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Comparative Cultural Analysis (Arts and Culture)

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In the Master’s programme Comparative Cultural Analysis you will explore ‘culture’ in the broadest sense - from art, film and new media, to popular culture and social movements - in relation to contemporary issues such as globalisation, technology and social and cultural conflicts and identities. Comparative Cultural Analysis offers a interdisciplinary and theoretical approach to culture, informed by contemporary critical cultural theory.

Exploring culture in the broadest sense

The Master’s programme Comparative Cultural Analysis is dedicated to critical exploration of a wide variety of cultural phenomena from an explicitly theoretical and interdisciplinary perspective. Works of art and literature, cinema and new media, as well as popular culture are examined in relation to a range contemporary socio-political phenomena. Comparative Cultural Analysis engages with a variety of contemporary critical discourses, such as philosophy, environmental humanities, posthumanism, decolonial studies, queer studies, comparative literature and media studies. The programme proposes to explore the many possible dialogues between cultural phenomena and critical theory. In particular, Comparative Cultural Analysis is focused on the socio-political significance of theoretical and interdisciplinairy study. 

Why study Comparative Cultural Analysis at the UvA?

Amsterdam is a vibrant, multicultural environment that is home to a variety of cultural institutions, both artistic and pop-cultural. The Master’s programme in Comparative Cultural Analysis will provide you with the intellectual tools to engage with these surroundings and contemporary culture as it is being produced. 

Unique strengths of this programme include: 

  • Explore culture in the broadest sense;
  • Explore the socio-political signifiance of culture and critical cultural theory;
  • Interdisciplinary and theoretical approach;
  • Engage with interdisciplinary, contemporary cultural theory.
  • Focus on contemporary culture and cultural theory;
  • Electives will allow you to specialize in field of choice;
  • Opportunity to do internships in Amsterdam’s vibrant cultural sector;
  • Join our engaged student community (a.o. Soapbox graduate journal).

After graduation

Graduates in Comparative Cultural Analysis often find employment in the cultural field, as writer, curator, editor, working cultural institutions or continue their academic career as PhD researcher.

Student profile

You are eligible for this master if you meet the admission requirements and demonstrably possess the following knowledge and qualities:

  • Sufficient academic knowledge of (contemporary) cultural theory;
  • A strong scientific interest in the theoretical and interdisciplinary exploration of contemporary culture;
  • You are able to do independent research, apply theoretical knowledge in written work and presentations.

Comparative Cultural Analysis in part-time mode

The programme is also offered in part-time study mode at the UvA, in which case it takes 2 year(s). You can obtain a maximum of 30 ECTS per year (12-18 ECTS per semester). As a part-time student you will follow the programme together with full-time students. You will prepare your study plan for the part-time programme in consultation with this Master’s programme coordinator.

Diverse research areas

The professors and researchers who form part of this programme all have diverse research areas. Questions concerning the programme literature are combined with a broader perspective from various subjects such as Cultural Studies, Continental Philosophy, Environmental Humanities, Gender Studies, Posthumanism, Queer Studies, Media Studies, Comparative Literature, Art Theory.

Degree certificate

Comparative Cultural Analysis is an accredited degree programme of Arts and Culture. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Arts and Culture and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Facts & Figures
Degree programme MA Arts and Culture
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time, part-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60087