Paleoslavic and Slavic Languages – Field of study catalogue MU
Paleoslavic and Slavic Languages
“Language – the key to culture.”
The aim of this doctoral degree study programme is to prepare highly qualified experts in the field of general and comparative Slavonic studies and the linguistics of smaller Slavonic languages who will be capable of independent and creative research work, and who will find employment in specialized university workplaces or in one of the research institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences which focus on scientific research or pedagogical work in the field of Slavonic philology, or in other similarly oriented institutions.
The framework for the content of the studies is the scientific research orientation of the place of study in the field of comparative and general Slavonic studies and the linguistics of smaller Slavonic languages (Bulgarian studies, Croatian studies, Macedonian studies, Polish studies, Sorabic studies, Serbian studies, Slovak studies, Slovenian studies, Ukrainian studies). The basic form of this doctoral degree study programme is an individual and systematic preparation for creative and expert work in the studied field under the individual supervision of an accredited supervisor.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- work independently in scientific research in Paleoslavic studies or in one particular Slavonic language
- produce pedagogical work in the field of teaching the Paleoslavic disciplines or specifically one particular Slavonic language at universities
- work independently in creating study texts and teaching aids for teaching the Paleoslavic disciplines or specifically one particular Slavonic language
Graduates of the doctoral degree study programme in Paleoslavic and Slavic languages have obtained a very good knowledge of the history of philosophy, comparative and general linguistics, grammatical systems of Slavonic languages, the chosen study programme, and at least one world language. Graduates will be able to use their acquired knowledge in specialized university workplaces or in one of the research institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences which focus on scientific research or pedagogical work in the field of Slavonic philology. They could also become highly qualified experts in the fields of culture, translation, or media.
The basic form of this doctoral degree study programme is an individual and systematic preparation for creative and expert work in the studied field under the individual supervision of an accredited supervisor. This doctoral degree study programme includes methodological training, specialized training, and language learning.
Some general methodological training is taught to all of the doctoral degree students at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University. It is organized by the Department of Philosophy at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University. Some methodological training is provided by the Department of Slavonic Studies.
The specialized training in general theory takes place in type A/required and type B/selective courses in general linguistics and Slavonic studies, specifically in the Slavonic language that students study.
Language learning involves meeting the requirements of achieving a set level of language competence in one other world language and demonstrating knowledge of the basics of Latin.
A crucial part of this doctoral degree study programme is writing a doctoral dissertation under the individual supervision of an accredited supervisor. In addition to study obligations, the study programme involves meeting additional requirements, such as speaking at a conference, publishing a research paper, or participating in teaching students at the home department.
The studies are guided and supervised by the university credit system. The students have to earn at least 240 credits: 20 credits for common methodological courses; 4 credits for demonstrating the required language competence in another world language (English, French, German, or Spanish); 4 credits for demonstrating the required language competence in the Russian language (= passing the Russian language exam); 10 credits for passing the Latin exam; 30 credits for type A/required courses of the chosen study programme; 10 credits for type B/selective theoretical courses; 20 credits for a one-semester internship in a foreign country (this is compulsory for full-time studies); 140 credits for courses focusing on doctoral thesis preparation and submission; and 20 credits for research paper publication and conference participation.
The doctoral degree study programme is concluded by the doctoral final state examination in the chosen specialization before the doctoral final state examination board and the doctoral thesis defence. Both parts usually take place on the same date.
The organization, process and evaluation of the doctoral final state examination are specified in the MU Study and Examination Regulations (articles 30-33):
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