Degree programme objectives

This Bachelor’s degree programme prepares qualified professionals for work with various types of historical sources. The objective of the study programme is to gain detailed knowledge in particular fields of study within the group of auxiliary historical sciences (with an emphasis on diplomatics, palaeography, codicology, chronology, and sphragistics) in the context of historical sciences. Students learn basic methods of auxiliary historical sciences and become familiar with their role as a means for interpreting historical sources. They gain general knowledge of other auxiliary historical sciences (heraldry, genealogy, epigraphy, numismatics, metrology, filigranology, phaleristics, vexillology). Students gain a thorough knowledge of early Czech and general history (medieval and early modern times) and also of legal history, historical archaeology, and art history. They will be able to apply the knowledge of particular disciplines mainly in compiling textual and visual historical sources.

Study plans

Studies

  • Objectives

    This Bachelor’s degree programme prepares qualified professionals for work with various types of historical sources. The objective of the study programme is to gain detailed knowledge in particular fields of study within the group of auxiliary historical sciences (with an emphasis on diplomatics, palaeography, codicology, chronology, and sphragistics) in the context of historical sciences. Students learn basic methods of auxiliary historical sciences and become familiar with their role as a means for interpreting historical sources. They gain general knowledge of other auxiliary historical sciences (heraldry, genealogy, epigraphy, numismatics, metrology, filigranology, phaleristics, vexillology). Students gain a thorough knowledge of early Czech and general history (medieval and early modern times) and also of legal history, historical archaeology, and art history. They will be able to apply the knowledge of particular disciplines mainly in compiling textual and visual historical sources.

  • Learning Outcomes

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

    • explain theoretical and methodological bases of auxiliary historical sciences;
    • conduct transcription, dating, diplomatic analysis, and critical evaluation of written historical sources;
    • carry out basic codicological, sphragistic, and heraldic descriptions of various types of sources;
    • define issues of particular historical sources and choose appropriate methods of their editorial access;
    • analyse historical issues and formulate relevant questions;
    • carry out qualified searches in historical collections.
  • Occupational Profiles of Graduates

    Graduates of the study programme Auxiliary Historical Sciences have the knowledge and skills applicable in basic activities in archives, museums, galleries, and libraries, and in research institutions, especially in compiling historical collections. However, graduates from the Bachelor’s degree programme are expected to continue in the Master’s degree programme in Auxiliary Historical Sciences.

  • Practical Training

    The study programme includes obligatory practical trainings. Students may choose individual practical training in selected memory institutions.

  • Goals of Theses

    The dissertation examines a particular area of an academic issue appropriate to the type of study. Here the student must demonstrate the ability to carry out independent academic worky, to master the relevant academic literature and to analyse the material under study.

    A standard scope of a Bachelor's thesis ranges from 70,000 to 90,000 characters including footnotes and content. A Bachelor's thesis does not have the character of an independent empirical research (potential exception shall be approved by the thesis supervisor). Students can work with already published texts and data accessible for secondary analysis. They should demonstrate the ability to work critically with specialized texts, process the concepts and theories discovered there, and find relevant answers to the given question.

    Instructions for Final State Examinations and elaboration of the Bachelor's Diploma thesis are regulated by FF Directive No. 6/2017 On Final State Examinations for Students of the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University.

    http://archivnictvi.phil.muni.cz/media/2878034/vzor_bakalarske_prace.pdf

  • Access to Further Studies

    After completing the Bachelor’s degree programme, it is possible to continue further studies in the Master’s degree programme in Auxiliary Historical Sciences or related historical disciplines (after satisfying the admission requirements).

  • Additional Information

Basic information

Type
Bachelor's degree programme
Profile
academic
Degree
Bc.
Length of studies
3 years
Language of instruction
Czech Czech

6
number of active students

Faculty of Arts
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