Individual and Society” is a unique class in that students gain invaluable
experience in another culture through their placement with a non-governmental
organization (NGO) that addresses key social issues in Krakow, while also
learning how social psychologists explain key aspects of human society. Sociological social psychology examines
interactions between people and how the groups to which we belong as well as
the broader society and culture in which we are embedded affect them. Students will use key social psychological
ideas - learned through readings, assignments, and class discussions - to
understand the social issues being addressed by their assigned NGO. By the end of the four-week course, Krakow
will feel like home to the students (it is a wonderfully easy city to navigate
using public transportation) who will have a greater appreciation of key social
issues in Poland and how to best understand them from the perspective of a
The class schedule
(click on the link to the right) will consist of 3-hour class discussions
(along with guest lectures) on Monday’s and Thursday’s and students will work
for their assigned NGO on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s. Class excursions in Krakow will include tours
of the centuries-old Wieliczka Salt Mine as well as Auschwitz and
Birkenau. The weekend-long class trip to
Warsaw, Poland will explore the current capital city’s history through visits
to key museums (The Rising Museum and the soon-to-be newly opened National
Museum of Polish Jewish history), key sites commemorating Poland’s active
resistance to the Nazi regime in World War II, and contemporary cultural sites.
Course fees cover
tuition, room and board, tours and weekend-long trip, round-trip air-fare from
the United States.
An independent country only since 1989, Poland has become the financial capital of Europe. Its history and culture are epitomized in two of its key cities – Krakow and Warsaw. Students will spend four weeks living in Krakow and will have ample opportunity to explore all aspects of Polish life.
SOCL 241 (Poland:
Individual and Society) examines major social psychological approaches to
understanding how individuals shape, and are shaped by, the society in which
they live. Course assignments will
include required readings, engaging in service learning six hours a week,
maintaining a service learning journal, four short reading analysis sheets (1
per week), and a final reflective essay due after returning stateside.
SOCL 378 (Senior
Seminar: International Individual and Society) examines the same material as
SOCL 241 and has the same assignments except for the final essay. SOCL 378 students will be required to write a
final research essay due after returning stateside.