Czech-German Area Studies

 Name of Specialisation

 Czech-German Area Studies
(single-specialisation and dual specialisation)

 Type of programme

Consecutive Master's

 Length of Programme

2 years

 Mode of study




 Specialisation Description

The programme is based on areal approach, i.e. the territorially interconnected concept of Czech and German philology with social sciences. Its content consists of three blocks:

1) Czech philology: courses of Czech linguistics, literary studies (in elective subjects) and generally cultural courses

2) German Philology: courses German linguistics, literary studies (in elective subjects) and generally cultural courses

3) Social sciences: history, in elective courses also political science, regionalistics, state administration in the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria

The central block of the programme consists of German philology.

In the part linguistics section, the disciplines focus on higher levels of the linguistic system (mainly in the form of practical classes) and on current methodology of linguistic analyses. Emphasis is placed on the Czech and German professional language. In the literary section (elective courses) methodological and interpretive aspects of literary-history and literary-theory are emphasized. Close connection between German and Czech philology is provided within contrastive and comparative courses. The theoretical and methodological part of the programme is complemented by German language seminars aiming at increasing the practical linguistic, especially translational, competences of graduates.

Social sciences are represented by courses of history, in elective courses by political science and regionalistics viewing the regions in the wider cultural and historical context and observing their multiculturalism and, at the same time, the diachronically viewed cultural complexity. 

Elective courses are divided into two modules: a module with a philological focus and a module with a socio-scientific focus. Students choose one of these modules during their studies, which enables them to professionally profile themselves even during the course of their study.

Students are also offered optional foreign mobility in German-speaking countries. The aim is to enable students to increase their language and communication skills, to confirm their intercultural competencies, to practically apply the theoretical knowledge gained during their studies and to deepen personal cross-border contacts.     

Graduate profile

Graduates will on the basis of their broad knowledge of political, social, national, economic and cultural development of the Central European area have systemic theoretical and methodological philological and sociological knowledge applicable to the Czech-German area.

The target level of practical language and communicative competencies in the German language is level C2 SERR, and students will also increase their translation and interpreting competencies, including in the area of ​​public administration.

 Graduates employment possibilities have a wide range. Due to the fact that the graduates have a good knowledge of the specifics and differences of the socio-cultural environment in the Czech-German area and at the same time high communication competencies, they can hold leading positions in management of institutions operating within the framework of the cross-border cooperation (Euroregions, Euroregion Danube - Vltava, Czech-German and Czech-Austrian foundations and funds, Euroregion Labe - Elbe, Euroregion Neisse - Nisa - Nysa etc.) and in EU institutions and bodies, authorities in the Czech / German / Austrian public administration or the private sector. They can also work as co-ordinators of cross-border cooperation projects, in the Small Projects Fund or in any public sector institution requiring only knowledge of German language but also of the Czech-German cultural area (e.g. foreign correspondents of the Czech Radio in Berlin, in Czech Centres in Austria and Germany, in the Czech Centre in Düsseldorf or similar facilities in the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria).

Graduates of this programme will also be ready for further education in Advanced Master’s and Doctoral programmes.


 Possible combinations with   other dual specialisations

English and AMerican Literature, Czech Studies, French Language and Literature, Italian Language and Literature, History, Spanish Language and Literature

 Guaranteeing Workplace

Institute of Czech-German Area Studies and German Studies FA USB


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