through World War II and Communism until 1990. We read historical texts as well as literature, by for example Romanic poet’s Adam Mickiewicz’s and Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk. We watch canonical film by Academy Award Winners Andrzej Wajda, and Paweł Pawlikowski. We also look at art, and listen to music to illustrate life in these different periods

  • Programme curriculum Bachelor courses in East European Studies 2019 curriculum
  • Programme curriculum Bachelor elective courses in East European Studies 2019 curriculum
Learning outcome

BA 2019-studieordning(BA in Eastern European studies, 2019 study programme):
Polish history and cultural history (activity codde HPLB01271E)

BA-tilvalg i Østeuropastudier 2019-studieordning(BA electives in Eastern European studies, 2019 study programme):
Polish history and cultural history (activity code HPLB10171E)
Individually Studied Topic A (activity code HØEB10171E)
Individually Studied Topic B (activity code HØEB10181E)

Exchange students BA level:
Individually Studied Topic A (activity code HØEB10171E)

Will be available in Absalon

Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Type of assessment
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assessment

Academic targets

At the examination, the student can demonstrate:

  • Knowledge and understanding of
  • a specifically studied topic within East European literature, history, society or culture. 


Skills in

  • carrying out a systematic literature search for the chosen topic and assessing the quality and views of the literature found
  • analysing sources
  • adopting a critical approach to both sources and secondary literature
  • using terminology and research methodology appropriate for the topic chosen
  • writing a well-structured presentation of the subject matter based on a clearly formulated issue.


Competencies in

  • processing complex material with a view to understanding correlations and solving problems within the subject area studied
  • communicating complex contexts in good and nuanced Danish or English.



The student compiles his/her own syllabus of at least 1,200 standard pages. The syllabus must be approved by the examiner. See deadlines and rules for the submission of the syllabus to the Student Counselling Centre under Examination - Find time and place and Examination -Type of examination and rules - Syllabus.


Teaching and working methods

Seminar, class instruction or individual supervision.


Exam provisions

Form of exam: Take-home assignment, optional subject.

Scope: 16-20 standard pages.

Assessment: Internal exam with a single examiner with assessment based on the 7-point grading scale.

Regulations for group exams: The exam can only be taken individually.

Exam language(s): Danish or English.

Permitted exam aids: All.

Make-up exam/resit: Conducted in the same manner as the ordinary exam.

Special provisions: The topic for the take-home assignment must be approved by the examiner.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 84
  • Preparation
  • 328,5
  • English
  • 412,5


Course number
See exam description
Programme level
Bachelor choice

1 semester


Dette er et kursus via tompladsordningen med betaling på Åbent Universitet. Tilmeld dig og se aktuel prisoversigt på denne side.

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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   (11-6673736633707766707a78456d7a7233707a336970)

Anna Krakus, anna.krakus@hum.ku.dk
Rachel Hanna Bonin khr235@hum.ku.dk

Saved on the 07-11-2023

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