Doctoral study of Humanities at AMEU – ISH provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to education and a basic knowledge of all fields of the humanities, while directing them in the field of scientific research.

Study programme in Humanities educates intellectuals for argued socio-critical perspective on the processes and practices in society. Students of this programme gain great humanistic education, based on communication skills and self-gain, with which they recognise, interpret and manage knowledge systems and cultural, political and other social practices. The study programme is based on the theory of excellent scientific research and genuine curiosity, while studied research problems mostly concern current human/social needs.

Study as an intellectual challenge and pleasure!

Study duration

3 years


180 ECTS

Acquired title

Doctor of science



Beginning of lectures

October 2017

Study programme in Humanities is educating young specialists into superior methodologically and conceptually equipped professionals, who are capable of independent critical analysis of the concepts and phenomena, which are tied to a specific areas of humanities. The expected learning outcomes are verified through a continuous and systematic mentoring work of teaching staff towards students.

The concept of human sciences enables an interdisciplinary approach in the field of the third degree education, because it offers wide basic knowledge of all fields of humanities, linking anthropological, philosophical and linguistic discipline and, at the same time, encourages students in the field of scientific research. Study programme of the third level of degree in Humanities provides postgraduate students study of disciplines and fields of study that are underrepresented in other Slovenian institutions of higher education; one of the best features of this study programme is offering intersdisciplinarity and electives subjects.


The study programme is structured in a way that it utilises the horizontal and vertical connectivity content to the maximum. Thus structured program can continuously adjust individual study interests. The study programme reflects current needs in a broader international context and seeks to cover the needs of study and contents that are scarsely represented in other European programms.


The programme encourages and supports the studies of students from other countries, and creates opportunities for Slovenian university teachers and researchers for research in areas that are only scarsely represented Slovenian scientific environment, but are, in their own opinion, interesting and needed for their scientific development and development of the issues in their field. It establishes close cooperation and ties with institutions of higher education who are working on the same and similar scientific fields as developed by the AMEU-ISH; it enables postgraduate students to study disciplines and fields that are not available in other Slovenian higher education institutions. We consider this as our most prominent educational vision, as we are closely linking education and research, and continuously follow development of the humanities and introduce new approaches and a new mindset: as the sponsoring member ECHIC, the European Consortium of Humanities, we are also recognised as a humanistic avantguard EZ.

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  • study program provides students with understanding and managing the most compelling epistemological systems knowledge and understanding/interpretation of the results of research, which is primarily focused on current human needs;
  • widespread and in-depth study of disciplines and fields that are not or are barely represented at other Slovenian higher education institutions;
  • organising study programme, which is interesting for students outside Slovenia, particularly from Central and Eastern Europe;
  • study programme that educates young specialists into superior methodological and conceptual equipped professionals, who are capable of independent critical analysis of the concepts and phenomena, which are tied to a specific areas of humanistic science, covered by the study programme;
  • as expected learning outcomes we consider graduates, evolved in highly self-reflective researchers, who have a critical attitude towards the material collected, while maintaining the ethics and sensitivity to the subject of research;
  • ability to integrate the historical perspective, i.e. the ability to integrate historic problems into modern times;
  • the expected learning outcomes of students are verified by means of continuous and systematic mentoring of students, through continuous verification of progress with literature study, with selection of research techniques, with permanent coordinating of activities, leading toward conceptual coherent research;
  • real-time learning outcomes are verified with the help of seminars and in the context of preparation and application of the doctoral thesis topic;
  • obligatory part of the third level study programme of Humanities are fundamental and applied research tasks.
  • capability for independent research; understanding of the key theoretical concepts that define specific subjects;
  • management of scientific apparatus, methods and research techniques (including fieldwork);
  • recognition of epistemological concepts and approaches;
  • understanding of transnational processes, local and global cultural diversity and identity;
  • the ability to articulate theoretical reflection and analysis of interdisciplinary humanities content;
  • historical positioning of the problems and interaction with modern times;
  • competence in writing of humanistic interdisciplinary analytical and scientific texts, popular science and critical texts;
  • qualifications for different forms of knowledge transferring (applied science), public demonstrations, presentations and for dialogue with the media;
  • the ability of critical observation of social cultural processes within the scientific field and at the level of everyday life;
  • application of ethical standards and commitment to professional ethics.

An important benefit of humanistic studies at the doctoral level is that the study is personalised, which means that it is individually adjusted according to the scientific field of each doctoral candidate. This is particularly emphasised at elective subjects, where the student chooses according to his/her field of study/ doctoral thesis.

1st YEAR

1st semester:

Mandatory component of the programme in the first semester is one basic subject (valued with 15 credit points (hereafter CP) and one elective subject (valued with 5 CP), and an individual research work – pre-doctoral thesis, individual research work – preparation for doctoral thesis   , which brings 10 CP.

1 basic subject (15 CP):   Humanistics I.   (various lecturers)

1 elective subject: Interdisciplinatory methodology (5CP)
(various lecturers).


2nd semester:

Mandatory component of the programme in the second semester are one basic subject (valued with 15 ECTS), one elective subject (valued with 5 CP), which is chosen by the student from a list of offered subjects (depending on the selected scientific field of research), and

a doctoral seminar – choosing the topic of doctoral thesis   , which is valued with 10 CP.

1 basic subject (15 CP): Humanistics II.   (various  lecturers)

1 elective subject (depending on the chosen area of ​​research of each candidate) (5 CP).


2nd YEAR

3rd semester:

In the third semester students choose four elective subjects (each valued with 5 CP) from a list of offered subjects and carry out individual research work (doctoral dissertation), which is valued with 10 CP.

4th semester:

In the fourth semester, students have to choose two elective subjects (each is valued with 5 CP) from a list of offered subjects, continue with individual research work (doctoral dissertation), which is valued with 10 CP, and produce a doctoral seminar   (10 CP).

3rd YEAR

5th semester:

In the fifth semester, candidates continue with their doctoral thesis.

6th semester:

In the sixth semester, students complete their doctoral dissertation and defend it.

PhD studies (third cycle) is worth 180 ECTS.

Elective subjects

Module: Study of Art, Visuality and Media

  1. Art and Culture in Times of Neoliberalism and Post-transition, Prof. Dr. Polona Tratnik
  1. Art, Aesthetics and the Future of Living in the City, Prof. Dr. Curtis L. Carter
  1. Art and Life: Philosophical Theories and Artistic Practices, Prof. Dr. Lev Kreft 
  1. Avant-Garde and Art, Prof. Dr. Aleš Erjavec
  2. Critical Aesthetics – Philosophy of Art and Culture from Antiquity to Rancière, Prof. Dr. Aleš Erjavec
  3. Communication and Society, Prof. Dr. Polona Tratnik
  1. Contemporary Art Theories, Prof. Dr. Miodrag Šuvaković (Se preimenuje v Contemporary Theories in Art)
  2. Documentary Comic and Graphic Novel, Doc. Dr. Leonora Flis
  1. Film Theory and Theory of Popular Culture, Prof. Dr. Darko Štrajn
  1. Literary Journalism, Prof. Dr. Leonora Flis
  2. Philosophy of Culture, Prof. Dr. Paul Crowther
  3. Philosophy of Nature: Art, Science and Aesthetics, Prof. Dr. Maria Antonia Gonzalez Valerio
  1. Philosophy of the Visual Arts, Prof. Dr. Paul Crowther
  2. Semiotics of Everyday Life, Doc. Dr. Dalila Honorato
  3. Space, Body and New Media in Art and Aesthetics, Assist. Prof. Dr. Mojca Puncer 
  4. Spaces of Experience: Art and Aesthetics from Embodiment to Virtuality, Prof. Dr. Tyrus Miller
  5. Technicized Home and Family Between Media: Anthropology of New Technologies, Ass. Prof. Dr. Melita Zajc
  6. Visual Art in the Time of Socialism: A Case Study of Slovenia, Assist. Prof. Dr. Petja Grafenauer

Module: Studying Societies and Human

  1. Anthropology of gender and culture, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nadja Furlan Štante
  2. Anthropology of Love and Sexuality, Prof. Dr. Alja Adam
  3. Anthropology of Work and Migration, Prof. Dr. Karmen Medica
  4. Applied Medical Anthropology, Dr. Mojca Ramšak
  5. Contemporary Challenges of Asian Traditions of Thought, Prof. Dr. Helena Motoh
  6. Era of Revolutions, Ddr. Igor Grdina
  7. Feudal Europe, Ddr. Igor Grdina
  8. Gender and Sexuality in Therapeutic Context, Prof. Dr. Renata Šribar
  9. Historical Anthropology and Regional Studies, Dr. Polona Tratnik
  10. Interculturalism and Ethos of Communication, Dr. Lenart Škof
  11. Knowledge and Contemporary Society, Prof. Dr. Eva Klemenčič
  12. Logotherapy and Existential Analysis, Prof. Dr. Sebastjan Kristovič
  13. Peer Violence, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Renata Šribar
  14. Philosophy of History, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rok Svetlič
  15. Philosophy of Human Rights, Prof. Dr. Rok Svetlič
  16. Political History, Prof. Dr. Cirila Toplak
  17. Religion and Society, Prof. Dr. Nadja Furlan Štante
  18. Rituals from the Tribal Communities to the State – Historical-anthropological-legal Studies, Prof. Dr. Darko Darovec
  19. Topics in Philosophy and Sociology of Sport, Dr. Lev Kreft

Other Elective Courses:

  1. Behavior and Discourse, Ass. Prof. Dr. Eva Klemenčič
  2. Category Theory and Philosophical Dialectics, Dr. Rocco Gangle 
  3. Cradle of Civilization – from the Middle East Aceramic Neolithic to the Persian Empire, Prof. Dr. Anja Hellmuth Kramberger
  4. Introduction to Archaeological Theory and Methodology, Prof. Dr. Anja Hellmuth Kramberger
  5. Europe in Prehistory – from the Ice Age Hunters and Gatherers to the Celtic Warriors, Prof. Dr. Anja Hellmuth Kramberger
  6. Ethics in Science and Research Integrity, Prof. Dr. Renata Šribar, Prof. Dr. Mojca Ramšak
  7. Philosophy and Media: Deconstruction, Dr. Jean-Luc Nancy, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Giovanni Tusa
  8. Philosophy and Media: Pasolini, Dr. Jean-Luc Nancy, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Giovanni Tusa
  9. Philosophical and Political Revolutions, Prof. Dr. Creston Davis
  10. Psychoanalysis, Philosophy and Neuroscience, Prof. Dr. Creston Davis
  11. Review of World Literature – from Antiquity to Modernity, Prof.  Dr. Leonora Flis
  12. Sociology of Knowledge, Prof. Dr. Eva Klemenčič
  13. Textual Analysis and Strategy, Prof. Dr. Leonora Flis