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1 Academic regulations for MASTER S DEGREE IN EUROPEAN STUDIES THE FACULTY OF HUMANITIES THE UNIVERSITY OF AARHUS 2007

2 1. Framework provisions Title Prepared by Effective date Prescribed points Master s Degree in European Studies Institute for History and Area Studies Commences on 1 September 2007 and replaces earlier study regulations for the Master s Degree Programme in European Studies 120 ECTS Edition 2007 The objective of the degree Academic competences and qualifications The objective of the Master s Degree Programme is to develop the specialist knowledge and abilities of students and increase their theoretical and methodical qualifications and independence compared with the Bachelor level, give students specialist insight by using advanced elements of the disciplines and methods of the subject area/areas, including training in academic work and methods, developing the ability of students to perform more specialised vocational functions and to participate in academic development work, and qualify students for further study, including PhD programmes. By working on the specialist material of this field, students acquire the following qualifications and specialist/social skills: Qualifications: Knowledge of European political and cultural affairs; Knowledge of European institutions; Understanding of historical and contemporary perceptions of the idea of Europe; Understanding of historical and contemporary perceptions of the idea of Europe; Knowledge of qualitative methodology for collecting and analysing data; Knowledge of project design; Knowledge of working with research based projects; Knowledge of working in interdisciplinary and intercultural teams; Knowledge of written and oral communication for different audiences. Competences: The ability to identify and collect relevant data for understanding and analysing cultural and political affairs in Europe; The ability to identify different theoretical positions and evaluate

3 their analytical potentials; The ability to construct analytical frameworks and understand the consequences of theoretical and methodological choices. The ability to plan and accomplish projects; The ability to participate in intercultural and interdisciplinary cooperation with people from other national and educational backgrounds and to work with materials from different academic disciplines; The ability to communicate academic analyses to different audiences. Authority Admission requirements and prerequisites The Education Ministerial Order, order no. 338 of 6 May 2004 regarding Bachelor s and Master s degree programmes at universities, VTU, see Admission to the Master s Degree Programme in European Studies, line A requires a degree in a relevant Bachelor s degree programme from within the humanities or social sciences or an equivalent degree from a foreign university. Admission to line B requires that the Bachelor s degree contains the supplementary programme from European Studies, Århus University. (2). Language requirements: Since is the language of instruction, non-native speakers of are required to provide evidence of their language proficiency equivalent to B level from a Danish entrance examination. This programme gives access to Transitional regulations The Master Degree Programme in European Studies gives access to the Ph.D Programme in History, Transcultural, International and Area Studies. Students who were admitted to European Studies before 2007 can have previous exams transmitted to this programme in the following manner: 2005 Study Regulations 2007 Study Regulations History of the idea of Europe European institutions Theories of Culture Nordic Perspectives European Cultural Analysis Elective topic History of the idea of Europe European institutions Theories of Culture Current Affairs European Cultural Analysis Elective topic

4 2. Structure of the programme The Master s Degree Programme in European Studies lasts two years full time. The entire degree programme comprises 120 ECTS credits European Studies Line A Module Introduction Analysis Title of exam History of the idea of Europe Current Affairs Theories of culture ECTS Term Evaluation Evaluation Subject type 10 1 Marked 7-point scale 10 1 Marked 7-point scale 10 1 Marked 7-point scale examination with co-examiner examination with co-examiner examination with co-examiner Fundamental and compulsory Fundamental and compulsory Fundamental and compulsory Optional course/interns hip European cultural analysis European institutions Optional course or 10 2 Marked 7-point scale 10 2 Marked 7-point scale 10 2 Marked 7-point scale examination with co-examiner examination with co-examiner examination with co-examiner Fundamental and compulsory Fundamental and compulsory Optional course Project Internship Project theme 10 3 Marked 7-point scale examination with co-examiner Fundamental and compulsory Qualitative methods Research design and communicati on 10 3 Marked 7-point scale 10 3 Pass/fail or Marked 7-point scale MA Thesis MA Thesis 30 4 Marked 7-point scale External examination with external co-examiner Test without co-examiner External examination with external Fundamental and compulsory Fundamental and compulsory Fundamental and compulsory

5 co-examiner Line B Module Introduction Analysis Optional course/interns hip Title of exam Current Affairs Theories of culture European cultural analysis Optional course 1, 2, and 3 And/or ECTS Term Evaluation Evaluation Subject type 10 1 Marked 7-point scale 10 1 Marked 7-point scale 10 2 Marked 7-point scale Marked 7-point scale examination with co-examiner examination with co-examiner examination with co-examiner examination with co-examiner Fundamental and compulsory - Fundamental and compulsory - Optional course Project Internship Qualitative methods Project theme Research design and communicati on 10 3 Marked 7-point scale 10 3 Marked 7-point scale 10 3 Pass/fail or Marked 7-point scale MA Thesis Ma Thesis 30 4 Marked 7-point scale examination with co-examiner External examination with external co-examiner Exam with co-examiner external examination with external co-examiner Fundamental and compulsory Fundamental and compulsory 2.1. Guidelines for academic process The student can only register for examination in European Cultural Analysis and European Institutions once the exam in theories of Culture has been passed. The Student can only register for the examinations of The Project Module after the examination in European Cultural Analysis has been passed. The examination in European Cultural Analysis and The Optional Topic may be combined into one exam, which then merits 20 ECTS. The student can only register for the examination in The Project Theme if he or she registers for

6 the examinations in Qualitative Methods and Research Design and Communication during the same semester. Only students who have registered for the examination in The Project Theme can participate in the students conference in December. The student may only submit his or her thesis after all other examinations in the Master s degree programme have been passed module Module title Objectives (qualifications and competences) Introduction Qualifications The student gains qualifications in the form of knowledge, understanding and skills within the following areas: knowledge of different historical and contemporary perceptions of the idea of Europe; insight into different types of arguments in the discussion of Europe. knowledge of the preconditions for the contemporary political and cultural landscape in Europe through an understanding of the history of the idea of Europe; comprehension of current affairs with cultural, political and social relevance in Europe. Competences Through working on the subject matters, the student obtains academic and social skills regarding to: the ability to identify different representations of Europe with regards to the history of the idea of Europe; the ability to identify and analyse different types of arguments in the discussion of Europe; the ability to contextualise current debates about European affairs; the ability to work and study in an international environment; the ability to present academic work for an academic audience. Disciplines of the module The Introduction Module consists of the following disciplines: History of the idea of Europe, Current Affairs. Module title Objectives (qualifications and competences) Analysis Qualifications The student gains qualifications in the form of knowledge, understanding and skills within the following areas:

7 knowledge of how to apply cultural theories in analysis; insight into the role of theories in analysis. knowledge of how to analyse cultural and political issues of European relevance; knowledge of European institutions and their role in European decision making processes; knowledge of political topics of relevance to European integration and cooperation. understanding of cultural affairs in Europe; knowledge of how to analyse cultural arguments in relation to European affairs. competences Through working on the subject matters, the student obtains academic and social skills regarding: the ability to deal theoretically and analytically with a specific topic; the ability to identify and analyse different theoretical positions and evaluate their analytical potentials. the ability to apply theories of culture in analytical work. the ability to analyse and discuss current aspects of European integration; the ability to understand cultural affairs in Europe. Disciplines of the module The Analysis Module consists of the following disciplines; Theories of Culture, European Cultural Analysis, European Institutions. Module title Objectives (qualifications and competences) Optional topic/internship Qualifications Through the module optional topic/internship the student has the opportunity to give their Master s degree programme a particular academic toning by including other subject areas and thus to enhance their individual competency profile. The module gives the students the opportunity to achieve the following academic skills In case of Internship knowledge of how academic skills and qualifications are applied in a workplace; skills in combining knowledge from the European Studies programme with that of an internship; knowledge of an area or topic of relevance to the students specialisation. In case of an optional subject

8 knowledge of the theories and methods relevant to the topic in question; skills in combining knowledge from the European Studies programme with that of an optional course; knowledge of an area or topic of relevance to the students specialisation. competences Through working on the subject matters, the student obtains academic and social skills in: In case of Internship ability to reflect on the contributions of approaches and topics not covered in the European Studies programme; ability to identify, combine, and apply relevant methods and perspectives to solve specific problems; ability to contribute to the solution of a concrete task in a workplace. In case of an Optional Topic ability to reflect on the contributions of approaches and topics not covered in the European Studies programme; ability to identify, combine, and apply relevant methods and perspectives to solve specific problems in other disciplines than those represented by or at a more complex level than in the standard courses. Disciplines of the module Module title Objectives (qualifications and competences) The Optional Topic/Internship module consists of the following courses Optional topic or Internship The Project Qualifications The student gains qualifications in the form of knowledge, understanding and skills within the following areas: knowledge of relevant research topics; knowledge of qualitative methods; knowledge of project design; skills relating to data collection in a European context; experience in analysing collected data; knowledge of how to work on an academic project; understanding of how to form a functional work organisation; knowledge of how to work in interdisciplinary and intercultural teams; knowledge of different communication techniques. Competences

9 Through working on the subject matters, the student obtains academic and social skills in regards to: the ability use qualitative methods; the ability to identify, collect and analyse relevant data; the ability to participate in an intercultural and interdisciplinary work organisation; the ability to contextualise current debates about European affairs; the ability to present academic work for a specific audience; time management in a longer-term project. Disciplines of the module The Project Module consists of the following disciplines: Qualitative Methods, Project Theme, Project Design and Communication. Module title Objectives (qualifications and competences) Ma Thesis The thesis module gives the student the following qualifications and skills: Qualifications The student gains qualifications in the form of knowledge, understanding and skills within the following areas: ability to apply key terminology, theories and methodology selected from one or more disciplines within European Studies; skills in analysis; time management skills in a long-term project; skills in communication. Competences Through working on the subject matter, the student obtains academic and social skills in: identifying, combining, and applying relevant methods and perspectives to solve a specific problem; designing a project to match specific requirements of time and length; analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating the use of a combination of perspectives, tools, theories, and methodologies for a major project. Disciplines of the module The thesis module consists of the following discipline Thesis 2.3. The individual exams of the programme For each discipline the following is stated:

10 History of the Idea of Europe The objective is to introduce the student to the ambiguous and contested meanings of the concept of Europe. Furthermore the purpose is to provide the student with an understanding of how different ideas of Europe frame the current understanding of Europe as they appear in the discussion of e.g. Europe s borders, the meanings of the European Union, and European identity. demonstrates knowledge of different historical and contemporary perceptions of the idea of Europe; is able to evaluate different types of arguments in the discussion of Europe; demonstrates knowledge of the preconditions of the contemporary political and cultural landscape through an insight into ideas of Europe; is able to identify and analyse historical ideas and relate them to the contemporary context. Instructions will typically take the form of lectures combined with instruction in smaller groups. During the lectures the main points from the syllabus will be explained. The group sessions will give the student the opportunity to discuss further the problems and issues raised in the lectures and in course literature. The examination consists of written paper of minimum 10 and maximum 12 pages on a topic of the students own choice. The topic, which must be relevant for the course should be discussed with the teacher before the end of the course. The paper must include relevant parts of the syllabus. Current Affairs The purpose is to allow the student to work with a European topic or event of current interest using relevant theories and methods. Through the course the student will have the opportunity to familiarize him- or herself with the relevant literature in relation to a specific theme or topic, to acquire appropriate methodological and theoretical insight into this theme or topic, and to discuss it in an academic setting. The seminar pays particular attention to how to compose, structure and give an oral presentation. demonstrates appropriate knowledge and understanding of the course literature; demonstrate analytical and practical understanding of the

11 themes and topics of the course: demonstrates knowledge of the theoretical and methodological considerations introduced during the course; is able to discuss a current topic academically; demonstrates ability to structure and give a presentation of a given topic. Instructions will typically involve lectures, student presentations, and class discussion. The examination is a 40 minutes individual oral exam based on a pre-assigned topic relating to the course syllabus. The student will be given the assigned topic 24 hours before the exam. The exam starts with a minutes presentation by the student covering the assigned topic. This presentation is followed by a dialogue between the student and the examiner. Theories of Culture The objective is to give the student an insight into the theoretical foundation of cultural analysis and an understanding of how theories might be applied in cultural analysis and in other forms of analyses in a European context. The purpose is furthermore to introduce the student to selected theories and to develop an understanding of how they can be applied. demonstrate a knowledge and an understanding of cultural theories; is able to discuss and compare different theories; exhibits an understanding of the role of theories in analysis. Instructions will typically involve lectures and student presentations. Furthermore there will typically be tuition in smaller groups, which will allow students to discuss and reflect on theoretical positions orally and in writing. The examination consists of a written paper of minimum 10 and maximum 12 pages on an assigned topic. The student has 7 days to complete and submit the paper.

12 European Institutions The objective is to introduce the student to the historical and political development and functioning of European political institutions. The seminar will focus specifically on a few European political institutions including the institutions of the European Union. The purpose is furthermore to give the student an understanding of the institutional structures and decision-making processes of selected institutions. demonstrates knowledge of the European institutions dealt with during the course; demonstrates knowledge of the institutions role in decision-making processes in Europe; demonstrates knowledge of the relevant theories; demonstrates knowledge of the course literature. Instructions will typically take the form of lectures combined with teaching in smaller groups. During the lectures the main points from the syllabus will be explained. In the smaller groups the student will have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on lectures and texts. The exam consists of a written paper of minimum 10 and maximum 12 pages on an assigned topic. The student has 7 days to complete and submit the paper. European Cultural Analysis The objective is to give the student a comprehensive understanding of doing cultural analysis in a European context. Furthermore the purpose is to allow the student to work with the theories introduced during the course Theories of Culture in relation to specific cases. demonstrates analytical insight into the topics and themes dealt with during the course; demonstrates knowledge of course literature; demonstrates ability to use theories in analysis; demonstrates ability to evaluate and analyse cultural issues; demonstrates ability to situate cultural issues in a European context.

13 Instructions will typically involve teacher presentations, student presentations and class discussions. There may be some work with case studies, and some group work. The examination consists of a written paper of minimum 10 and maximum 12 pages on a topic of the students own choice. The topic, which must be relevant for the course should be discussed with the teacher before the end of the course. The paper must include relevant parts of the syllabus. Optional course The objective of the optional course is to allow the student to give their Master s degree programme a particular academic toning by including another subject area than the ones already included in the European Studies programme and thus to enhance their individual competency profile. The student can choose a course within or outside the Institute of History and Area Studies. The Board of Studies must approve course selection if chosen outside of European Studies. explores issues relevant to European Studies, which provides the student with an opportunity to acquire a more certain emphasis of interest. applies an understanding of key terminology, concepts, theories, and methodology learned during the optional course. combines theory, methodology, sources, and data into analysis; is able to formulate a problem and answer it. If the course is chosen from the department of European Studies, please check the relevant course for teaching forms; if the course is chosen from another department or institute, you must check their study regulations. The language of instruction. If the student follows a course at European Studies, the examination will consist of an oral exam based on a synopsis of 3-5 pages. The topic for the synopsis is chosen by the student and must be approved by the teacher one month prior to the date of the oral exam. The synopsis must be handed in 14 days before the oral exam. The duration of the oral examination is 40 minutes including evaluation. The examination starts with a minutes presentation by the student and continues as a dialogue between the student and the examiner. European Cultural Analysis in combination with Optional Topic The objective is to allow the student to do cultural analysis on a more

14 extensive material. The purpose is furthermore to allow the student to develop knowledge about cultural issues in Europe and to refine their analytical skills on the basis of working with a concrete case. demonstrates ability to construct an analytical problem which is relevant in a European context; demonstrates ability to combine knowledge from the optional course with knowledge from European cultural analysis in an analysis; demonstrates analytical insight into the topics and themes dealt with; demonstrates ability to use theories in analysis; demonstrates insights into the relevant methodology; demonstrates ability to evaluate and analyse cultural issues; The examination consists of a written paper of a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 24 pages about a relevant topic of the student s choice. The topic must be approved by the instructor of the course European Cultural Analysis before the end of this course. Internship The optional course can be exchanged for an internship in a Danish, European or international workplace. The purpose of this is to allow the student to get experience in applying academic knowledge to concrete work assignments. The internship must be of a minimum of 1 month and equal hours of work experience. The student must carry out work that matches his or her academic skills and competences. Before the internship begins, an agreement must be signed between the internship host and the Board of Studies. This agreement should as a minimum contain: Place of work Kind of work Duration of internship Contact person/supervisor Wage (if applicable) Publication Copy right student

15 reflects on how he/she applied skills acquired at European Studies, shows ability to use academic skills to deal with a topic relevant to both European Studies and the host of the internship. The internship will give the student an opportunity to learn by doing. A free paper of minimum 12 and maximum 14 pages, written about a topic defined by the student and approved by a supervisor at European Studies. The topic must be relevant for the tasks undertaken by the student during the internship. Project Theme The course Project Theme should be seen as integral with the two courses Qualitative Methods, and Research Design and Communication. The exams of these three courses should be taken in combination, and within the same semester. The purpose is to give the student the unique opportunity to combine theoretical, analytical and methodological work, and to undertake various forms of data collection, all in an intercultural and interdisciplinary team. This work may consist of the completion of a task proposed by a company, an organisation or a public institution, or it may consist in contributing to a conference publication. The purpose of the Project Theme is to give students an introduction to the relevant theoretical and empirical literature relating to the specific theme, enable them to independently identify and work with further literature and to enable them to make individual contributions to a larger project. Project Theme must be taken together with the courses Qualitative Methods and Research Design and Communication. demonstrates a theoretical and analytical understanding of the project theme; demonstrates theoretical and practical knowledge of different ways to analyse qualitative material; demonstrates ability to combine different kinds of data in analysis; is able to contribute independently to intercultural and interdisciplinary team work; Instructions will typically consist of lectures, workshops, practical exercises, teamwork and research based class discussions.

16 The examination consists of a paper of pages written individually in relation to the project theme. A first draft of this paper is to be presented and discussed at a students conference in December as part of the examination in Project Design and Communication (see below). The final draft is to be handed in the beginning of January. Disciplinbeskrivelse Qualitative Methods The objective of this course is to give the student insight into the definition and applicability of qualitative methods in order to enable the student to collect and analyse qualitative data. Furthermore the purpose is to give the student the ability to combine qualitative data with other forms of material, and the ability to reflect on methodology. During the course the student is introduced to different data collection techniques e.g. observation, interview techniques, focus groups, and questionnaires, and to different techniques for reporting and working with the collected material. demonstrates knowledge of qualitative methods; demonstrates theoretical and practical knowledge of different ways to collect qualitative material; demonstrates knowledge of ethical issues; demonstrates knowledge of how collected data can be combined with other forms of material; is able to reflect on methodology; is able to analyse qualitative data. Instructions will typically take form as lectures, workshops, practical exercises, teamwork and research based class discussions. The exam can be passed in one of two different ways: A: If the student participates in the course Project Theme, the examination consists of an individual paper of pages outlining and discussing the methodological foundation of the paper written for Project Theme. B: If the student does not participate in the course Project Theme, the examination consists of a paper of minimum 10 and maximum 12 pages where the student discusses qualitative methods in relation to an analysis of qualitative data that he or she collected themselves.

17 Research Design and Communication The objective is to train the student s ability to plan and design research projects as well as to communicate the projects to particular audiences. During the course the student will learn how to design a realistic project in view of the Objectives of the project, available time and resources. Furthermore the student will be taught to understand some epistemological and ethical consequences of design choices. The student will also be introduced to relevant communication techniques in order to enable him or her to choose the most suitable ways of communication in relation to the topic and the target audience. demonstrates theoretical and practical knowledge of research design; demonstrates ability to design a realistic project; demonstrates ability to defend theoretical and methodological choices; demonstrates knowledge of communication techniques; demonstrates ability to communicate research to a particular audience. Instructions will typically take form as lectures, workshops, practical exercises, teamwork and research based class discussions. The examination can be passed in one of two different ways: A: If the student participates in the course Project Theme, the examination is an individual oral presentation based on the first draft of a paper of pages written individually. The paper must deal with one or more topics from the course project theme. The oral examination will take place at a student conference by the end of term. B: If the student does not participate in the course Project Theme, the exam consists of an individual oral examination based on a written paper of min 5 and max 7 pages. The paper presents the research design of a specific work. The oral examination starts with an oral presentation of the specific work and continues as a dialogue between student and examiner. The oral exam lasts 20 minutes of which the student can use max 10 minutes for the presentation.

18 Ma Thesis The objective of the thesis is to train the student s ability to work independently, analytically, methodologically and theoretically with a comprehensive body of material. Through a feedback process from thesis seminar and supervisor the student learn to structure his or her work with the material, to identify relevant issues and problems, and to deal with them theoretically and methodologically. The student applies to the Board of Studies to be assigned a supervisor. is able to design a coherent project which is relevant in a European context; demonstrates knowledge of methodological issues; is able to apply theory in analysis; is able to reflect on data and analysis in relation to theories and methods; demonstrates an ability to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge acquired through the European Studies programme. employs a variety of the skills and competences acquired through the programme in European Studies within a single analytical framework. is able to communicate complex issues convincingly in an academic form. Thesis seminar and individual supervision The thesis is a written text of minimum 50 and maximum 60 pages plus a summary of maximum 2 pages. The summary is evaluated as part of the thesis. The student chooses a topic in consultation with a supervisor at the beginning of the fourth semester. The thesis is due at the end of the fourth semester. European Studies, line B Module title Objectives (qualifications and Introduction Qualifications The student gains qualifications in the form of knowledge, understanding and

19 competences) skills within the following areas: insight into different types of arguments in the discussion of Europe; comprehension of current affairs with social, cultural and political relevance in Europe. Competences Through working on the subject matters, the student obtains academic and social skills regarding to: the ability to identify and analyse different types of arguments in the discussion of Europe; the ability to contextualise current debates about European affairs; the ability to present academic work for an academic audience. Disciplines of the module The Introduction Module consists of the following disciplines: Current Affairs. Module title Objectives (qualifications and competences) Analysis Qualifications The student gains qualifications in the form of knowledge, understanding and skills within the following areas: knowledge of how to apply cultural theories in analysis; Insight into the role of theories in analysis. knowledge of how to analyse cultural issues of European relevance; understanding of cultural affairs in Europe; knowledge of how to analyse cultural arguments in relation to European affairs. Competences Through working on the subject matters, the student obtains academic and social skills regarding to: the ability to deal with cultural topics from a theoretical and analytical perspective; the ability to identify and analyse different theoretical positions and judge their analytical potentials; the ability to apply theories of culture in analytical work; the ability to understand cultural affairs in Europe. Disciplines of the module The Analysis Module consists of the following disciplines Theories of Culture,

20 European Cultural Analysis. Module title Objectives (qualifications and competences) Optional Topic/Internship Qualifications Through the module Optional Topic/Internship the student has the opportunity to give their Master s degree programme a particular academic toning by including other subject areas and thus to enhance their individual competency profile. The module gives the students the opportunity to achieve the following academic skills: knowledge of the theories and methods relevant of the topic in question; skills in combining knowledge from the European Studies programme with that of an optional course or internship; knowledge of how academic skills and qualifications are applied in a workplace; knowledge of an area or topic of relevance to the students specialisation. Competences Through working on the subject matters, the student obtains academic and social skills regarding to: : ability to reflect on the contributions of approaches and topics not covered in the European Studies programme; ability to identify, combine, and apply relevant methods and perspectives to solve specific problems in other disciplines than those represented by or at a more complex level than in the standard courses; ability to contribute to the solution of a concrete task in a workplace. Disciplines of the module Module title Objectives (qualifications and competences) The Optional Topic/Internship module consists of the following courses Optional topics 1, 2 & 3 and/or Internship ECTS The Project Qualifications The student gains qualifications in the form of knowledge, understanding and skills within the following areas: knowledge of relevant research topics;

21 knowledge of qualitative methods; knowledge of project design; skills relating to data collection in a European context; experience in analysing collected data; knowledge of how to work on an academic project; understanding of how to form a functional work organisation; knowledge of how to work in interdisciplinary and intercultural teams; knowledge of different communication techniques. Competences Through working on the subject matters, the student obtains academic and social skills in regards to: the ability to use qualitative methods; the ability to identify, collect and analyse relevant data; the ability to participate in an intercultural and interdisciplinary work organisation; the ability to contextualise current debates about European affairs; the ability to present academic work for a specific audience; time management in a longer-term project. Disciplines of the module The Project Module consists of the following disciplines Qualitative Methods Project Theme Project Design and Communication Module title Objectives (qualifications and competences) Ma Thesis The thesis module gives the student the following qualifications and skills: Qualifications The student gains qualifications in the form of knowledge, understanding and skills within the following areas: ability to apply key terminology, theories and methodology selected from one or more disciplines within European Studies; skills in analysis; time management skills in a long-term project; skills in communication. Competences Through working on the subject matter, the student obtains academic and social skills in: identifying, combining, and applying relevant methods and perspectives to solve a specific problem; designing a project to match specific requirements of time and length;

22 analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating the use of a combination of perspectives, tools, theories, and methodologies for a major project. Disciplines of the module The thesis module consists of the following discipline: Thesis 2.3. The individual exams of the programme Current Affairs The objective is to allow the student to work with a European topic or event of current interest using relevant theories and methods. Through the course the student will have the opportunity to familiarize him- or herself with the relevant literature in relation to a specific theme or topic, to acquire appropriate methodological and theoretical insight into this theme or topic, and to discuss it in an academic setting. The seminar pays particular attention to how to compose, structure and give an oral presentation. demonstrates appropriate knowledge and understanding of the course literature; demonstrate analytical and practical understanding of the themes and topics of the course: demonstrates knowledge of the theoretical and methodological considerations introduced during the course; is able to discuss a current topic academically; demonstrates ability to structure and give a presentation of a given topic. Instructions will typically involve lectures, student presentations, and class discussion. The examination is a 40 minutes individual oral exam based on a pre-assigned topic relating to the course syllabus. The student will be given the assigned topic 24 hours before the exam. The exam starts with a minutes presentation by the student covering the assigned topic. This presentation is followed by a dialogue between the student and the examiner.

23 Theories of Culture The objective is to give the student an insight into the theoretical foundation of cultural analysis and an understanding of how theories might be applied in cultural analysis and in other forms of analyses in a European context. The purpose is furthermore to introduce the student to selected theories and to develop an understanding of how they can be applied. student demonstrate a knowledge and an understanding of cultural theories; is able to discuss and compare different theories; exhibits an understanding of the role of theories in analysis. Instructions will typically involve lectures and student presentations. Furthermore there will typically be tuition in smaller groups, which will allow students to discuss and reflect on theoretical positions orally and in writing. The examination consists of a written paper of minimum 10 and maximum 12 pages on an assigned topic. There are 7 days to write the paper. European Cultural Analysis The objective is to give the student a comprehensive understanding of doing cultural analysis in a European context. Furthermore the purpose is to allow the student to work with the theories introduced during the course Theories of Culture in relation to specific cases. demonstrates analytical insight into the topics and themes dealt with during the course; demonstrates knowledge of course literature; demonstrates ability to use theories in analysis; demonstrates ability to evaluate and analyse cultural issues; demonstrate ability to situate cultural issues in a European context.

24 Instructions will typically involve teacher presentations, student presentations and class discussions. There may be some work with case studies, and some group work. The examination consists of a written paper of minimum 10 and maximum 12 pages on a topic students own choice. The topic, which must be relevant for the course should be discussed with the teacher before the end of the course. The paper must include relevant parts of the syllabus. Optional Topic The objective of the optional topic is to allow the student to give their Master s degree programme a particular academic toning by including another subject area than the ones already included in the European Studies programme and thus to enhance their individual competency profile. The student can choose courses within or outside the Institute of History and Area Studies. The Board of Studies must approve course selection if chosen outside of European Studies. explores issues relevant to European Studies, which provides the student with an opportunity to acquire a more certain emphasis of interest; applies an understanding of key terminology, concepts, theories, and methodology learned during the optional course; combines theory, methodology, sources, and data into analysis; is able to formulate a problem and answer it. If the course is chosen from the department of European Studies, the student must check the relevant course for teaching forms; if the course is chosen from another department or institute, the student must check their study regulations. The language of instruction. If the student follows courses at European Studies, the examination will consist of an oral exam based on a synopsis of 3-5 pages. The topic for the synopsis is chosen by the student and must be approved by the teacher one month prior to the date of the oral exam. The synopsis must be handed in 14 days before the oral exam. The duration of the oral examination is 40 minutes including evaluation. The examination starts with a minutes presentation by the student and continues as a dialogue between the student and the examiner. European Cultural Analysis in combination with Optional Topic

25 The objective is to allow the student to do cultural analysis on a more extensive material. The purpose is furthermore to allow the student to develop knowledge about cultural issues in Europe and to refine their analytical skills on the basis of working with a concrete case. demonstrates ability to construct an analytical problem which is relevant in a European context; demonstrates ability to combine knowledge from the optional course with knowledge from European cultural analysis in an analysis; demonstrates analytical insight into the topics and themes dealt with; demonstrates ability to use theories in analysis; demonstrates insights into the relevant methodology; demonstrates ability to evaluate and analyse cultural issues. The examination consists of a written paper of a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 24 pages about a relevant topic of the student s choice. The topic must be approved by the instructor of the course European Cultural Analysis before the end of this course. Internship The optional courses can be exchanged for one or more internship(s) in a Danish, European or international workplace. The purpose of this is to allow the student to get experience in applying academic knowledge to concrete work assignments. During the internship the student must carry out work that matches his or her academic skills and skills. Before the internship begins, an agreement must be signed between the internship host and the board of studies. This agreement should as a minimum contain: Place of work Kind of work Duration of internship Contact person/supervisor Wage (if applicable) Publication Copyright In order to acquire 10 ECTS for the internship it must be of at least 1

26 month and equal between hours: In order to acquire 20 ECTS for the internship it must be of at least 2 months and equal between hours; In order to acquire 30 ECTS for the internship it must be of at least 3 months and equal hours reflects on how he/she applied skills acquired at European Studies; shows ability to use academic skills to deal with a topic relevant to both European Studies and the host of the internship. The internships will give the students an opportunity to learn by doing. A paper of minimum 12 and maximum 14 pages, written about a topic defined by the student and approved by a supervisor at European Studies, supplemented by a letter of confirmation from the internship host that the student has completed the internship in a satisfactory way. The topic must be relevant for the tasks undertaken by the student during the internship. Project Theme The course Project Theme should be seen as integral with the two courses Qualitative Methods, and Research Design and Communication. The exams of these three courses should be taken in combination, and within the same semester. The objective is to give the student the unique opportunity to combine theoretical, analytical and methodological work, and to undertake various forms of data collection, all in an intercultural and interdisciplinary team. This work may consist of the completion of a task proposed by a company, an organisation or a public institution, or it may consist in contributing to a conference publication. The purpose of the Project Theme is to give students an introduction to the relevant theoretical and empirical literature relating to the specific theme, enable them to independently identify and work with further literature and to enable them to make individual contributions to a larger project. Project Theme must be taken together with the courses Qualitative Methods and Research Design and Communication. demonstrates a theoretical and analytical understanding of the project theme; demonstrates theoretical and practical knowledge of different ways to analyse qualitative material;

27 demonstrates ability to combine different kinds of data in analysis; is able to contribute independently to intercultural and interdisciplinary team work; Instructions will typically consist of lectures, workshops, practical exercises, teamwork and research based class discussions. The examination consists of a paper of pages written individually in relation to the project theme. A first draft of this paper is to be presented and discussed at a students conference in December as part of the examination in Project Design and Communication (see below). The final draft is to be handed in the beginning of January. Qualitative Methods The objective of this course is to give the student insight into the definition and applicability of qualitative methods in order to enable the student to collect and analyse qualitative data. Furthermore the purpose is to give the student the ability to combine qualitative data with other forms of material, and the ability to reflect on methodology. During the course the student is introduced to different data collection techniques e.g. observation, interview techniques, focus groups, questionnaires, and to different techniques for reporting and working with the collected material. demonstrate knowledge of qualitative methods; demonstrates theoretical and practical knowledge of different ways to collect qualitative material; demonstrates knowledge of ethical issues; demonstrates knowledge of how collected data can be combined with other forms of material; is able to reflect on methodology; is able to analyse qualitative data. Instruction will typically take form as lectures, workshops, practical exercises, teamwork and research based class discussions. The examination can be passed in one of two different ways: A:

28 If the student participates in the course Project Theme, the exam consists of an individual paper of pages outlining and discussing the methodological foundation of the paper written for Project Theme. B: If the student does not participate in the course Project Theme, the exam consists of a paper of minimum 10 and maximum 12 pages where the student discusses qualitative methods in relation to an analysis of qualitative data that he or she collected themselves. Research Design and Communication The purpose is to train the student s ability to plan and design research projects as well as to communicate the projects to particular audiences. During the course the student will learn how to design a realistic project in view of the Objectives of the project, available time and resources. Furthermore the student will be taught to understand some epistemological and ethical consequences of design choices. The student will also be introduced to relevant communication techniques in order to enable him or her to choose the most suitable ways of communication in relation to the topic and the target audience. demonstrates theoretical and practical knowledge of research design; demonstrates ability to design a realistic project; demonstrates ability to defend theoretical and methodological choices; demonstrates knowledge of communication techniques; demonstrates ability to communicate research to a particular audience. Instructions will typically take form as lectures, workshops, practical exercises, teamwork and research based class discussions. The exam can be passed in one of two different ways: A: If the student participates in the course Project Theme, the examination is an individual oral presentation based on the first draft of a paper of pages written individually. The paper must deal with one or more topics from the course project theme. The oral examination will take place at a student conference by the end of term.

29 B: If the student does not participate in the course Project Theme, the exam consists of an individual oral examination based on a written paper of min 5 and max 7 pages. The paper presents the research design of a specific work. The oral examination starts with an oral presentation of the specific work and continues as a dialogue between student and examiner. The oral exam lasts 20 minutes of which the student can use max 10 minutes for the presentation. Ma Thesis The objective of the thesis is to train the student s ability to work independently, analytically, methodologically and theoretically with a comprehensive body of material. Through a feedback process from thesis seminar and supervisor the student learn to structure his or her work with the material, to identify relevant issues and problems, and to deal with them theoretically and methodologically. The student applies to the Board of Studies to be assigned a supervisor. is able to design a coherent project which is relevant in a European context; demonstrates knowledge of methodological issues; is able to apply theory in analysis; is able to reflect on data and analysis in relation to theories and methods; demonstrates an ability to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge acquired through the European Studies programme. employs a variety of the skills and competences acquired through the programme in European Studies within a single analytical framework. is able to communicate complex issues convincingly in an academic form. Thesis seminar and individual supervision The thesis is a written text of minimum 50 and maximum o60 pages plus a summary of maximum 2 pages. The summary is evaluated as part of the thesis.the student chooses a topic in consultation with a supervisor at the beginning of the fourth semester. The thesis is due at the end of the fourth semester.

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