The basic pillar of the curriculum is the theory of culture and its main segments (family and kinship relations, social, legal, economic and political systems, nations and nationalities). The other two areas of study cover philosophical and ethical topics (eg. history of philosophy, philosophy of man, world religions and interreligious dialogue, migration ethics, bioethics, political and social ethics).
The curriculum is augmented by practical areas of study (eg. practical application of transcultural communication and development of personal and communication skills). For more information about the subjects see here.
Objectives of the Study
At present, the fundamental values of Western civilization are being questioned and confronted by value systems from other cultures. This is a situation that demands transcultural communication emphasizing a proactive approach, and seeking a common language transcending many levels of cultural difference. This communication is based on assumptions that are inherent in all cultures simultaneously. The challenge of transcultural communication is not to create a universal culture, but to facilitate a dialogue that transcends the boundaries of ethnicity, religion, race, sex and social class. Transculturality, therefore, is the dialogue “in spite of” culture. This means that despite our differences, we can communicate together.
A prerequisite of this dialogue is respect for cultural differences and their variety. On the one hand it is necessary to avoid ethnocentrism. On the other hand, we need to embrace this attitude of cultural relativism without giving up our own cultural consciousness. Moreover, we should recognize basic ethical principles that are widely shared in spite of cultural differences.
The above approach can succeed where the participants are to some extent identified with their own culture, while still ready to share and be enriched by the cultures of others. Rather than passively accepting multicultural differences, it is our aim to actively seek them out and embrace them.
Further information about the skills and employment of the graduate here.
Application deadline is 30th June (for starting studies in September).
Applicants have to send: (1) filled-in application form (in the attachment), (2) a copy of their certificate of completing the secondary-level of education translated into English and verified by a notary, (3) a letter of motivation in English declaring interest in studying the particular study discipline/study programme (3600 letters).
The extent and contents of the entrance examination: A written letter of motivation is required, no additional entrance tests will be administered, no oral examination. Further information is available here.
Please feel free to contact Mgr. Veronika Halamová, our contact person for English transcultural study programme (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Applicants must have completed secondary school studies (it is necessary to provide a certificate translated into English and verified by a notary to prove that).
Applicants are supposed to present their interest in studying in the Czech Republic as well as their professional interest in Transcultural Communication in particular in a letter of motivation. Following questions are supposed to be mentioned: (1) Why do I want to go to study to Czech Republic? (2) Why do I want to go to study Transcultural Communication? (3) What do I expect from the Studies?
The evaluation of the results of the entrance examination is expressed quantitatively by using the point evaluation.
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If you, in the flatlands of Hradec Králové, miss mountains or hilly towns, you can easily go for one or more days trip. The further bonuses of Hradec Králové still worth mentioning include the Klicpera´s theater, the unique Kotěra´s museum and plenty of sporting opportunities and activities, including the presence in the city of of the Extra Liga hockey club.
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