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Study catalog

Basic information

Language of instruction

Polish

Duration

3 years

Faculty of Arts and Educational Science

Cieszyn

Education profile: General academic

ECTS guidebook

Description

Language of instruction:Studies are conducted in Polish; selected modules are conducted in Czech and English.

Offered foreign language courses: English, German, and French

General characteristics of the programme:

Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology programme is based in the humanities. The research subject of the programme is located both in the area of social ideas and practices. Ethnology (the term cultural anthropology is also used) as a science dealing with description, history, and theory of culture combines two different perspectives: (1.) humanistic, focusing both on documenting or reconstructing the temporal and spatial diversity of cultures, and on model explanations and interpretations of the meanings of culture; (2.) social, concerned with interactional, communicative, and institutional dimensions of cultural phenomena. Ethnology includes analyses of enculturation and acculturation processes and their social, historical, economic, and ideological contexts.

The curriculum stresses formation of social competencies and ability to operate in a multicultural, multireligious, and multilingual environment. The theoretical framework of the programme also has practical applications. It is employed in activities aiming at protecting and promoting cultural heritage of both the nearest and more distant regions of the world. The knowledge and skills acquired during the studies foster creativity in approaching artefacts associated with traditional culture and in adapting them to the needs of the contemporary society. Through pointing out ways of transforming them, giving them new meanings, it becomes possible to apply them in practice, including in creative sectors.

In the course of study, students become acquainted with the basics of general humanistic knowledge and acquire specialist knowledge in ethnology and cultural anthropology. During this period, they learn practical research methods and techniques as part of scientific camps, they also complete field internships whose main objective is to familiarise students with the specifics of ethnological and anthropological field explorations and to implement specific tasks of a scientific and research nature. Among many specific issues, students gain knowledge about culture, history of ethnological thought, ethnology of Poland and Europe, and culture of societies of the Global South. The globalisation processes taking place in contemporary culture have resulted in changes not only in global social and economic systems, but also in everyday lives of people in all regions of the world. Some researchers believe that people have lost the sense of their own identity, while places closest to us lose their characteristic national, regional, and local features and become homogenised and uniform in many regards. In this place, cultural diffusion, intercultural migration, moving from culture to culture, is taking place on an unprecedented level, which means that we may have not just one, but many cultures close to us, familiar to us, and therefore "our own”. An important element of contemporary times is the media (especially the so-called new media), through which a specific type of development of cultural awareness takes place. Many researchers also emphasise alternative models of culture creation (e.g. Stuart Hall, Michael Maffesoli, Judith Butler), which are the effects of groups forming around minority paradigms (sexual minority groups, online gamers, etc.) or groups building their identity around national or ethnic issues, but taking into account changes occurring in the contemporary world (new nationalisms, ethnicities understood as political projects, borderland identities). Another important feature of today's world is the intertwining of fields and areas, which means that interdisciplinary tools are needed to properly analyse cultural phenomena. 1st cycle studies end in a diploma exam (Bachelor’s degree).

Employment prospects:

Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology graduates are prepared to find employment as:

  • development programmes coordinators (e.g. activating persons disadvantaged due to ethnicity, gender, religion, age, economic status)
  • specialists in the tourism industry,
  • experts on conducting qualitative research in the creative sector,
  • entrepreneurs in the creative sector,
  • researchers in scientific institutions, business, and editorial offices
  • employees of market research agencies,
  • consumer needs analysts,
  • consultants in centres for international cultural, commercial, and economic exchange,
  • advisers in matters of cultural sciences on special missions,
  • specialists in matters relating to immigrants and refugees.

Students have an opportunity to carry out part of their studies in foreign partner universities, scholarship trips under the ERASMUS + programme, as well as in domestic universities under the MOST programme. The programme does not prepare to exercise the profession of a teacher.

Admissions criteria for candidates with "new" Polish maturity exam (issued after 2005)

For candidates with NEW MATURA EXAM

The arithmetic mean of results obtained in the subjects taken in the written part of the Matura exam will be taken into consideration, whereby the advanced level result is multiplied x 2.

In the case of candidates with the Matura exam results both at the basic and advanced level, the more favourable result will be taken into consideration in the admission process.

Admissions criteria for candidates with "old" Polish maturity exam (issued before 2005)

For candidates with OLD MATURA EXAM

In the case of candidates who passed the Matura exam (old Matura exam), the results in all Matura subjects taken in writing or orally are taken into consideration.

The Matura exam grades will be converted to percentage points in following way:

Matura exam until 1991

Matura exam after 1991

6 — 100 %

5 — 100 %

5 — 80 %

4 — 70 %

4 — 75 %

3 — 30 %

3 — 50 %

2 — 30 %

The final result of the candidate who passed the Matura exam is the arithmetical mean of all Matura exam grades converted to admission points.

International Baccalaureate

  • The candidate who obtained the International Baccalaureate diploma, issued by the International Baccalaureat Organization based in Geneva, are subject to the same admission rules as holders of “new” Polish maturity exam. The results on the diploma of International Baccalaureate are calculated according to the following indicators:

IB Diploma

Standard level

Higher level

7

100%

100%

6

86%

85,71%

5

72%

71,43%

4

58%

57,14%

3

44%

42,86%

2

30%

28,57%

1

0%

14,29%

In case the candidate does not submit the International Baccalaureate diploma, for the sake of qualification, the candidate is obliged to submit the certificate about the IB result issued by the appropriate institution and present the IB diploma immediately after its reception.

NOTE: If the admissions criteria for the programme assume additional entrance exams for the holders of “new” Polish maturity exams, the following factors are concerned during the qualification: result from IB diploma calculated according to the scale above and the results of the additional entrance exam.

European Baccalaureate

The candidate who obtained the European Baccalaureate diploma, issued by European Schools in accordance to the Luxemburg Convention of 21 June 1994 about the European School status, are subject to the same admission rules as holders of “new” Polish maturity exam. The results on the diploma of European Baccalaureate are treated as results of the extended “new” Polish maturity exams and are calculated according to the following indicators:

EB exam

“new” Polish maturity exam

9,00 ÷ 10,00

100%

8,00 ÷ 8,95

90%

7,00 ÷ 7,95

75%

6,00 ÷ 6,95

60%

5,00 ÷ 5,95

45%

4,00 ÷ 4,95

30%

In case the candidate does not submit the European Baccalaureate diploma, for the sake of qualification, the candidate is obliged to submit the certificate about the EB result issued by the appropriate institution and present the EB diploma immediately after its reception.

NOTE: If the admissions criteria for the programme assume additional entrance exams for the holders of “new” Polish maturity exams, the following factors are concerned during the qualification: result from EB diploma calculated according to the scale above and the results of the additional entrance exam.

Secondary education certificate, or equivalent, obtained outside of Poland

The candidate who has obtained the secondary school graduation certificate (or another document) issued outside Poland may apply for studies. The document has to entitle the holder to undertaking Bachelor studies in the country in which the document was issued.

For candidates which are Polish citizens or apply for studies on the same rules as Polish citizens, the admission procedures defined in the programme’s description apply.

Foreign candidates applying for studies on other basis (tuition-paying, tuition-free, scholarships) are accepted for studies under regulations other than noted in the admission criteria. 

If programme’s admission criteria require mark in Polish language :
The candidates applying as Polish citizens or on the same rules as Polish, which finished secondary education outside Poland, will have the mark of that country’s language taken into account instead of Polish language mark.

In the case of candidates who have a secondary school-leaving certificate or other document authorising them to take up 1st cycle studies or long-cycle studies issued abroad, the grades in the document authorising them to take up studies in the country of document issue are taken into consideration. Additionally, WKR may take into consideration the grades in external exams in the countries where such exams are conducted, e.g.: result of CT exam in the case of Belarus, result of EGE exam in the case of Russia, and result of ZNO exam in the case of Ukraine. The results of these exams shall be regarded as equivalent to Polish advanced Matura exam.

Note: If programme’s admission criteria under “new” Polish maturity exam include additional entrance exams the results of BOTH entrance exam and secondary school graduation certificate are considered.

Exceptions from admission procedures

Nazwa olimpiady / konkursu Tytuł uprawniający do ulgi Limit miejsc Uwagi
"Solidarity Olympics. Two decades of history" contest laureat 3
Olimpiada Wiedzy Ekologicznej laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Historyczna laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Misyjna Znajomości Afryki laureat lub finalista
Olympiad of Film and Social Communication laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Wiedzy o Prawach Człowieka w Świecie Współczesnym laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Wiedzy o Polsce i Świecie Współczesnym laureat lub finalista
Olimpiada Wiedzy o Społeczeństwie laureat lub finalista

Szczegółowa procedura uznania powyższych uprawnień dostępna jest na stronie https://us.edu.pl/kandydat/rekrutacja-na-studia-krok-po-kroku/olimpiady-i-konkursy/

Fees for education

Tuition fees in academic year: 2022/2023

Payment for semester
for Polish citizens and foreigners entitled to education at full-time studies conducted in Polish without paying the tuition fee.

No tuition fees


Payment for semester
for foreigners applying for studies on tuition-paying basis

Tuition paid in full

PLN2,450.00

Tuition paid in 3 installments

  • PLN858.00
  • PLN858.00
  • PLN884.00

Contact

Faculty's contact details

Faculty of Arts and Educational Science

ul. Bielska 62
43-400 Cieszyn
33 854 61 13

https://us.edu.pl/wydzial/wsne

justyna.staron@us.edu.pl

Contact for foreigners

International Admissions Office

Bankowa 12, room 76
40-007 Katowice, Poland
+48 32 359 22 72
+48 32 359 22 73
admission@us.edu.pl