Philosophy – Field of study catalogue MU
The programme offers a thorough insight in the intellectual aspects of social and cultural evolution and develops students’ critical thinking and argumentative skills. The content of the programme includes the history of European and American philosophy from ancient Greece up to contemporary thinkers and fields as well as disciplines of systematic philosophy (ontology, epistemology, philosophy of history and society, and philosophical anthropology), ethics, and logic. Particular attention is paid to the history of Czech philosophy. The graduates receive basic competence in the field of philosophy, knowledge of the history of philosophy, logic, and ethics, and the key disciplines of systematic philosophy. They become competent users of at least one international language.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- interpret philosophical texts and navigate in various intellectual, cultural, political, and social systems
- describe the fundamental fields and figures in the history of philosophy and the key problems of systematic philosophy
- interpret intellectual, cultural, social and political conceptions, and apply philosophical method to particular social, cultural and scientific theories.
- interpret intellectual, cultural, social, and political concepts, and apply philosophical methods to particular social, cultural, and scientific theories
- prepare a coherent and professional philosophical text on an assigned theme on the basis of assigned literature
- use analytical skills and flexibility in conduct and decision-making in order to be able to work in cultural and educational institutions, in the media, and in managerial positions
If the graduates do not continue studying in the Master's study programme, which is one of the main goals of this programme, they are qualified to work in educational and cultural institutions, state administration and all fields requiring the ability to understand and interpret texts. They are competent and capable of working in any positions concerned with the humanities and requiring critical and rational thinking and flexible decision-making.
The standard duration of studies is six semesters.
For the single-study programme, students are required to complete 64 credits for type A/required courses; 60 credits for type B/selective courses (of which at least 9 must be in interpretation seminars); 27 credits for type C/elective courses; 4 credits for Introduction to Psychology; 4 credits for Introduction to Sociology; 2 credits for PE; 15 credits for Bachelor’s thesis seminar; and 4 credits for foreign language exam according to terms established for language competence of Masaryk University graduates.
For the dual concentration study programme, students are required to complete 64 credits for type A/required courses; 9 credits for type B/selective courses (of which at least 3 must be in interpretation seminars); 1 credit for PE (another in the second study programme); and 4 credits for either Introduction to Psychology or Introduction to Sociology. Students writing a diploma thesis acquire 15 credits for the Bachelor’s thesis seminar; students not writing a diploma thesis acquire 5 credits for the Bachelor’s minor thesis seminar. Students acquire 2 credits out of 4 credits for a foreign language exam (two further credits for an exam in the other study programme) according to the terms established for language competence of Masaryk University graduates.
For a combined single-subject Bachelor’s degree in philosophy, instruction is carried out as a single Bachelor’s degree according to the attached study plan and consultation schedule for the relevant semester. Consultations with teachers are carried out in person or on-line. The basic instructional materials and methodological means are available in the form of required readings and texts and in electronic media. Written examination is preferred, focusing on independent and practical implementation of the subject matter (seminar papers, essays, etc.). For this study programme, the required number of credits is 114 credits for type A/required courses, 47 credits for type B/selective courses, 15 credits for the diploma thesis seminar, and 4 credits for a foreign language exam according to terms established for language competence of Masaryk University graduates.
The study programme concludes with a Bachelor’s exam after the sixth semester, preconditioned by obtaining the required number of credits, meeting the university requirements for language competence, and handing in the Bachelor’s thesis or the minor thesis (if the Bachelor’s thesis is set in another study programme). The final exam questions are available at the department’s web pages and notice board. The Bachelor’s thesis defence is part of the state examination.
If the Bachelor’s programme graduate meets the entrance requirements, they can continue to study in the Master’s programme in philosophy or in a programme for teachers of basics of social sciences and humanities for high schools.