Language and Interculturality



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The PhD study programme Langage and Interculturality is conducted by the Department of Italian Studies.


Basic information

Programme type: PhD university programme

Degree title: PhD in Language and Interculturality

Programme duration: three years (six semesters)

NP of ECTS: 180 (60 per year)


Programme description


The interdisciplinary doctoral programme Languages and Interculturality is intended to broaden and upgrade the academic knowledge of the 2nd cycle study programmes of languages (Italian, English, French), language mediation and translation. The objective of doctoral programme is to form expert scientific researches, experts in pedagogy and other scientific areas, able researchers of current theoretical and practical issues in the areas of languages and cultures at an internationally comparable level.

The study programme comprises courses compulsory for all students (compulsory core courses in the first and doctoral seminar in the second year of study) and study field courses that each student selects individually (elective courses, individual research work, doctoral thesis proposal preparation, public thesis defence). To enhance the afore mentioned education contents the Faculty will organize seminars, conferences, workshops and other similar activities where FHŠ professors and other invited experts from individual fields of interest will take part.

The first year of study covers four units: one compulsory core course (Language Research Methodology – 15 ECTS), two elective courses from the field of interest (30 ECTS) and the preparation of doctoral thesis proposal (15 ECTS). The compulsory core course Language Research Methodology equips students with in-depth knowledge of different theoretic approaches, methods and concepts necessary for research work in the field of  selected doctoral thesis topic. Elective courses  (Literature; Linguistics; Language Didactics; Multilingualism and Inteculturality; Italian as Language of Environment; Linguistic Policy and Languages in Contact; Dealing with Diversity and Prevention, Management and Solving Crisis and Conflicts; Ethnic Policies) are concrete realizations of basic methodology and theory approaches to the selected study fields, confirmed by the doctoral thesis topic. Their contents are adjusted to students’ specific needs, according to their doctoral thesis topics. Elective courses are implemented as active collaboration among professors and students in the form of analytical, scientific discussion on concrete themes or scientific issues regarding the chosen doctoral topic. Themes, offered by the study programme, encompass the peculiarities of geographic area where the Faculty is located thus significantly complementing the general courses’ contents.

Second year students take the Doctoral Seminar during which they present and discuss their thesis topic and take active part to the discussion of other students’ topics (5 ECTS) then register and present publicly the doctoral thesis topic (5 ECTS). Most part of the doctoral study in second (50 ECTS) and third year (50 ECTS) is conducted under supervisor’s approval in the form of individual research work and preparation of the doctoral thesis. During this process students actively use research methodology on a specific scientific problem and in practice they develop all general as well as course specific competences, defined in the programme and course syllabi. The doctoral programme Languages and Interculturality is concluded with the public presentation of research results in the form of public thesis defence (10 ECTS). 


Programme objectives


The main purpose of the programme is to provide doctoral students with in-depth training in the field of literary, linguistic, didactic, intercultural and translation sciences as well as specific methodological, theoretic and critical knowledge in the field of language and culture.

Students of 3rd cycle study programme Language and Interculturality will broaden the academic knowledge acquired during previous studies and develop the ability of autonomous research of their field of interest. They will be able to apply the right strategies and research methodology to elaborate the interested topic. They will be able to do autonomous research work and develop a critical approach towards the use of adequate information tools.

After graduation from 3rd level study programme Language and Interculturality students will have the possibility to work in adequate jobs.

The study programme will be upgrading the knowledge and skills in the area of languages, in particular English, Italian and French based on individual research work, aimed at theoretical as well as practical issues in the fields of linguistics, literature, didactics, interculturality, linguistic policies and translation.


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