Graduate School

Humanities (Third Level)

The doctoral program Humanities is based on intellectual exchange of foreign and Slovenian teaching staff, researchers, and students in the humanities and social sciences.

Study programme: Humanities (Third level)
Main fields of study: Literary Studies, Migrations and Intercultural Relations, History
Course code: 3HUM
Level of study: 3. stopnja doktorski
Name of the qualification: Doctoral diploma
Qualification title: Ph. D. (Doctor of Science)
Qualification abbreviation: dr.
Final examination: no
Dean: prof. dr. Iztok Arčon
Programme director: doc. dr. Ana Toroš
ECTS coordinator: prof. dr. Iztok Arčon

Programme description

The doctoral program Humanities is based on intellectual exchange of foreign and Slovenian teaching staff, researchers, and students in the humanities and social sciences. The program combines some traditional, classic knowledge and approaches with interdisciplinary and comparative approaches, thus enhancing historical, social, and political contextualization of relevant issues. The program transcends the limits of conventional disciplines and cultural boundaries, and promotes critical analysis of contemporary global issues.

The doctoral program Humanities consists of three modules, Literary Studies, Migrations and Intercultural Relations and History.

The Senate of the University of Nova Gorica at its 75th session held on 18 January 2017 approved the extension of the IIIrd level study program Humanities from the current three years (180 ECTS) to four years (240 ECTS).

The four-year doctoral programme will start in the academic year 2017/2018.

Students who are currently enrolled in the three-year study programme will complete studies at the three-year programme.

Supervisors

Admission requirements

To qualify for entry into the graduate program Humanities, applicants must satisfy the following admission requirements:

  • have completed a 2nd cycle master’s study preogramme;
  • have completed at least a four-year academic undergraduate programme accredited with 240 ECTS credits;
  • have completed a uniform five year master’s study programme accredited with 300 ECTS credits;
  • have completed a specialization after previously finished professional study programme, and had passed additional study obligations within 30 to 60 ECTS credit points;
  • have completed an equivalent program abroad;

If the number of applicants exceeds the 20 available slots, they are selected based on previous academic achievement.

Educational and professional goals

The study programme Humanities concentrates on three scientific areas, literary sciences, migration and history. Studying literary sciences allows students to acquire up-to-date expertise in methodology, theory and new media, indispensable in the research of literature as well as of social phenomena reflected in literary works. Migration studies equip students with contemporary methodological and theoretical knowledge, enabling them to understand the phenomenon of migration and confront the present migratory processes and their occurrence. PhD Graduates of the study programme Humanities are fully competent to perform further, independent professional and scientific-research tasks and may pursue careers in domestic and foreign institutions or organisations seeking experts in the field of humanities.

Examination and assessment regulations

Each course has three exam dates set at the beginning of the year. The rules of the exam process depend on the content and course’s specific characteristics; the exam may thus consist of either exam papers or projects, and particular attention is paid to oral exams. This encourages a more active and creative approach, focusing on developing speaking skills and coherent argumentation in a discussion. Individual research work is assessed in regular interim reports; the final assessment is given by the Research Council, based on the final report presented by the student before supervisors and students. The exact rules concerning exam procedures are given in each course description. Ten days after the student passes the exam and no later than 30 September of the academic year, the instructor must submit a written statement to the Graduate Studies Administrator stating whether a student passed the exam or not. The program is completed when the PhD qualifying exam is taken before a three-member committee.

Once enrolled, the student chooses a supervisor in a relevant field and selects course units for a total of 18 credits (6 credits of required courses and 12 credits of elective course units); this selection must be approved by the supervisor. These courses can be also selected from other institutions’ programs. In the first year, in agreement with the supervisor, the student prepares an extensive term paper related to his or her doctoral dissertation, consisting of a relevant literature review and presentation of the state of the art in the field. The presentation and defense of the assignment must be completed in the first year. Presentation of this assignment and at least 75% participation in a research seminar is worth 26 credits, and an additional 16 credits may be acquired by conducting research defined in agreement with the supervisor at the beginning of the year. Before proceeding to second year, the student must:

  • Pass an exam in a required course unit
  • Fulfill research seminar requirements a (term paper and 75% course participation)
  • Conduct independent research

In order to enter the second year, the student must have earned at least 48 of 60 credits. Before proceeding to the third year, the student must:

  • Pass all first- and second-year exams
  • Satisfy research seminar requirements (75% participation)
  • Conduct independent research

In order to enter the third year, the student must have 120 credits. Once in the third year, the student is required to do research leading to a dissertation.

Courses

1. year

Compulsory courses Ure ECTS
Individual Research Work I 480 16
Research Seminar I 780 26
Research, Argumentation, and Writing Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences 180 6

Module history

General elective courses Ure ECTS
Economic and social transformations in historical perspective 180 6
Greco-Roman Antiquity and the Modern European Ideas 180 6
Intellectuals and intelligentsia 180 6
Society in the age of modernization 180 6
The twentieth century – the century of globalisation 180 6

Module literary Studies

General elective courses Ure ECTS
Crossing the borders: literary journalism as a transnational and transgeneric discourse 180 6
Gender and Literature 180 6
Identity and languages 180 6
Imagology in Literary Studies 180 6
Literature and Cultural Nationalism in Europe 180 6
Literatures in contacts 180 6
New communication media and literature 180 6
Translation as a means of transcultural communication 180 6

Module migration and Intercultural Relations

General elective courses Ure ECTS
Gender and Migration 180 6
History of migrations 180 6
Migration and Creativity 180 6
Migration and culture: concepts and precepts 180 6
Migration in discourses on population dymanics 180 6
Migration, Borders and Citizenship 180 6
Theorising Migration 180 6

2. year

Compulsory courses Ure ECTS
Individual Research Work II - 44
Research Seminar II 120 4

Module history

General elective courses Ure ECTS
Economic and social transformations in historical perspective 180 6
Greco-Roman Antiquity and the Modern European Ideas 180 6
Intellectuals and intelligentsia 180 6
Society in the age of modernization 180 6
The twentieth century – the century of globalisation 180 6

Module literary Studies

General elective courses Ure ECTS
Crossing the borders: literary journalism as a transnational and transgeneric discourse 180 6
Gender and Literature 180 6
Identity and languages 180 6
Imagology in Literary Studies 180 6
Literature and Cultural Nationalism in Europe 180 6
Literatures in contacts 180 6
New communication media and literature 180 6
Translation as a means of transcultural communication 180 6

Module migration and Intercultural Relations

General elective courses Ure ECTS
Gender and Migration 180 6
History of migrations 180 6
Migration and Creativity 180 6
Migration and culture: concepts and precepts 180 6
Migration in discourses on population dymanics 180 6
Migration, Borders and Citizenship 180 6
Theorising Migration 180 6

3. year

Compulsory courses Ure ECTS
Individual research work 3 1800 60

4. year

Compulsory courses Ure ECTS
Doctoral dissertation 900 30
Individual research work 4 900 30

Curriculum for this study year is not yet available.