Czech courses for 2020
The modern Czech Republic is at the heart of the expanded European Union and is a key strategic partner of the UK. It has established itself as a centre for banking, finance, media, diplomacy and tourism.
This lively and tenacious nation has been shaped by Europe's religious and political conflicts over the past millennium making it a fascinating culture to study.
Czech expertise, especially combined with another of the European languages we offer at Bristol, is a prized asset for many professions.
Why study Czech at Bristol?
Bristol is one of very few UK universities to offer a full linguistic and cultural Czech degree. Our course includes literature, history, gender studies, cinema and contemporary society, studied with another modern language.
At Bristol, you will study the language intensively in small groups, with close attention from expert teachers who are native speakers. Modern languages students benefit from a state-of-the-art multimedia centre with access to more than 2,000 films, foreign channels and magazines. Our students often achieve excellent, graduate-level fluency after four years.
Our options are designed to allow you to explore the contemporary priorities and concerns of modern Czech society alongside Czech history and culture. Literature classes boost language learning with close reading of original texts in small groups. Gender units explore a range of areas from politics to imagery set within the context of Central and Eastern Europe as well as Western Europe.
Final-year students have the opportunity of writing an extended project on an aspect of Czech history, culture or society, and can take up the closely related Slovak language.
Bristol is a very exciting place to study arts and humanities, with a thriving cultural scene, several art cinemas, concert halls and theatres and a vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere.
What kind of student would this course suit?
Studying Czech will give you the opportunity to examine the political, social and cultural history of the continent. Studying Europe from the perspective of a country that has never been a major imperial power makes for a very different experience to other modern language studies.
As neighbour to the closely related Slavonic languages, Czech will appeal to anyone who is intellectually curious, interested in language and wishes to draw comparisons between their own culture and contrasting intellectual, ideological and artistic environments.
How is this course taught and assessed?
Teaching takes place in small, informal groups where tutors and students quickly get to know each other. Students regularly participate in and shape the direction of discussion and receive feedback.
Texts for study are frequently chosen in consultation with students. Language assessments test all skills including speaking, writing, listening and reading comprehension, and translating from and into the language.
The department is regularly praised by external examiners for the variety of assessment methods in cultural units, which include coursework, examination essays, commentaries and presentations, all designed to develop the skills expected of excellent arts graduates.
What are my career prospects?
A degree in Czech will stand out as a sign of individuality, intellectual ability and a capacity to take on unusual challenges.
Bristol Czech graduates develop critical, analytical and communication skills, which are essential to most graduate careers. Studying and living within another culture builds self-confidence and a capacity to understand and empathise.
Recent graduates have entered diverse careers including British and international civil services, teaching, translating and interpreting, finance, industry, the media, publishing, law and tourism, while others have pursued further study.
Read more about what students from Czech go on to do after graduation.
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