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Comparative Cultural Analysis (Arts and Culture)
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Study programme

The programme in Comparative Cultural Analysis will allow you to familiarize with key concepts and methods in interdisciplinary cultural studies. You will learn how to critically analyze a wide variety of cultural phenomena, using concepts and approaches across the humanities and social sciences. In particular, the programme will allow you to engage extensively with contemporary critical theory and to benefit from the research expertise of your professors.

Core courses

Comparative and Cultural Analysis is a core methodological course that provides students with the knowledge and tools necessary for conducting cultural analysis, understood as the critical study of cultural objects while relating these objects to the present. Intercultural Dialogues is dedicated to the comparison, dialogue, translation, and communication between different cultural expressions and experiences – including the failures, breakdowns, misunderstandings, and blind spots that such interactions typically contain.  


Students can chose electives across the Humanities and Social Sciences, provided they meet the entry requirements. We offer two electives ourselves: Sex/Race/Trans allows students to gain knowledge of queer, trans, and critical race scholarship. Narrative and Globalization focuses on various theories of (anti-)globalization, concepts related to (anti-)globalization and ways of analyzing how (anti-)globalization is narrated and visualized in different cultural imaginations (literature, film, television, new media) and discourses (political, economical, commercial, cultural, historical). In addition, students in Comparative Cultural Analysis may benefit from electives offered by the programme’s Cultural Analysis, Comparative Literature and Literary Studies.  


Students can use (part of) their elective space for an internship. Typically, students in Comparative Cultural Analysis take internships in the cultural sector in Amsterdam and The Netherlands: from museums to galleries, from festivals to magazines, but also work for non-profit organizations dealing with environmental or socio-cultural issues, or for (digital) media organisations. For more information about available internships and the experiences of other student interns, please take a look on this page.


The Master's thesis reports on research carried out by the student under the supervision of an academic staff member involved in the programme. Students are free to select their thesis topic and can indicate their preferred supervisor.

The Master's programme Comparative Cultural Analysis comprises 60 ECTS credits: 42 credits for courses, and 18 credits for a thesis.

  • Intercultural Dialogues 1
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  • Comparative and Cultural Analysis
  • Intercultural Dialogues 2
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  • Master's Thesis Seminar Comparative Cultural Analysis
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  • Free-choice electives
  • Master's Thesis
UvA Course Catalogue: Comparative Cultural Analysis

Credit transfer

Students who show exceptional promise during a regular or professional programme are encouraged to continue their studies in a research programme. Once students are admitted to the research programme, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their Research Master's degree. The Examinations Board determines which courses qualify for transfer.