Cultural Studies

 

CHARACTERISTICS AND STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME – GRADUATE PROFILE

The degree programme Cultural Studies is offered as:

  • single major full-time Master’s degree programme, and
  • double major full-time Master’s degree programme.

The study has an interdisciplinary character, emphasizing the theory and analysis in a widely multiparadigmatic framework, including the fundamental contexts of the issue of culture and cultural practices (social, mediological, aesthetic, philosophical, etc.). 

 

Structure of the programme

The subjects are divided into two groups:

1. Basic courses providing theoretical and methodological grounds of cultural studies;

2. Optional courses on topics that allow students to specialize in specific issues.

Thus, the programme of the study major is structured into two main units – basic and extension blocks of courses:

Ad 1.  The core of the major is formed by the basic subjects, where the students require the knowledge and competencies providing sufficient orientation in the field and its current state (Introduction to Cultural Studies, Theory of Culture, Theory of Text, Theory of Picture, Audience Theory, Cultural History) and teaching to use this knowledge in particular analyses (Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis, Audience Analysis). These courses provide a comprehensive context of knowledge in the field of understanding culture and cultural practices to the extent appropriate to Master’s degree (i.e. educate an expert in respective subject issue).

Ad 2. Optional courses offer students the opportunity of more systematic and deeper study in one or more specific areas in order that they can – after completing the basic courses – systematically specialize in particular field (particular type of reflection on issues of cultural practices), where they can further deepen and develop their knowledge. These courses are structured according to the thematic affinity into several blocks / modules focusing on the relations of:

  • culture and power (Culture and Power, Critical Theory as a Key to Cultural Contents, Art and Politics, High and/versus Popular Culture, Popular Culture and Its Genres, The Beauty Myth)
  • culture and media (Media Studies 1, Media Studies 2, TV Studies, Comics Studies, Critical Discourse Analysis, Discourse Analysis of Media Text)
  • culture and interpretation (Theory of Interpretation, General Intermedial Narratology, Problems in Semiotics, Language and World, Beyond the Boundaries of Aesthetics, Text and Context, Mediation Analysis: A Military Conflict, Science and/versus Pop Culture)
  • culture and difference (Postcolonial Studies, Ethnicity and Ethnic Groups, Race and Racism, Theory of Migration, From Assimilation to Integration, Intercultural Communication, Culture and/versus Nature)
  • culture and identity (Identity and Gender, Feminist Critique, Men’s Studies, Queer Theory, Silent Half of the Mankind?, Social Deviation, Biocultural Anthropology)
  • culture and (post)modernity (In-between Modern and Postmodern, Modernity after Postmodern, Metamorphoses of Modernity, Postmodern Sciences, Theory of Globalization)
  • culture and history (Cultural History, Text and Context, History and Present: (Re)Constructing history, Silent Half of the Mankind?)

Students of the double major programme selecting their specialization will be also led to functional cooperation of their specialization with their second major. (E.g. in combination with art sciences the student will be recommended to select the block of courses thematizing art and culture and their relationship to power – i.e. Critical Theory as a Key to Cultural Contents 1 and 2, Art and Politics, High and/versus Popular Culture, Popular Culture and Its Genres, The Beauty Myth).

 

Graduate Profile

The graduate in Cultural Studies shall be an academically educated expert disposing of a sufficiently complex and also specialized interdisciplinary knowledge in the issue of culture and cultural techniques. The conception of the programme (the double major programme in cooperation with the second major) allows graduates to be widely employed – both in a variety of theoretical reflections on the issue, and at the level of application and research: e.g. analysis and comparison of trends in the frame of particular types of cultural practices, etc.; research into the relationship between culture and other fields of science and social life, etc.

According to the expert education in the field of various cultural practices, the graduates could assert themselves in areas related to culture in public service institutions, other public institutions or nonprofit organizations etc., as culturally/socially specialized journalists, etc. Furthemore, as  researches and university teachers.

In case of the double major study the scope of possible occupation naturally widens depending upon the second study major.

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