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Contemporary Polish Politics, Society and Culture

SOC 290
Prof. Krzysztof Jasiewicz

This study abroad program in Poland will examine the contemporary cultural, social, and political issues of this nation. Poland will be examined here as a test case of a rapid social, political, and economic change, which characterizes the recent historical developments in the entire East Central Europe. The chief educational objective of the course is demonstrate to American students that the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness can be achieved (1) despite major historical, cultural, and geopolitical adversities, and (2) within a framework of political, social, and economic institutions that are markedly different from those they have known in the United States.


Our Blogger: Christina Cheadle

Christina is a rising senior majoring in Anthropology and Art History with a minor in East Asian Studies. She is the event planner for her sorority, Pi Beta Phi, and the captain of the cheer team. Originally from San Diego, California, she is looking forward to returning there this summer to intern at a contemporary art gallery. She hopes to pursue a career in the field of contemporary art sales, with a specialty in Japanese art. You can find Christina giving campus tours to prospective students, work studying in the anthropology department, participating in Japanese Tea Society, or running on the Chessie Trail.

“I am taking the course because it falls under my field of study, and I didn’t think I would get another chance to travel to Poland on my own. I knew absolutely nothing about Poland coming into this course and wanted to change that. “

  • Class Year: 2016
  • Majors: Anthropology and Art History
  • Minor: East Asian Studies
  • Hometown: San Diego, CA
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