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  • Duration: 4 semesters
  • Degree Award: Master of Arts
  • Language: German
  • admission free
  • Special admission requirements

Cultural Analysis - Master's Programme

Orientation and Goals

The master's programme in Cultural Analysis offers the opportunity to combine cultural and social studies disciplines with gender research. This research oriented study programme examines the representational and performative dimensions of the body (body images, body practices, clothing, and lifestyles) and connects these to issues of cultural, political, and social analysis. You will have the opportunity to work with instructors and students from the areas of ethnology, museum studies, art and media studies, sport sociology and body theory, scenic integration, and costume, as well as cultural mediation, politics, and gender studies.

Study Design and Contents

This course of studies lasts 4 semesters. Part time study is possible.
You will complete 120 credit points in the following areas:
  • body images/body practices
  • representation/performativity/practices: tools of cultural analysis
  • exemplary cultural analysis I
  • exemplary cultural analysis II: research mediation (elective)
  • exemplary cultural analysis II: mediation research (elective)
  • project 15 credit points
  • profile formation 15 credit points
  • area of professionalisation of someone's own choice 15 credit points
  • Master's thesis module 30 credit points

Teaching and Learning

Introductory block seminar, seminars with tutorials, reading course, research workshop, workshops, practice sessions, excursions, project work, graduate conference

Reasons for Studying

  • Concept for excellent teaching
    • small learning groups
    • diverse opportunities for independent learning
    • varied teaching forms
    • great freedom in planning your studies
  • Internationally recognised research
  • Interdisciplinary orientation
  • Expertise in cultural studies from the various areas of material and visual culture, sports science, gender studies,scenic interpretation, ethnology, social studies.
  • Opportunity to take other language and cultural studies related modules in areas such as German studies, English studies, Slavic studies, art, media, or material culture up to 30 credit points.
  • Opportunities for individual professionalisation modules up to 15 credit points.
    • Internships, study abroad, study assistance (conference organisation, tutorials, etc.), languages, journalistic writing, workshops, self-organised learning forms, choice of classes or modules in other subject areas.

Foreign Language Skills

In order to study this course at the University of Oldenburg as a student from outside of Germany, you need an adequate knowledge of German.

German Language Proficiency
You can proof your German language proficiency with the following language certificates:
  • DSH: Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (Level 2)
  • TestDaF: Test – Deutsch als Fremdsprache (with level 4 in all four areas)

The proof of language proficiency must be presented for the enrolment. For other proof possiblities see: Language requirements

Careers and Areas of Employment

As a graduate, you should have at your disposal a proven mastery of abstract thinking, methodical, and transfer skills, project skills, as well as a sharp eye for connections interactions. These skills prepare you for a professional role in the fields of teaching and research, publishing, media, artistic and cultural mediation, cultural policy, cultural institutions and initiatives, museums, archives, as well as artistic, cultural, fashion, museum, and exhibition review.
There are many new career opportunities in the area of self employment, for which the project skills and independence promoted in this programme are very important. The established occupational fields traditionally require a further educational qualification. This can take the form of traineeships with publishers, media, and museums, or in other trainee programmes. This programme also prepares you for such requirements. In addition to well founded theoretical analysis, this programme also offers a project module, in which previously acquired research and mediation skills are further developed. For this reason, this programme is especially well suited as preparation for doctoral studies. PhDs can also be pursued within the scope of the doctoral study programme Cultural and Gender Studies.

Target Group/Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in Cultural Studies with focus on Material or Visual Culture, Art and Media Studies, Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology, Gender Studies and/or Social and Political Sciences with focus on Cultural Studies and/or Gender Studies or in a closely related field worth at least 60 credit points
  • If applicable, in-depth explanations of taken modules or internships or work experience to proof a focus of cultural studies and/or gender studies

Application/Admission Procedures

This is an open admissions degree course, and applications are accepted for both the winter and summer semesters.
The application deadline for the winter semester is 30 September.
The application deadline for the summer semester is 31 March.

Please note
For open-admission Master's degree programmes it is strongly recommended to submit their applications as early as possible before 15 July for the winter semester and before 15 January for the summer semester. If the supporting documents are submitted after these dates but before the standard application deadlines, your application can only be processed at the start of the lecture period in the new semester. This may result serious problems (German document).

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