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Czech History (Bc.)

Programme description

The Czech History bachelor’s degree programme is focused on the teaching of Czech history from the first settlements in the Bohemian Lands to the present day. Students will acquire not just an elementary knowledge of Czech history, but also an understanding of the principal factors and historic processes which formed the nature and history of the Czech state. With theoretical and methodological grounding, they will gain the ability to understand and independently interpret historical phenomena and contribute to the spreading of historical knowledge through independent research and writing academic works. The study’s objective is to equip graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills corresponding to a bachelor’s level of study, and which are essential for independent academic work within the field of history.

Graduate career options

The knowledge and skills acquired by graduates can be widely applied in a range of cultural institutions (libraries, museums, galleries, etc.), in which they can undertake qualified academic activities requiring specialist knowledge and skills with a history or similar focus, such as cataloguing, classifying, heuristic techniques, expert guide services, etc. Graduates will be ready to continue in a follow-up master’s study of history or a related subject at the University of West Bohemia in Plzeň or at another university in the Czech Republic or abroad.

Terms of admission

The admissions procedure takes place in the form of a written test which contains fifty questions from Czech and world history, philosophy, the history of art and of a general political and culturally historic nature.

 

General History (Bc.)                                      

Programme description

The General History bachelor’s degree programme is focused on teaching world history from prehistory to the present day. Students will acquire not just an elementary knowledge of human history, but also an understanding of the principal historic processes which formed history and human society. With theoretical and methodological grounding, they will gain the ability to understand and independently interpret historical phenomena and contribute to the spreading of historical knowledge through independent research and writing academic works. The study’s objective is to equip graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills corresponding to a bachelor’s level of study, and which are essential for independent academic work within the field of history.

Graduate career options

The knowledge and skills acquired by graduates can be widely applied in a range of cultural institutions (libraries, museums, galleries, etc.), in which they can undertake qualified academic activities requiring specialist knowledge and skills with a history or similar focus, such as cataloguing, classifying, heuristic techniques, expert guide services, etc. Graduates will be ready to continue in a follow-up master’s study of history or a related subject at the University of West Bohemia in Plzeň or at another university in the Czech Republic or abroad.

Terms of admission

The admissions procedure takes place in the form of a written test which contains fifty questions from world and Czech history, philosophy, the history of art and of a general political and culturally historic nature.

 

Modern History (Mgr.)

Programme description

The follow-up Modern History master’s degree programme is focused on acquiring the essential knowledge and skills for independent research in the field, primarily within a specialisation of the history of the 19th and 20th centuries. The degree programme significantly deepens the student’s overview of modern history, and teaches the student to perceive the principal trends of contemporary socio-political development at a contextual level and with a historical perspective. In terms of topics, the degree programme mainly concentrates on explaining and interpreting modern European and world history while taking account of the general developmental context. From a methodological and methodical perspective, a wide range of research methods and procedures are applied during study, which correspond to current knowledge and research profiles of the figures teaching the subjects, while stress is also placed on ensuring a contemporary postmodern approach to historical and political issues of modern history, and an attempt is made to approach the key issues of the 19th and 20th centuries using a contemporaneous sociocultural lens to perceive the political and social events of the time. For the same reason, particular stress is placed on equipping the student with theoretical and methodological tools. The compulsory part of the degree programme is divided into 3 interrelated themed blocks, which provide students with a thorough overview of selected issues in the history of the 19th and 20th centuries, and of the issue of war and ethnic conflicts and the phenomenon of totalitarian and authoritarian movements in modern history, and which will bring students a methodology of the subject which will form an integral and vital element of the degree programme in the follow-up master’s study.

Graduate career options

Graduates of the follow-up Modern History master’s degree programme will acquire a comprehensive knowledge of the political, economic, social and cultural course of the history of the 19th and 20th centuries, of wars, totalitarianism and the clash of cultures and civilisations. They will leave with their competencies added to by a range of appropriate elective subjects which are divided up both geographically and thematically, again focused on modern history (19th and 20th centuries). Graduates are equipped with the necessary factual, methodological and methodical knowledge and skills (including the ability to acquire information electronically) to be able to interpret historical events independently and on the basis of historically relevant arguments, critically interpret historical sources and literature and independently process and solve problems regarding history. Graduates will also be ready to continue in doctorate studies of history or a related subject at the University of West Bohemia in Plzeň or another university in the Czech Republic or abroad.

Terms of admission

The admissions procedure takes place in the form of an oral interview to ascertain the candidate has a suitable background (current education, study results, language skills, etc.) and is motivated to study.

 

History (Ph.D.)

Programme description

The History doctoral degree programme is focused on acquiring the essential knowledge and skills for independent expert and academic work, while stressing interdisciplinarity and openness to the latest trends of contemporary global historiography, all while respecting the academic profile of the Department of History and its employees. The programme uses a credit system which ensures not only that students have a clearly set individual curriculum, but also that this is thoroughly studied. The curriculum is based on compulsory methodological and doctorial seminars in which students acquire the knowledge and skills essential for their own theoretical research and any empirical research in the studied field, and where they present the results of their own work. This compulsory part of the curriculum is then complemented by elective subjects which correspond to the specialisation of the chosen doctoral thesis topic. Students must pass examinations in two world languages and also meet other obligations, in particular in terms of publishing (academic studies and reviews) and practice (e.g. leading seminars). An integral part of the doctoral degree programme is student mobility, where Ph.D, students have the opportunity to undertake an international placement, either of a short-term (Free Movers) or more long-term (Erasmus) nature.

Graduate career options

In terms of the extent of their knowledge, graduates of the History doctoral degree programme can fulfil the most demanding requirements placed on workers in humanities-focused faculties, research institutions, museums and also educational institutions which emphasise the systematic deepening and broadening of its students’ or employees’ knowledge.

Graduates acquire the expertise to carry out a career in the following fields in particular (for example): teacher and researcher at a higher education institution domestically or internationally, a researcher at a research institution domestically (The Academy of Sciences of the CR, v. v. i.) or internationally, a career in journalism where graduates can exploit their knowledge of the historical roots and contexts of the contemporary world, a career in the diplomatic services upon acquisition of additional special skills.

Terms of admission

The admissions procedure takes place in the form of an oral interview to ascertain the candidate has a suitable background (current education, study results, language skills, etc.) and is motivated to study. The admissions procedure includes academic debate over the submitted future doctoral thesis project.

 

Foreign relations

The Department of Historical Sciences at the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts of the University of West Bohemia offers its students a wide selection of concluded Erasmus+ agreements (see below) which allow them to travel to Western, Northern, Southern and Eastern Europe and help them gain the necessary expert and language competencies either for further study or for their own practice. Furthermore, undertaking a research and study placement abroad is essential these days for career progression, even in the private sector.

The wide selection of partner universities, minimum red tape and funding issues, the option of getting to know a foreign country and improve your language knowledge, and last but not least the opportunity to gain an advantage on the labour market, are the key and convincing arguments for leaving Plzeň for at least one semester and studying at an institution outside the Czech Republic. For those planning a career in the academic sphere, it is absolutely essential.

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