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  • 14 March 2016

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    A two-year Master's Degree Programme "European Heritage, Digital Media and the Information Society" is at the University of Turku hosted by the School of History, Culture and Arts Studies. The Masters degree is a joint programme developed and produced in collaboration with five universities that together consists a network called Euromachs. The partner universities are the University of Coimbra in Portugal, the University of Salento in Lecce, Italy, the University of Cologne in Germany, and the Karl-Franzens University in Graz, Austria.

    Diversity and variety of cultural traditions are central to European life. They provide enrichment to our culture, but are also challenging and need to be understood and supported. The significant role of media in modern society also brings challenges. Media is often thought of in terms of technology, but content is also needed.
    The ability to send and receive messages is required at an increased level in a modern information society. In Europe, there is a continuous need for people with an understanding of society, cultural identities and media. However, one should not underestimate the importance of technological knowledge; it is essential in bringing out humanistic views.

    One of the central problems in contemporary information society is the gap between rapidly evolving technology and the slower production rate of new content for emerging media. To avoid this gap, a new type of education is needed.

    The European joint programme "European Heritage, Digital Media and the Information Society", aims at producing top level professionals capable of building new bridges between cultural content, historical heritage and information technology. By integrating the humanities and information technology, the programme offers the possibility of opening up new job possibilities for humanists. This can vary from the media to entrepreneurial academic activities and different tasks of demanding expertise. As the labour market is becoming more competitive, this kind of education can provide good employment opportunities.


    This module leads the students to the objectives of the programme and to the ways to conduct it. It gives the students the base for developing both the generic and subject specific competences in the programme. In the introduction module the students also have to write their individual study plan, which helps them to manage their studies more effectively.

    M1.1. Introduction

    Course code: HERI0101
    Credits: 2 ECTS

    Learning outcomes: Student knows how to:

    * conduct ones studies through the two-year programme
    * use and update an individual study plan
    * use library and other relevant university facilities and services

    Course contents: Introductory meetings, making the individual study plan, university and library info.
    Teaching methods: Lectures, meetings with the tutor and coordinator
    Assessment methods: Continuous assessment, grading: pass/fail
    Person in charge: Coordinator
    Year of study, semester: 1st year, autumn term, I period

    M1.2. Web based International Seminar

    Course code: HERI0102
    Credits: 8 ECTS

    Learning outcomes: Student knows how to:

    * use online work environment effectively
    * work as a part of larger online cultural project
    * find relevant source material for the seminar project
    * collaborate with international students and teachers of the EuroMACHS network

    Course contents: The students and teachers from the four universities will work together in the online seminar. Students will follow the face-to-face seminars in their university of enrolment, and at the same time they will follow the online seminar. The students are divided to mixed groups with members from each university, to plan and create a small online project.

    Teaching methods: Online seminar and project, international teamwork
    Assessment methods: Continuous assessment, based on the activity of the student, grading: 0-5.
    Person in charge: Coordinator
    Year of study, semester: 1st year, IIII period


    Module aims at deepening and broadening the theoretical and methodological knowledge of students. They will be aware of the research and debates in the field of study and know how to use techniques accepted in the profession. Students will be able to understand the overall structure of the disciplines taught in the programme and their connection to other disciplines.

    M2.1. Studying the Past: Theory and Practice

    Course code: HERI 0201
    Credits: 5 ECTS

    Learning outcomes:

    * understanding of the main characteristics of historical research
    * awareness of differences in historiographical interpretations
    * critical awareness of the relationship between historian and primary sources
    * ability to recognize and critically analyse the roles of the past in the present society

    Course contents: The course deals with theoretical and methodological questions of historical research focusing on the complex relationship between the past and present, including how the past exists in the present day.
    Teaching methods: Lectures, tutorials with the coordinator
    Assessment methods: Continuous assessment, examination, grading: 0-5
    Person in charge: Prof. Taina Syrjämaa
    Year of study, semester: 1st year, autumn term, III period

    M2.2. Research Theory in Digital Culture

    Course code: HERI0202-0204
    Credits: 5 ECTS

    Learning outcomes:

    * Student is familiar with basic concepts of digital culture and its academic research
    * Student can adapt few basic digital cultural research methods such as benchmarking and user observation to ones own work

    * Student is able to use and apply some web 2.0 working environments such as wikimedia platforms

    Course contents: With this course students familiarize themselves with digital culture as a contemporary practice and an academic discipline. Course consists of exam based on literature (Charlie Gere: Digital Culture or other optional literature) and on-line admissions on varying themes such as game and mobile cultures, digital art and digital cultural production.

    Teaching methods: Lectures and practical work
    Assessment methods: Examination and assessment of practical work, grading: 0-5
    Person in charge: Prof. Jaakko Suominen
    Year of study, semester: 1st year, autumn term, II period

    M2.3. Questions, methods and representations

    Course code: HERI0205-0206
    Credits: 5 ECTS

    Learning outcomes:

    * Students understand the role of theoretical and methodological knowledge and are able to connect their own research problems to a relevant theoretical or methodological background in study plan and essay.

    * They will be aware of the research and debate in the field of their own subject concerning European Heritage, Digital Culture and Information Society.

    * They also gain awareness of and ability to use tools of different human sciences.

    Course contents: Supervised planning and writing of an essay.
    Teaching methods: Supervised writing of 1-5 page individual study plan and 8-12 page methodological group essay in online working-environment.
    Assessment methods: Continuous assessment, study plan and essay, grading: 0-5.
    Person in charge: Dr. Anna Sivula
    Year of study, semester: 1st year, autumn term, III period


    Students will get a good command of a specialized field within the discipline at an advanced level, including the newest theories, interpretations and methods. They will learn how to apply theoretical and methodological knowledge in more specialized subject related issues in the fields of history, cultural heritage and digital culture. The studies conducted in partner universities are mainly exchanged in these modules.

    M3.1. Urban Heritage and Lived Environment

    Course code: HERI0301-0303
    Credits: 5-10 ECTS

    Learning outcomes:

    * ability to use basic concepts in the study of urban heritage
    * knowledge of local urban history and its relation to European cultural heritage
    * ability to work in a multicultural team

    Course contents: The course analyzes relations between cultural heritage and urban environment. The course traces the presence of the past in urban space, urban way of life as a cultural heritage, city as a sensory experience and the connections between urbanity, nationality and consumerism.

    Teaching methods: Lectures, case study, teamwork
    Assessment methods: Lecture diary, case study and essay, grading: 0-5
    Person in charge: Prof. Hannu Salmi
    Year of study, semester: 1st year, spring term, IIIIV period

    M3.2. Production of Social Media

    Course code: HERI0304-0305
    Credits: 5-10 ECTS

    Learning outcomes:

    * Student is familiar with concept of social media
    * Student can use web-based social media tools for ones own work
    * Student is able to produce base material for digital cultural project
    * Student gains ability to identify and utilize appropriately sources of information for a research project

    Course contents: Course consists of on-line admissions about social media and its digital tools. Optionally, course consists of research and digital material production for a digital cultural project with an external, non-academic partner.

    Teaching methods: On-line course and examination or individual practical exercises and work
    Assessment methods: Examination, team work presentations, grading: 0-5
    Person in charge: Prof. Jaakko Suominen
    Year of study, semester: 1st year, spring term, III-IV period

    M3.3. Experts for e-learning Humanities

    Course code: HERI0306-0310
    Credits: 5-20 ECTS

    Learning outcomes: Student knows how to:

    * plan web-based course contents on history and cultural heritage
    * design actual courses by using Moodle environment
    * apply the previous knowledge on e-learning history in the design process
    * teach and tutor such courses

    Course contents: On this course students can specialize in the uses and basic pedagogical challenges of e-learning in the teaching of history and cultural heritage. They will learn about the processes of designing, planning and tutoring of web based courses. They also get knowledge of and ability to use information retrieval tools.
    a) E-learning pedagogy and history
    b) Learning Management Systems and Information and Communication Technologies
    c) Digital and digitized contents of history
    d) E-learning history: rehearsals and analysis

    Teaching methods: Lectures, practical training
    Assessment methods: Examination, exercise, grading: 0-5
    Person in charge: Coordinator
    Year of study, semester: 1st year, spring term, period III-IV, 2nd year, autumn term, period I

    M3.4 Optional Studies

    Course code: HERI0311-0312
    Credits: 5-20 ECTS
    Year of study: 1st and 2nd year

    Learning outcomes: Student knows how to:

    * develop ones own specific skills in various areas
    * strengthen ones Masters Thesis material and further develop various project works

    Course contents: Can include for example language studies, thematically applicable special courses, literature or essays.
    Teaching methods: Lectures, seminars, literature
    Assessment methods: Examination or essay etc. Grading: pass/fail or 0-5
    Person in charge: Prof. Auvo Kostiainen


    In this module students will acquire high level skills in project management. Project Management is characterized by a practice-based and multidisciplinary approach. The students are provided with an overview of cultural policy and its management. The students will acquire extensive skills in project design and management as well as in financing, budgeting and marketing. The module includes training period which enables students to develop and apply their knowledge and skills in practice. Students will prepare a report from their training period, in which they make evaluation of the competences gained.

    M4.1. Cultural Management

    Course code: HERI0401-0403
    Credits: 10 ECTS

    Learning outcomes: The students learn to:

    * apply their knowledge of European heritage to cultural management
    * acquire extensive skills in cultural heritage related project design and management, as well as in financing, budgeting and marketing

    Course contents: Supervised planning and managing of cultural production, including the co-operation with stakeholders and reporting to both supervisor and stakeholders. Project will be carried out in collaboration with some cultural organization or institution, e.g. museum, cultural enterprise or institution of learning.
    Teaching methods: Lectures, group work in project and a report
    Assessment methods: Continuous assessment, report, grading: 0-5
    Person in charge: Dr. Anna Sivula
    Year of study, semester: 2nd year, autumn term, III period

    M4.2. Practical Training

    Course code: HERI0404
    Credits: 10 ECTS

    Learning outcomes: Student knows how to:

    * apply the skills learned in the programme in a work environment
    * evaluate and present ones own competence and evolvement of various skills needed in the training

    Course contents: Practice in a cultural institution, company etc.
    Assessment methods: Report, including students self-evaluation of the outcomes of training, grading: pass/fail
    Person in charge: Coordinator
    Year of study, semester: 2nd year

    5. THESIS, 50 ECTS HERI0500

    Students acquire the capacity for applying theoretical and methodological competencies and skills in practice. They show their ability to plan, carry out and present in written form a research-based thesis.

    5.1. Seminar

    Course code: HERI0501-0502
    Credits: 10 ECTS

    Learning outcomes: Student knows how to:

    * formulate a relevant research problem for the Masters Thesis
    * control the pressures of the process of writing a large study,
    * make a strict schedule for ones writing process
    * defend ones ideas, but also apply the critique received in the seminar for the benefit of the Masters Thesis

    Course contents: In the seminar students are tutored to write their Masters Thesis. They learn to give narrative form to research results and to comment texts according to the canons of the discipline. The themes, research problems, methodology etc. of the students thesis are discussed on the basis of written presentations. For gaining the ability to write their thesis in English, the seminar also includes course "Academic writing in English".

    Teaching methods: Seminar sessions, meetings with the supervisor, practice course
    Assessment methods: Continuous assessment, grading: pass/fail
    Person in charge: Professors, Coordinator
    Year of study, semester: 1st and 2nd year

    5.2. Masters Thesis

    Course code: HERI0503
    Credits: 40 ECTS

    Learning outcomes: Student knows how to:

    * research and write an independent large study
    * present ones Thesis according to internationally recognized manners of scholarly work
    * produce critical arguments and new humanistic knowledge

    Course contents: Students apply the intellectual, theoretical and methodological knowledge acquired by writing independently and presenting a research-based Masters Thesis.

    Person in charge: Professors
    Assessment Methods: The estimation scale for Masters Thesis is: improbatur (fail), approbatur, lubenter approbatur, non sine laude approbatur, cum laude approbatur, magna cum laude approbatur, eximia cum laude approbatur and laudatur.

    Year of study, semester: 2nd year

    University requirements

    • you have a nationally recognized first cycle degree – normally a Bachelor’s degree – from an accredited institution of higher education,
    • your degree corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study,
    • your degree is in the same field as the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying for or closely related to it.

    Program requirements

    A three years Bachelors degree or an equivalent degree at the university level in an applicable field, for example history or cultural studies. The degree should correspond to 180 ECTS.Students, who will complete their degree before the end of July can apply, in which case they must have a statement from their university, certifying that they will complete it in due time.Language requirements * A very good knowledge of English. Additional knowledge of at least one language of the region is advantageous. * All applicants are required to proof their knowlwdge of English in one of the folloinwing ways:1) a Bachelors degree or an equivalent degree from English speaking universities in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States, or2) a Bachelors degree or an equivalent degree from English language program in EU/EEA Countries including studies in English language, or3) Studies (min. 20 ECTS) taken in a English language program at the University of Turku, or4) one of the following laguages tests. See below *In the University of Turku the minimum scores to be approved are: * TOEFL: 575 points from the paper-based test90 points from the internet-based test * IELTS: the minimum overall band score is 6.5 and no individual scores below 5.5. * The Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): pass grades A, B or C * The Certificate In Advanced English (CAE): pass grades A, B, or C * The test for the National Certificate of Language Proficiency in English set by the Finnish National Board of Education: an average score of 5.Language tests taken more than two years prior to application deadline will not be accepted.* It is the applicant's responsibility to make testing arrangements for her/himself.When filling out the TOEFL Registration Form, please fill in University Admissions' Institution Code 3138 in the Score Report Recipient field.When filling out the IELTS Application Form to take the test, please address the test results in section 24 (Institution Applications) to University Admissions Finland. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 60 (Grade C) TOEFL paper-based test score : 575 TOEFL iBT® test: 90
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