Students are offered the possibility to build a personal profile according to their individual preferences and skills alongside the compulsory contents of study and the concomitant knowledge and proficiencies. Thus, the contents and functional ties of the modules within this part of study are freely selectable.
If selected accordingly, students can shape their profile in cultural studies by acquiring up to 135 CP, provided that courses within optional studies, during the study abroad, the project module, and the bachelor thesis fall within this field. The same is true for profiling in one of the specialisation areas, logistics/urban sociology, economics/organization theory, or computer science/IT-management. Provided that students select accordingly, these areas of study can account for a total of up to 155 CP.
As a result, this programme is compatible with domestic and international master programmes and, by extension, allows for the transition into academic and non-university research and development. Thereby the profiling part of this programme facilitates the integration of our graduates in regionally, nationally, and internationally cross-linked spheres of work due to their interdisciplinary skill set.
Besides the individual profiling and the development of distinctive skills, Optional Studies (20 CP) aim at finding synergies between the chosen foci and promote the ability to work in interdisciplinary contexts. Courses comprising the two modules (10 CP each) can be attended during the entire duration of study and are freely selectable from the range of offers by the Faculty of Humanities and other faculties of the OVGU.
We highly recommend students to consider honing their language skills, not least due to the programme’s decidedly international profile, the partly English-taught curriculum, and the compulsory study abroad. UNIcert® foreign language courses offered by the Language Centre can be credited with 10 CP each in PM 34 and PM 35. It is therefore possible to complete either two levels of the same foreign language or cultivate two different foreign languages. In order to receive credits for foreign language courses, students will have to complete one UNIcert® level respectively (duration usu. three semesters). The Language Centre offers the following UNIcert® foreign language courses:
- English UNIcert® III (Economics/Engineering/Social Sciences) and UNIcert® IV (Economics)
- French UNIcert® I and II
- Italian UNIcert® I
- Russian UNIcert® Basics and I
- Spanish UNIcert® I and II
For further information, please see the examination regulations for UNIcert®.
The semester abroad aims at developing the individual subject-specific profile and honing foreign language skills. Moreover, students will learn to operate appropriately in different cultural, linguistic, political, and social contexts and improve their social and intercultural competencies. In addition, studying at a different university (usu. abroad) provides students with the possibility to get to know new or different approaches and methodologies of the respective disciplines. Students will have to select courses (PM 36) worth 30 CP from the offer of the host university according to their particular interests. We recommend that students have their individual profile in mind when choosing classes and focus on cultural studies or any other subject from the specialisation area. For more information, see here.
The project modules (PM 37 and PM 38) seek to enhance students’ ability to deal with the contents of their disciplines in a practical way, putting a strong emphasis on job-speci¬fic qualifications. An introduction to project management (5 CP) is followed by actual project work (25). The projects are supposed to link explorative learning and applied cultural studies. Also, students can acquire the credit points cumulatively in several single or group projects during the course of their studies. It is therefore possible to attend project seminars offered by the faculties involved in the programme, to carry out one’s own projects (for instance, conducting empirical research abroad or organising field trips), but also engage in socially relevant projects with non-university partners, e.g. by coordinating city events. The project modules hone the ability to plan, conduct, and present interdisciplinary projects as well as self-organisation, teamwork, and critical self-reflection. For more information, see here.
The eight-semester programme closes with the Bachelor thesis, through which students deepen their knowledge of one subfield of their studies. Studies concerned with interdisciplinary interfaces are highly recommended. The Bachelor thesis (PM 39) can be counted either to the cultural studies (A) or the specialization area (B) of the programme. Every student who is writing a Bachelor thesis is required to attend a colloquium in the same semester. In the colloquium, students will have to present contents and structure of their thesis as well as first results in order to engage in discussion with their peers and the thesis supervisors. For more information, see here.