The undergraduate program aims at equipping students with both theoretical knowledge about the past and origins of European cultures and conceptual tools to analyze cultural phenomena of nowadays societies.
Flexibly organized set of courses (only a few are obligatory, most of them elective by students) may present in a synthetic picture of the cultural diversity of the Continent. Students will learn consequences caused by cultural phenomena for past and contemporary social life in Europe. Consequences, which were and are visible in various sphere of life: starting with everyday life, through economy, psychological background of social movements, up to political and administrative systems. Lectures focus on universal laws and manifestations of cultural life of human societies but with a clear emphasis on specific elements of European past and present-day situation.
Students will be invited to make a common journey through European cultural heritage to learn how to analyze and understand not only the meaning of fine arts' objects, but mostly social phenomena based upon cultural relations. Therefore the proposed curriculum of study is focused on the analysis of communication systems, values' transfer mechanisms, meaning of symbolic structures used in both everyday life and politics, cultural and political history seen as an impulse for change in social life etc. Participation in the program should strengthen students' knowledge of European culture and civilizations in context of social life and social needs.
Our students will have a unique opportunity to attend the interdisciplinary course, consisted of lectures and seminars of ancient archaeology, cultural studies, history of art, history of Poland and Europe, social psychology, cultural and classical pedagogy and others. After completing studies students can be able to translate different cultural codes of communications, organize cooperation between members of societies of different European cultures and promote understanding of cultural differentiation in social life as the only way to peaceful development in nowadays world.
A graduate will be a suitable candidate to a vast range of workplaces demanding mediation between people and organizations of different cultural capitals: in Human Resources and Public Relations departments of multinational corporations and public administration, in cultural institutions and in tourism, last, but not least, in journalism.
The European Culture program is intended for both European citizens as well as students from other parts of the world. The curriculum of the program is designed to open a possibility for all interested in the cultural life of the Continent to consciously participate in European social and cultural life. Which means that candidates are not expected to possess detailed knowledge of an academic nature, but to be open-minded and curious enough to work together to understand the cultural and social world around them. All courses will be provided in English. The rules concerning payment of tuition are regulated by the relevant rules of the University of Wrocław.