OPEN ACADEMIC SESSIONS (OZN) - What is it and how to get credit ?

Each ASC student receives an OZN card. The purpose of this requirement is to encourage students’ intellectual development through participation in a variety activities. To fulfil the OZN requirement (min. 60 for BA studies; min 30 hours for MA studies) a student may participate in guest lectures and seminars held at the ASC. We also honor participation in outside events recommended by ASC faculty.

Other sources of OZN points: conferences (presenting a paper at a conference fulfills the entire OZN requirement); activity in ASC Student Seminars (Koło Naukowe); help with conference organization, editing ASC publications or help in research by ASC faculty. In special cases we honor additional elective courses or OGUNs in place of OZNs (ECTS count must be equivalent), but the Director of Studies must approve such an option.

Current information on OZN-friendly events can be found on ASC website and bulletin boards. We especially recommend American Studies Colloquium (see: events).

Please get your OZN card signed by a facult member present at a given event. If this is not possible, get it signed in the ASC office no longer than 14 days after the event (present proof you were there).

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The OZN grade depends on the number of hours:

60-63dostateczny (3)
64-69dostateczny plus (3+)
70-73dobry (4)
74-79 dobry plus (4+)
80bardzo dobry (5)
Hours grade
30-33dostateczny (3)
34-39dostateczny plus (3+)
40-43dobry (4)
44-49dobry plus (4+)
50bardzo dobry (5)

NOTE: OZN points are not attached to any single semester - you may collect them and receive credit throughout your studies.

Welcome to OZN announcements

NOTE: This board features only events taking place taking place OUTSIDE the ASC, but recommended for your OZN credits. American Studies Colloquium Series and other visiting lectures taking place at the ASC are announced under EVENTS (for these events OZNs are granted automatically).

UWAGA - OZN zalicza udział w dowolnych wykładach i sesjach naukowych organizowanych w Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej oraz Instytucie Teatralnym (po 2 ozn)

Zapraszamy na pokaz specjalny filmu Powrót w reżyserii Adama Zuckera (2 OZN)

Muzeum POLIN, 6 lipca 2015, godz. 19.00, wstęp wolny.

Co znaczy być młodym Żydem we współczesnej Polsce? Jak budować swoją tożsamość w kraju, który niegdyś był centrum życia żydowskiego a dziś dla wielu jest jedynie zbiorową mogiłą?

Bohaterkami filmu są cztery kobiety: wychowana jako katoliczka Kasia, Tusia, która powraca do Polski z Nowego Jorku, gdzie spędziła większą część życia, religijna Maria oraz Katka, imigrantka ze Słowacji, zaręczona z polskim Żydem.

Opowiadają o żydowskości, polskości i żydowskiej ortodoksji. Przyglądają się religii z kobiecej perspektywy. Rozmawiają o wyzwaniach bycia polską Żydówką.

Ich poszukiwaniom nowej tożsamości przygląda się Adam Zucker, amerykański reżyser o polsko-żydowskich korzeniach. Filmując je przez kilka lat, tworzy historię odrodzenia – nie tylko swoich bohaterek, ale także życia żydowskiego w Polsce.

Powrót miał premierę w Nowym Jorku w październiku 2014 r. W Polsce będzie można go zobaczyć na pokazach specjalnych w Krakowie na Festiwalu Kultury Żydowskiej w Krakowie oraz w Muzeum POLIN. Po projekcji filmu zapraszamy na rozmowę z reżyserem.

FULL OZN CREDIT OPPORTUNITY - and a great chance to learn
HUmanity in Action Fellowship 2015
Apply by MARCH 1

Program Dates
  • May 25 - June 28, 2015 (US Fellows only)
  • May 30 - June 28, 2015 (All Other Fellows)

Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Warsaw


Students and recent graduates from universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States

Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today.


Thematic scope

As it is the case with all Humanity in Action fellowships, the Polish program called “Ideas Incubator” focuses on the question how the Polish state and society have been dealing with human rights challenges in historical and contemporary perspectives. The special attention will be drawn to histories of discrimination and resistance especially in the context of the World War II and the Holocaust, relationships between a majority and minorities, civil society, societal (in)justice, activism and solidarity. However, those important and complex issues will be tackled through the Polish perspective so that they are not analyzed solely in an ‘abstract’ vacuum but in a given socio-political-economic and historical context. In other words, Poland’s past-present-future will be treated as a case study in order to look for certain universal and particular patterns/mechanisms that influence how a showcased society is functioning at a given time and what is the role of the individuals to make ‘things work better’. For example, the program in Warsaw will explore how to effectively and peacefully resist, gain mass support against an unjust regime, how to change a political system and introduce and develop democracy and market economy.

1 OZN per film - Recommended especially for ASC foreign students:


Every last week of each month, the Iluzjon cinema will held screenings of classic Polish films with English subtitles.

The films will be presented in the re-mastered version and, before each screening, an expert on the Polish cinema, it seems that there is some kind of seminar before every film.
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