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Society, Politics and Culture in a Global Context

What do you learn?

The Euroculture Master programme focuses on the intricate interplay between politics and culture in today’s Europe. At the same time, it strives to equip its students with different skills that help Euroculture alumni build their careers upon graduation, and actively contribute to society. Below a brief overview of what Euroculture students are expected to learn during the Master. Consult a more detailed programme outline for each study year: see the menu on the left.

Knowledge and Understanding

The Euroculture programme provides its graduates with deep knowledge and thorough understanding of such concepts and phenomena as: multiculturalism, national and European identity, political and legal aspects of  (European) governance, and evolving socio-political processes in Europe. European integration process is studied from a cultural-social perspective, which expands on the conventional political, institution-centred approach to integration. Different regional and national perceptions of integration are discussed, while political and social developments in Europe are placed in a global context. Throughout the Master, students are equipped with theoretical and methodological approaches to facilitate their independent research in the relevant fields.

Skills and Competencies

While understanding Europe is a priority learning outcome for the programme, practical skills and competencies – which are needed to apply the knowledge to practice – are of no lesser importance. Among the transferable skills trained within the Euroculture Master, the following are emphasized:

  • communicating politicised, often sensitive information to different audiences, in writing and orally;
  • team work skills, such as coordination, conflict management and in-group communication, particularly in a multicultural setting;
  • management skills, such as leadership and decision-making;
  • planning, designing and managing complicated, medium-term projects in a transnational environment (including time-management and fundraising)
  • writing project and/or PhD applications to secure funding for independent projects;
  • flexibility and resourcefulness: learning from and responding accurately to unexpected developments, developing suitable strategies accordingly;
  • reflexivity and self-analysis: having insight into one's personal abilities and career preferences, and applying this insight it when entering the labour market upon graduation

Critical and Problem-oriented Approach

The Euroculture curriculum is designed to teach students to better orient themselves in a highly complex world and to apply the theoretical knowledge that they get to real-life problems. The programme thus focuses on training the ability to locate, select, and manage information required for addressing key current issues. Euroculture strives to develop students’ capacity to make judgements by integrating complex (often, conflicting and insufficient) data to identify rational and sustainable solutions for identified problems, while remaining aware of their high sensitivity.