Polish for Social Scientists (Advanced)

School: School of Government and Society
Department of Political Science and International Studies

Modular value: 20 credits
Duration: All year
Teaching: Three one-hour class per week.

Lecturer: Katarzyna Berent-Young (k.berent-young@bham.ac.uk)

Students continue to develop their expertise in Polish in the four key skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Working on students' existing skills, they learn to converse on a wide range of topics, beyond the everyday use of Polish, and learn how to express their opinions on topics related to contemporary Poland. Listening comprehension work will include the use of authentic Polish recordings from television and radio.

The students learn to read a wide range of texts of greater complexity, including newspaper texts and literature, thus developing further their vocabulary. They will become familiar with the most advanced aspects of Polish grammar through communicative grammatical exercises.

The course aims:

  • To understand advanced Polish texts and translate them into English
  • To converse in Polish on a wide range of topics including contemporary social issues and current affairs
  • To use a variety of language-learning strategies to develop students’ linguistic competence independently of the teacher


  • Written test at the end of autumn term (December) - 20%
  • Final oral exam - 30%
  • Final 2-hour written exam - 50%

To be eligible for this module you will need: Polish for Social Scientists (Intermediate) or equivalent level of skill in Polish to be assessed by the Polish Language Tutor.

The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.