Literature Comparatistics – Field of study catalogue MU
“Through various languages and forms to the fundamental questions of the meaning of life.”
This Master’s degree study programme provides a comprehensive education in a traditional university field which is based on the scholarly comparison mainly of the European literatures and partially also of the literatures of North, Central, South America and some other countries where literature is written in European languages and connected to European traditions and confronted with indigenous cultures. The study programme uses the methodology traditional for European comparative studies (including the Czech, Slovak, and the Prague-Brno schools) with methodological flexibility focused on the methods developed in the late 20th century and early 21st century (semiotics, hermeneutics, deconstruction, and cognitive methods), overlapping with the philological-area approach to comparative literary studies and new interpretations of world literature. Students choose their main specialization from modules oriented on Romance, Germanic, Anglo-Saxon, or Slavonic comparative fields with possible overlaps between them.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- use two world languages (in addition to Czech) according to their chosen module
- have a deep knowledge of literary and cultural theories and the literature and culture of two chosen areas (English, Germanic, Romance, or Slavonic)
- work independently and conduct critical analyses
The interdisciplinary qualification will help graduates find employment in EU institutions, public service (at all levels), institutions oriented toward the development and administration of individual regions, institutions of various international organizations even outside the EU, educational institutions, the media, and so on.
This study programme provides graduates with a comprehensive education in comparative literature studies, cultural studies, and historiography of selected countries, enabling them to work in scholarly, academic-educational, and cultural institutions, in journalism, or as experts in the given field. The flexibility of the profile of the study also enables students to work in the private sector.
The standard duration of studies is four semesters. Students must earn at least 120 credits for type A/required, type B/selective, and type C/elective courses during their study to be allowed to sit the Master’s final state examination. Type A/required courses form the expert basis of the field and amount to 81 credits (including credits for courses aimed at helping write the Master’s thesis). Students choose the type B/selective courses (24 credits) according to their interest and future specialization. Students gain the remaining 15 credits by completing any course from the current offer of type C/elective courses for their field of study or for other fields.
Students prepare for their exams on the basis of the given and available information in individual courses annotations.
In addition to compulsory teaching practice, students can participate in trainings in foreign countries, within the framework of the study programme, depending on current possibilities, contacts, and the funds available for individual projects.
See the standard completion of studies: Master’s final state examination or doctoral examination.
The comparative design of the study programme facilitates transfers into doctoral study programmes in philology, primarily the doctoral degree study programme in Comparative Literary Studies.