Lectures in the academic year 2010 / 2011:

L1: Basics of presenting science and technology

Journ. W. Niedzicki

How to present yourself and your accomplishments? How to grab the audience? What to do with your hands? Why students fall asleep during a lecture? What is the selling of science? Is it worth to take care of advertising? Who is manipulating us? These and other questions will be answered by a science journalist, Wiktor Niedzicki. There is a chance that the audience will not fall asleep. Lectures will be combined with practical exercises in front of the camera, attempts to write promotional texts and organize press conferences. Participants will find out how a spokesperson works, and what to do in an emergency situation.

 L2: Multimedia artistic creation

prof. S. Wieczorek (ASP)

Digital techniques are developing exponentially. Science creates new, incredibly effective, tools. This phenomenon reduces role of the workshop, and simultaneously it increases role of the imagination. Today in the art world nobody asks you about your experience. Instead you are asked want a great thing you are going to create. What is your idea? Digital techniques offer an opportunity to anyone for their “five minutes”. Is any idea worth promoting? How to estimate it and who has to do it? The modern racing world opens new opportunities for artists, but it raises a lot of questions as well. We do not know often how to respond to all this. The of area at stake (as well as experience of working with students from the Academy of Fine Arts) will be the subject of my lectures.

 L3: GMO according to the recent research

prof. K. Niemirowicz – Szczytt (SGGW) with her research team

The aim of the course is to present the latest information and data on the methods of preparation of micro-organisms, plants and animals that are genetically modified. In addition it aims to show ways to verify presence of the transgene and its expression as well as level and prospects of the use of transegene organisms, security measures for a restricted use and a controlled release of GMOs into the environment. The course presents also evolution of the legislation concerned in Poland and abroad. The lecturers are experts in the field of research on GMOs.

 L4: Information economy

dr hab. M. Goliński (SGH)

Economics of information. Information as the fourth factor of production, competition and economic decision-making. Information infrastructure of the modern economy. Infomedia techniques and economic changes: globalization, virtualization, network companies. Inter-organizational information systems. Economic policy of the state in the era of the information society.

L5: Arts and culture in view of the information society

dr M. Kruk (SGH)

Aesthetics, ethics, politics and mass-media in the information society. New forms of artistic expression and the role of art in a society where electronic media and “virtual reality” are present: architecture, fine arts and film. Socio-cultural aspects of development of communication technology and organization.

L6: Euro – Indian confrontations, what can we learn about ourselves by looking at India? What can we learn about Christianity while looking at Hinduism?

Prof. M. K. Byrski (UW)

India and Europe – different subcontinents of Eurasia, its twin different civilizations as well as twin different religions. Both geographical areas, civilizations and religions have a “twin” character. There are however various differences between these geographical areas, civilizations and religions.

 L7: Sociology of risk

dr hab. F. Kampka, prof. SGGW

Risk is an inherent part of human existence. It accompanies us in everyday situations (e.g. lifestyle, health, communications) and life choices: school, occupation, partner. Taking the risk means possibility of either success or defeat. Changes taking place in the modern society and the progress of science and technology makes it one of the most required social competences: ability to identify and assess risk, communicate effectively about it and eventually reduce the risk.