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Albanian Studies (2023-2024)

Study Cycle: Second Cycle (Postgraduate)
Faculty: Languages, Cultures and Communications
Programme Code: ALB-60
Academic year: 2023 / 2024
Title: Master of Albanian Studies
ECTS: 60 (1 year)

The post-graduate program in Albanian Language and Literature has been designed to help students acquire knowledge that will orient them to the professions that are closely related to the field of language, culture, literature and education, as well as skills and competencies for employment in higher levels of the public and private sector.

The graduated students will be able to find jobs in different fields of social and professional life, such as:

Teaching: in language schools, in gymnasiums, in primary and secondary schools, in universities, etc.

Employment: linguists, journalists, lectors in different institutions, translators, interpreters in various different ministries and other governmental bodies, translators/interpreters in various different professional and vocational organizations and institutions, translators/interpreters in the public and private sector, in international organizations, etc.

Knowledge and understanding

With this program, the candidate acquires general knowledge in many linguistic and literary fields, including both the disciplinary and interdisciplinary ones. This will help them become more creative and professional in resolving the linguistic and literary problems and issues.

Applying knowledge and understanding

The corpus of knowledge enables them different job opportunities that encompass a large number of different sectors of the social and professional life. The knowledge can be implemented in the educational sector, working as a teacher in secondary schools as well as an assistant in respective faculties and institutes. They can also work as researchers in the field of linguistics and folklore in different Albanological institutes. They can work as journalists, editors and lectors, as well as linguistic critics for different electronic or printed media, whereupon they can contribute to the application of literary norms. They can work as translators and interpreters in bilingual municipalities, ministries and other governmental institutions, in courts, professional organizations, in the private and public sector, in international organizations, etc.

Making judgement

The students will be able to compose and assess curricula and syllabi in the field of languages and literature for primary and secondary schools. They will also be able to evaluate and compare different translations in various languages, assess the proofreading of different literary, linguistic and journalistic texts, etc. They will also be able to assess creations in terms of composition and content, by identifying the cultural and artistic features of those creations. They can be appointed in some professional juries connected to literature, folklore, and literature; assess linguistic researches, or decide on the best item in a competition. They can also get involved in research teams, create lists of graded readers based on level of difficulty and age, etc.

Communication skills

The students will be able to hold grammar or literature classes within the framework of the curricula in primary and secondary schools. They will also be able to translate scientific texts and literary works from their mother tongue to another language and vice versa. They will be able to participate in scientific discussions, seminars, and conferences in order to further develop and strengthen their knowledge and skills in different sub-fields. They will also be able to write reviews for study programs, textbooks and works of art, poetry and novels. They can also get involved in research teams; create lists of graded readers based on level of difficulty and age, as well as become spokespeople of political parties or any other public or private institution and/or organization. 

Learning skills

The acquired skills will help students represent themselves as future leaders and initiate changes in schools and/or other institutions. In order to achieve the best results, they can introduce themselves with new skills and knowledge; train the others by offering them different professional development courses including spelling, proofreading, essay writing, translation, usage of new technologies and methods in teaching, project preparation, thesis writing, etc. They can also suggest innovations in the schools they are going to work for, such as establishing different sections in terms of Albanian Language and Literature, library, book promotions, etc.        

Semester 1

  • [EM561] [6 ECTS] Theory of Intertextuality
    Course aims: 1. Comparisons of text with another text 2. Technique of finding the similarities and differences of one text with another 3. Intertextual framework of language comparison and texts. 4. The theory of text citation. 5. Dialogism of the texts.
  • [AS0103] [6 ECTS] Albanian Civilization
    The most relevant aspects of the culture of national civilization of the modern Albanian society are presented here. The course offers basic knowledge though some crucial spheres, by analyzing overwhelmingly the literature and culture from a European perspective.
  • [AS0107] [6 ECTS] Etno - Linguistics
    This course deals with the relationship between languages and nations as well as the mutual influence of linguistic and ethnic factors in the development of languages as well as different types of stereotypes. Ethno-linguistics has considerable impact on the language, culture, onomastics, literature, etc.
  • [AS0102] [6 ECTS] Balkan dimension of Albanian Folklore
    This material contains quite a rich and concentrated content of the Albanian and Balkan folklore, through which the high values of the spiritual culture, inherited from our national and regional geniuses are emphasized. These values prove the beauty and geniality of our anonymous creators who were able to present in a very clear and fluent way the rich history of our nation, as well as of the Balkan region.
  • [6 ECTS] General Elective Course
    • [AS0104] Dialectology - Microsystems in contact
    • [EAS0115] Languages in contact
    • [AS0112] Stylistics and Pragmatics
    • [EAS0116] Introduction to General Linguistics
    • [EAS0117] Onomastics
    • [EM562] Word formation in the Albanian language
    • [EM563] Semantics
    • [EM565] Modern Albanian Prose studies
    • [EM566] Modern Albanian Poetry studies
    • [EM567] Comparative Literature
    • [EM561] Theory of Intertextuality

Semester 2

  • [CM216] [24 ECTS] Master Thesis
    The students get into a study program and are focused on the selection of study problems related to their thesis. They collect materials for the thesis; interpret the theoretical and empirical materials and findings by using the adequate qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • [AS0101] [6 ECTS] Research Methodology
    The material of this course deals with the newest forms and methods of modern methodology in learning the Albanian language and literature. In essence, this includes the methods, forms, techniques, organization of the individual research scientific work with its specific characteristics, etc