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* The academic subjects of the interdisciplinary Masters programme are concerned with the study of cultural processes and change in all areas of history, society and culture. The research-oriented Masters programme is based on an integrative concept of culture which is understood as the totality of all human activities with a material, symbolic and social dimension. It conceives of cultural change as a result of human perception, thinking and practice which is represented in language, history, society, science, art and religion. The study programme aims at the interdisciplinary directed transmission of theoretical and practical knowledge, thereby qualifying its graduates to understand the complex conditions, patterns, processes and representations of social and cultural change in globalizing societies.
* A comprehensive understanding of the constituents, dimensions, and (re-)con¬structions of culture calls for interdisciplinary co-operation. The participating subjects are German and English Studies, History, Catholic Theology and Philosophy, Social and Political Sciences. The course of study consists of co-modules which reflects and analyses the context-specific and subject-specific application of methods in problem and practical areas of culture and knowledge transfer through texts and other media. The module titles are: i) historical anthropology; ii) narrative dispositions of cultures; iii) gender cultures; iv) globalization/ regionalization; v) political cultures and media; vi) cultural memory. The curricular design is based on the premise that any academic exploration of culture perceives its task as an interpretive appropriation which strives to comprehend the aesthetic, political and cognitive dimensions of cultural relationships in their basic narrative structures, and focuses on the individual in the context of his or her social relationships.
* Cultural change requires a new and unique set of skills. The course of study enables graduates to understand the cultural effects of historic and contemporary theory and practice, to critically appraise the different dimensions of culture such as communication and media, science and knowledge, identity and alterity, body and gender, perception and memory, time and space in literary texts, visual artefacts, and performative acts and to apply interdisciplinary methods and approaches. The study programme also mediates key competencies relevant to practical situations. It qualifies its graduates for a professional career in the cultural and educational sector, journalism and public relations, publishing, charities and NGOs, international organisations on the one hand, and for postgraduate research on the other hand.
* The Masters programme takes place in (DAAD funded) co-operation with the University of AlAzhar in Cairo, Egypt which offers similar modules starting October 2012 which are also taught in German.