Polish Language and Literature – Field of study catalogue MU
Polish Language and Literature
“Discover Poland and its cultural heritage.”
The aim of this Bachelor’s degree study programme is to prepare academically qualified experts on Polish philology and other overlapping philological and area studies. The linguistic part of the studies is aimed at versatile language competence in the Polish language and at learning about the contemporary state and history of the Polish language (synchronic and diachronic linguistic disciplines), including the context of other Slavonic and Indo-European languages. In the literary theoretical part of the studies, students learn about the history of Polish literature, its characteristics, and its genre system. In the linguistic and literary theoretical courses, the emphasis is placed on a contrastive Czech-Polish approach. An overview of Polish history and culture and of Czech-Polish relations is also part of the studies.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- communicate in the Polish language (at the B2 level) in a written and an oral form
- work with various types of texts, analyse them, and translate them from/into Polish
- explain and apply basic theoretical and methodological knowledge of linguistics and literary theory
- demonstrate an orientation in the Polish language, literature, culture, and history, and in Czech-Polish relations
- analyse and comment on topical issues of Polish politics, culture, and society
- apply the knowledge obtained in the course of the studies in practice or in further education
The graduates of this Bachelor’s degree study programme can use their education in teaching or academic jobs, in creative work in cultural institutions, tourism, journalism, publishing houses, and lower-level and middle management, in translation of technical and literary texts, in interpreting, or in working as experts in Polish language and literature.
The regular length of study is six semesters. Students have to earn at least 180 credits during their studies in type A/required, type B/selective, and type C/elective courses to be allowed to sit the Bachelor’s final state examination. Students earn 86 credits in type A/required courses (including 15 credits for the Bachelor’s Thesis Seminar), which provide the expert basis in the studied field. The offer of type B/selective courses is restricted to courses related to the students’ field of study – these courses extend and practise the knowledge obtained in type A/required courses, and they also help students earn additional skills that could be useful to them in practice. Students have to earn 28 credits in these type B/selective courses, including 4 credits for another Slavonic language exam and 4 credits for a non-Slavonic world language exam. Students also have to earn 60 credits in type C/elective courses. It is recommended for students to choose these courses from the offer of Slavonic and other philological fields of study. Finally, students have to earn 4 credits for a philosophy exam and 2 credits for physical education.
During the course of their studies, students should follow the study catalogue valid for their year of matriculation. There is a recommended study plan and a corresponding ‘control template’ (kontrolní šablona).
The Bachelor’s final state examination provides a comprehensive test of three main areas of the studied field – language, literature, and the Polish area. The exam consists of a written and an oral part. The written exam tests the level of students’ language competence and their knowledge of the normative grammar of contemporary Polish. The written part also includes a short test of linguistic terminology and an essay on a chosen topic. In this part, factual and grammatical accuracy, formulation skills, and style are judged. The oral part of the exam takes place before a committee and it tests the knowledge of: 1) the Polish language (a synchronic description of the language, students’ communicative competence); 2) Polish literature (the history of Polish literature, students’ own reading); and 3) Polish area studies (Polish history, culture, and national characteristics). The questions are based on set topics and literature.
The Bachelor’s final state examination is preceded by the Bachelor’s thesis defence. The main body of the Bachelor’s thesis has to contain at least 70,000 characters and its objective is to prove student competence in creating a scientific text on a topic related to their field of study. The Bachelor’s thesis defence takes places before a committee and it takes a form of a thesis presentation and a subsequent discussion.
For more information, please visit the department website: http://www.phil.muni.cz/wusl/home/studium/informace/statni-zaverecne-zkousky-a-zaverecne-prace/pozadavky-a-okruhy-k-statnim-zaverecnym-zkouskam/
The graduates of this field of study can continue their education (provided they meet the requirements for acceptance) in the Master’s degree study programme for Polish Language and Literature.