Cultural Studies is a cross-disciplinary field that sets out to research, understand and describe the ways in which humans develop meaning for the world around them. It researches the practices, beliefs, customs, behaviour, values, art forms, etc. of human societies from all times, since antiquity until today.
With various focus points, the Cultural Studies field provides potential students with a wide choice of study. Having the possibility to focus on any meaningful artefact of culture, students can tackle: history, literature, film, photography, fashion, politics and much more. Combining theoretical research with practical insight, a professional of this filed is able to describe the consequences and influences of culture on the individual and societal behaviour and perception.
Having the knowledge of understanding of diverse ethical models and behaviour patterns and trends, a graduate of this discipline can be a key asset to the field of marketing for example. Public and private consultancy is another professional area in which graduates can become active.
The Netherlands has a long and rich history and tradition in arts, design and artistic and technological innovation. Famous Dutch modern fine artists are Piet Mondriaan and Gerrit Rietveld (De Stijl), Karel Appel and Constant (COBRA) and architect Berlage (Amsterdamse School). Also modern artists who use technological innovations such as Peter Struyken, Mischa Klein, Daan Roosegaarde, Herm Maat and Theo Jansen are world renowned.
The Utrecht Summer School offers an opportunity to travel back in time and experience the art from both traditions first hand, staying in two cities that played a pivotal part in their country’s art: Florence and Utrecht. This highly interactive course for the most part takes place in front of the original artworks, enabling you to experience, discuss and learn about the artwork firsthand.
This Summer School programme is organised for students from the VWO level of the Dutch education system, university students and teachers, and other people interested in classical literature.
Each European country has its own cultures, religions, traditions and languages. Despite this rich and enduring cultural diversity, European countries have for decades been engaged in a joint supranational project aimed at political and economic integration within the European Union. This course aims to introduce students to the foundations of this European project.
Geneva has long been one of the world’s capitals of international law and the headquarters of international institutions dedicated to human rights. This inspiring context naturally led to the focus and strength of the University of Geneva in international human right laws and policies.
This special track offers you the opportunity to explore Europe, a continent of great diversity. In the first two weeks you will explore European Culture. After that you will be introduced to key issues in European civilization from the emergence of European nationalism to the end of the Second World War. In the last two weeks the course will examine the postwar situation in Europe.
For the fourth time we invite guests from all over the world to participate in our Summer Educational Program “Russian Studies – Russia 2030”, that is distinguished by its futuristic directionality in combination with modern educational approach and fundamental scientific base. The School will be held on July, 28 - August, 18, 2014.
This course will examine the cultural dimensions of empires in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Students will discuss the historical background of various empires during this period and will be introduced to the terminology and the academic debate. Issues that will be examined during the course include the direct and indirect forms of empire, civilizing missions, the role of culture and representation, and the complex cultural exchanges between the center and the periphery.
Organiser: University of Helsinki. This course examines recent changes in post-socialist societies in Russia and Eastern Europe. It focuses on social and cultural change in Russia, but also offers insights into Eastern European developments. Taught by a group of area studies experts who specialise in political history, sociology, and political and cultural studies, the course provides students with multidisciplinary approaches to the study of post-socialist cultures and societies. Particular attention will be paid to questions of identity, geopolitics and globalisation. The course also addresses questions of gender, environmental development and human rights.
Organiser: University of Helsinki. What is meant by Intercultural Communication? What are the contexts in which Intercultural Communication typically occurs and what are its distinguishing features? Which factors contribute to success or failure in Intercultural Communication? Taking questions such as these as points of departure, the course addresses its themes from a sociolinguistic perspective. These themes are linked by the key concepts of misunderstanding and manipulation.
Summer Business School - Module “Open Your Mind to Russia” - Within the module you will gain the knowledge about Russian business, culture, identity, national history, government, customs, traditions, you’ll visit «Baltica» brewery company, while extra academic activities will bring you into inner life of Russian Cultural Capital.
This course will explore the question of Dutch identity by placing the history of the Netherlands and Dutch art in a wider European and transatlantic perspective. Furthermore, you will be introduced to the rich cultural traditions that the Netherlands developed from the Dutch Golden Age to the present day in such artistic fields as painting, literature, poetry and film making.