The Jagiellonian University & The Polish Uniwersity Abroad

The Jagiellonian University & The Polish Uniwersity Abroad

The Jagiellonian University & The Polish University Abroad are pleased to invite applications for a London-based postgraduate course:

“Polish – British Strategic Partnership in the EU and NATO”

Recent years have brought an increase in the importance of Polish-British economic, cultural, political and military relations. The close cooperation within NATO and the EU, as well as the ever significant role of Poland in the international arena, are accompanied by the continued presence of the Polish community in Great Britain and the growing number of Britons visiting Poland. As the Polish-British partnership will be increasingly gaining on significance, the Jagiellonian University and the Polish University Abroad (PUNO) would like to invite applications to an interdisciplinary postgraduate course at the highest level.

The aim of the course is to equip students with in-depth and up-to-date knowledge that will constitute an important asset in finding employment in Polish and British institutions which build partnership between the two countries in various fields. The course is an interesting educational offer for holders of a bachelor’s (or higher) degree wishing to develop their competences.

The course is organized by the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, one of the oldest universities in Europe, in cooperation with the Polish University Abroad, established in 1939.

The lectures and discussion classes will be conducted mainly by Polish and British lecturers, among them eminent academics from the JU and PUNO, politicians, diplomats and experts in particular fields.

The course consists of 10 sessions (15 teaching hours each), with the total course load of 150 hours of lectures, discussion classes and seminars.

Successful students will receive a certificate of completion of postgraduate studies at the Jagiellonian University and the Polish University Abroad. Obtaining the certificate requires receiving credits for all subjects and for the final project (prepared individually or in team).

Most of the classes will take place in the seat of PUNO (the buildings of the Polish Social & Cultural Association, 238-246 King Street, London W6 0RF). Selected lectures will also take place in other venues, e.g. in Sikorski Institute, the Museum of London.

Upon the completion of the course students will be equipped with state-of-the-art and in-depth knowledge about the Republic of Poland and the United Kingdom pertaining to the strategic aims of the Polish and British diplomacy, presented in a broad historical, cultural and economic context.

The course will prepare graduates for participation in various Polish-British projects in the fields of:

  • diplomacy
  • culture
  • trade
  • expert work
  • tourism

Successful students will gain a thorough understanding of Polish-British relations and will be well-acquainted with the following areas:

  • diplomacy
  • the most important institutions
  • politics
  • national security

They will be well-prepared for working in Polish, British and European institutions specializing in Polish-British relations (including, among others, governmental institutions, think-tanks, socio-cultural institutions, media, NGOs). The course will focus both on theory and practice, incorporating group work on case studies. It will also provide graduates with a number of valuable contacts.

The most important elements of the course content:

  1. Poland over the centuries: a historical and geopolitical outline.
  2. The history of Polish-British relations.
  3. Poland after the 1989 Autumn of Nations.
  4. Great Britain over the centuries: a historical and geopolitical outline.
  5. The United Kingdom today.
  6. Poland and Great Britain in the EU.
  7. Poland and Great Britain in NATO.
  8. Central and Eastern Europe – geopolitical significance.
  9. Strategic aims in the contemporary Polish and British foreign policy.