Critical Studies - Arts, Theory, History

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Cultural Sciences area of integration

In the Cultural Sciences Area of Integration, students will acquire a common interdisciplinary foundation consisting of theoretic concepts, theoretical-historical backgrounds and approaches. They will delve into theoretical foundations, historical analytical perspectives and current debates in cultural sciences.

Due to the shared knowledge base, students are qualified to compare and exchange views between the topics of the deepening areas of concentration, and at the same time acquire reflective knowledge, textual knowledge and expertise indispensable for future activities in science and profession.

The area consists of the following three compulsory modules:

1st semester:   Cultural Theories of Modernity
2nd semester:  Cultural History of Knowledge
3rd semester:   Current Debates in the Cultural Sciences

Range of cultural sciences electives

A further individualisation of the study programme can occur in the range of cultural science electives. Students can choose two modules from the overall spectrum of the areas of concentration and minor fields of study offered in the Masters programme. In addition, a teaching research project, in the course of which an initial independent research-related project can be realised under professional guidance, will be undertaken in the third semester.

Exemplary teaching research projects (from the last semesters):

City as Space of Possibilities – Explorations of Real Utopias, Prof. Dr. Volker Kirchberg

Collecivity in Art, Media and Culture, Prof. Dr. Christoph Brunner

Feminist Art of the 1970s, Prof. Dr. Susanne Leeb

Complementary studies programme

The complementary studies programme is directed towards all Masters programmes in the Leuphana Graduate School. It supplements and expands the specific disciplinary and content-oriented Masters programmes with business and practical perspectives. The goals of the complementary studies programmes are the development of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary methodology and communication skills as well as an academic and practical critical awareness.

Study abroad in the masters programme

Students taking the Masters programme in Cultural Sciences integrate a stay abroad into their course of studies in the third or fourth semester within the scope of the Erasmus+ programme and with non-European partners within the framework of approx. 30 faculty-related exchange programmes. You will find further information about the partner universities on the pages of the International Office.

For students with the area of concentration Textual Cultures: Philosophy, Literature, History there is also an opportunity within the scope of the German-Italian cooperation with the University of Genoa to spend the second Masters year at the University of Genoa (Università degli Studi di Genova) and to earn two Masters degrees within two years on the basis of the specifically coordinated curriculum. You will find further information about the German-Italian study programme in Cultural Sciences here.

Career prospects in Culture, Arts and Media

The Masters programme in Cultural Sciences – Culture, Arts and Media is suitable for students who would like to pursue an academic career as well as for those who would like to take on responsible activities in the cultural and creative industry, in the art field, in the media or in the public cultural sector or in foundations.

Qualified students in the Masters programme who are particularly interested in research have the opportunity from as early as the first semester of their Masters degree course to simultaneously obtain the accreditation of the doctorate and to register for doctoral studies with the doctoral track. As a result, students are involved in the scientific research at an early stage, and can plan the Masters degree and doctorate in succession.

The research training group "Cultures of Criticism. Forms, Media, Effects" sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG) is being established for the winter semester 16/17 at the faculty of cultural science. Members of the research training group will examine the possibilities, effects and conditions of critical manners of representation and procedures in an interdisciplinary manner. Twelve doctoral candidates and nine other up-and-coming young scientists will be sponsored.

The programme is targeted at graduates with a Bachelors or any equivalent degree in a programme of study focusing on cultural, human or social sciences, who either wish to further sharpen their profile in cultural sciences or who want to complement their Bachelors degree with courses in cultural sciences. All graduates from related disciplines are welcome to the Masters programme. General requirements for admission include, among others, sufficient English language proficiency.

At a glance

Degree awarded: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Application period: April 1 - June 1
Type of programme: Thematic relevance
Study places: 25
Start date: October 1
Extent: 120 ECTS
Duration: 4 semesters
Language: German, single classes in English
Semester contribution: approx. EUR 360