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Master academic cultural studies

Studies and their specificities

Master academic Cultural Studies are built upon the tradition of contemporary Cultural Studies, which observe the culture as directly linked with “economic, social, political and technological processes”. Cultural Studies are highly political; they deal with all forms of cultural life, approaching culture from contemporary theoretical positions. Cultural Studies are primarily intended for students who want to expand their knowledge at graduate level with a set of relevant and contemporary paradigms of Cultural Studies, to get introduced with principles of academic research, writing and presentation and prepare themselves for future practical or academic work.

Having in mind the interdisciplinarity and politicity of thus drafted programme of MA Cultural Studies, which prepares students for acquisition of theoretical apparatus enabling them for analysis of contemporary phenomena and for understanding of global cultural phenomena and the Serbian culture in its European and world context, the advantage of such studies in comparison with less comparative and politically unfounded cultural studies are multiple. After the successful completion of studies, students are trained for work in various governmental and non-governmental organizations dealing with problems of contemporary culture in the broadest sense of the word (from culture of everyday life, through cultural policy, theory of arts, to the issue of multiculturalism), for participation in creation of cultural policies and preservation of cultural diversity and Serbian cultural heritage, for media and other agencies which comprehend culture in the broadest sense of word, and for dealing with production, publication and journalist tasks and all profiles of public servants which require broad knowledge and interdisciplinary bases for understanding of contemporary cultural phenomena.

Organization of studies

By definition, Cultural Studies are an interdisciplinary field which summarizes achievements of different academic disciplines (anthropology, sociology, philosophy, political science etc) in such a manner as the offered courses, rather than representing separate disciplines, represent their synthesis aimed at presentation and understanding of different aspects of culture and contemporary cultural life. Thus one the one hand culture is observed as an analytic concept, which complex history is studied and theoretically considered, whereas on the other hand culture is understood as a live element of contemporary life which encompasses multiple economic and political transformations.

Studies are organized in two semesters. In the first semesters students attend two mandatory courses: Cultural Studies and Cultural Anthropology and choose two courses out of the following offered: Philosophy of Culture, Image of the Other, Culture, Society, Individual.

In the second semester students choose three out of the following five offered courses: History of European Culture, The EU Cultural and Media Policy, Balkan Cultures, Culture of Socialism and Post-Socialism, Cultural Industries.

Teaching staff

Teaching staff at the offered courses include prominent professors, experts in cultural studies like: Jelena Đorđević, Marina Simić, Časlav Koprivica, Čedomir Čupić, Slobodan Marković, Ljubinka Trgovčević, Aleksandra Krstić, together with a large number of visiting professors, experts in the relevant fields of studies.

This programme also hosts visiting professors – experts in particular fields from the University of Belgrade, University of Arts and selected European academic centres.

Head of the studies: Prof. Jelena Đorđević.

Entrance examination

In deciding on selection of candidates two factors will have a decisive role: average grade at the undergraduate studies and the impression left by the candidate on the entrance commission during the interview, on the bases of the profile of completed BA studies, activities and interest in this programme and other relevant fields (academic papers, participation in projects, potential artistic creativity etc).

Contact: Prof. Jelena Đorđević, krplja@eunet.rs

This study programme was accredited in 2015.


1st semester

Course Semester Status Workload

(lectures + seminars)

Preparation for final paper 1 compulsory 6
Cultural Anthropology 1 compulsory 3+0 6
Cultural Industries 1 compulsory 3+0 6
Philosophy of Culture 1 elective 2+1 6
Image of the Other 1 elective 3+0 6
Culture, Society, Individual 1 elective 3+0 6

Elective bloc 1 (2 of 3 courses to be chosen)

Semester 2

Course Semester Status Workload

(lectures + seminars)

Final paper writing 2 compulsory 10
Final paper defence 2 compulsory 2
Cultural Industries 2 elective 2+1 6
History of European Culture 2 elective 3+0 6
The EU Cultural and Media Policy 2 elective 2+1 6
Balkan Cultures 2 elective 3+0 6
Culture of Socialism and Post-Socialism 2 elective 3+0 6

Elective bloc 2 (3of 5 ECTS to be chosen)