Doctoral program


1.1. Title of the course, and what scientific area and field and branch (that is, areas and/or fields, if it is an interdisciplinary program) it belongs to

Title of the course: program of doctoral studies in literature, performing arts, film and culture

Course is multidisciplinary and belongs to the area of the humanities, and within that area to the fields of philology (theory and history of literature, comparative literature) and science on art (theatre studies, film studies)


1. 2. Head of course and associate institutions partaking in the initiation and implementation of doctorate course

Bearer of the course is the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb, and in it’s preparation and implementation participate (directly or through their representatives in Doctorate course council) teachers and scientists from all sub-departments for literature in a string of departments of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. In the future, participation in teaching of teachers and scientists from the Department of History of Croatian Literature, Theatre and Music of Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts and Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb, as well as faculties of philosophy and art academies in Osijek, Rijeka and Zadar and visiting lecturers from abroad.


1. 3. Institutional strategy for development of doctoral courses


Proposed graduate doctorate course would, particularly in the area of literature science, through its development think up a role and function of the course of other/foreign literature, as well as comparative literature, in Croatian academic communities, and also in the context of Croatian culture in general. Beside already developed studies of Croatian language, it would keep Croatian literature science and culture open to the values of other literatures and cultures, primarily taking care of the renewal of staff at the Faculty, but also for the education of new experts, as well as founding of new modern languages departments and courses at other Croatian universities. Its already affirmed multidisciplinary orientation this modern graduate course of literature would turn towards in world current cultural-scientific experiences of literature course (cultural studies, media and communication theories, intercultural communication, etc.)


1. 4. Innovativeness of doctoral program


There has never been a course at any of the Croatian universities that was thought up this way, but in developed academic centres, primarily those in which the principles of electiveness, multidisciplinary and flexibility are the foundation, similar courses are organized and implemented successfully. In our university education experience this course also brings a notable improvement because the student and teaching body will, cooperating closely from the first year of the course not only in teaching but also probably in teaching at lower levels and realization of scientific programs, be comprised of persons from different fields, and this will undoubtedly improve also the quality of cooperation among them. This program strongly encourages the participation of students in scientific projects lead by professors at the Faculty, what has been realized this year, and in other programs connected to the research of literature, culture, theatre and film.


1. 5. Criteria for enrolment in the course, particularly conditions for candidates who gained their qualification in university system before 2005


A degree in literature, or language and literature, with grade point average 4.0; two recommendations from professors, and it would be advisable that one of these be candidate’s potential mentor; a certificate in one foreign language for candidates who do not have a degree in languages. If the candidate does not have a degree in humanities, or does not fulfill part of the requirements, Doctorate course council will pass a decision whether the candidate can be admitted and under what conditions. If the candidate has a Master’s from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb or from somewhere else, Doctorate course council can grant a certain number of ECTS credits and allow enrolment into a higher year of the course.


1. 6. Criteria and procedure of selection of participants


After the closing of published public call for enrolment in the course and received applications, commission/commissions will be named and will establish whether the candidates have an appropriate degree, or MA, and whether they fulfill other requirements stated in point 2.5. If there are more applicants than is the maximum number of attendees, there will be a classification procedure for competitive enrollment which will assess the motivation and expert competence of all candidates. The final decision will take into account the representation of candidates in all orientations and, of course, scientific and teaching interest of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb.


1. 7. Competencies the student gains by completion of the course, possibility of the continuation of scientific-research work, possibilities of post-Doctoral education, and employment prospects in public and private sector


Through defense of doctoral thesis, preceded by attendance of classes of the doctoral course, individual work with mentor and other teachers, participation in scientific congresses and in teaching on lower levels and potential scientific-research work on projects, which are to be closely connected with the program of this study, the student gains capacity of independent engagement in scientific work and dealing with the most complicated tasks in the area of humanities, in that field, that is, in that branch, for which he/she opted for during the course, but also an insight into other fields, that is, branches represented in the course. Students can continue their education on post doctoral stays abroad, an it is desirable to stimulate a program of post doctoral education at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences for our and outside candidates. In science, with a doctorate in literature, culture, performing arts and film, a person can work in scientific-educational and scientific institutions, art academies, in theatres, film institutions, archives, scientific and public libraries, departments for history of literature, theatre and film, state or local administration, primarily in departments for culture, diplomacy and education, on radio, television, etc.


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