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“Kobieta historia literatura”
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“The More I know, The Less I Understand. Young Researchers Essays on Witnessing Auschwitz”
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“Geograficzne Przestrzenie Utekstowione”
(Textualizing Geographical Space)
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„Kultura chłopska w optyce prasy społeczno kulturalnej lat 1944-48. „Warszawa” i dyskusje nad modelem kultury powojennej Polski”

(“Peasants’ Culture Through the Lens of Socio-Cultural Journals 1944-1948. „Warszawa” and Discussions on the Cultural Model of Postwar Poland”)
Teksty drugie
(In Polish)

Prof. Bożena Karwowska


Application Deadline: OCTOBER 29, 2015 at 3:00 PM
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About the program

Auschwitz was a place in which several frequently conflicting agendas of the Nazi Germany intersected: it was an industrial compound, a concentration camp, a medical research site, and an extermination facility; it served to imprison, terrorize, enslave, and kill. Moreover, Auschwitz is a site of conflicted memories that raises the question how, and if at all, it can be remembered and commemorated in ways that resist both sentimentalization and the recourse to conventional literary or cinematographic imagery. In fact, one of the most pressing issues of the Holocaust studies is the question: how to educate about Nazi crimes when there are no more survivors to share their stories.

This program takes a multi-disciplinary approach and will give you the chance to take part in lectures, seminars and workshops in Poland, where you will have direct access to historical archives, museums, and leading experts in all relevant disciplines related to the Holocaust studies.You will conduct independent studies at sites of mass extermination, as well as research issues related to the Holocaust in the context of social responsibilities of researchers and professionals.

This course is offered by UBC’s Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies (CENES) in partnership and/or cooperation with:

Vancouver Holocaust Educational Center
Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
University of Warsaw
Jewish Historical Institute
Polish Consulate in Vancouver
University of Bialystok

CENS 303D can count toward the IR Seminar (4th year requirement that satisfies the Arts Research Requirement). The other CENS 303A course can count toward IR List A.

General timeline

This is based off of the 2014 program. It is unlikely it will adjust greatly, but please be aware that this is a tentative timeline. Students will receive a confirmed timeline by the beginning of Winter Term 2, 2016.
Warsaw – 4 days

Introduction to the history of Jews in Poland and Eastern Europe, Warsaw Ghetto, and Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Auschwitz – 11 days

Lectures, workshops, guided tours, individual and group research activities
Krakow – 3 days

Krakow Jewish Quarter and Schindler Factory guided tours, lectures, research activities
Bialystok – 5 days

Lectures and workshops, tours of local shtetls; workshops in Tykocin, Jedwabne, and Sejny; workshops in the center of visual documentation of the Holocaust in Michalowo
Warsaw – 5 days

Lectures and studies in the Jewish Historical Institute and the Museum of Polish Jews

Eligibility and prerequisite

This program is open to third- and fourth-year undergraduate Faculty of Arts students in the following majors:

International Relations
Political Science
Modern European Studies
Film Studies
Law and Society (Minor)

Prior to taking this program, students should have also completed the prerequisite CENS 303A, or one of the following courses: HIST 102, HIST 103, HIST 220, HIST 441, FIST 331, and FIST 332. CENS 303A (Tuesdays – Thursday, 11:00am to 12:30pm) will be offered in Winter Term 2, 2015. If accepted into this program, it is strongly encouraged that accepted students enroll in this class.

Program fees

The program fee is $3,900-$4,100 (approximately), the final fee depends on the number of students in the program.

INCLUDED in program fee

On-site group transportation
Museum entrance fees
Guest lectures
Go Global Fee

NOT included in program fee

UBC tuition
Health or travel insurance
Immunizations (if necessary)
Visas (if necessary)
Personal spending money for communications, snacks, souvenirs, etc.

**Program Fee and Flight are eligible to be covered up to 70% by ARA funding. All other items on the “Not Included List” are not covered by the ARA funding.

This is an ARA funded course

This is Arts Research Abroad (ARA) funded. 70 to 100% of the program and flight costs could be covered. The flight approved for this program is budgeted for up to $1,600 CAD. Qualifying students may have up to 70% of their Program Fee and flight covered by Arts Research Award (ARA) funding. In cases of demonstrated financial need (determined by Enrolment Services Professionals), ARA may fund up to 100% of the program costs and flight.

To be eligible for ARA funding, you must:

In the 2014-15 Winter session, applicants must be a student within the UBC Vancouver Faculty of Arts and be registered in at least 24 percentage grades credits. A specialization (Major, Honours, etc) must be declared.
In the previous 2013-14 Winter session, applicants must have been a student at the UBC Vancouver campus and have registered in at least 24 percentage graded credits. An overall average of at least 70% must have been achieved on the best 24 credits, no incomplete or outstanding grades and no failures in any courses.
If demand warrants, the most competitive applicants, based on GPA, specialization, and interest, will be offered the ARA funding.
Students with exceptional circumstances regarding credit loads should identify themselves to the program contacts.
Be within a qualifying major or concentration for the program. For this program:
• International Relations
• Economics
• Political Science
• History
• Modern European Studies
• Film Studies
• English
• Law and Society (minor)


Application Deadline: OCTOBER 29, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Eligible applicants will be invited for an interview before being accepted into this program.
Information Sessions

October 8, 2015 at 12:00pm – 1:00pm BUCH B306
October 14, 2014 at 3:00pm – 4:00pm in BUCH D306

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Both information sessions will contain the same information. Attendance at both is not necessary.


CENS 303D: Representations of the Holocaust (3 credits)

Program dates

7 May – 5 June 2016

Program fee

$3,900-$4,100, subject to change based on final number of enrolment. Eligible students may receive funding for up to 100% of the program costs and flight.
This is an ARA-funded program. Check out the fee details for this program.

Contact a Global Seminars Advisor


International House
1783 West Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2
Global seminars refund and withdrawal policy
Refund on deposits

Students are eligible for a refund of the deposit minus the admin fee ($391.50) if they withdraw from the program within 30 days of paying their deposit – this gives us time to fill any vacated spots so the costs to other students don’t increase. The initial deposit will be non-refundable after 30 days of paying it, except under extraordinary circumstances, considered at the discretion of Go Global.
Refund on program fees

If you withdraw from a Global Seminar program after you have already paid the remaining program fees, you will not be eligible for any refund of program fees or your deposit. Any exceptions to this are at the discretion of Go Global.

If you decide to withdraw your application, you need to make this request in writing by email to the Global Seminar program advisor at

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