Ects information guide

Dean: Prof. dr. hab. Adam Idziak

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Dean: Prof. dr. hab. Adam Idziak

Vice-Dean for Research: Dr. Andrzej Tyc

Vice-Dean for Education (geography): Dr. Damian Absalon

Vice-Dean for Education (geology): Prof. dr. hab. Edward Głuchowski

Vice-Dean for Development and Inter-faculty Studies: dr. hab. Jerzy Cabała

ECTS coordinators: Dr. Damian Absalon, Prof. dr. hab. Edward Głuchowski,

Dr. hab. Jerzy Cabała

Students in the Faculty of Earth Sciences have an opportunity to study Geography, Geology and Geophysics. Research and educational activities are carried out in geographical (GG) and geological (GL) departments, laboratories, faculty and inter-faculty units:

Physical Geography (GG)

Economic Geography (GG)

Geomorphology (GG)

Climatology (GG)

Paleogeography and Paleoecology of Quaternary (GG)

Regional Geography and Tourism ( GG )

Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Petrology (GL)

General Geology (GL)

Paleontology and Stratigraphy (GL)

Applied Geology (GL)

Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology (GL)

Research and Educational Geographical Laboratory (GG) and Educational Geological Laboratory (GL), Meteorological Observatory and Laboratory of the Dynamics of Environment (GG) and: Laboratory of Structural Research, Museum of the Earth, Maps Store and Library

There are 230 staff members including 40 professors and doctors with habilitation, 101 PhD’s, and 5 assistants (junior research staff). There are 1250 students both full-time and part-time at the Faculty and 60 PhD students. The Faculty is also involved in education of students from the Individual Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences, studies in Environmental Protection as well in Geophysics. The Faculty cooperates with domestic and foreign research institutions including numerous universities from Europe, USA, Japan and Egypt. The following journals are edited by the Faculty members: Geographia. Studia et Dissertationes, Geologia (Geology), Kras i Speleologia (Karst & Speleology), Wyprawy Polarne (Polar Expeditions), Landform Analysis.

Following Student Scientific Groups work actively in the Faculty such as Geographers (co-ordinator: dr hab. M. Rzętała), Geologists (co-ordinator: prof. dr hab. J. Żaba), Geophysicists (co-ordinator: dr R. Dubiel), Gemmologists (co-ordinator: dr E. Szełęg), Paleontologists (co-ordinator: dr W. Krawczyński), Explorers (co-ordinator: prof. dr hab. L. Teper) and Hydrogeologists (co-ordinator: dr P. Siwek). In the past years they organized numerous conferences, excursions and field camps within Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, former Yugoslavia and Spain. Students` interests in the Faculty are represented by Student Government.

Geography programme consists of 2 cycles (BA + supplementary Master’s studies). Candidates for the 3-year BA programme are accepted on the basis of a qualification procedure. To complete the entire programme, students will have to successfully complete all individual courses provided for in the Program Curriculum, obtain the minimum of 180 ECTS credits in the course of study and pass the final degree examination. Graduates are awarded a BA in geography, entitling them to apply for admission to a 2-year supplementary Master’s Programme in the following fields of specialization:

• Socio-Economic Geography

• Geoecotourism

• Environmental Protection and Management

To complete the entire Master’s Programme, students will have to successfully complete all obligatory courses and declared electives, obtain the minimum 120 ECTS credits, write a Master’s thesis and pass the final degree examination. Graduates of the Master’s Programme are awarded a Master’s Degree in geography in one of the above-mentioned fields of specialization.
Geography graduate profile

A geographer has developed competences in exploring, understanding and interpreting the principles governing the way in which the geographic environment functions as well as socio-economic and cultural activities undertaken by man in time and space.

They have been prepared to study the dependencies between the individual elements of the geographic environment and assess their condition, provide an analysis of causes and conditions, analyze trends in changes and their effects as well as pursue educational activity.

The aims a geographer will work towards in their activity are of the following nature: cognitive, practical and educational. They study the dependencies between the individual elements of the natural environment and human activity, evaluate their current condition, examine causes and conditions of changes and analyze trends as well as forecast future conditions and their effects.

A geographer knows and understands relationships in the nature-man system and demonstrates the ability to apply the acquired knowledge for the purpose of comprehensive spatial management. They create and interpret cartographic images of the examined phenomena and regionalize them. They also develop and use geographic information systems (GIS).

Graduates of the Master’s Degree Programme can analyze phenomena and processes which occur in the natural as well as socio-economic environment in a number of perspectives – from local to global. In addition, they have developed skills in comprehensive evaluation of human environment. Holders of a Master’s degree in geography have satisfied all requirements needed to obtain qualifications in forecasting, programming, designing and planning changes in the natural as well as socio-economic environment.

Moreover, a geographer knows and understands the specific relationship between man and environment on areas of increased anthropogenic impact. They are prepared to handle a variety of challenging environmental problems in mining, industrial and heavily urbanized areas.


Head: prof. dr hab. Alicja Szajnowska-Wysocka

Spatial Management Unit (Head: Prof. dr hab. Maria Tkocz),

Geography of Settlements and Regional Studies Unit (Head: Prof. dr hab. Alicja Szajnowska-Wysocka),

Social Geography Unit (Head: Prof. dr hab. Jerzy Runge).

Study areas:

• Selected aspects of transformations of spatial and organizational infrastructure in towns and cities of the Province of Silesia.

• Geography of tourism in Upper Silesia and Poland.

• Industry transformations. Transformations in agriculture and rural areas.

• Impact of new socio-economic conditions on industry transformations in the region of Upper Silesia.

• Historical and spatial aspects of the evolution of the settlement system in the Southern Macro-region

• Tendencies in spatial and structural transformations of local and regional labour markets in southern Poland

• Transformations of social, economic and political structures in selected regions of Poland and other countries.

Head: Prof. dr hab. Stanisław Czaja

Hydrology and Water Management in Urbanized Areas Unit (Head: Prof. dr hab. Stanisław Czaja),

General Physical Geography Unit (Head: Prof. dr hab. Tadeusz Szczypek),

Biogeography and Geographic Instruction Unit (Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Czylok).

Study areas:

• trends in transformations of geosystems affected by anthropogenic impact of a varying degree.

• evaluation of surface water resources and water management.

• transformations of physical and geographical processes in conditions of diversified anthropogenic impact.

• concepts of geographic instruction in relation to new developments in earth sciences and pedagogy.

• formation of biocenotic systems in anthropogenic substitute habitats located on the borders of the eastern part of Górnośląski Okręg Przemysłowy (Upper Silesian Industrial Region).

Head: Prof. dr hab. Jacek Jania

Karst Geomorphology Unit (Head: dr Andrzej Tyc),

Environmental Remote Sensing Unit (Head: Prof. dr hab. Jacek Jania)
Study areas:

• study of karst phenomena and processes in various climatic zones with focus on the issues of environmental protection.

• study of polar environment in the context of climatic changes, with particular focus on glacial karst and dynamic processes in glaciology.

• study of high mountain environment with particular focus on cryosphere of the Tatras.

Head: Prof. dr hab. Adam Łajczak

Dendroindication Section – dr hab. Ireneusz Malik

Study areas:

• evolution of the natural environment in Quaternary, with particular focus on the temperate zone.

• environment of Quaternary deposit formation.

• role of climatic and anthropogenic factors in transformation of the natural environment in southern Poland .

Head: Prof. dr hab. Tadeusz Niedźwiedź

Study areas:

• climate of urban and industrial areas.

• climate of mountain and polar areas.

• synoptic climatology, covering the issues of long-term climate change.

• satellite climatology.

Head: Prof. dr hab. Wiaczesław Andrejczuk

Study areas:

• environmental tourism

• specialized tourism

• sightseeing

Each course in the geogrphy programme (GG) is assigned to a consecutive number which helps use the part of the Information Package which contains their descriptions. The course numbers are preceded by codes of the research discipline (SOCRATES CODE).

L - lectures

C - classes

P - practicals

Lab - laboratory

E/Z - examination/other form of assessment

l - summer semester

z - winter semester

BW - individual student’s work

ECTS credits (in brackets – extramural studies)

Attention: the students are obligated to participate in the library skill training and get acquainted with the workplace safety and ergonomy principles during the first semester.

Curriculum for the BA (first degree) Programme in Geography

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