Russian Language and Literature

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This study programme is aimed at extending and deepening the knowledge and skills that students acquired during the Bachelor’s degree studies and also at preparing philologists in the field of Russian studies with a broader, specialized Slavonic background. The students will learn more the broader diachronic aspects of analysing the language, they will broaden their knowledge in the field of high-level syntax and stylistics, and they will gain a deeper insight into the methodology of literary theory and an awareness of the broader context of Slavonic literatures and the position of Russian literature among them.

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After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

  • demonstrate an educated reflection of the culture and other forms of the arts of the given national community and area
  • discuss these topics and write about them with an in-depth knowledge on the basis of their own reading and study
  • translate non-technical texts and with preparation even more complicated non-literary texts from Russian into Czech
  • interpret during communications on everyday topics from Russian into Czech and from Czech into Russian
  • perform independent analytical and expert work in the field of Russian language and Russian literature and culture
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Graduates of this study programme have a deep knowledge of the language and its theoretical reflection; they are thoroughly familiar with the contemporary language and its historical development; they have a deep knowledge of the history of literature, literary theory and methodology; they are capable of educated reflection of the culture and other artistic forms of the given nation and area and have the ability to discuss these topics and write about them with an in-depth knowledge on the basis of their own reading and study. Graduates also have a deep, expert knowledge of Czech-Russian political and cultural relations in the past and in the present. These complex philological and area studies are suitable for future specialists, teachers, translators of non-literary and literary texts, for qualified and potentially managerial work in cultural institutions, the media, and middle management, or as a preparation for a career in science (in the form of doctoral studies in this field).

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The regular length of study is four semesters. To be allowed to sit the final state examination, students in the single-subject study must earn 120 credits in type A/required, type B/selective, and type C/elective courses. Type A/required courses form the expert basis of the field and they amount to 85 credits – including credits in courses aimed to help students write their Master’s thesis. Apart from in type A/required courses, single-subject students take type B/selective courses offered for their field as well as type C/elective courses from the open offer of their department or other philological, historical, and aesthetical fields of study at the Faculty of Arts (at least 31 credits). During their studies, all students, except for the students who have already passed the exam in their Bachelor’s degree studies, have to pass an exam in another world language (English, French, German or Spanish – 4 credits).

Students in the double-subject study have to earn at least 120 credits in both their subjects together (70 credits in their primary, and 50 credits in their secondary study programme). The Master’s degree study programme is concluded by the Master’s thesis defence (or by submitting the Master’s degree minor thesis if Russian Language and Literature is the secondary study programme) and by passing the final state examination.

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The Master’s degree study programme is concluded by a thesis defence (the main body of the Master’s thesis has to contain at least 80 standard pages) and by passing the final state examination. The Master’s degree final state examination is a comprehensive written and oral test of the knowledge obtained by completing obligatory linguistic and literary theoretical courses. The written exam has two parts: a translation of a short text from Czech into Russian (0.5 standard page) and an essay on a chosen topic. It is obligatory to pass the written exam to be allowed to move on to the oral exam. The questions for the oral part of the exam are based on set topics and literature: 1) The Russian language and a broader Slavonic context; 2) Russian literature, Russian studies literary theory and its international implications in a comparative perspective; and 3) Russia and its cultural area.

For more information, please visit the department website: http://www.phil.muni.cz/wusl/home/studium/informace/statni-zaverecne-zkousky-a-zaverecne-prace

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After completing the Master’s degree study programme, it is possible to continue further studies in a doctoral degree study programme in Russian Language, Russian Literature, or Philological Area Studies at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University.

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Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Russian Language and Literature
Abbreviation: RJ
Code: 7310T151
Type: Master's degree programme (following the Bachelor's one)
Degree: Mgr.
Accreditation: to 31/12/2024
Programme: N7310 N-FI Philology
Faculty of Arts
Field of study guaranteed by:
Faculty of Arts
Field guarantor:
doc. PhDr. Jiří Gazda, CSc.

Additional Information

Department of Slavonic Studies – study information:

http://www.phil.muni.cz/wusl/home/studium

Information about this field of study (in Czech):

http://is.muni.cz/predmety/sablony_tisk.pl?fakulta=1421;obdobi=6463;rek=ap;puvodni_design=p;uzel=395422