University undergraduate interdisciplinary study program in cultural studies

Courses of Studies: Cultural Management, Media Culture, Library Science
Study Program duration: three years (six semesters)

Study Program Structure

The curriculum of the University Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Study Program in Cultural Studies is performed pursuant to an interdisciplinary model based on three courses of studies wherein the students—culturologists—are being exactingly profiled as experts in the field of culture. The Courses of Studies in Cultural Management, Media Culture, and Library Science comprise three separate entities while being simultaneously interconnected by a common original programmatic module of Cultural Studies.

The curriculum is comprised as follows:
• mandatory general courses;
• mandatory professional courses;
• mandatory workshops;
• elective courses.

A group of mandatory general courses represents a common module for the three years of studies during six semesters for all the courses of studies: Cultural Management, Media Culture, and Library Science. A group of mandatory general courses as a common module of the University Interdisciplinary Study Program in Cultural Studies contains a series of general courses educating the students on a theoretical level while providing for a study of various scientific fields and branches within social sciences and the humanities and arts: literary history and literary theory, philology, philosophy, history, economics, law, Information Sciences and arts.

A group of mandatory professional courses provides a student with an opportunity to be exactingly profiled in culture while selecting one of the three courses of studies: Cultural management, Media Culture, or Library Science. A group of mandatory professional courses represents a professional course module for each course of studies and enables the students to be strictly profiled within culture, with an emphasis laid on economics—management and administration in culture, Media Culture, and Library Science.

Mandatory workshops in all three courses of studies facilitate professional qualification on a practical level and collaboration with cultural institutions (theaters, galleries, museums, national archives, general and specialized libraries, higher educational institutions, media houses, publishing companies) and practitioners, in addition to the education on a theoretical and professional level, as to enable the students to be positioned in a professional environment they are educated for. In such a way, the students are directly encountered with the activities related to various forms of public communication and organizational affairs and management in private and public sector in the field of culture. Mandatory workshops constitute a direct connection of theoretical realizations with practical application in a profession, with an assistance of highly professional experts in the field of culture and a special emphasis laid on Cultural Management, Media Culture, or Library Science. A practical teaching segment within mandatory workshops implies a new approach to the teaching performance outside a higher educational institution while applying theory in practice.

Elective courses are envisaged in such a way that a student may select the elective courses in a course of studies and elective courses from a common module of Cultural Studies identical to all three courses of studies: Cultural management, Media Culture, and Library Science. The students are also provided with a possibility to choose elective courses from all other scientific-teaching and artistic-teaching University units, as stipulated by the Senate of Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek. The three groups of elective courses vouchsafe an increased student mobility within the Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Study program in Cultural Studies in all three courses of studies, as well as an increased student mobility within the University.

COMPETENCES

Subsequent to the completion of the Undergraduate Study Program, a bachelor acquires knowledge, competences, and skills in organization and management in the field of culture,assuring students’ competitiveness on the labor market, especially while being employed at the jobs pertaining to the management of cultural institutions, such as the theaters, galleries, museums, media houses, and marketing companies. A programmatic module of Cultural Management also offers special competences and skills necessary for the managers in public and State administration, secondary educational and higher educational institutions, as well as for other congenial jobs, such as the organization and coordination of versatile cultural manifestations like concerts, exhibitions, festivals, forums, and similar cultural events and affairs associated with cultural tourism, in addition to the competences for work in cultural institutions’ management/administration.

Media Culture

Subsequent to the completed Undergraduate Study Program, a university bachelor acquires knowledge, special competences, and skills assuring the student’s competitiveness on the labor market, especially while being employed with a series of cultural institutions in the affairs such as public relations in the broadest sense, various media (newspapers, journals, magazines, radio, television, Internet portals), and other complementary affairs in the field of culture in public and private sector. Special competences are anticipated by the Media Culture module, being based on the acquisition of practical skills while collaborating and directly encountering professionals and media practices (television, radio, newspapers, blog, and marketing).

Library Science

Subsequent to the completed Undergraduate Study Program, a bachelor acquires knowledge, special competences, and skills assuring his/her competitiveness on the labor market, especially if employed in the field of librarianship in a series of cultural institutions, such as the national archives, national, university, municipal and academic libraries, as well as in all other public institutions mediating their information and knowledge. A new profile anticipated by the Library Science programmatic module provides the students with an opportunity to be introduced to the practical skills and competences, e.g., library fund catalogization, deployment of various information technologies, and an introduction to the model of library fund conservation and digitalization.

Academic title acquired subsequent to the completion of the undergraduate study program:
• Bachelor of Cultural Studies (baccalaureus/baccalaurea), Course of Studies in Cultural Management (univ. bac. cult.);
• Bachelor of Cultural Studies (baccalaureus/baccalaurea), Course of Studies in Media Culture (univ. bac. cult.);
• Bachelor of Cultural Studies (baccalaureus/baccalaurea), Course of Studies in Library Science (univ. bac. cult.).