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School of Government’s Charles Szypszak Teaching in Poland

May 23, 2017

Charles A. Szypszak, a School of Government faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is teaching two courses at Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU) Faculty of Law and Administration in Poznań, Poland from May 22 to June 10. One course, for law students, is Learning Law Through Analytical Dialog. It will enable students to enhance their analytical thinking and expression through legal analysis and engaged dialog. The second is Teaching Law Through Analytical Dialog for doctoral students who teach law subjects and are preparing for careers as law teachers. It is aimed at giving teachers an opportunity to participate in Socratic exchanges, see demonstrations of how such exchanges are most effectively done, consider the advantages and limitations of this method, and experience its use in leading discussions.

AMU is one of the largest academic institutions in Poland. Its faculty is involved in public administration and courts throughout Poland and the European Union. Szypszak will be collaborating with Hanna Suchocka, the chair of the AMU faculty, who was legal advisor to Solidarity and Poland’s first woman prime minister. Other faculty are known throughout Europe for their work in constitutional reform, human rights, the courts, and other fundamental law and public policy subjects.

In 2015, Szypszak was a visiting professor at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, where he led a doctoral seminar called Learning Law Through Analytical Dialog for students in law who plan to be teachers. In 2014, he was awarded a Fulbright Specialist grant to teach seminars for graduate students and faculty at the University of Wrocław. He also taught a course on current issues in real estate for Polish and international law students.

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