The Institute of History for foreigners

         The Institute of History of the Jagiellonian University is located in the Witkowski Collegium in the very heart of historical Krakow, at ul. Gołębia 13. It is situated next door to the Collegium Maius, the oldest University building, and it is just a short walk from the Main Square and the Wawel Castle, which used to be the seat of Polish kings for many centuries.

 

     The building housing the Institute of History was constructed in 1908-1911 but it was thoroughly renovated and modernised in the last decade. Lifts and disabled facilities were added and classrooms were furnished with state-of-the-art equipment. The library, established in 1873 and boasting an excellent collection of books, is an integral part of the Institute.

 

The history of historical studies at the Jagiellonian University

        The University was established in Krakow as early as 1364 but in the medieval system of education, the teaching of history did not play an important role and was part of rhetoric. The origins of historical studies at the University go back to the early 15th century. In his lectures, Professor Jan Dąbrówka commented on the 13th-century chronicle written by the Bishop of Kracow Wincenty Kadłubek, and in 1434-1436 he even compiled an extensive commentary on this important work. In the late 16th century, history started to emerge as a separate discipline of the humanities. At the time, lectures on history were given by Jan of Kłobuck and his student, Samuel Nakielski. In 1621, Professor Sebastian Petrycy of Pilzno created the position of University historiographer. In the 17th century, lectures on the history of Poland started to become more frequent, especially ones based on the chronicle of Marcin Kromer. After the reform of Hugo Kołłątaj in 1776, history and geography both joined the same faculty, called the Academy of Fine Arts.

         In the aftermath of the Partitions of Poland, Krakow fell into the hands of the Austrians, who opened the University's first Chair of History in the Faculty of Philosophy. However, the true organisational and academic development of historical studies took place in the 1860s. 1861 saw the establishment of the Historical Seminary, and the discipline started to flourish with the opening, in 1869, of the first ever Chair of the History of Poland, headed by Józef Szujski. It was Szujski who, together with such eminent historians as Michał Bobrzyński, Stanisław Smolka, and Stanisław Krzyżanowski, founded a new research trend called the Krakow historical school, which led to a completely new, critical approach to the history of Poland. They, and their equally outstanding successors in the interwar period and after World War II, should take the credit for the fact that the standard of teaching history at the Jagiellonian University was one of the highest in Europe.

       At present, the Institute of History is the largest organisational unit of the Faculty of History and one of the largest institutes of the University. The Institute employs seventy staff members (including over forty independent academic staff) and teaches almost 1,000 students. The Institute conducts research covering all historical eras, from Antiquity to modern times, focusing mainly on the history of Poland, Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the Mediterranean.

Our educational offer in Polish

       The Institute of History offers students opportunities which are not only varied but also constantly adjusted. This is to allow the Institute to better adapt to the changing social needs and challenges presented by the contemporary world and to use the maximum potential of the academic staff. The Institute offers a full range of studies in Polish: full-time and part-time, first-cycle (B.A.) and second-cycle (M.A.), as well as post-graduate studies. The Faculty of History also offers postgraduate (Ph.D.) studies.

       During first-cycle studies, students complete courses in all historical eras. They all have classes on Archaeology, Ancient History, Medieval History, Medieval History of Poland, Modern History, History of Poland, History of the 19th and 20th Century, and History of Poland in the 19th and 20th Century. Preparing to work as historians, students also take courses in sciences auxiliary to history and the Historian's Vademecum, as well as Latin and modern languages.

     Students have a choice of specialisations: the teaching specialisation prepares them to work as teachers; the archivist specialisation qualifies them for work in libraries and archives,  the historical anthropology specialisation prepares them to study social phenomena in the contemporary world.

 

     During second-cycle studies students specialise in a chosen historical era. They attend a two-year seminar and a selected lecture on one of the historical eras (from the history of Poland or world history). Students also acquire more in-depth knowledge of the history of historiography and the methodology of history. In order to expand students' interests beyond the chosen historical era, they must take two sets of courses comprised of four classes on different subjects. Students also improve their language ability by taking a modern foreign language course and a translation class. During the two-year seminar, students improve their research methods and prepare their M.A. thesis under the tutelage of their supervisor.

Enrolling in the first year of M.A. studies, students choose one of the specialisations: historical anthropology, teaching,  editing of historical sources or archives and records management.

After completing their education, the new Masters of Arts participate in a formal graduation ceremony following a procedure going back to the Middle Ages, which takes place in the Collegium Maius courtyard and rooms

 Lectures in foreign languages

Each year, the Institute of History organises several lectures in foreign languages (English, German, French, or Russian – 30 classes, exam, 4 ECTS points). In the academic year 2017/2018, the following lectures will be offered:

 

In the academic year 2017/2018 the following lectures will be offered in a foreign language

 

(30 hours, exam, 4 ECTS each):

 

I semester

dr hab. Jakub Basista, Reformation in England (30 h., I semestr)

 

dr hab. Tomasz Pudłocki, Nineteenth-Century Central Europe: A Cultural History (30h, I semestr)

dr hab. Tomasz Pudłocki, The Great Departure - Central Europeans and the US: politics, culture and everyday life. (30 h., I sem.)

dr Vitaliy Nagirnyy, Восточная Европа в средние века (X – XIII) (30h, I semester)

(wykład w jęz. rosyjskim)

 

II semester

prof. dr hab. Andrzej Nowak, Russian Culture and Geopolitics:  from Peter the Great to Vladimir Putin (30 h. II sem.)

prof. Andrew Kier Wise, Authoritarianism & Militarism in Central & Eastern Europe: 1900-1945. (30 h., II sem)

 

 

 

 

International cooperation

Cooperation between the Institute of History and the University of Orléans (double diploma)

 

         According to the agreement signed two years ago with the University of Orléans, students from our Institute are given the opportunity to study in France. The offer is addressed to first-year students of M.A. studies whose thesis is to some extent related to the history of France. As part of their studies, these students can spend one or two semesters of their second year in Orléans and obtain a double diploma, graduating from both Universities. In order to participate in this programme, students are required to have a good command of French (at least B2 level) and English, since the M.A. exam (with the participation of a representative from the University of Orléans) is conducted in this language. The next recruitment for this programme is planned for January 2018

 

Erasmus Programme

The Institute of History of the Jagiellonian University has been participating in the Erasmus (now Erasmus+) Programme for many years. The offer is addressed to both students and academic staff of the Institute. Under the signed agreements, our academic staff and students can go on short scientific internship (academics) and scholarship (students) programmes to several dozen academic centres in Europe. The coordinator of the programme is Dr. hab. Tomasz Pudłocki. Detailed information on the Erasmus+ Programme can be found at: www.bosz.uj.edu.pl/erasmus

List of centres that have agreements with the Institute of History under the Erasmus+ Programme 

Amiens (Universite de Picardie Jules Verne) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Antwerpia (Universiteit Antverpen) – umowa obejmuje tylko studentów

Bańska Bystrzyca (Univerzita Mateja Bela v Banskej Bystrici) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Bazylea (Universität Basel) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Bochum (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Bolonia ( Alma Mater Studiorum – Universita di Bologna)  - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Bonn (Rheinishe Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn) – umowa obejmuje tylko studentów

Bordeaux (Université Bordeaux Montaigne) -  - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Bratysława (Univerzita Komenskieho v Bratislave) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Brema (Universität Bremen) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Budapeszt (Pázmány Péter Katolikus Egyetem) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Chambery (Universite de Savoie) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Cork (University College Cork) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Drezno (Technische Universität Dresden) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Düsseldorf (Heinrich-Heine-Universität)  - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Erfurt (Universität Erfurt) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Faro (Universidade do Algarve) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Florencja (Universitá degli Studi di Firenze)  - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Fryburg Bryzgowijski (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Ioannina (University of Ioannina)  - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Jena (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)  - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Kolonia (Universität zu Köln) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Kordoba (Universidad de Córdoba) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Kowno (Vytauto Didžiojo Universitetas) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Lecce (Università del Salento)  - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Manchester (Manchester Metropolitan University) – umowa obejmuje tylko studentów studiów licencjackich, pracownicy mogą ubiegać się o wyjazd na podstawie indywidualnego porozumienia

Moguncja (Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Monachium (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Nijmegen (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Nancy (Université de Lorraine)  - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Orlean (Université d'Orléans)  - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Oslo (Universitetet i Oslo) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Ostrawa (Ostravská Univerzita v Ostravě) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Paryż (Institut Catholique de Paris) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Paryż 1 (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)  - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Paryż 4 (Université Paris 4 Sorbonne)  - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Pecz (Pécsi Tudományegyetem) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Piza (Università degli Studi di Pisa) – umowa obejmuje studentów

Praga (Univerzita Karlova)  - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Preszów (Prešovská Univerzita v Prešove) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Reading (University of Reading) – umowa obejmuje tylko studentów, szczegóły dotyczące wymiany pracowników będą jeszcze przedmiotem ustaleń

Santiago de Compostela (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Segedyn (Szegedi Tudományegyetem)  - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Sibiu (Universitatea "Lucian Blaga" din Sibiu) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Split (Sveučilište u Splitu) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Suczawa (Universitatea Stefan cel Mare Suceava) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Tybinga (Universität Tübingen) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Universytet Linneusza w Växjö (Linnéuniversitetet) – umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Wiedeń (Universität Wien) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

Zagrzeb (Sveučilište u Zagrebu) - umowa obejmuje studentów i pracowników

 

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