Description of the study programme
Study programme dSD/x - Slovak History
Study Grade of study - III. - doctoral, study form - external, study type - Single degree study
Document type: Description of the study programme
The name of the university Comenius University Bratislava
The seat of the university Šafárikovo námestie 6, 818 06 Bratislava
The name of the faculty Faculty of Arts
The seat of the faculty Gondova 2, 81102 Bratislava
Institution body for approving the study programme:
The Accreditation Council of Comenius University
Date of the study programme approval or the study programme modification:
03.06.2022
1. - Basic information about the study programme
a) - Name of the study program and its number according to the register of study programmes.
Slovak History, 100807
b) - Degree of higher education and ISCED-F education degree code.
III. level, code 864
c) - Place(s) of delivery of the study programme.
Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Arts, Gondova 2, 811 02 Bratislava 1; Institute of History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, P. O. Box 198, Klemensova 19, 814 99 Bratislava
d) - Name and number of the field of study in which higher education is obtained by completing the study programme, or a combination of two fields of study in which higher education is obtained by completing the study programme, ISCED-F codes of the field/fields.
15. Historical sciences, ISCED-F field code: 0222 History and archeology
e) - Type of the study programme: academically oriented, professionally oriented; translation, translation combination study programme (listing the specializations); teaching, teaching combination study programme (listing the specializations); artistic, engineering, doctoral, preparation for regulated profession, joint study programme, interdisciplinary studies.
academically oriented
Awarded academic degree after the name
PhD.
g) - Form of study.
external
h) - In the case of joint study programmes, cooperating institutions and the range of study obligations the student fulfills at each of the given institutions (§ 54a of the Act on Higher Education Institutions).

Not applicable to this study programme.

i) - Language or languages in which the study programme is delivered.
Slovak language
j) - Standard length of the study expressed in academic years.
five years
k) - Capacity of the study programme (planned number of students), the actual number of applicants and students.
planned number of students: 4 (2 Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava, 2 Institute of History of the SAS in Bratislava); actual number of applicants: 2 (2 Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava, 0 Institute of History of the SAS in Bratislava); number of students: 12 (10 Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava, 2 Institute of History of the SAS in Bratislava)
2. - Graduate profile and learning objectives
a) - The institution defines the learning objectives of the study programme such as student's abilities at the time of completion of the programme and the main learning outcomes.

Learning objectives in the study programme are achieved through measurable learning outcomes in the study programme's individual sections (modules, courses). They correspond to the relevant level of the Qualifications Framework in the European Higher Education Area.

In the key first two years of study the compulsory methodological seminar is the dominant course. On the example of universal themes (nationalism and its social practice, modernization, social stereotypes, discourse analysis, memory politics, history and ideology, etc.) the course shows various interpretative possibilities and methodological approaches to the given themes, at the same time leading the students to the ability to abstract, compare and evaluate the text, discuss and argue on the scientific level (and in an academic-level foreign language), effectively apply and work with scientific apparatus and genres (presentation, opinion/review). In this way the students acquire highly qualified skills, such as to specify the theme, formulate basic questions and set research priorities, while the seminar is concluded with the defense of a key text as part of the future dissertation.

Entire set of offered compulsory elective and elective courses enables the students to develop their own specialization in a considerably rich context.

Dissertation exam in front of an ad hoc designed committee is the last correction as to the structure of the dissertation, its priorities and a key text submitted for defense. Further on the students work especially under the direct supervision of their supervisors. Doctoral community, in the framework of which the students’ opinions are cultivated, has considerable creative potential.

Students are annually evaluated by the study programme council, especially their results, work progress, cooperation with the supervisor.

In principle, students in the external form of study are expected to meet the same requirements in terms of content, however, the realisation is characterised by a specific attitude, most apparent in the course of studies taking up five years, i.e. one year more than in daily form. The work with students who specialize in auxiliary historical sciences (classical and modern), history of administration and archivistics, and those who specialize in museology, monumentology and cultural heritage, proceeds in the same way.

Students in daily form of study have teaching obligations (opinions on qualification theses, teaching elective seminars, authorship/coauthorship of teaching texts/aids). The opportunity to carry out study stay abroad has become an important part of the formation of students; they significantly contribute to the increase of the dissertation‘s quality and academic competences of students. Students in external form of study can participate in pedagogical activities according to their preferences. They moreover benefit from closer connection to practice, needs of various institutions as well as practical applicability of their dissertations‘ topics.

Dissertation is the evidence of the student‘s ability and preparedness for independent theoretical, scientific and creative activity in the field of research and development. Dissertation is characteristic by its originality, scientific contribution, high level of theoretical approach and degree of abstraction.


The graduates of the study programme Slovak History in the III degree of university studies acquire:

 

Theoretical knowledge: students have mastered the latest knowledge concerning the internal development of the disciplines which correspond to the focus of their dissertation, i.e. historical disciplines, theory and philosophy of history; museology, monumentology and cultural heritage; or within auxiliary historical sciences (classical and modern), history of administration and archivistics.  Students are informed about and are able to apply latest theoretical concepts, apparatus of notions, methods, moves in contemporary theoretical discourse with confidence and are able to take informed stand in keeping with their own theoretical-methodological starting points.  Students acquire complex knowledge of historical processes, taking into consideration the specifics of Slovak national development and its relationship to the European trends, while they are also able to perceive consequences and overlaps of these processes in contemporary society; they are able to identify historical facts, put them into mutual relationship and contexts, to identify causes and consequences and interpret them in keeping with the latest scientific trends. With high level of abstraction, the students are able not only to sort, discern and classify acquired knowledge but also apply it for interpretation of historical and contemporary processes and events. They use whole range of knowledge mentioned above for learning about Slovak history as a part of broader historical processes, but also in partial and specialized topics within the portfolio of Slovak history such as museology, archivistics and auxiliary historical sciences, which use special methodology, conceptual apparatus and methods, while Slovak history forms decisive theoretical and contextual framework for them.

The graduates are aware of the special features of history as a scientific discipline, Slovak history as its part, and they take into consideration their possible overlaps with other related and non-historical scientific disciplines. They are able to place the results of their research within their own interpretations; they are well-oriented in development trends of home and world historiography and in methodological concepts in the approaches towards the source material, which they are able to perceive in its diversity of form and content. On the basis of the theoretical knowledge they are at the same time able to follow the up-to-date development of scientific discourse, reflect on it and confront themselves with its new trends; they are able to think in the intentions of social and cultural overlaps between their research and the history as scientific discipline on high level.  


Practical abilities and skills: students can use, on high level and critically, compare and evaluate argumentative strategies, philosophical, social, political and ethical accumptions and consequences of historiographical interpretations and concepts and find relations and differences between them. They can define the subjects of their own research. Subsequently, they are able to realize them, while they are able to apply methodological approaches of contemporary historiography with respect to the selected problem of Slovak history (but also more broadly defined historical processes) and their parts; they are well-oriented in information resources and work with them; they manage to work with up-to-date digital resources and tools designed for analysis and interpretation of historical material, and creatively and effectively use them to solve the selected problems. In the case of museological specialization they master scientific methods and approaches of museological research with orientation on contemporary trends in modern museology  (new museology) and monumentology (critical heritage studies). Similarly, this is true for the specialization in the framework of historical sciences (classical and modern), history of administration and archivistics.

This all leads to acquiring the ability to apply the acquired theoretical knowledge used in individual social sciences in practice. The students are able to work with sources, interpret them, sort them and preserve them, they can work in memory institutions, create exhibitions and collection projects and scientifically process them on high level.

The students are able to formulate the selected problem logically and in structure and present them in the form of project application in professional sphere and in the framework of activities of civil society and local communities; they are able to communicate properly (in speech and in writing) and present opinions and concepts understandably, taking into consideration the specifics of their public. They have basic linguistic (in terms of both source languages and foreign academic languages necessary for international scientific communication) and practical (orientation in the structure of memory institutions at home and abroad, paleographical skills) competences, which enables them to work with historical sources, interpret them and present the results of their scientific research in front of home and international scientific community. They have necessary skills for the needs of their research presentation – for preparing scholarly texts in keeping with the rules of academic ethics.

The students can conduct independent research, publish scholarly and scientific texts in journals and as books, prepare and deliver presentations, discussion contributions at scientific events in their mother tongue and in a foreign language. 

They are able to prepare project documentation aimed at success at the scientific „market.“ They can evaluate and solve scientific projects.


Additional knowledge, abilities and skills: students are improving their academic and language profile through study and lecture stays at academic and university institutions abroad, they broaden their interdisciplinary profile through studying other disciplines in social sciences and humanities; they are able to solve tasks independently and at the same time creatively cooperate within working teams with members from related disciplines (with archeologists, art historians, ethnographers, etc. ), and use external information resources effectively and critically. 


The achieved knowledge and skills enable the graduates to find high-quality employment on the job market in various spheres, in public and private sphere, in state service and in activities of civic society. Their knowledge and skills are good assets in the professions demanding creative, conceptual, analytical and strategic thinking, interpretation abilities and cultivated language expression. The graduates can thus find jobs in many fields of knowledge society, especially in cultural and social institutions, media, analytical, project and advisory companies, human resources, the third sector and on various positions in public and private sector. They have good command of information resources and can evaluate their relevance on high level, they can interpret some contested and even conflicting historical questions which are currently subjects of public debate from several angles, thanks to the acquired knowledge of relationship between historical development and many problems of current social discourse in political, cultural, spiritual and economic spheres.

b) - The institution indicates the professions for which the graduate is prepared at the time of completion and the potential of the study programme from the point of view of graduate's employability.

The study programme of the highest level of university studies enables the graduates to acquire high-quality competences in the field of theory and philosophy of history, in the sphere of analytical and interpretative work with sources and text, critical and logical evaluation, argumentation and creative cultivated oral and written expression. The graduates dispose of top-level heuristic-critical skills and abilities, they master the complex scholarly discourse and are able to critically develop it. The graduates are best qualified for these work positions: researcher at academic and university institutions, leader/director at archival, cultural and memory institutions with a broad portfolio of practical and theoretical knowledge. On the basis of historical knowledge with overlap of politological context (especially the specialization in modern history) the graduate is able to successfully work in the state foreign service and find employment in media sphere. They can work in methodological centers and institutions (especially the specialization in premodern history) representing Slovak cultural heritage. 

The specialization in Auxiliary Historical Sciences provides competences for conducting the profession of researcher in the field of auxiliary historical sciences, history, archivistics, archeology, museology and history of art. Graduates are able to independently carry out research, publishing, information and other relatively complex tasks in scientific institutes, universities, archives, museums, galleries, in consulting, educational and other similar institutions.  They master scientific research methods in general in the field of auxiliary historical sciences, history of administration, and archivistics, based on the current state of scientific knowledge.  Specialization in museology enables students to master scientific methods of museological research with orientation on current trends in museology, monument studies and cultural heritage on the high level. The graduates conduct research and come with their own solutions in the fields of museology, monument studies and cultural heritage.

c) - Relevant external stakeholders who have provided the statement or a favorable opinion on the compliance of the acquired qualification with the sector-specific requirements for the profession.

Not applicable to this study programme.

3. - Employability
a) - Evaluation of the study programme graduates employability.

Graduates are characteristic not only by sufficient academic knowledge, but also by creative, conceptual and analytical thinking, they are able to find employment in various spheres (including leading positions) in scientific (academic, university institutions, memory institutions), socio-cultural (methodic centres, educational centres, cultural centres) and artistic-creative sphere (e.g. galleries), where skills in argumentation, cultivated oral and written expression and the ability to argue convincingly are demanded. Graduates are able to propose, coordinate and manage projects on social and humanities topics. They can dynamically work with the starting points of current discourses, which enables them to orient themselves skillfully in public sphere and in the field of foreign policy.

b) - If applicable, indicate the successful graduates of the study programme.

Takumi Ide – Associate Professor at the University of Fukui (Japan), Slavist and Slovakist

Miriam Viršinská – Assistant Professor at the Department of History of the Faculty of Education of Comenius University in Bratislava

František Chudják – employee of the Archives of the National Bank of Slovakia, Bratislava

Štefan Gaučík – independent researcher, Institute of History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava

Daniel Hupko – historian and museologist, Bratislava City Museum, Bratislava

Adam Mesiarkin – Institute of Social Medicine and Medical Ethics of the Faculty of Medicine of Comenius University in Bratislava

Vladimír Vlasko – Encyclopedical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava

Marek Púčik – Slovak National Archives, Bratislava

Martina Orosová – director of the Archives of the Monument Office in Bratislava,

Lukáš Krajčír – Institute of History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava

Angelika Herucová – Institute of History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava

Peter Konečný – Director of the State Central Mining Archives, Banská Štiavnica

Michal Ďurčo – Institute of History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava

Jana Gubášová Baherníková – Director of the Archives of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava,

Helena Gahérová Markusková – Town Museum in Pezinok

Katarína Nádaská – East Slovak Gallery, Košice

Veronika Kucharská – Institute of Art History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava

Peter Kónya – Rector of the Prešov University in Prešov

Miloslav Čaplovič – Director of the The Institute of Military History, Bratislava

Tomáš Gábriš – Head of the Department of Law History, Faculty of Law of the University of Trnava in Trnava

Maroš Mačuha – Director of Bratislava Beautification Society

Dušan Škvarna – Professor at the Department of History, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Matej Bel in Banská Bystrica

c) - Evaluation of the study programme quality by employers (feedback).

Relevant opinions are part of the annexes.

4. - Structure and content of the study programme
a) - The institution describes the rules for the design of study plans within the study programme.

The rules for the design of study plans are part of the process of modification of the study programme which is defined in the Internal Regulation No. 23/2021, Internal Quality Assurance System of Higher Education of Comenius University in Bratislava (hereinafter also referred to as "IQAS CU"), Art. 32(2), Art. 33, 35, 36, and 37. The structure of the study plans of III. level study programmes is also regulated by Internal Regulation of Faculty of Arts CU No. 11/2023 - Study Regulations of Comenius University Bratislava, Faculty of Arts ("Comenius University in Bratislava" hereinafter also referred to as "CU" and "University"; "Faculty of Arts of Comenius University" hereinafter also referred to as "Faculty of Arts CU" and "Faculty"), Part Three, Peculiarities of Ph.D. Study.


The Council of the study programme of the III. level Slovak History was created in accordance with Art. 24(1) to (7) and Art. 10 IQAS CU. Members of the Council of the study programme of III. level Slovak History:

prof. PhDr. Roman Holec, DrSc. (main responsible person/guarantor); prof. Martin Homza, Dr. (co-guarantor); prof. PhDr. Juraj Šedivý, MAS, PhD. (co-guarantor); doc. PhDr. Frederik Federmayer, PhD. (co-guarantor), doc. PhDr. Jan Dolák, Ph.D. (co-guarantor); PhDr. Michal Bada, PhD. (Institute of History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences); Mgr. Pavlína Uhrová (student)


Integral part of the study programmes of III. level at the Faculty of Arts is the faculty offer of elective courses for doctoral students. It is updated for each academic year so that the students during their studies, especially in the first and second years, could sign up for several courses of their choice. Interdisciplinarity and methodology of scientific work are emphasised during the preparation of the offer. More details concerning the current offer including the information sheets are found in AIS2.

b) - The institution compiles the recommended study plans for individual study paths.

The complete text of the study programme with all the required information and course information sheets is provided on the study programme website. The study plan contains blocks of compulsory and compulsory elective courses with the recommended year and semester of their implementation, the educational methods used, the names of the persons providing the courses, the ECTS allocation, the range and form of the courses, and if required, prerequisites. For each block of compulsory elective courses, instruction on the selection of courses is provided so that the student can shape the pathway of their studies. The information sheets for each course contain, among other items, the following:

-      detailed conditions for the completion of the course,

-      grading scale set in accordance with the IQAS CU to achieve a minimum level of 60% for successful completion of the course,

-      syllabus of the course,

-      learning outcomes,

-      compulsory literature is available online or in the Library of the Faculty of Arts of Comenius University in Bratislava.

c) - The study plan generally states:

The learning outcomes, conditions, and assessment criteria are described in detail within the information sheets for the courses of the study programme.

-      methods by which the educational activity is delivered – present, distant, combined (in accordance with the Course information sheets),

Educational activities are carried out in a full-time and combined method if necessary also by distance learning. The course information sheets provide further specifications.

-      outline/syllabus of the course,

The outline/syllabus is included in the course information sheets of the study programme. A detailed course syllabus will be given to the student in each course at the beginning of the respective semester.

-      student workload ("extent" of individual courses and educational activities separately),

The student workload is further defined within the course information sheets of the study programme. The workload of all courses is defined in accordance with the ECTS recommendations as follows: 1 credit = 25–30 hours of work.

-      credits allocated to each part based on the learning outcomes achieved and the workload involved,

The credits allocated to each part based on the learning outcomes achieved and the workload involved are mentioned in the course information sheets of the study program.

-      the person responsible for the course (or a partner organization/person) with an indication of the contact details,

Persons providing individual courses of the study programme are mentioned in the course information sheets. Contact details of the individual persons providing the course are given in section 7.

-      course teachers (or participating partner organizations/persons) (may also be mentioned in Course information sheets),

Course teachers are mentioned within the course information sheets and in section 7 of the Description of the study programme.

-      places where the courses are taught (if the study programme is delivered at several workplaces).

The courses are held at the premises of Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Arts, Gondova 2, Šafárikovo námestie 6; and in the spaces of the external educational institution – Institute of History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Klemensova 19.. The verification of sufficient spatial provision of the study programme is covered by the Internal Regulation of Comenius University No. 23/2021, Art. 111–116.

d) - The institution states the number of credits, the achievement of which is a condition for proper completion of studies and other requirements that the student must meet within the study programme and for its proper completion, including the requirements for state examinations, rules for re-study and rules for the extension, interruption of study.
The total number of ECTS credits required for the full completion of doctoral studies is 240 at the four-year standard length of external study. Credits for the dissertation examination and the successful dissertation thesis defence are included. The standard workload of a external doctoral student during an academic year is considered to be the performance of activities corresponding to 48 credits. In the external form of doctoral studies, a doctoral student must obtain a minimum of 30 credits in order to progress to each subsequent year. The student receives 20 credits for successful completion of the dissertation examination and 30 credits for the second part of the state examination, which is the successful dissertation thesis defence. Credits for the dissertation examination must be earned by the doctoral student in the external form of a study by the end of the fourth year at the latest; the period of interruption of the studies is not included. The student is obliged to apply in writing for the dissertation examination no later than 30 months after the beginning of the study; the condition for the dissertation examination is the acquisition of at least 60 credits. The conditions for the proper completion of studies, including the conditions of state examinations, rules for the repetition of studies, and rules for the extension and interruption of studies, are defined in the Study Regulations of the Faculty of Arts CU (Internal Regulation of Faculty of Arts. CU No. 11/2023, second and third parts).
e) - For individual study plans, the institution states the requirements for completing the individual parts of the study programme and the student's progress within the study programme in the given structure:

-      number of credits for compulsory courses required for proper completion of studies/completion of a part of studies: 24

-      number of credits for compulsory optional courses required for the proper completion of studies/completion of a part of studies: 12

-      number of credits for creative activity in science and research required for the proper completion of studies/completion of a part of studies: 70

-      the number of credits for final theses—thesis for the dissertation examination, dissertation thesis—and their defence, required for the proper completion of studies: 20 + 30 = 50

The sum of the above minimum number of credits in the individual parts of the study programme is lower than the total number of credits required for the proper completion of the doctoral studies (156 ‹ 240), which means that the student must obtain more than the prescribed minimum number of credits in some part(s) of the study programme.

f) - The institution describes the rules for verification of learning outcomes, students assessment and the possibilities of appealing against the assessment.

The relevant rules on learning outcomes and student assessment and the possibilities for remedial actions are available in the documents:

·        Internal Regulation of the Faculty of Arts CU No. 11/2023- Study Regulations, Art. 11, 12, 14, 15, 29-35.

·        Internal Regulation of Comenius University No. 12/2013 - Guideline of the Rector of Comenius University Bratislava on the basic requirements of final theses, rigorous theses and habilitation theses, originality check, storing and accessibility at the Comenius University Bratislava, Art. 3(1), (2), and (4), Art. 5–8

·        Internal Regulation of Comenius University Bratislava No. 23/2021 - Internal Quality Assurance System for Higher Education at Comenius University Bratislava, Art. 54-59

Decree No 614/2002 Coll. on the credit system of studies, Art. 6

The study programme of III. level Slovak History has precisely defined and previously published rules, criteria, and methods of assessment of learning outcomes in the information sheets of individual courses as prescribed by the above-mentioned internal regulations and the Decree on credit system study. At the Faculty, course information sheets of all study programmes are accessible via the Academic Information System (AIS2) and published on study programme website.

Among other details, the course information sheet provides the student with advance access to information on the type, scope and form of educational activities, the course requirements, the learning outcomes, the course syllabus, and recommended literature. The results of assessments of individual courses of the study programme are recorded in the Academic Information System (AiS2) and archived according to the regulations:

·        Comenius University No. 1/2006 - Registrar's Regulations and registrary Plan,

·        Internal Regulation of the Faculty of Arts CU No. 11/2023- Study Regulations of Faculty of Arts CU, Annex 2, Art. 2(2) and (3).

g) - Conditions for recognition of studies or a part of studies.

The relevant rules are available in the documents:

·         Internal Regulation of Faculty of Arts CU No. 11/2023 - Study Regulations, Articles 18-19:

·         Decree No. 614/2002 Coll. on credit system study, Art. 4(2), (3), Art. 7, Annex 1–4

Detailed information on mobility and credit recognition is also available on a separate faculty website and can also be obtained from the mobility coordinator of the study programme. The University and the Faculty have separate departments providing support for mobility programmes (the Department for European Projects and Erasmus+ programme of Comenius University and the International Relations Office of Faculty of Arts CU). A separate guideline governs the operation of the organizational units of the University and the faculty:

·         Internal Regulation of CU No. 3/2016, Guideline of the Rector of CU on the competence of CU and its faculties in the framework of the European Community Erasmus+ programme

The flexibility of study pathways and the achievement of learning outcomes are ensured by the fact that the individual study plan of the doctoral student in the study programme is drawn up by the supervisor in cooperation with the doctoral student, taking into account the student’s specialization and the topic of the dissertation project. Students of the study programme will have the opportunity to take advantage of international mobility programmes, including the jointly supervised doctoral programme (cotutelle), as well as through inter-faculty mobility programmes and elective courses of another faculty which they will be able to enrol in based on the study contract (Internal Regulation No. 11/2023 - Study Regulations, Art. 8(6)(a) and (f)).The rules of Comenius University and its Faculty of Arts respect the transfer and recognition of credits acquired during a mobility programme. A course taken at the receiving University which is comparable in content and scope to a course taken at the sending faculty and which the student takes as part of approved academic mobility will automatically be recognized as completed (compulsory course, compulsory elective course, or elective course).

According to the Study Regulations of Faculty of Arts CU, Art. 17(1), the student has the right to apply for a change of study programme within the same field of study at Comenius University, thus ensuring the possibility of flexible study pathways. Subsequently, the Study Regulations of Faculty of Arts CU, Art. 18, regulate the conditions for the recognition of studies and parts of studies completed in the past, specifying both the length of the period and the level of assessment that allows the assessment to be recognized.

According to the Internal Regulation of Faculty of Arts CU No. 11/2023, Art. 19, the Faculty of Arts CU allows students to transfer credits acquired while completing part of their studies at another higher education institution in the Slovak Republic or at a higher education institution abroad (student mobility) in the number of credits accumulated by the student pursuant to § 4(3) of the Decree on credit system study.

The mobility coordinators:

Mgr. Stanislava Kuzmová, MA, PhD.; stanislava.kuzmova@uniba.sk; Department of Slovak History, S-407, Faculty of Arts Comenius University, Gondova 2, 811 02 Bratislava 1; https://fphil.uniba.sk/katedry-a-odborne-pracoviska/ksd/studium/medzinarodne-mobility/

doc. PhDr. Ján Dolák, Ph.D.; jan.dolak@uniba.sk; Department of Archive Studies and Museology, S-404, Faculty of Arts Comenius University, Gondova 2, 811 02 Bratislava 1; https://fphil.uniba.sk/katedry-a-odborne-pracoviska/kam/studium/erasmus/

h) - The institution states the topics of final theses of the study programme (or a link to the list).

Topics of the final theses of the study programme are listed on the website of the Department of Slovak History: https://fphil.uniba.sk/katedry-a-odborne-pracoviska/ksd/uchadzaci-o-studium/doktorandske-studium/

Department of Archive Studies and Museology: https://fphil.uniba.sk/katedry-a-odborne-pracoviska/kam/studium/doktorandske-studium/

and on the website of the external educational institute - Institute of History of Slovak Academy of Sciences: http://www.history.sav.sk/index.php?id=temy-doktorandskeho-studia

i) - The institution describes or refers to:

The final theses: the thesis for the dissertation examination and the dissertation thesis play a crucial role in completing the studies of the III. level study programme Slovak History. Their form and rules for their assignment, processing, opposition, defence, and evaluation are regulated by the internal regulations of the University and the Faculty:

•            Internal Regulation of Faculty of Arts CU No. 11/ 2023 - Study Regulations, Art. 30-35

•            Internal Regulation of CU No. 12/2013, Guideline of the Rector of Comenius University in Bratislava on the basic requirements of final theses, rigorous theses, and habilitation theses, originality check, storing and accessibility at

Comenius University in Bratislava

•            The timing of the dissertation thesis topics as well as the admission procedure for doctoral studies is regulated by the Internal Regulation of CU No. 4/2021, Rules of the Admission Procedure at Comenius University in Bratislava, Art. 11,

and Internal Regulation of CU No. 23/2021, Internal Quality Assurance System of Higher Education of Comenius University in Bratislava, Art. 53

•            Listing of the topics of dissertation theses is published on the website of Faculty of Arts CU


-      opportunities and procedures for participation in student mobility,

Students of the III. level study programme Slovak History are provided with access and support to participate in domestic and international mobility and internships. The International Relations Office assists students in this respect by providing administrative support and advice in student exchange programmes, internships, and promoting international mobility. The Erasmus+ Office at the Comenius University is available to students within Comenius University. The Department of Slovak History, Department of Archival Studies and Museology implement exchanges via Erasmus+ mobility (teaching, administrative, combined and student mobility and internships) and bilateral agreements with the following universities: Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen; University of Sts Cyrill and Methodius, Veliko Tarnovo; Southern Bohemian University in České Budějovice; Silesian University in Opava, University of Hradec Králové; University of Zagreb, Zagreb; Jagiellonian University in Krakow; Central European University; University of Gdańsk in Gdansk; Masaryk University in Brno; University of Ostrava in Ostrava; University of J. E. Purkyně in Ústí nad Labem; Charles University in Prague; University of West Attica in Athens. Specific universities and contact information are available on the website. The procedures for participation in student mobility are defined in the Internal Regulation of CU No. 3/2016, Guideline of the Rector of CU on the competence of CU and its faculties in the framework of the European Community Erasmus+ programme, Art. 4(7) to (8), (11) to (13), (15) to (16)


-      rules for adherence to academic ethics and rules for drawing consequences,

There is a number of regulations within the CU and the Faculty of Arts CU that define the rules for adherence to academic ethics and drawing consequences for all members of the academic community. These are the following:

•            Internal Regulation of CU No. 12/2013, Guideline of the Rector of Comenius University in Bratislava on the basic requirements of final theses, rigorous theses, and habilitation theses, originality check, storing and accessibility at

Comenius University in Bratislava, Art. 3(4), Art. 8(9) and (10)

•            Internal Regulation of CU No. 23/2021, Internal Quality Assurance System of Higher Education of Comenius University in Bratislava, Art. 68–83

•            Internal Regulation of CU No. 13/2018, Disciplinary Rules of Comenius University in Bratislava for Students, Art. 3(6)(m), (n), (p) and Art. 4–10

•            Internal Regulation of Faculty of Arts CU No. 13/2019, Code of Conduct, Art. 3–4, 7

It is also stipulated in the course information sheets of the study programme that a breach of academic ethics results in the annulment of the points obtained in the relevant item of assessment.

Meetings of the Disciplinary Committee of Faculty of Arts CU for Students are governed by the Rules of Procedure: Internal Regulation of CU No. 14/2018, Rules of Procedure of the Disciplinary Committee of Comenius University in Bratislava for Students

The disciplinary proceedings conducted in the last two academic years within the Faculty are published on the website:

https://fphil.uniba.sk/o-fakulte/disciplinarna-komisia-pre-studentov/realizovane-disciplinarne-konania/


-      procedures applicable to students with special needs,

To support applicants and students with special needs, the Faculty has a coordinator doc. PhDr. Milica Schraggeová, CSc. and the Center supporting students with special needs of CU (hereinafter also referred to as "CSS"). Their activities are regulated by the Internal Regulation of CU No. 23/2021, Internal Quality Assurance System of Higher Education of Comenius University in Bratislava, Art. 42

Detailed information and CSS services are available to students on the website of CU: https://cezap.sk/

Ensuring fair, transparent and consistent evaluation of results at the Faculty, fairly applied to all students with particular emphasis on students with special needs is also ensured by the Internal Regulation of Faculty of Arts CU No. 13/2019, Code of Conduct, Art. 3(3),

In accordance with the Rules of the Admission Procedure, applicants with special needs are allowed, upon their written request, a special way of taking the admission examination, taking into account their special needs, in cooperation with the Center supporting students with special needs of CU.

The course of study and its assessment are adapted to the needs of students with special needs in the study programme in accordance with the objectives of the Center supporting students with special needs of CU, in which the Faculty is represented through its coordinator.

Comenius University in Bratislava cooperates with the Support Centre for Visually Impaired Students, which provides services in processing study literature and providing computer technology. In recent years, the Faculty has worked intensively on removing barriers from its buildings, which has greatly accommodated students with special needs (adjusted entrances to individual buildings, elevator access, and complete barrier removal from the building on Štúrova ulica).


-      procedures for filing complaints and appeals by students.

The relevant rules on complaints and appeals are defined in the following regulations:

•             Internal Regulation of CU No. 23/2021, Internal Quality Assurance System of Higher Education of Comenius University in Bratislava, Art. 61–65

•             Internal Regulation of Comenius University No. 23/2022 Guideline of the Rector of Comenius University on the handling of complaints at CU. 

5. - Course information sheets of the study programme
In the structure according to Decree no. 614/2002 Coll.

Course information sheets are available in AIS2 and published on the study programme website

6. - Current academic year plan and current schedule
(or hyperlink).

·        Current academic year schedule.

·        The schedule of the academic year is designed in accordance with the Internal Internal Regulation of Faculty of Arts CU No. 11/2023 - Study Regulations of the Comenius University Bratislava, Faculty of Arts.

·        The current course schedule is available in AIS.

7. - Persons responsible for the study programme
a) - A person responsible for the delivery, development, and quality of the study programme (indicating the position and contact details).

prof. PhDr. Roman Holec, DrSc., function: guarantor; contact: roman.holec@uniba.sk, Department of Slovak History, Faculty of Arts, Gondova 2, 811 02 Bratislava

https://www.portalvs.sk/regzam/detail/3963

b) - List of persons responsible for the profile courses of the study programme with the assignment to the course and provided with a link to the central Register of university staff and with contact details (they may also be listed in the study plan).

Persons responsible for core courses are listed in the study plan, core courses are marked with the abbreviation 'C': http://ais2.uniba.sk/repo2/repository/default/ais/studijneplany/aktualnyAR/FiF/EN/dSD-x.xml

Links to the Central register of university staff can be found in the „VUPCH“ (research/art/teacher profiles) of individual teachers, which are accessible through AIS2. Contact information of teachers is also available on the departmental websites.

c) - Reference to the research/art/teacher profiles of persons responsible for the profile courses of the study programme.

Research/art/teacher profiles of persons responsible for the profile courses are available in https://ais2.uniba.sk/ais/start.do

d) - List of teachers of the study programme with the assignment to the course and provided with a link to the central Register of university staff and with contact details (may be a part of the study plan).

Persons responsible for courses are listed in the study plan: http://ais2.uniba.sk/repo2/repository/default/ais/studijneplany/aktualnyAR/FiF/EN/dSD-x.xml

Links to the Central register of university staff can be found in the „VUPCH“ (research/art/teacher profiles) of individual teachers, which are accessible through AIS2. Contact information of teachers is also available on the departmental websites.

e) - List of the supervisors of final theses with the assignment to topics (indicating the contact details).

Supervisors of doctoral students are above-mentioned teachers of the study programme and the following supervisors from the external educational insitution of the Institute of History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences:

PhDr. Eva Kowalská, DrSc.; http://www.history.sav.sk/index.php?id=eva-kowalska; eva.kowalska@savba.sk

PhDr. Tünde Lengyelová, PhD.; http://www.history.sav.sk/index.php?id=tunde-lengyelova; tunde.lengyelova@savba.sk

PhDr. Miroslav Sabol, PhD.; http://www.history.sav.sk/index.php?id=miroslav-sabol; miroslav.sabol@savba.sk

PhDr. Jaroslava Roguľová, PhD.; http://www.history.sav.sk/index.php?id=jaroslava-rogulova; jaroslava.rogulova@savba.sk

Mgr. Gabriela Dudeková Kováčová, PhD.; http://www.history.sav.sk/index.php?id=gabriela-dudekova; gabriela.dudekova@savba.sk

Mgr. Diana Duchoňová, PhD.; http://www.history.sav.sk/index.php?id=diana-duchonova; histdidi@savba.sk

Mgr. Matej Hanula, PhD.; http://www.history.sav.sk/index.php?id=matej-hanula; matej.hanula@savba.sk

Mgr. Tomáš Janura, PhD.; http://www.history.sav.sk/index.php?id=tomas-janura; histjanu@savba.sk


Topics of the final theses of the study programme are listed on the websites of the Department of Slovak History: https://fphil.uniba.sk/katedry-a-odborne-pracoviska/ksd/uchadzaci-o-studium/doktorandske-studium/

Department of Archive Studies and Museology: https://fphil.uniba.sk/katedry-a-odborne-pracoviska/kam/studium/doktorandske-studium/

and on the website of the external educational institute - Institute of History of Slovak Academy of Sciences: http://www.history.sav.sk/index.php?id=temy-doktorandskeho-studia

g) - Student representatives representing the interests of students of the study programme (name and contact details).

Mgr. Pavlína Uhrová, member of the council of the study programme, habova12@uniba.sk

h) - Study advisor of the study programme (indicating contact details and information on the access to counseling and on the schedule of consultations).
i) - Other supporting staff of the study programme – assigned study officer, career counselor, administration, accommodation department, etc. (with contact details).

·         At the Faculty, there’s the Department of Postgraduate Studies with adequate staff, expertise, and financial security. The specialized supporting staff in this department, whose competence and numbers correspond to the needs of students and teachers of the study programme in relation to the educational objectives and outcomes, provide tutoring, counselling, administrative, and other support services and related activities for students of study programmes of the III. level (contacts to the staff of the department are listed on the Faculty’s website). The responsibilities and competences of the department are regulated in the organizational regulations of Faculty of Arts CU - Internal Regulation of Faculty of Arts CU No. 7/2023, Art. 21.

·         With related issues, students can turn to the Office at the Department of Slovak History and Department of Archive Studies and Museology of Faculty of Arts CU: Jana Štrbová jana.strbova@uniba.sk; +421 2 9013 2012; Šafárikovo námestie 6, 4th floor, Š426; office hours: Mon - Fri 9:30 - 12:30 (during academic year), Mon - Fri 9:00 - 10:30 (during vacation)

·         Accommodation at the Faculty of Arts CU is the responsibility of the registrar:

PhDr. Martin Čičilla, Faculty of Arts CU, Gondova ulica 2, 811 02 Bratislava 1, Phone: +421 2 9013 1310, E-mail: martin.cicilla@uniba.sk. All accommodation information is available on the website of CU.

8. - Spatial, material, and technical provision of the study programme and support
a) - List and characteristics of the study programme classrooms and their technical equipment with the assignment to learning outcomes and courses (laboratories, design and art studios, studios, workshops, interpreting booths, clinics, priest seminaries, science and technology parks, technology incubators, school enterprises, practice centers, training schools, classroom-training facilities, sports halls, swimming pools, sports grounds).

Students of the study programme of III. level Slovak History are provided with sufficient spatial, material, technical, and informational resources of the study programme, which are a guarantee for achieving the learning objectives and outcomes. The Faculty provides the teaching of the study program in the building on Šafárikovo nám. 6, where the Department of Slovak History and the Department of Archive Studies and Museology are situated on the fourth floor;; in the building at Klemensova ul. 19, where the Historical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences is situated.

The building on Gondova ulica has 54 classrooms with a capacity of 1,331 seats and an area of 1,953m2; the building at Šafárikovo nám. has 7 classrooms available with capacity of 325 seats and an area of 428m2, the building at Múzejná ul. has 20 classrooms with capacity of 724 seats and an area of 1, 003m2. Recently, all classrooms have been modernized both technically and didactically and equipped with new equipment. Of the total number of classrooms, ten classrooms have a capacity of 65 to 120 seats, while the remaining classrooms have a capacity of 20 to 35 seats and are intended for teaching smaller study groups. Most of the classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and video projectors (detailed statistics on technical support and equipment for individual academic years are given in the annual reports of the Faculty). Each classroom has a port to connect to the internet. When creating the schedule for the following academic year, individual teachers participating in the implementation of the teaching of the study programme shall request the allocation of teaching spaces with installed information devices. The Faculty meets all the requirements in this regard.

On the faculty premises, there are computers available exclusively for students. Students can use computers and connect to the internet also in the Library of the Faculty of Arts CU.

Comenius University in Bratislava cooperates with the Support Centre for Visually Impaired Students, which provides services in processing study literature and providing computer technology. In recent years, the Faculty has worked intensively on removing barriers from its buildings, which has greatly accommodated students with special needs (adjusted entrances to individual buildings and elevator access).

The expansion of physical activities offered for students and employees of Faculty of Arts CU in Bratislava is provided by the Centre of Physical Education and Sports Activities of the Faculty of Arts CU, which has several sports grounds at its disposal.

Cooperation with special teaching facilities in practical teaching is regulated by the Internal Regulation of the Comenius University No. 23/2021 - Internal Quality Assurance System of Higher Education of the Comenius University Bratislava, ninth part.

b) - Characteristics of the study programme information management (access to study literature according to Course information sheets, access to information databases and other information sources, information technologies, etc.).

The literature listed in the course information sheets is available online, via MS TEAMS and Moodle (presentations, in some cases also manuscripts and unpublished university textbooks of teachers), or in the Library of the Faculty of Arts CU (hereinafter also referred to as "Library"). Literature in the Library’s holdings is searchable through the Library’s online catalogue, where it is possible to check the availability of individual copies. In case of an insufficient number of copies or need for acquisition of new literature, students and teachers may use the request/book proposal option. The Library also provides access to several external electronic resources.

The Library is the largest library and information workplace at Comenius University and it fulfils the function of an educational, scientific, and information workplace. The central workplaces of the Library are situated in the annex of the Comenius University on Múzejná ulica. Readers have access to a central lending library, a study room for textbooks, and a reading room for journals. During the semester, the library is open until 6 pm. A comprehensive reconstruction and modernization of the reading areas were carried out in 2009. The modernization of the premises has significantly improved the conditions for full-time study; the number of study spots in the study room has doubled (from the original 30 to 64), and the collection at hand for full-time study has been significantly expanded (from the original 3,500 books to 9,000). The construction modifications to the lending library have allowed for increasing the handling and storage space for outside-of-library borrowings, expanding the reading room for journals, and placing computers for students. All reading areas offer wi-fi connections, power sockets, and self-service photocopiers. The library stock consists of approximately 500,000 library units. Annual growth in recent years has been fairly stable, ranging from 7,000 to 9,000 library units. The Library subscribes to 249 journals; in addition to traditional print periodicals, library users have access to full texts of approximately 48,000 electronic journals and approximately 440,000 electronic books, which are available via the Comenius University Academic Library website. The library grants around 90,000 borrowings per year.

c) - Characteristics and extent of distance education applied in the study programme with the assignment to courses. Access, manuals of e-learning portals. Procedures for the transition from contact teaching to distance learning.

·         MS TEAMS manual for students

·         MS TEAMS manual for teachers

·         E-learning portal Moodle

·         Video tutorials for distance learning

The procedures for the transition from full-time to distance education are regulated by the internal regulations of Comenius University in Bratislava and the Faculty of Arts CU in Bratislava, which are published on the faculty’s website.

d) - Institution partners in providing educational activities for the study programme and the characteristics of their participation.

The study programme of III. level Slovak History is implemented in cooperation with the Institute of History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, with which the Faculty of Arts CU has concluded a Framework Cooperation Agreement with an external educational institution (Institute of History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences) in the implementation of the doctoral study programme Slovak History.

e) - Characteristics of the possibilities for social, sports, cultural, spiritual and social activities.

Students' handbook - section 4.8 and 4.9.

f) - Possibilities and conditions for participation of the study programme students in mobilities and internships (indicating contact details), application instructions, rules for recognition of this education.

Students of the study programme are provided with access and support to participate in domestic and international mobility and internships. The International Relations Office assists students in this respect by providing administrative support and advice in student exchange programmes, internships, and promoting international mobility. The Erasmus+ Office at the Comenius University is available to students within Comenius University. The most significant share of student exchanges is accounted for by mobility under the Erasmus+ programmes, scholarships awarded by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic on the basis of bilateral agreements, and scholarships under the CEEPUS programme (Central European Exchange Programme for University Studies). Mobility also takes place on the basis of other types of agreements: bilateral agreements between universities concluded at the university or faculty level, intergovernmental and international interdepartmental agreements in education (administered by the Slovak Academic Information Agency), the National Scholarship Programme, International Visegrad Fund scholarships, and individual scholarships. The position of the University and its faculties in relation to Erasmus+ mobility programmes at CU is regulated by the Internal Regulation of CU No. 3/2016 on the competence of CU and its faculties within the European Community Erasmus+ programme. In connection with the implementation of international mobility, the Faculty has established a system of recognition of courses and transfer of credits acquired at foreign universities (Art. 19 of the Internal Regulation of Faculty of Arts CU No. 5/2020, Study Regulations of Faculty of Arts CU).

9. - Required abilities and admission requirements for the study programme applicants
a) - Required abilities and necessary admission requirements.

The abilities and requirements necessary for admission are assessed by the admissions committee based on the submitted dissertation project and the course of the admission examination. Information about the admission procedure is published on the faculty website.


b) - Admission procedures.

The admissions committee shall apply a point system in the evaluation of applicants and use a uniform procedure to ensure objectivity, fairness, and equal opportunity by means of a uniform form of admissions record, based on which the Dean decides whether the applicant shall or shall not be admitted.

c) - Results of the admission process over the last period.

The results of the admission process for the last period are published on the Faculty's website.

10. - Feedback on the quality of provided education
a) - Procedures for monitoring and evaluating students' opinions on the study programme quality.
b) - Results of student feedback and related measures to improve the study programme quality.

The results of student feedback are reviewed by the faculty management, by the Dean’s Collegium, and at the level of the study programme council. Study programme council reviews the relevance of suggestions and comments on teachers, courses, and the study programme. Relevant comments are an incentive for the efficiency and overall improvement of the study programme. Each semester, the results of student feedback are commented on by all interested parties (faculty management, study department, the director of the Faculty of Arts Library, the student section of the Academic Senate and study programme council). Statements on the student feedback are published on the faculty website. Individual teachers of the study programme may also respond to students’ comments directly in the survey form and provide them with immediate feedback. The review of the student survey is also part of the faculty annual report.

c) - Results of graduate feedback and related measures to improve the study programme quality.

·       Measures to improve the quality of the study programme shall be implemented in accordance with the regulations of Part II of IQAS CU (Internal Regulation No. 23/2021) 

·       Surveys of employability of graduates of Faculty of Arts CU 

·       Club of graduates—Alumni Club

·       The Department of Slovak History, Department of Archive Studies and Museology of Faculty of Arts CU take into account the results of feedback from students, graduates, and visiting lecturers and responds to them by continuously updating the study programme.

 

11. - References to other relevant internal regulations and information concerning the study or the study programme student