Erasmus Mundus Master of Arts "Euroculture" 2015-2017
The Erasmus Mundus Master in Euroculture, activated at the University of Udine, is a first level Master programme worth 120 European credits (ECTS), or 120 Italian CFU. It is offered by a network of eight European and four non-European universities: Deusto (Bilbao, Spain), Göttingen (Germany), Groningen (The Netherlands), Kraków (Poland), Olomouc (Czech Republic), Strasbourg (France), Udine (Italy), Uppsala (Sweden), Indiana (United States), UNAM (Mexico), Osaka (Japan), Pune (India).
The mandatory mobility is a crucial element in the Euroculture programme.
The programme develops around the core topic “Europe in the Wider World”, which is common to all partner universities. It is an interdisciplinary course, which provides graduates with advanced education for professions and activities where knowledge of European culture and EU institutions is particularly important. Graduates are thus competitive in an increasingly international employment marketMore in detail, the course provides students with the means necessary to analyze social phenomena on a European scale, to understand how European institutions and organizations work, and to reflect on historical and cultural factors which play a key role in the process of European integration.
The programme develops around the core topic “Europe inthe Wider World”, which is common to all partner universities.It is an interdisciplinary course, which provides graduates with advanced education for professions and activitieswhere knowledge of European culture and EU institutions is particularly important. Graduates are thus competitive in an increasingly international employment market.
More in detail, the course provides students with the means necessary to analyze social phenomena on a European scale, to understand how European institutions and organizations work, and to reflect on historical and cultural factors which play a key role in the process of European integration.
Structure and teaching programme
The Master course is built on six common founding elements.
1. Core concepts of European society, politics and culture.The main objective is the acquisition of advanced knowledge and research skills related to European integration and its variousdimensions, such as multiculturalism, current political governance,European identity and evolving socio-political processes.The core concepts approach integrates historical and culturalperspectives, social relations, political and legal issues, and religious>traditions within a European context.
2. Eurocompetence. This teaching activity has been designed inorder to prepare students for their professional life and enhance their employability. It gives special attention to the integration ofacademic knowledge with professional training by means of project-related case studies and group work. Eurocompetence modulesare characterized by a problem-oriented approach, whichincludes project organization and management
3. Intensive Programme. Students from all partner universitiesmeet for an intensive 7/10-day course, scheduled for the end of the second semester. It constitutes an important opportunity for interculturalgroup experience and further exploration of the themesdealt with during the first and second semesters. It consists of classes, lectures, a Career Day, study trips, and seminars for the presentation and discussion of the research papers prepared by the students.
4. Research. Seminar activities focus attention on specific thematic areas, stimulating the students’ understanding of the origin and evolution of cultural identities and processes of transformation as well as the impact of worldwide political and social developments on European cultures and vice versa.
5. Internship. Work placement is a fundamental experience which enables students to apply academic knowledge in a professional track. It consists of at least 16 weeks of work at a suitable European affairs related organization or institution(embassies, governments, and other international, European or regional organizations).
6. Thesis. The final thesis consists of a dissertation written in English and prepared during the third and fourth semester under the guidance of two supervisors (a staff member of the University of Udine and one of the host university).
The Master course is organized in four semesters:
First semester (October 2015 – January 2016)
Location: University of Udine
Acquisition of competences – 30 ECTS
> Eurocompetence I - 5 ECTS
> Core concepts of European society, politics and culture - 25 ECTS:
- European Political Thought, 5 ECTS
- Multilingualism, Multicultural Citizenship and European Integration, 5 ECTS
- Modern European History, 5 ECTS
- European Political Systems, 5 ECTS
- European Union Law, 5 ECTS
Second semester (February 2016 – June 2016)
Location: host university
Development of competences – 30 ECTS
Students enrolled in Udine attend courses at one of the 7 other European partner universities of the Euroculture network with a study grant offered by the European Erasmus programme. Students can indicate two preferred locations and are placed at either one of them. The structure of the second semester is:
> Eurocompetence II - 5 ECTS
> Methodology and theory seminars - 10 ECTS
> Research seminars - 10 ECTS
> Intensive programme (University of Kraków, June 2015) - 5 ECTS
Third semester (October 2016 – January 2017)
Location for research seminars: University of Udine, host university or non-European partner university. (Only EU/EEA- EFTA/candidate countries students can apply for non-EU mobility.
In this case students can indicate two preferred locations: a selection is made according to students’ academic profile and research project).
Location for internship: the host institution.
Interaction of competences – 30 ECTS
> Internship or research seminars - 25 ECTS
> M.A. thesis (outline) - 5 ECTS
Fourth semester (February 2017 – June 2017)
Location: University of Udine or host university
Application of competences – 30 ECTS
> Eurocompetence III - 5 ECTS
> M.A. thesis (completion and discussion) - 25 ECTS
Language courses organized by the Audiovisual and Linguistic Centre (CLAV) of the University of Udine are free of charge for students enrolled in the Master programme.Students may obtain credits for pertinent and certified professional experiences and for academic courses that do not constitute a requisite for admission.
Enrolment in the Master programme at the University of Udine requires one of the following degrees:
> Italian Undergraduate degree
> Italian Graduate degree
> a foreign degree of equivalent standing
Euroculture candidates are selected according to selection criteria common to all partner universities. Proof of English skills has to be provided unless students have graduated in English or studied in an English speaking country for at least two semesters.
There is a maximum of 25 students admitted to the course
Prof. Claudio Cressati
Admission application:20 September 2015.
Enrolment application: 1 October 2015.
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