The  seminar will  focus  on  the  representations  carried  and  the  role  played  by  the  media  in contemporary culture, and in so doing it will introduce the students to media theory and research. The conceptual and methodological apparatus thus built will enable the students to complete their MA thesis projects that will involve studying the representations carried or the role played by the media in British or American culture, or investigating links between British, American and Polish culture as  observed in the media. Assessment will be based on written tasks as well as the level of preparation for classes and participation in class discussions.

Theatre can be treated as a space that offers “the potential for a new social and cultural discourse" (Bush-Bailey 2009: 33), allowing for a multi-dimensional reflection of reality, indeed, its embodiment. While watching and reading plays, one may decode the rationale for acceptance and reinforcement of social, political, cultural and religious ideologies and frameworks as well as ways and means for criticising and opposing them. This MA seminar will deal with the dramatic arts of Great Britain written, staged and printed between 17th and 18th centuries. While analysing and capturing the aesthetic and thematic changes in theatre and drama itself, students will have a Chance to interrogate issues such as: ideals and ideologies; constructions of gender; sexual politics; models and anti-models of behaviour; intergenerational conflicts; social and individual identity; precepts of morality; multifarious definitions of monstrosity; as well as various stereotypes conveyed through plays (for example those related to ageism). Students will investigate what drama (or dramatic culture in general) reveals, or tries to hide, about the times and people that created it. The seminar is to show that by studying the past we can learn more about contemporary times and even the future. Students will be expected to read assigned drama, participate in class discussions, and complete their MA theses within strictly scheduled timeframes.