This programme is specifically designed to provide you with the skills, confidence, and qualifications to work in cultural production, cultural administration and enterprise, particularly in ways that are aware and ethically responsible.

Culture and Change - Critical Studies in the Humanities, Master's Programme (Two-Year)

Summary

Culture and change: critical studies in the humanities is a two-year master’s programme aimed at students interested in better understanding various cultural phenomena, both past and present. The programme will encourage you to think expansively and creatively about how culture is produced and reproduced, and why it is still contested terrain. We explore and ask questions about issues of power, representation, memory, silence, and place. The programme will help you to bridge theory and practice, and to develop research interests in collaboration with external stakeholders. If you have ever considered working in the arts, policy-making, cultural administration, or even pursuing a PhD, this might be the ideal programme for you.

Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree (180 credits) or equivalent in social sciences, humanities or arts.
General eligibility + the equivalent of Swedish higher secondary school English course B.

Selection:

credits 100%

About

A two-year master’s programme in Cultural Studies

Culture is not just a set of texts, images, artefacts, and compositions that we experience or analyse. It is also a living medium through which we interact with the world and each other, as well as understand ourselves and the societies that we inhabit. Culture is constantly shifting and affects the way power is negotiated. In the post-truth, post-memory 21st century, it is still not clear how different perspectives and expressions of culture will continue to coexist. Questions that we need to face and tackle are: Who gets to speak and act, and who listens? Why do we produce knowledge, and what is it used for? And how can we ethically engage and participate in the work of making/doing “culture”?

What makes the programme unique?

This is a two-year master’s programme in Cultural Studies which is based in the humanities but also uses methods, theories, and approaches from other fields, such as participatory design, critical museology, and artistic research. A distinguishing feature of this programme is the bridging of theory and practice. You will study culture in a broad sense and practically engage with different forms of cultural production as it takes place within institutions such as museums, theatres, arts venues, and in dialogue with stakeholders such as artists, curators, activists, collectives, and small enterprises. An important part of this multidisciplinary programme is to provide opportunities for you as a student to collaborate with cultural stakeholders and co-create your own productions, as well as build a community of peers.

The structure of the programme

The first year focusses on getting to grips with key theoretical concepts and concerns in the field. We will draw on a wide range of material from film and visual art to performances and public monuments. This year also includes a course with multidisciplinary approaches to research design and methods, as well as a socially-engaged research course carried out in collaboration with external stakeholders. The programme progresses by gradually building student confidence and independence, both in terms of scholarship and by creating wider cultural networks. In the second year, we offer elective courses in more specialised subjects, and the programme concludes with students writing a 30 credits master’s thesis.

What kind of career will you be prepared for?

This programme is specifically designed to provide you with the skills, confidence, and qualifications to work in cultural production, cultural administration and enterprise, particularly in ways that are aware and ethically responsible. Working with a range of local stakeholders, and alongside peers, you will also get the opportunity to build a strong professional network. At the same time, the programme provides the necessary rigour to prepare students for doctoral studies within an interdisciplinary and international academic context.

Syllabus

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2020

Programme Code:
HAKIF revision 1
Swedish name:
Kultur i omvandling - Kritiska studier i humaniora, masterprogram
Language:
English
Date of establishment:
07 January 2019
Date of ratification:
28 August 2019
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
31 August 2020

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree (180 credits) or equivalent in social sciences, humanities or arts.
General eligibility + the equivalent of Swedish higher secondary school English course B.

Organisation

In this programme students engage with critical approaches from the humanities in order to study and understand the dynamics of cultural production and change in society. They explore the evolutionary torque of ideas about the human in different geographic contexts, and analyse cultural expressions (e.g. texts, films, artworks) as they are situated within diverse encounters, frictions, and historical entanglements. Situatedness is an important dimension, since it emphasises awareness of individual and collective subject positions in space and time, and pinpoints relations in and between human, non-human, and virtual contexts.

Students will strengthen their skills in effective humanistic methodologies, such as hermeneutic analysis, close reading, critical observation, phenomenology, reasoning, and engaged writing. These skills will be further developed through a course on action-based research. Through these methods, students engage in multiple ways of exploring cultural phenomena in society, where there are shifting and uneven points of access and possibilities for production and reproduction. Ensuring relevance to the “here and now”, the programme also provides a space for students to negotiate topical issues such as decolonising climate change, cryptocurrency and economic utopias, real and imagined borders and their transgressions, monuments and iconoclasm. Through these reflections, we ask: Who has the power to speak and act? How does representation work, and affect/produce different bodies? Under what conditions is knowledge ethically produced? All these approaches and questions set the tone for a rigorous critical inquiry into culture where students can interrogate challenging histories and their inherited biases, theorise reflexively, and also creatively experiment, and play with alternatives.

The programme is rooted in the academic traditions of critical theory, hermeneutics, cultural studies, and critical humanities, dealing with epistemological issues of power and ideology, critique as a praxis, ways of transmission, and problems of translation. However, its starting point is from an idea of culture as both made and inherited, meaning that it is the product of accumulated individual and collective actions (and reactions). Thus, special focus is given to participatory and action-based research methodologies that emphasise the situated and experiential dimensions of theoretical inquiry.

Progression between course modules is structured in a way that seeks to integrate theory and practice, putting theory into practice and letting practice inform theory. An important part of the programme is that students are encouraged to collaborate with cultural stakeholders and to co-create their own productions, as well as building a community of peers. In the programme students will gain the requisite skills to work in cultural production and cultural administration, in ways that are positionally aware and ethically responsible. At the same time, the programme provides the necessary rigour for students to prepare for doctoral studies within an interdisciplinary and international scholarly context.

Content

Courses

For programme with start Autumn 2020:
Autumn 2020 - Semester 1
Spring 2021 - Semester 2
Autumn 2021 - Semester 3
Spring 2022 - Semester 4

Learning outcomes

General goals for second-cycle courses and study programmes (Högskolelagen 1:8-9)
Second-cycle courses and study programmes shall involve the acquisition of specialist knowledge, competence and skills in relation to first-cycle courses and study programmes, and in addition to the requirements for first-cycle courses and study programmes shall:
- further develop the ability of students to integrate and make autonomous use of their knowledge,
- develop the students' ability to deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations, and
- develop the students' potential for professional activities that demand considerable autonomy, or for research and development work. Higher Education Ordinance (2006:173).


Qualification outcomes for Master’s degree (Higher Education Ordianace Appendix 2)

Knowledge and understanding
For a Degree of Master (120 credits) the student shall
1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the subject area of Cultural Studies, including broad knowledge of the field and significantly deeper knowledge of specific parts of the field, as well as insight into current research and practice, and
2. demonstrate specialised methodological knowledge in the subject area of Cultural Studies.
Competence and skills
For a Degree of Master (120 credits) the student shall
3. demonstrate the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and to analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations even with limited information
4. demonstrate the ability to identify and formulate issues critically, autonomously and creatively as well as to plan and, using appropriate methods, undertake advanced tasks within predetermined time frames and so contribute to the formation of knowledge as well as the ability to evaluate this work
5. demonstrate the ability in speech and writing both nationally and internationally to clearly report and discuss his or her conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which they are based in dialogue with different audiences, and
6. demonstrate the skills required for participation in research or autonomous employment in some other qualified occupation.
Judgement and approach
For a Degree of Master (120 credits) the student shall
7. demonstrate the ability to make assessments in the main field of study informed by relevant disciplinary, social and ethical issues and also to demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and practice
8. demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of research, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used, and
9. demonstrate the ability to identify the personal need for further knowledge and take responsibility for his or her ongoing learning.

Degree

Master's Degree (120 credits).

Degree of Master of Arts (120 credits) with a Major in Cultural Studies

Other Information

Teaching language is English
Each course syllabus states the prerequisites needed to progress within the programme.

Contact

The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the School of Arts and Communication.

Further information

Petra Ragnerstam, Programme Coordinator
Phone: 040-6657635

Application

31 August 2020 Day-time 100% Malmö Schedule

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 80000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 160000 SEK

31 August 2020 Day-time 100% Malmö

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 80000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 160000 SEK