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Faculty of Philology

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English Studies (Literature, Linguistics, Culture)
European Credit Transfer
and Accumulation System

120 ECTS



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English Studies Programme covers three aspects of study: literatures written in the English language, English linguistics and culture of English-speaking countries, mainly the United Kingdom, Canada, USA and Ireland. The three components are interrelated; however, students are provided with an array of optional courses, which helps them narrow down their area of study to one aspect if they are inclined to do so. The programme is offered to those who have an interest in English culture, literature and language studies and have completed their first-cycle university studies. The literary studies courses offer interactive lectures and seminars in British, American, Canadian, Irish, and post-colonial literature. The component of English linguistics includes an array of courses in contemporary linguistics: semantics, contrastive grammar, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, cognitive linguistics, etc. Many of them include a contrastive parameter of study. The common area of interest shared by the literary and linguistics courses is cultural studies. The programme is taught in four semesters (the fourth semester being devoted entirely to research and Master’s thesis writing); it is completed by the viva of the Master’s thesis written under the supervision of a member of the academic staff of the Department.The basic aim of the programme offered at the Department of English Philology is to develop students’ critical and independent thinking and to improve decision making abilities, rather than to provide them with simple information and knowledge in the subjects studied. The courses are designed: •to broaden students’ knowledge in the area of language, literature and culture studies; •to enhance students’ awareness of interdisciplinary approaches and critical interpretation of primary sources; •to provide students with an understanding of the everyday intellectual challenges of a multicultural society; •to prepare students for positions that require cross-cultural understanding; linguistic, and literary analysis skills; creativity, critical thinking, analytical skills and decision making ability.The programme consists of compulsory courses and elective courses. Students will be offered a choice of optional subjects to meet their needs for specialization.
Learning outcomes:
The programme prepares graduates for an academic career (research in linguistics, literary and cultural studies), for a career in education (as teachers or lecturers, teaching or educational administration), in publishing, translation agencies. Analytical and organizational skills, knowledge of languages and understanding of foreign cultures can lead to a career in the media, tourism, the Civil Service and various public services.

With the support of the Erasmus Mundus Programme of the European Commision