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The history of the culture of the countries of the region till 1918 (I) - Lithuania

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Course ID: 3224-D1HISLIT
Erasmus code / ISCED: (unknown) / (unknown)
Course title: The history of the culture of the countries of the region till 1918 (I) - Lithuania
Name in Polish: Historia kultury krajów regionu do 1918 r. (I) - Litwa
Organizational unit: Department of Central and East European Intercultural Studies
Course groups:
ECTS credit allocation (and other scores): 3.00 Basic information on ECTS credits allocation principles:
  • the annual hourly workload of the student’s work required to achieve the expected learning outcomes for a given stage is 1500-1800h, corresponding to 60 ECTS;
  • the student’s weekly hourly workload is 45 h;
  • 1 ECTS point corresponds to 25-30 hours of student work needed to achieve the assumed learning outcomes;
  • weekly student workload necessary to achieve the assumed learning outcomes allows to obtain 1.5 ECTS;
  • work required to pass the course, which has been assigned 3 ECTS, constitutes 10% of the semester student load.
Language: Polish


Short description:

Classes are endeavoured at familiarizing students with Lithuanian culture history on the backdrop of political and social development from the Middle Ages to 1918.

Full description:

Pełny opis: The class aims to familiarise students with the main problems of Lithuanian culture history in political and social affairs from the Middle Ages to 1918. Issues such as identity, cultural interactions, religious aspects, Changes in manhood and mentality, and reflection on the meaning of the people's history. The Student develops his research skills, learns to acquire knowledge independently, using the support of a scientific supervisor.

The following issues will be discussed:

1. Types of Balkan tribes and their interactions. Tribal culture and the religion of the Balkans.

2. First mentions in the sources of the tribes of the Żmudzins and Lithuanians.

3. The unification of the Lithuanian lands by Mendoga. The significance of the Mendoga character for the Lithuanian national heritage.

4. Giedyminowicz dynasty in the 14TH century: a multicultural aspect of the WKL.

5. Baptism of Lithuania and its significance for cultural transformations in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

6. The Idea of the Jagiellonian dynasty during the reign of Władysław and Kazimierz Jagiellończyk.

7. The Grand Duchy of Lithuania in the 16TH century: between Catholicism, Orthodox and Protestantism.

8. "For Lithuanians in Lithuania" – the significance of the Catechism of Martynas Mažvydas.

9. The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the 17TH and 18TH centuries. Examples of the mutual influence of Polish and Lithuanian cultures.

10. From the Vilnius Academy to the Lithuanian Main school: prominent representatives of the university and their influence on the shaping of the Vilnius universe.

11. Lithuanian lands in the Russian Zaborze (from 1795 to 1861 years). Awareness of independence after the defeat of the Kościuszko Uprising after the period preceding the January insurrection (Philomaci, Philareci, great emigration).

12. The origins of Lithuanian national revival: Elections and disputes about identity.

13. The ideology of the Nationers as the third road to the Polish-Lithuanian dilemmas.

14. The Revolution of 1905 and the transformation of the national situation in the Lithuanian lands.

15. Lithuanian National Movement during World War I.

Student workload:

Participation in the classroom – 30 hours (1 ECTS)

Preparation for classes-30 hours (1 ECTS)

Preparation for classes-30 hours (1 ECTS)


Literatura: Grzegorz Błaszczyk, Litwa współczesna, Warszawa-Poznań 1992.

Katarzyna Błachowska, Wiele historii jednego państwa. Obraz dziejów Wielkiego Księstwa Litewskiego do 1569 roku w ujęciu historyków polskich, rosyjskich, ukraińskich, litewskich i białoruskich w XIX wieku, Warszawa 2009.

Urszula Borkowska, Dynastia Jagiellonów w Polsce, Warszawa 2012.

Zigmantas Kiaupa, Jūrate Kiaupienė, Albinas Kuncevičius, Historia Litwy. Od czasów najdawniejszych do 1795 roku, Warszawa 2008.

Stanisław Koczwara, Z głębi dziejów polsko-litewskich, Wilno-Sandomierz 2012.

Piotr Łossowski, Po tej i tamtej stronie Niemna. Stosunki polsko-litewskie 1883-1939, Warszawa 1995.

Piotr Łossowski, Litwa, Warszawa 2001.

Jerzy Ochmański, Historia Litwy, Warszawa 1990.

Pozostawione historii. Litwini o Polsce i Polakach, pod red. Katarzyny Korzeniewskiej i Vladasa Sirutavičiusa, Kraków 1999.

Henryk Wisner, Litwa. Dzieje państwa i narodu, Warszawa 1999

oraz inne publikacje podane na zajęciach.

Learning outcomes:

Efekty kształcenia: Learning outcomes

Knowledge: A graduate knows and understands:


1) has a basic knowledge of the terminology of cultural studies, taking into account the research perspectives of Central-Eastern Europe (directions, texts, researchers in the field of cultural studies) and the specifics of the development of these studies in the countries of the region; has a basic knowledge of the terminology of related disciplines, which is indispensable in becoming acquainted with and understanding the cultural phenomena of these countries.

2) has a basic knowledge of the specifics of various cultural models in anthropological terms (traditional, nobility, bourgeoisie, the masses), the processes of their transformation and interconnections as well as their emanations in the symbolic and semiotic spheres, and thus in the arena of the culture, art, literature, and history of Central-Eastern Europe.


3) is able to search, select, analyse, and make use of the information he or she needs from various sources.

4) is able to develop his or her research skills; acquire knowledge independently, making use of the support of an academic supervisor; skilfully formulate thoughts; and present the results of research in the form of oral or written statements (of various types).

[Social competences:]

5) is prepared to critically assess his or her knowledge, engage in continuous learning, and supplement acquired knowledge.

6) to set priorities for the implementation of tasks assigned to him or her and others in the area of social obligations.

Assessment methods and assessment criteria:

Metody i kryteria oceniania: One condition for passing the subject is compulsory attendance at classes in accordance with the Details of principles of study at the Faculty of Applied Linguistics (resolution no. 114 of the LS Division Council of 19 December 2017).

Classes will be conducted in the form of exercises. Active participation in the exercises means substantive participation in at least 50% of the classes.

The final grade comprises:

Active and substantive participation in classes (10%)

Written work or presentation on the subject designated by the lecturer (30%).

Written work (60%)

Written work (3-6 pages) or a presentation on the material provided by the lecturer - this will include the matter discussed during the classes.

The final deadline for submitting a paper is the date set by the teacher during the first or second class. Students absent from these classes are required to obtain information from the teacher conducting the class.

Oral (40%): full answer = 40%, partial = 20%.

Grading scale:

0‒49%: 2

50‒60%: 3

61‒70%: 3+

71‒80%: 4

81‒90%: 4+

91‒100%: 5

Additional knowledge: 5+

Classes in period "Winter semester 2023/24" (in progress)

Time span: 2023-10-01 - 2024-01-28
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Type of class:
Seminar, 30 hours more information
Coordinators: Joanna Kozłowska
Group instructors: Joanna Kozłowska
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