Seminaria licencjackie

Seminaria licencjackie na studiach stacjonarnych 2021/22

dr hab. Michał Szawerna  - Interlingual, intersemiotic, and multimodal translation

Thematically situated at the intersection of translation studies and multimodality studies, this B.A. seminar will focus on translation in the extended sense of the word. The participants will be invited to write the following kinds of research papers:

(1) traditional research papers on interlingual translation, i.e. papers on the translation of linguistic texts from one natural language to another (including papers on various aspects of audiovisual translation);

(2) research papers on intersemiotic translation, i.e. papers on adaptations of linguistic texts (including literary texts: short stories, novellas, novels) to multimodal texts (motion pictures, operas, graphic novels, video games, etc.);

and

(3) research papers on multimodal translation, i.e. papers on adaptations of multimodal texts to other multimodal texts (e.g. motion picture and television remakes, motion picture and television adaptations of games, comics, etc.).


Malgorzata Jedynak, PhD Main theme: Correlates of success in foreign language learning

The course has an insight into intricacies of individual variation in second language acquisition. It focuses on various factors related to biology, learners' affect, cognition, and first language background.  All these factors have been proved to correlate highly with learners' foreign language success.

The course elucidates the role of age of onset related to critical period hypothesis which may determine FL success, particularly in pronunciation. An insight will be also given into learner’s affective  and social factors such as motivation and attitude, willingness to communicate, attributions and locus of control, self-efficacy beliefs, self-esteem and related self-concept, autonomy, coping competence, anxiety and empathy. Finally the role of language aptitude, the use of strategies and linguistic repertoire will be discussed.

Aims:

practical and theoretical preparation to BA thesis writing in the fields of

  • Second language  acquisition
  • TEFL methodology
  • Psychology related to L2 teaching


dr Wojciech Witkowski

Structure and meaning: a look at language variation

Language is by no means stable. It is marked by variation both synchronically and diachronically. During this seminar we will focus on a phenomenon of variation in meaning. We will work with linguistic approaches to the cases of ambiguity and polysemy which are visible the word or the sentence level. To be able to have a broader look at those cases, we will make extensive use of language corpora, as these will provide us with a multitude of data produced by native speakers.

During the meetings in the winter semester we will (i) talk about how we create meanings, how does meaning change over time, how do multiple meaning arise, what factors influence meaning variation, how does meaning change when languages come into contact. This will help you to choose the topics of your thesis and formulate your research questions; (ii) introduce usage-based and theoretical approaches to analysing the phenomena of meaning variation at lexical and lexico-syntactic levels. This will provide you with the usage-based and theoretical perspectives on the meaning variation that will equip you with necessary background knowledge needed to complete your thesis.

In the summer semester we will (iii) continue our discussions on the approaches to meaning variation adding more details (iv) introduce basic procedures allowing you to analyse the corpus data (if you are going to be using them). These parts of our seminar will broaden your understanding of meaning variation allowing you to properly analyse the language material you will have gathered and arrive at relevant and justified conclusions.

This BA Seminar will be supplemented by Academic Writing course during which you will learn how to properly structure and compose your BA thesis. Additionally, you are also encouraged to participate in Language and Computers course (in the winter semester) which will provide with more usage-data-oriented view on language.


B.A. Seminar (2021/22): Cultural Memory, Life Writing, and Modernist Legacies:

Exploring Literature and Culture in the Age of Digital Humanities

Instructor: dr Paulina Pająk,

Course description: The aim of this seminar is to prepare students to conduct research and write their BA theses, guiding them through the process. It serves as an introduction to the key questions of auto/biography and cultural memory studies, referring to a broad variety of media (diaries, graphic memoirs, novels, oral history interviews, and films) and to digital collections of libraries, art galleries, and museums. Comparing forgotten life stories with those inscribed into cultural memory, we learn how individuals, groups, and societies transmit the past. We explore the various modes and forms of Life Writing and the ways in which authors create representations of selves and identities, blur the lines between auto/biography and fiction, and use various public and private sources to underscore (or undermine) the authenticity of their experience. Students gain the opportunity to create and analyse these modes and forms in their creative and research assignments, taking inspiration not only from Modernist writers but also from contemporary artists who use and subvert Modernist legacies. This seminar also introduces students to the Digital Humanities, an emerging field of study that includes projects in the arts that exploit digital resources. It presents the potential of Digital Humanities for literary and cultural studies, encouraging students to delve into this field by preparing creative and research projects for the course website.

Assessment criteria: (1) attendance and active participation in classroom discussion (mandatory), (2) creative and research tasks, course website projects; (3) B. A. thesis (continuous assessment)

Students are welcomed to choose their own topics, as long as they are related to the theme of the seminar. The list of suggested topics for B.A. theses is available in the linked pdf file with a longer course description.


B.A. Seminar 2021/2022 (updated)

Contemporary Lives in Comics, Films, and Prose Memoirs

Dr Elżbieta Klimek-Dominiak

Contemporary lives have been narrated in a variety of media and genres including prose memoirs, biographical films, and auto/biographical comics. Whereas the former two modes of life writing rely on either written words or moving images, the latter one combines both words and images on a comics page. In addition to more established literary memoirs and biographical films, the auto/biographical comics can be an effective form of conveying intricacies of complex personalities or diversity of human and animal lives. Recent literary, filmed, and drawn portraits or self-portraits often employ irony and subversive humour to break social taboos concerning conventional representations of human or animal bodies, sexuality, creativity, or liminal experiences.

The aim of this seminar is to explore various forms of contemporary life narratives such as prose memoirs, biographical films and TV series, graphic memoirs, nonfiction comics, and hybrid genres. We will consider the artistic styles and affective power of the selected comics, films, and prose memoirs to express subjective experiences of growing up in diverse communities, developing artistic aspirations, coping with social conflicts, stigmatization, illness, and grief as well as creating intimate human or human-animal relationships. To understand how visual storytelling enhances verbal narratives in life writing, we will also engage with biographical films and comics adaptations.

Students will have a chance to take part in the North American guest lecture on comics and to create a short auto/biographical narrative in pictures and/or words in the suggested software.

Methods of evaluation:

  • contribution to class discussion of the selected excerpts,
  • one individual project presented in class,
  • short written assignments coordinated with parts of BA thesis; Criteria: Topic sentence/ or Thesis supported by evidence from the key text (quotation, summary or paraphrase of comics, film, prose memoir, and theoretical or critical texts) integrated with a concluding statement, the List of Works Cited.

Students of BA Seminar on “Contemporary Lives in Comics, Films, and Memoirs” are encouraged to participate in the elective course titled “Diversity in Comics, Films, and Short Fiction” (Elective, List B, 4 ECTS points) as it introduces the key texts, concepts, and skills useful for studying comics, films, and (non-)fiction in an interdisciplinary perspective.

*Please note that the list of BA Thesis Topics attached below includes optional primary sources. It is available in the course description in USOS and in the attached pdf file.