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Identity and Integration (European Studies)

Study programme

In the first two blocks of semester 1 students take three mandatory courses of the MA programme, as well as two electives. The mandatory skills seminar runs from early October to the end of April, and results in a study trip to one of the European Cultural Capitals. In the second semester, students take two more electives and write their thesis.

Programme structure

The Master's in Identity and Integration comprises 60 ECTS credits: 18 credits for core courses; 24 credits for electives; and 18 credits for a Master’s thesis.

  • Imagining the Nation: Cultures of Nationalism
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  • Imagining Europe: Ideologies and Power
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  • Skills Seminar: European Capitals of Culture
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  • Restricted-choice electives: Identity and Integration
  • Free-choice electives
  • Master's Thesis
  • Tutoring and Study Guidance
UvA Course Catalogue: Identity and Integration
  • Core courses
    • Imagining the Nation: Cultures of Nationalism. This course offers a comparative cultural history of Europe with a focus on nation-building in the past two centuries, and on the intellectual history of national culture and nationalism;
    • Imagining the Nation: Ideologies and Power. This course discusses contested identities and ideas for integration studies the diversity of European thought, of competing ideas about European identity, of  schemes for European unity, as well as the ways in which such ideas were communicated across Europe.
    • Skills Seminar. European Capitals of Culture studies the EU ECOC programme. Students gain knowledge about EU’s cultural policies and train their more practical skills by organising and programming a symposium with expert speakers and a study trip to the European Cultural Capital.
  • Electives

    The electives complement the core courses of Identity and Integration. They add to the interdisciplinary approach to studying European culture and history and allow students to pursue specific interests in terms of themes, periods, regions and methods.

    It is required to take at least two 'resticted-choice electives' which are bound to the Identity and Identity programme (equal to a total of 12 ECTS). The other two electives can be 'free electives', chosen from the offer of courses of the European studies Deparment or the Faculty of Humanities at large.

  • Internship

    We enable students to do an internship during the MA programme. They can do an internship as part of their programme for 6 to max. 12 ECT if the internship comprises an academic component which fits within the framework of the programme. Students can also choose to do a non-academic internship as additional to your programme, which will not be credited. In both cases, the student is responsible for organizing the internship and should do so in consultation with the programme coordinator.

  • Excursion

    In the second semester of the academic year, the students will make a trip to one of Europe’s cultural capitals. In preparation they will organize a symposium with experts from outside the academic world to discuss the policies and practices of EU’s cultural capitals programme. In recent years, we have visited among others the cities of Aarhus, San Sebastián and Valletta.

    Valetta Study Trip (2018)
  • Tutoring

    All students will be appointed a tutor who will support them in academic matters and help them fulfill their potential. The tutor will plan plenary and individual meetings to discuss study experiences, progress, thesis ideas or career plans. Throughout the year, students can also contact their tutor for questions regarding the curricular aspects of the Master’s program.

  • Thesis

    You complete the Identity and Integration programme by executing your own in-depth research project. We will help you find a suitable thesis supervisor. Upon completion, you will have gained profound understanding of the complexity of a theme of your own choice and you will have mastered the necessary skills to conduct independent research in this field.