Exams

PRACTICAL INFORMATION REGARDING EXAMS AND THE DISSERTATION DEFENCE

Philosophy exam

Requirements:

During their studies, all doctoral students at the Faculty of Arts UP, who do not study at the Department of Philosophy, must attend a two-semester course of Philosophy for PhD Students taught by prof. Ivan Blecha <ivan.blecha@upol.cz>:

  • Philosophy for PhD Students 1 (KFI/91AF1)
  • Philosophy for PhD Students 2 (KFI/91AF2)

The examination is performed after the second semester by Assistant Professors at the Department of Philosophy: dr. Pavel Hobza <pavel.hobza@upol.cz>, dr. Martin Jabůrek <martin.jaburek@upol.cz>, dr. Karel Šebela <karel.sebela@upol.cz> and dr. Filip Tvrdý <filip.tvrdy@upol.cz>.

The examination consists of a discussion over a text that students choose themselves. It should be connected to their subject area of studies. This text can be in Czech or English and must deal with philosophy. Examination dates are posted in STAG in the summer examination period. After signing up for an exam date, students must contact the respective examiner well in advance (about four weeks prior to the exam). He shall approve the selected text and suggest exam questions. Students who have difficulty with selecting a text are advised to choose one of the chapters in any of the anthologies below (see Moodle).

Recommended literature:

  • Curd, Martin & Stathis Psillos (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science, 2nd Ed. (New York: Routledge, 2014).
  • Eldridge, Richard (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).
  • Livingston, Paisley & Carl Plantinga (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film (New York: Routledge, 2009).
  • Russell, Gillian & Delia Graff Fara (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Language (New York: Routledge, 2012).
  • Symons, John & Paco Calvo (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Psychology (New York: Routledge, 2009).
  • Tucker, Aviezer (ed.), A Companion to the Philosophy of History and Historiography (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2009).
  • Wainwright, William J. (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005).

Foreign language exam

Students interested in the exam must register for the subject in the IS STAG at the pre-registration time, meaning at the beginning of the semester which they wish to take the exam in. Students are advised to register for the foreign language in the second year of studies, latest.

English

Guarantor: PhDr. Sabina Pazderová, Department of English and American Studies, FA UP (sabina.pazderova@upol.cz)
English exam information , EN 

Czech for foreigners

Guarantor: doc. PhDr. Božena Bednaříková, Dr., Department of Czech Studies, FA UP (bozena.bednarikova@upol.cz)

French

Guarantor: doc. Mgr. Jaromír Kadlec, Ph.D., Department of Romance Languages FA UP (jaromir.kadlec@upol.cz)

Italian

Guarantor: prof. Mgr. Jiří Špička, Ph.D., Department of Romance Languages, FA UP (jiri.spicka@upol.cz)

Latin

Guarantor: PhDr. Barbara Pokorná, Ph.D., Language Centre, FA UP (barbara.pokorna@upol.cz)

German

Guarantor: prof. PhDr. Libuše Spáčilová, CSc., Department of German Studies, FA UP (libuse.spacilova@upol.cz)

Polish

Guarantor: doc. PhDr. Ivana Dobrotová, Ph.D., Department of Slavonic Studies, FA UP, Polish section (ivana.dobrotova@upol.cz)

Portuguese

Guarantor: Mgr. Petra Svobodová, Ph.D., Department of Romance Languages, FA UP (petra.svobodova@upol.cz)

Russian

Guarantor: doc. PhDr. Zdeňka Vychodilová, CSc., Department of Slavonic Studies, FA UP (zdenka.vychodilova@upol.cz)

Spanish

Guarantor: prof. Mgr.Lic. Lenka Zajícová, Ph.D., Department of Romance Languages, FA UP (lenka.zajicova@upol.cz)
Spanish exam requirements for doctoral students   

State Doctoral Examination

The application for the state doctoral examination can be submitted only after the fulfillment of all study obligations, including the submission of the doctoral dissertation and receiving the appropriate number of ECTS for it.

  1. Students who wish to take the State Doctoral Examination must submit the following documents to the Doctoral Study Officer:
    1. A completed form of the Application for State Doctoral Examination,
    2. A written supervisor’s statement (one hard copy signed by the supervisor or a scanned copy),
    3. A printed record of studies from the IS STAG listing all exams taken.

Applications shall not be considered submitted unless the DSP students submit all the above mentioned obligatory attachments. Students can submit the application with all the due attachments in person to the Doctoral Study Officer in person in her office hours or send her all the documents by post – recorded delivery.

  1. Consequently, the DSP students receive the invitation for the State Doctoral Examination by the Doctoral Study Officer. The decision about the State Doctoral Examination date shall be sent to students within the maximum of 30 days from the application submission (pursuant to Article 41, paragraph 2 of the Study and Examination Code).

The State Doctoral Examination and its course are specified in the UP Study and Examination Code (Articles 41–43) and in the FA UP Internal Standard on the implementation of the Study and Examination Code. We recommend that all DSP students study the relevant provisions.


Dissertation defence

1) DSP students wishing to perform the dissertation defence must submit the following documents to the Doctoral Study Officer:

  1. A completed application form, (PDF) (RTF)
  2. The dissertation (2 hard copies, the dissertation must be uploaded in the IS STAG at the time the hard copies are submitted)
  3. The supervisor’s statement whether the dissertation complies with the requirements for its defence (1 hard copy signed by the supervisor or a scanned copy),
  4. The abstract (at least 5 hard copies, an electronic copy must be sent to the Doctoral Study Officer).

Applications shall not be considered submitted unless the DSP students submit all the above mentioned obligatory attachments. Students can submit the application with all the due attachments to the Doctoral Study Officer in person in her office hours or send her all the documents by post – recorded delivery. 

2) Consequently, the DSP students are expecting a dissertation defence invitation from the Doctoral Study Officer. The invitation must be delivered at least 20 days before the defence date. The whole process of organising the dissertation defence (from the moment of application submission to the defence date) usually takes about 3–5 months. DSP students  who plan to complete their studies by a certain date (for example due to the chance of getting an extra bursary for managing to complete the study within the standard study time) must be ready for this time span and submit the application well in advance.

The obligatory parts of the dissertation and of the abstract as well as the defence process are specified in the UP Study and Examination Code (Articles 44–47) and in the FA UP Internal Standard on its implementation. We recommend that all DSP students study the relevant provisions. We especially point out the obligation to include a foreign language résumé in the prescribed length both in the dissertation and in the abstract. DSP students should also ask their supervisor or check at the department website whether the Subject-area Board has made any additional rules or obligations for the dissertation or abstract beyond the above mentioned instructions.

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