This course is dedicated to understanding how intensely ambivalent instances of increased contact and distance, such as globalisation and migration, can be navigated academically and politically. Can literature and the arts help us to perceive both the possibilities and drawbacks of our globalising world? What new conjunctures and interventions can art forge?
This course will provide students with the knowledge and tools necessary to conduct cultural analysis. The course will focus on the “what” and the “how” of the chosen cultural objects and move towards a formulation of independent research.
This course is dedicated to the comparison, dialogue, and communication between different cultural expressions, experiences, and forms. Additionally, it will focus on contemporary processes as a form of exploration and research within cultural analysis.
Cultural Analysis: Tools, Histories, Concepts 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 choose 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-)globalisation, 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. Read more about student internships.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can obtain 6-12 credits for your internship, either in The Netherlands or abroad.
On average the programme has two groups of 20-25 students each.
Yes, you can apply for admission to the two-year Research Master's in January and at the end of the year.
Yes, as long as you are admissible, you can take electives in different programmes and faculties (i.e. Social Sciences).
Yes, you can take as many electives as you want (but do keep your study program manageable).