Follow-up Master’s Degree Studies in Chinese Studies focus on contemporary China (the PRC, Taiwan, and China’s ‘diaspora’) as a meeting place of traditional Chinese and Western influences, where various projects related to the identity of modern China are being shaped. Studying this field leads students to an understanding of these processes at the level of the political and social formation of modern China, as well as on the level of discourse practices. An integral part of the study is the on-going, intensive learning of the Chinese language.
The Follow-up Master’s Degree in Chinese Studies assumes a knowledge of Chinese language, history and culture at the level of Bachelor’s Degree in Chinese Studies.
Main study areas:
The study of contemporary Chinese society and politics - the transformation of political institutions, political regimes and ideologies and their impact on the life of Chinese society.
Studying discourse practices in modern China (political thought, Chinese Marxism, modern Chinese literature, popular culture, religion, Chinese medicine, martial arts, film, etc.) to clarify the origin of these phenomena, their social and cultural context and meaning for modern Chinese identity.
The intensive study of Modern Chinese. The basics of the courses are Practical Chinese for Master’s Degree I-IV, complemented by other courses developing specific skills (intensive one-to-one conversation, translation seminars, written Chinese, conference presentation in Chinese).
Graduates find employment in positions of co-ordinators of Chinese-Czech projects, foreign trade, diplomacy, translation and interpreting and as Chinese language teachers.
KSCA605 Cultural Anthropology of China
- a compulsory basic course dealing with the continuity and discontinuity of key elements of traditional Chinese society and culture at present
KSCA606 Constructing Identity in Modern China
- a compulsory basic course dealing with identity discourse in contemporary China - China and the West, Tradition, Modernity and Westernization, one Chinese identity versus a plurality of Chinese identities, Han and minority ethnicity, transformations of ‘Chinese Marxism’
KSCA607 Political System of the PRC at present
- a compulsory course that aims to teach students about current Chinese politics, as well as providing authoritative guidance for a deeper analysis of processes on the Chinese political scene. Attention will be paid primarily to the contemporary development, to the internal mechanisms of the Communist Party of China, and to the legislative and executive apparatus of the Chinese state.
KSCA651 Practical Chinese for Master's Study I
- a basic Chinese course
(Followed by the courses Practical Chinese for Master’s Studies II-IV.)
KSCA655 Chinese for Academic Work I
- training the basic skills necessary for academic work in Chinese - writing, lecturing, discussion
KSCA656 Chinese for Academic Work II
- preparing a conference paper and presenting at a real international (student) conference
KSCA698 Diploma Thesis Seminar
- preparation of a Master’s thesis project under the supervision of a selected supervisor