Cultural Studies: Culture and Organization

masters programme

This cut­ting-edge Masters pro­gram­me is de­di­ca­ted to the re­la­ti­onship bet­ween cul­tu­re, the arts and or­ga­niza­t­i­on. The pro­gram­me in­tro­du­ces cul­tu­ral and so­cio­lo­gi­cal theo­ries as cri­ti­cal len­ses for stu­dy­ing con­tem­pora­ry or­ga­niza­t­i­on and or­ga­ni­zing. On this ba­sis, the stu­dents learn to en­ga­ge with or­ga­niza­t­io­nal and en­tre­pre­neu­ri­al prac­tices in dif­fe­rent sec­tors, sys­tems, fiel­ds and in­dus­tries of arts and cul­tu­re.

The Cul­tu­re and Or­ga­niza­t­i­on Masters is situated at the in­ter­sec­tion of the or­ga­niza­t­i­on of cul­tu­re and the arts and what is cal­led the ‘cul­tu­ra­liza­t­i­on’ of or­ga­niza­t­i­ons. With mo­du­les de­di­ca­ted to cul­tu­ral and ar­tis­tic fiel­ds, in­sti­tu­ti­ons and di­gi­tal net­works, the programme studies cul­tu­re as an em­pi­ri­cal set­ting. The pre­sent and fu­ture prac­tices of work and or­ga­niza­t­i­on are in­ves­ti­ga­ted in their ur­ban, in­sti­tu­tio­nal and net­wor­ked con­texts. Cul­tu­re and the arts, and cul­tu­ral theo­ry, are the­re­fo­re stu­di­ed as cri­ti­cal agents for un­der­stan­ding and shaping our so­cie­ty.

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Culture and Organization – the programme

The cour­ses in­tro­du­ce stu­dents to cul­tu­ral so­cio­lo­gy, the so­cio­lo­gy of arts and cul­tu­re, the stu­dy of di­gi­tal cul­tu­res and new forms of or­ga­ni­zing and of ma­nage­ment and cul­tu­ral en­tre­pre­neurship. This is done by taking an in­ter­na­tio­nal approach and en­ga­ging with re­se­arch from va­rious pla­ces and set­tings. Although the programme overall is taught in Eng­lish, some elec­tives are of­fe­red in Ger­man.

The Masters pro­gram­me ap­proa­ches cul­tu­re in two ways – as an em­pi­ri­cal set­ting and as a cri­ti­cal and con­cep­tu­al lens. Stu­dents learn to stu­dy and un­der­stand dif­fe­rent in­sti­tu­ti­ons and or­ga­ni­za­ti­ons in cul­tu­ral and ar­tis­tic sec­tors (from ur­ban mo­ve­ments to the crea­ti­ve in­dus­tries and net­work cul­tu­re). They learn to in­ves­ti­ga­te the dif­fe­rent or­ga­niza­t­io­nal mo­des, en­tre­pre­neu­ri­al and so­ci­al prac­tices and tech­no­lo­gies and dis­cour­ses that shape the­se in­sti­tu­ti­ons and or­ga­niza­t­i­ons. Em­ploy­ing a broad un­der­stan­ding of cul­tu­re as a lens, the Masters also mo­bi­li­ses cul­tu­ral and so­ci­al theo­ries in or­der to cri­ti­cal­ly re­flect on how or­ga­niza­t­io­nal prac­tices and dis­cour­ses are shaped by cul­tu­ral and tech­no­lo­gi­cal trans­for­ma­ti­ons.

This com­pre­hen­si­ve ap­proach to cul­tu­re and or­ga­niza­t­i­on is ba­sed on long­stan­ding re­se­arch tra­di­ti­ons and cur­rent re­se­arch pro­jects at Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty. The­se in­clu­de the so­cio­lo­gy of ar­tis­tic or­ga­niza­t­i­on and of cul­tu­ral en­tre­pre­neurship, and in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry re­se­arch into crea­ti­ve in­dus­tries and di­gi­tal cultures. The pro­gram­me is run by the Fa­cul­ty of Hu­ma­nities and So­ci­al Sci­en­ces in close cooperation with the Fa­cul­ty of Busi­ness and Eco­no­mics. Through dif­fe­rent for­mats of in­no­va­ti­ve stu­dent en­ga­ge­ment, the pro­gram­me combines fiel­d­work-centred edu­ca­ti­on with re­se­arch-ba­sed teaching.


There are four components to the Cul­tu­re and Or­ga­niza­t­i­on pro­gram­me. In the core area of stu­dy, stu­dents explore key to­pics in the field of or­ga­niza­t­i­ons and or­ga­ni­zing cul­tu­re and the arts, cul­tu­ral en­tre­pre­neurship, di­gi­tal me­dia and cul­tu­ral so­cio­lo­gy.

There are also three com­ple­men­ta­ry com­po­n­ents: elec­ti­ves, in­te­gra­ti­on modules and Com­ple­men­ta­ry Stu­dies. The elec­tives al­low stu­dents to both fo­cus and broa­den their stu­dy of cul­tu­re and or­ga­niza­t­i­on, e.g. with mo­du­les on or­ga­niza­t­i­on theo­ry, di­gi­tal cul­tu­res or cri­ti­cal stu­dies. It is also pos­si­ble to choo­se en­tre­pre­neurship or busi­ness stu­dies mo­du­les as electives. The in­te­gra­ti­on modules for cul­tu­ral stu­dies bring to­ge­ther stu­dents from all Masters pro­gram­mes at the Fa­cul­ty of Hu­ma­nities and So­ci­al Sci­en­ces and familiarise them with the his­to­ry and me­thods of and cur­rent de­ba­tes in cul­tu­ral stu­dies. Com­ple­men­ta­ry Stu­dies enables stu­dents to take clas­ses bey­ond their im­me­dia­te field of stu­dy in or­der to broa­den their un­der­stan­ding of key con­tem­pora­ry chal­len­ges for cul­tu­re and so­cie­ty. These four components together prepare students for wri­ting their re­se­arch-ba­sed Masters dis­ser­ta­ti­on and participating in the Masters Fo­rum, the accompanying col­lo­qui­um at which they pre­sent and dis­cuss their dis­ser­ta­ti­on pro­jects.

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Masters Dissertation

Du­ring the fourth se­mes­ter of their Masters pro­gram­me, stu­dents em­bark on their dis­ser­ta­ti­on. Dis­ser­ta­ti­ons link ad­van­ced theo­ries to an in-depth en­ga­ge­ment with core em­pi­ri­cal pheno­me­na of cul­tu­re and or­ga­niza­t­i­on. A collec­tive pro­cess or­ga­ni­zed around dissertation-wri­ting me­ans stu­dents will sha­re their ex­pe­ri­en­ces and re­cei­ve re­gu­lar sup­port from peers and teaching staff: the dissertation is not simply an individual challenge. The de­di­ca­ted Masters Fo­rum brings all stu­dents to­ge­ther with teaching staff and is a space in which stu­dents can pre­sent their work in pro­gress, learn about me­thods, and re­cei­ve peer-to-peer feed­back.

Career Prospects

The Masters pro­gram­me gives stu­dents an un­der­stan­ding of the way in which or­ga­niza­t­i­on fun­da­men­tal­ly con­di­ti­ons cul­tu­re and so­cie­ty, and it teaches me­tho­do­lo­gi­cal and analytical skills for re­se­arch into the discourses, practices and technologies of organization. The programme provides practice-based knowledge of, and competencies for, organizing culture, and teaches stu­dents trans­fe­ra­ble skills in com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on and teamwork. All of the­se ca­pa­bi­li­ties and skills are in high de­mand in a wide range of oc­cupa­ti­ons.

The pro­gram­me is sui­ta­ble both for stu­dents seeking to pur­sue an aca­de­mic ca­re­er and for tho­se who would like to take on responsible roles in the cul­tu­ral and crea­ti­ve in­dus­try, in the arts, in the me­dia, in the pu­blic sec­tor, in ur­ban de­ve­lop­ment or in foundations and charitable organizations.

Qua­li­fied stu­dents with a par­ti­cu­lar­ in­te­rest in re­se­arch have the option of si­mul­ta­neous­ly re­gis­tering for the Doc­to­ral Track. Com­bi­ning the Mas­ters and doc­to­ral pha­ses of­fers stu­dents a unique op­por­tu­ni­ty to join the scho­lar­ly com­mu­ni­ty at very ear­ly sta­ge.

Entry Requirements

The Mas­ters pro­gram­me is open to stu­dents from sociology and the general so­ci­al sci­en­ces, from the humanities, and from the fields of busi­ness and eco­no­mics. The cur­ri­cu­lum bridges the gap bet­ween a cultural theory approach to the stu­dy of or­ga­niza­t­i­on and the cul­tu­ral and ar­tis­tic fiel­ds on the one hand and the busi­ness and eco­no­mics-based study of cul­tu­re and or­ga­niza­t­i­on in cul­tu­re and the crea­ti­ve in­dus­tries and cul­tu­ral en­tre­pre­neurship on the other.

For non-native speakers of English, the awar­ding uni­ver­si­ties set a mi­ni­mum Eng­lish Lan­gua­ge pro­fi­ci­en­cy le­vel. All sta­ted Eng­lish tests are ac­cep­ta­ble for ad­mis­si­on for both EU and in­ter­na­tio­nal stu­dents for this pro­gram­me:

  • internet-based TOEFL-Test of at least 85 points
  • TOEIC-Test of at least 785 points
  • IELTS 5.5 Test
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) graded C or better
  • previous study modules of at least 30 Credit Points according to ECTS that have been taught and sucessfully completed in English (including exam and all related assignments)
  • successfully completed university degree in English studies
  • certificate of an English-speaking, upper-secondary school school entitling the applicant to study in the respective country

The certification should not be older than four years (except for the school certificate).

We would like to mention that German language skills are not a required.

Even if you have not com­ple­ted your Ba­che­lors de­gree you may ap­p­ly for this pro­gram­me. You have to pro­ve suc­cess­ful­ly com­ple­ted cour­ses at 81% of the re­qui­red to­tal per­for­mance (to­tal per­for­mance of 180 CP or 210 CP de­pen­ding on your stu­dy pro­gram­me).

    At a Glance

    Degree awarded: Mas­ter of Arts, MA
    Application period: April 1 - June 1
    Type of programme: The­ma­tic re­le­van­ce
    Start date: Every win­ter term, Oc­to­ber
    Extent: 120 ECTS
    Duration: 4 se­mes­ters
    Language: Eng­lish, some electives in German
    Location: Lüne­burg
    Contribution per semester: 360 EUR *

    *sub­ject to chan­ge

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