Open Academic Sessions (OZN)

The OZN program aims to improve the intellectual development of ASC students through participation in a variety of extracurricular academic activities, such as public lectures, debates, seminars and festivals.

What is it?

The purpose of this requirement is to enhance ASC students’ intellectual development through participation in a variety of extracurricular academic activities: public lectures, debates, seminars, or cultural events such as film festivals. While the OZN calendar is kept full by the coordinator, many OZN events are suggested by faculty and students.

We strongly encourage student initiative — the whole point is for you to attend events that interest you.

How to get credit?

Each ASC student should obtain an OZN card (see below). The minimum OZN requirement for BA studies is 50 points, and 30 points for MA studies (see tables with grading below). In most cases, 1 OZN is awarded for 45 minutes of an academic activity. ASC students are required to document all events and points collected on the card. For in person events a signature from the organizer is enough, and for online events see below.

OZN events include the following:

  • All guest lectures, conferences, and seminars held at the ASC. We especially recommend the American Studies Colloquium Series.
  • Outside events announced on the OZN notice board on Facebook.
  • Events suggested by students and approved by the OZN coordinator. In order to suggest an event, send a link to the coordinator via the OZN facebook page (send a message) at least a week in advance. It will be posted for all to see.
  • Sometimes we recommend movies (esp. documentaries) for 1 OZN (2 if there is a discussion or a panel).
  • We usually do not approve ASC events after the fact. If a signature cannot be obtained, you may visit the OZN coordinator during her office hours within 14 days of the event and get her signature.
  • Active participation in academic conferences (presenting a paper at a conference during the studies fulfills the entire OZN requirement with an excellent grade [5]). More information about upcoming conferences: http://unikonferencje.pl
  • Publications in academic journals (an article in a serious journal i.e. one that has an ISSN number and publishes regularly, an article has to be in Polish or English and concern American or cultural studies) fulfills the entire OZN requirement with an excellent grade [5]).
  • Publications in WASP, the ASC student journal. Editors of the journal negotiate the number of OZN points with the coordinator.
  • Participation in ASC Student Seminars (Koło Naukowe) and Research Groups (Grupy Badawcze) (organizers receive double number of points). Groups’ supervisors decide exact number of points.
  • When announced: help with conference organization at the ASC.
  • When announced: help in organizing ASC academic events or work on the ASC website/Facebook profile.
  • When approved: help in research by an ASC faculty.
  • In special cases: additional elective courses in place of OZNs (ECTS count must be equivalent). Note that this option requires getting permission from the Counselor for Students’ Affairs.
  • In special cases: work-study programs at institutions such as the American Embassy.


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

Collecting OZN points online

Please keep a record of all the online talks, museum visits, discussions, and courses you attend online, so we can allocate OZN points for those.

  • Online lecture organized by the ASC – 2 OZN
  • Online lecture/talk organized by another institution – 1 OZN
  • Online seminar/workshop (includes readings and assignments) – 1 OZN per hour (consultation with OZN coordinator required)
  • Online museum visit, other “passive” activities – 1 OZN
  • Completed online course organized by an institution of higher learning – 10 OZN

What is the basis for getting OZN points online?

You need to keep a detailed record of all the online events:

  1. Enter each event in your OZN card, include the date, title, speaker, and the name of the website/institution organizing the event.
  2. Keep a printscreen record of all the online talks, museum visits, discussions, and courses you attend online.
  3. In a single file collect notes from each event attended (they can be very brief depending on the topic and form).

The OZN Grade

Collected all the OZN points required by your program of studies? To get your grade you need to submit the following documents to the OZN Coordinator (m.usiekniewicz@uw.edu.pl) with a cc to the Student Office:

  • Scan of completed OZN card listing all online and irl events you have attended
  • One file with notes/scans of notes and print screens confirming your attendance
  • Optional: any certifications for courses attended, volunteer work completed, etc.

Please make sure to include the number of points collected into the body of your email to the Coordinator and the Student Office.

Make sure you label the attachments in an obvious way. Only send complete submissions in a single email. Ensure that you received a confirmation of points from the Coordinator.

Submission deadlines:

  • June 15, 2022 for those planning to defend in June/July

  • September 9, 2022 for those planning to defend in September

The OZN grade depends on the number of hours:

B.A. students entering the ASC in 2018/2019 and later:

POINTS GRADE
50-54 dostateczny (3)
55-59 dostateczny plus (3+)
60-64 dobry (4)
65-69 dobry plus (4+)
70 bardzo dobry (5)

B.A. students entering the ASC in 2017-2018:

POINTS GRADE
40-44 dostateczny (3)
45-49 dostateczny plus (3+)
50-54 dobry (4)
55-59 dobry plus (4+)
60 bardzo dobry (5)

M.A. students:

POINTS GRADE
30-33 dostateczny (3)
34-39 dostateczny plus (3+)
40-43 dobry (4)
44-49 dobry plus (4+)
50 bardzo dobry (5)

OZN Coordinator

dr Marta Usiekniewicz

m.usiekniewicz@uw.edu.pl

Room 108A