North-American Culture Studies
Engage in contemporary topics
Study what is needed to understand today's global world: otherness, migration, integration, immigration, and cultural and linguistic phenomena among cultures. This is an excellent base to work in those areas.
Gain extensive knowledge of contemporary English
The language is not just about grammar and Shakespeare. You will penetrate the inner workings of idioms, language influence, social impact, and more. With this, you will be miles ahead of standard language learners.
Gain practice during the studies
You can be one of the people who find a job right after finishing your studies – this programme includes one-semester practice in one of our partner public institutions or private companies.
The programme combines literary and linguistic instruction and provides a broader cultural overview of the countries in North America, combining both anglophone and francophone and Spanish-speaking regions, from Canada to the United States through Mexico and the Caribbean. The programme is designed so that the students gain an overview of each of the two cultural areas at the same time and are instructed on their mutual linguistic, literary, and cultural influences. For this reason, the programme is structured in a modular manner.
The mandatory part of the curriculum consists of core courses that have a methodological section in which students learn the basic theoretical approaches toward the concept of identity of oneself, of the other, and of various social groups, and focus on the concept and its various manifestations in literature, linguistics, and culture.
The core section is followed by a variety of in-depth courses in which students gain orientation in the specific cultural phenomena in the anglophone, francophone, and Spanish-speaking worlds. The two compulsory modules combine either the anglophone-francophone area or anglophone-Spanish-speaking area, allowing for an informed comparison.
The advantage of the North American study programme lies in the fact that it offers excellent material for the study of some highly topical issues of today's world: otherness, migration, immigration, and cultural and linguistic phenomena associated with integration in areas where different ethnic groups, languages, and cultures interact. In this respect, North America represents a model laboratory allowing us to study the processes that increasingly confront European and Czech society.
One semester of at least 15 hours per week of practice in a public institution or a private company dealing with some aspect of North American space is required. The list of collaborating organisations is available on the website of the Centre for North American Studies (http://www.phil.muni.cz/wcss/). These organisations include the American Corner at the Moravian Library, Brno Expat Centre, and the Central European Association of Canadian Studies based at the Faculty Arts.
Graduates can work wherever good bilingual skills and critical thinking are needed and where attention is paid to issues of cultural relations, such as the issues of otherness, social and cultural exclusion, migration, and immigration.
Admission is offered to applicants selected by a departmental entrance examination committee on the basis of a complex assessment of the applicant's language skills, recommendations, and motivation.
Applicants are asked to submit the following:
- Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a teacher.
- Statement of purpose (in English, maximum 500 words) explaining why the applicant wishes to enrol in a selected degree programme at a given department.
- Certificate of proficiency in English issued no more than one year prior to application submission. The following are accepted:
- IELTS with a score of 6.5 or higher
- Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English with a grade of A or B
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
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