Master's Degree Programme in Cultural Studies (from autumn semester 2016)

The aim of the Master’s Degree in Cultural Studies is to develop understanding of culture as a dimension of all human practices that produces and defines social realities. The degree program introduces students to contemporary key issues in cultural studies and develops analytical and critical skills in analyzing current cultural phenomena.

The multidisciplinary degree is taught by specialists from fields of cultural studies, media studies, music studies and theatre studies. The degree offers an alternative approach to contemporary cultural practices with an emphasis on mobility, transnationalism, performativity and cultural action.

The focus of the degree is in contemporary socio-cultural realities. It explores a world in which different forms of mobilities, crossings of customary borders (e.g. between nation states, economy, politics and culture or forms of expression) and new hybrids produce new cultural articulations and practices.

The degree offers a comprehensive overview of current and emergent cultural realities and theories as well as practical tools for analyzing present-day cultural phenomena. During the programme students are continuously challenged to develop their thinking, writing and project management skills in co-operative, pedagogical and creative ways.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the Master's Degree Programme in Cultural Studies, the student
- is able to understand the nature of current cultural work
- is able to identify and use key theoretical perspectives to conceptualize culture and cultural processes
- is able to make justified and ethical choices in her/his professional activities
- can give fluent presentations and arguments on particular research area, collect material and analyse it independently and critically
- can operate in a group and can argue and report on the basis of systematic research

Working Life Connections

Career opportunities

Cultural studies is a contemporary discipline that approaches social-cultural practices from different angles and  strengthens students’ theoretical and methodological skills as experts in interpretation of different kinds of cultural phenomena. These skills are relevant when working in media or in related industries, in the fields of cultural policy and management or in education. The degree also enables students to pursue a career in research, whether inside or outside academia. The degree is designed as international and welcomes students both from outside or inside of the EU.

 

 

 

Internationalisation

The University of Tampere is committed to promoting justice and equality in society, to enhancing the well-being of citizens at home and abroad, and to advancing multiculturalism and sustainable development.

The theme and content of the Master's Programme in Cultural Studies is international as such and most of the courses of the programme belong to the Internationalization Module. However, internationalization is strengthened also by, for example, giving the students the possibility to complete Erasmus work practice or exchange period during their studies. Students are also encouraged to act as international student tutors.

Faculty of Communication Sciences