Doctoral State Examinations

After all particular study obligations have been completed, it is also required to pass the State Final PhD Examination, in order to successfully complete the PhD studies.

Information from the Accreditation

The studies are completed with the State PhD Examination and dissertation defence, which are to prove the aspirant’s capacity and preparedness to conduct autonomous research.

The State PhD Examination is conducted in oral form in front of a panel of experts. The State PhD Examination is conducted in the form of an academic discussion; this discussion is not only about the doctorands’ autonomous study activities, but also about inspecting their general awareness of their specialization, specifically the extent to which they are prepared for autonomous scientific activities within the specialization of their PhD studies. The Examination is divided into two parts.

The first part is in the form of an academic discussion of studied literature. The Information Science Programme Board regularly updates the list of academic literature for the State PhD Examination, and every student is to study six chosen foreign titles, and, according to their specialization, to choose two others (the list of titles does not overlap with the Information Science exam). The second part of the examination is a discussion within the boundaries of the academic fields associated with the topics of the student’s dissertation.

Reading List

Information Science and Librarianship

  • BAEZA-YATES, Ricardo, RIBEIRO-NETO, Berthier. Modern information retrieval: the concepts and technology behind search. 2nd ed. New York: Addison Wesley, 2011. xxx, 913 s. ISBN 978-0-321-41691-9 (brož.). 0-321-41691-0 (brož.)
  • BORGMAN, Ch. L. Scholarship in Digital Age: Information, Infrastrukture, and Internet. 1st ed. Cambridge (Mass): MIT Press, 2007. xxi, 319 s. 978-0-262-02619-2 (váz.). ISBN 0-262-02619-8 (váz.). ISBN 978-0-262-51490-3 (brož.). ISBN 0-262-51490-7 (brož.). ISBN 978-0-262-25578-3 (Online). ISBN 0-262-25578-2 (Online).
  • BREITMAN, Karin Koogan, CASANOVA, Marco Antonio, TRUSZKOWSKI, Walter. Semantic web: concepts, technologies and applications. 1st ed. London: Springer, 2007. xiv, 327 s. doi:10.1007/978-1-84628-710-7. ISBN 1-84628-581-X (váz.). ISBN 978-1-84628-581-3 (váz.). ISBN 1-84628-710-3 (Online). ISBN 978-1-84628-710-7 (Online).
  • BROWN, John Seely – DUGUID, Paul. The Social Life of Information. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2000. 330 s.
  • CLEVELAND, Donald. Introduction to indexing and abstracting. Englewood: Libraries Unlimited, 2001. ISBN 1-56308-641-7. Englewood: Libraries Unlimited, 2001. ISBN 1-56308-641-7.
  • CROWLEY, William A. Renewing professional librarianship: a fundamental rethinking. 1st pub. Westport: Libraries Unlimited, © 2008. ix, 173 s. Beta Phi Mu monograph series. ISBN 978-1-59158-554-1.
  • GILCHRIST, Alan. Information science in transition. London: Facet, 2009. 401 s. ISBN 978-1-85604-693-0.
  • HJORLAND, Birger. Information seeking and subject representation : An Activity-Theoretical Approach to Information Science. Greenwood Press, 1997. 213 s.
  • NEIL, Samuel D. Dilemmas in the study of information: exploring the boundaries of information science. 1st pub. New York: Greenwood Press, 1992. xv, 184 s.
  • OLSGAARD, John. Principles and Applications of Information Science. Chicago: London, 1989, 142 s.
  • ROWLEY, Jennifer E., HARTLEY, Richard J. Organizing knowledge: an introduction to managing access to information. 4th ed. Aldershot (GB): Ashgate,© 2008. 367 s. ISBN 978-0-7546-4431-6. ISBN 0-7546-4431-6.
  • RUBIN, Richard. Foundation of library and information science. 3rd ed. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2010. 471 s. ISBN 978-1-55570-690-6.
  • SVENONIUS, Elaine. The intellectual foundation of information organization. Cambridge: MIT, 2000. ISBN 0-262-19433-3.
  • WOODSWORTH, Anne (ed.). Librarianship in times of crisis. Bingley: Emerald Group, 2011. Advances in librarianship. Vol. 34. ISBN 978-1-78052-390-3.

Book Culture

  • BLAIR, Ann. Too Much To Know: Managing Scholarly Information Before the Modern Age. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010. 397 s. ISBN 978-0-300-16539-5
  • BURKE, Peter. Společnost a vědění: Od Gutenberga k Diderotovi. Praha: Karolinum, 2007. 304 s. ISBN 978-80-246-1319-2
  • FINKELSTEIN, David a MCCLEERY, Alistair. An introduction to book history. Second edition. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2013. viii, 166 stran. ISBN 978-0-415-68805-5
  • FEBVRE, Lucien – MARTIN, Henri-Jean. The Coming of the Book: the Impact of Printing, 1450-1800. London: Verso, 2010. 378 s. ISBN 9781844676347
  • HOWSAM, Leslie. Old Books & New Histories: An Orientation to Studies in Book and Print Culture. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006. 112 s. ISBN 978-0-8020-9438-4
  • CHARTIER, Roger – CAVALLO, Guglielmo (eds.). A History of Reading in the West. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2003. 478 s. ISBN 0745619363
  • CHARTIER, Roger. The Author’s Hand and the Printer’s Mind: Transformations of the Written Word in Early Modern Europe. Cambridge: Polity, 2014. 231 s. ISBN 978-0-7456-5601-4
  • JOHNSTON, Michael, ed. a VAN DUSSEN, Michael, ed. The medieval manuscript book: cultural approaches. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. xi, 302 stran. ISBN 978-1-107-68598-7.
  • LEVY, Michelle, ed. – MOLE, Tom ed. The Broadview Reader in Book History. Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2015. ISBN 978-1-55481-088-8
  • LEVY, Michelle – MOLE, Tom. The Broadview Introduction to Book History. Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2007. 229 s. ISBN 978-1-4881-0420-6
  • MARTIN, Henri-Jean. The History and Power of Writing. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1994.
  • MCKENZIE, D. F. Bibliography and the sociology of texts. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.
  • MCKITTERICK, David. Print, Manuscript and the Search for Order: 1450-1830. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. 328 s. ISBN 52182690
  • MCLUHAN, Marshall. The Gutenberg Galaxy: the Making of Typographic Man. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002. 293 s. ISBN 978-0-8020-6041-9
  • ŠMEJKALOVÁ, Jiřina. Cold war books in the ‚other‘ Europe and what came after. Leiden: Brill, 2011. xii, 409 stran. ISBN 978-90-04-18745-0
  • TANSELLE, G. Thomas. Bibliographical Analysis: A Historical Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. 167 s. ISBN 978-1-4441-7762-6
  • TOWHEED, Shafquat, ed., CRONE, Rosalind, ed. a HALSEY, Katie, ed. The history of reading: a reader. New York: Routledge, 2011. xiii, 454 s. ISBN 978-0-415-48421-3
  • VOIT, Petr. Český knihtisk mezi pozdní gotikou a renesancí I, II. Praha: KLP 2013 a Academia 2017. ISBN 978-80-8679198-2, 978-80-200-2752-8.

New Media

  • AARSETH, ESPEN. Cybertext: perspectives on ergodic literature. Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997 ISBN: 9780801855795
  • BIJKER, WIEBE E., HUGHES, THOMAS P. The Social Construction of Technological Systems. New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 1987. ISBN 0-262-02262-1
  • BOGOST, IAN. Persuasive Games: The Expressive Power of Videogames. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2007 ISBN: 9780262026147
  • BOLTER, Jay David. Remediation: understanding new media. Cambridge: MIT Press, c1999, xi, 295 s. ISBN 02-625-2279-9.
  • FUCHS, CHRISTIAN. Foundations of critical media and information studies. New York: Routledge, 2011 ISBN: 9781136825316
  • HAYLES, KATHERINE, N. How We Became Posthuman. Chicago, London: The University of Chicago Press, 1999. ISBN 0-226-32146-0
  • JENKINS, HENRY. Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. New York: New York University Press, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-0-8147-4281-5
  • JUUL, JESPER. Half-real: video games between real rules and fictional worlds. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005 ISBN: 9780262101103
  • KOWERT, RACHEL & QUANDT, THORSTEN. The Video Game Debate: Unravelling the Physical, Social, and Psychological Effects of Video Games. Routledge, 2015 ISBN: 9781138831636
  • MANOVICH, Lev. The language of new media. 1st ed. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2002, xxxix, 354 s. ISBN 02-626-3255-1.
  • MITCHELL, W. J. T. Image Science: Iconology, Visual Culture, and Media Aesthetics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018. ISBN-13: 978-0226565842
  • ŠISLER, VÍT., RADDE-ANTWEILER, KERSTIN. & ZEILER, XENIA. Methods for Studying Video Games and Religion. New York, NY: Routledge, 2018 ISBN: 9781138698710
  • VAN DER WEEL, ADRIAAN. Changing our textual minds Towards a digital order of knowledge. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2011. ISBN 978 0 7190 8555 0
  • WARDRIP-FRUIN, NOAH, MONFORT, NICK. The New Media Reader. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2003 ISBN: 9780262232272

Additional Information

The State PhD Examination takes places in accordance with article 10 IV. Study and Examination Code of Charles University in Prague and article 15. Study and Examination code of the Faculty of Arts, Charles University. You can have your State PhD Exam Application printed at the Science Department.

Information regarding the State PhD Examination on the Faculty of Arts website


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