Master's Degree Programme in Nordic Cultural and Social Resilience

University of Turku

Program Description

Master's Degree Programme in Nordic Cultural and Social Resilience

University of Turku

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HOW DO SOCIETIES REACT AND ADJUST TO CULTURAL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL CHANGES?

For example, in what ways can digitalization contribute to the preservation and transmission of cultural heritage or minority languages? How do the Baltic and Arctic sea areas work as a laboratory for provisioning and adapting to global changes? What can we learn from Nordic experience? What are the tools and best practices to enhance resilience?

The curriculum of the Master’s Degree Programme in Nordic Cultural and Social Resilience (NOCURE) is a combination of modules focusing on cultural, environmental, and societal themes related to sustainability and resilience, as well as on the interplay between the local, regional and global scales. By employing an interdisciplinary approach, the NOCURE provides the students with in-depth problem-solving skills and critical expertise for the benefit of future societies.

Graduates of the NOCURE find employment in public, private and third sector jobs, such as national and international organisations and companies where knowledge on resilience, sustainability and change is demanded. Graduates’ expertise qualifies them for a wide array of government and jurisprudence positions as well as for a research career.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

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ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE & EXPERIENCE

The interdisciplinary Master’s Degree Programme in Nordic Cultural and Social Resilience NOCURE provides you with advanced training in cultural and social resilience and in building capacity to manage major global changes, including climate change. The NOCURE targets Finnish and international students with a variety of academic backgrounds and career plans.

Our curriculum is a combination of modules focusing on cultural, environmental, and societal themes related to sustainability and resilience, as well as on the interplay between the local, regional and global scales. The cultural angle includes topics such as cultural heritage and memory, cultural history, identity, digital heritage, and curation and cultural diplomacy. The environmental angle touches upon issues related to green growth, environmental politics and governance, and science and technology studies particularly in the context of the Baltic Sea and Arctic regions. The social angle, in turn, focuses on global justice, democracy, security, and the experience of the Nordic welfare state. The NOCURE programme is based on the best practices of the Finnish education system and our international teaching and research networks in the Nordic and Baltic regions in particular.

MASTER'S THESIS & TOPICS

In the Master’s thesis, the students must prove their ability to do scientific work and manage research methods, knowledge of the research field, and skill of scientific writing.

Examples of thesis topics are:

  • The impacts of the EU strategy on the circular economy in Finland
  • Improving resilience and adaptation strategies of livelihoods in coastal areas
  • Social integration of Syrian male refugees in Finland

COMPETENCE DESCRIPTION

The NOCURE master’s degree programme will provide you with high-quality and extensive expertise on issues related to resilience, sustainability and social change. In the programme, you learn:

  • to analyse issues related to resilience from various viewpoints
  • to apply interdisciplinary conceptualisations and research approaches
  • to formulate relevant research problems
  • to generate new knowledge and work for sustainability and resilience in society
  • skills and expertise needed to understand and manage complex phenomena related to social change

You acquire the following practical skills:

  • collecting and using various kinds of research data
  • presenting your analysis textually and orally in a scientific way
  • justifying your analytical choices
  • analytical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • written and oral communication skills
  • collaborative work skills and organisational skills

JOB OPTIONS

Graduates of the Master’s Degree Programme in Nordic Cultural and Social Resilience find employment in public, private and third sector jobs, such as national and international organisations and companies, where knowledge on resilience, sustainability and change is demanded. Graduates’ expertise prepares them for government and jurisprudence positions as well as for a research career.

This Programme is a great option especially for students who wish to pursue a career in

  • national and international research
  • national and international politics
  • sustainability policies
  • institutions and organisations in private and public sectors as well as non-governmental organisations and civil society
  • arts, writing and media careers

Working life connections in the Programme are maintained by visiting organisations working in the field of the Programme, taking an active part in various events and inviting visiting lecturers, for example, from Finnish, Nordic and European governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Students are also encouraged to complete an internship during the Programme. The internship is optional but can be included in the degree.

CAREER IN RESEARCH

Graduates of the Programme are eligible to apply to the doctoral programmes in the relevant fields of humanities and social sciences.

GENERAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Applying students must provide a three-year Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or equivalent diploma in the relevant field of humanities or social sciences, or human geography. The degree has to be completed by 10 July 2018. Prospective candidates should have a good level of proficiency in the English language and they are expected to demonstrate their language skills according to the language requirements set by the University of Turku (see below).

The applicants that pass the academic and English language proficiency requirements will be graded and approximately 20 applicants with the highest points (max 100 points) will be selected. The decision on admission will be based on:

  • motivation letter expressing the motivation to study specifically in this Programme (0-60 points)
  • Bachelor’s thesis or corresponding final thesis as well as relevant previous studies (0-40 points. The assessed elements include the scientific quality, extent and the relevance of the contents from the viewpoint of the Programme.

PROGRAMME-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

Applying students must provide three years Bachelor, Master or equivalent diploma in relevant humanities or social sciences, or human geography. The degree has to be completed by 10 July 2018.

To evaluate what subjects are relevant, please explore the programme profile and contents on the website of the programme.

Prospective candidates should have a good level of proficiency in the English language.

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Last updated January 28, 2018
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2 years
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