This cutting-edge Master's programme is dedicated to the relationship between culture, the arts and organisation. The programme introduces cultural and sociological theories as critical lenses for studying contemporary organisation and organising. On this basis, you learn to engage with organisational and entrepreneurial practices in different sectors, systems, fields and industries of arts and culture.
The Culture and Organisation Master's programme is situated at the intersection of the organisation of culture and the arts and what is called the ‘culturalisation’ of organisations. With modules dedicated to cultural and artistic fields, institutions and digital networks, the programme studies culture as an empirical setting. The present and future practices of work and organisation are investigated in their urban, institutional and networked contexts. Culture and the arts, and cultural theory, are therefore studied as critical agents for understanding and shaping our society.
The courses introduce students to cultural sociology, the sociology of arts and culture, the study of digital cultures and new forms of organising and of management and cultural entrepreneurship. This is done by taking an international approach and engaging with research from various places and settings. Although the programme overall is taught in English, some electives are offered in German.
The Master's programme approaches culture in two ways – as an empirical setting and as a critical and conceptual lens. You learn to study and understand different institutions and organisations in cultural and artistic sectors (from urban movements to the creative industries and network culture). You learn to investigate the different organisational modes, entrepreneurial and social practices and technologies and discourses that shape these institutions and organisations. Employing a broad understanding of culture as a lens, the Master's programme also mobilises cultural and social theories in order to critically reflect on how organisational practices and discourses are shaped by cultural and technological transformations.
This comprehensive approach to culture and organisation is based on longstanding research traditions and current research projects at Leuphana University. These include the sociology of artistic organisation and of cultural entrepreneurship, and interdisciplinary research into creative industries and digital cultures. The programme is run by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in close cooperation with the Faculty of Business and Economics. Through different formats of innovative student engagement, the programme combines fieldwork-centred education with research-based teaching.
There are four components to the Culture and Organisation programme. In the core area of study, you explore key topics in the field of organizations and organizing culture and the arts, cultural entrepreneurship, digital media and cultural sociology.
There are also three complementary components: electives, integration modules and Complementary Studies. The electives allow you to both focus and broaden your study of culture and organisation, e.g. with modules on organisation theory, digital cultures or critical studies. It is also possible to choose entrepreneurship or business studies modules as electives. The integration modules for cultural studies bring together students from all Master's programmes at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and familiarise them with the history and methods of and current debates in cultural studies. Complementary Studies enable you to take classes beyond your immediate field of study in order to broaden your understanding of key contemporary challenges for culture and society. These four components together prepare you for writing your research-based Master's dissertation and participating in the Master's Forum, the accompanying colloquium at which you present and discuss their dissertation projects.
During the fourth semester of their Masters programme, you embark on their dissertation. Dissertations link advanced theories to an in-depth engagement with core empirical phenomena of culture and organisation. A collective process organized around dissertation-writing means you will share your experiences and receive regular support from peers and teaching staff: the dissertation is not simply an individual challenge. The dedicated Master's Forum brings all students together with teaching staff and is a space in which you can present yourr work in progress, learn about methods, and receive peer-to-peer feedback.
The Master's programme gives you an understanding of the way in which organisation fundamentally conditions culture and society, and it teaches methodological and analytical skills for research into the discourses, practices and technologies of organisation. The programme provides practice-based knowledge of, and competencies for, organising culture and teaches you transferable skills in communication and teamwork. All of these capabilities and skills are in high demand in a wide range of occupations.
The programme is suitable both for students seeking to pursue an academic career and for those who would like to take on responsible roles in the cultural and creative industry, in the arts, in the media, in the public sector, in urban development or in foundations and charitable organizations.
Qualified students with a particular interest in research have the option of simultaneously registering for the Doctoral Track. Combining the Masters and doctoral phases offers you a unique opportunity to join the scholarly community at very early stage.
At a Glance
- Degree awarded: Master of Arts, MA
- Application period: April 1 - June 1
- Type of programme: Thematic relevance
- Study places: 25
- Start date: Every winter term, October
- Extent: 120 ECTS
- Duration: 4 semesters
- Language: English, some electives in German
- Location: Lüneburg
- Contribution per semester: 360 EUR *
*subject to change
About the School
Leuphana University established Germany’s first public college. Its Graduate School merges the academic demands of masters and doctorates, and its own Professional School offers highly regarded furthe ... Read More