The two-year curriculum (120 ECTS) consists of seven modules:
- General course module
- Specialization module
- Practical training module
- Elective course module
- Optional course module
- Mobility module
- Master's thesis (30 ECTS) or Master's project (15+15 ECTS)
1. General course module (36 ECTS)
All students complete the general course module, aimed at introducing students to the theory and methodology of studying folklore and intangible cultural heritage. Four master’s seminars contribute to the design and execution of the master’s thesis or project and foster professionalization.
- HVKU.04.006 Theoretical Conceptualizations of Folklore and Cultural Heritage I-II (6+6 ECTS)
- HVKU.03.013 Methods for Data Collection and Analysis I-II (6+6 ECTS)
- Master’s seminars I-IV:
- MA seminar I: HVKU.04.007 Project Design and Research Proposal (3 ECTS)
- Master's Seminar II: HVKU.04.018 Developing Study and Writing Skills (3 ECTS)
- MA seminar III: HVKU.04.008 Thesis Writing and Peer Feedback (3 ECTS)
- MA seminar IV: HVKU.04.009 MA Seminar with Supervisor (3 ECTS)
2. Specialisation module (15 ECTS)
Students choose, preferably by the end of the first semester, one of the two specialisation modules.
2.1 “Analysis of folklore and cultural heritage” module gives in-depth knowledge of the study of folklore and cultural heritage, while emphasizing the concept of intangible cultural heritage. Besides current debates in these fields, students are familiarized with analytical approaches to the study of cultural policies and cultural processes.
- HVKU.03.014 Heritage and Cultural Policies (6 ECTS)
- HVKU.04.010 Vernacular Expressions and Analytic Categories (6 ECTS)
- HVKU.04.011 Current Debates (3 ECTS)
2.2 “Study and application of the heritage of craft” provides students with knowledge and skills to study crafts and inherited crafts in particular. The focus is on practice based research questions, and students also have the opportunity to learn to acquire and teach crafts-related skills in diverse learning situations.
- HVVK.01.060 Applied Craft Research and Heritage of Craft (6 ECTS)
- HVVK.01.098 Inherited Technology and Design (6 ECTS)
- HVVK.01.003 Handicraft Didactics (3 ECTS)
3. Practical training module (15 ECTS)
The practical training module gives students opportunities to conduct internships or ethnographic fieldwork or both, while also providing them with entrepreneurial and project management skills needed to execute their ideas in and beyond academia.
- P2VK.01.182 Project Management (3 ECTS)
- MJJV.11.001 Principles of Entrepreneurship I (3 ECTS)
- HVKU.03.015 Internships/Fieldwork (9 ECTS)
4. Elective course module (18 ECTS)
The elective course module is meant to give students’ professional development a further boost. Students design individual elective course modules in collaboration with the faculty based on the topic of their MA thesis or MA project, as well as other professional needs and interests.
The range of courses on offer varies from semester to semester and year to year and may include but is not limited to the following:
- FLLC.09.001 Estonian for Beginners I, on the Basis of English, Level 0 > A1.1 (6 ECTS)
- FLFI.05.006 Introduction to Estonian Culture (6 ECTS)
- MJJV.11.002 Principles of Entrepreneurship I (3 ECTS)
- MJJV.03.118 Business Communication I (3 ECTS)
- HTHT.00.009 Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (6 ECTS)
- FLKU.04.063 Critical Analysis of Folkloristic Texts (3 ECTS)
- FLKU.04.095 Folklore - Common Ground and Controversies: Dundes/Honko (6 ECTS)
- FLKU.04.044 Demonology of Folk Religion (6 ECTS)
- FLKU.04.076 Folklore and Vernacular Religion of India (3 ECTS)
- HVKU.04.001 Political Folklore and Nationalism (6 ECTS)
- FLKU.03.062 Punk Rock: Style, Subculture, Culture (3 ECTS)
- FLFI.00.102 Critical Thinking (3 ECTS)
- FLSE.00.276 Communication and Power (6 ECTS)
- FLKU.05.231 Narrative Studies (3 ECTS)
- FLLC.00.004 Gender Studies (3 ECTS)
- P2VK.01.362 Photography in Craft Studies (3 ECTS)
- P2VK.09.061 Public Speaking (3 ECTS)
- P2VK.09.062 Cross-cultural communication (3 ECTS)
- SOPH.00.309 Cross-cultural psychology (3 ECTS)
- MJRI.08.067 Cooperation Between Public and Private Sector (3 ECTS)
- SHRG.00.002 Theories of Third Sector Management (6 ECTS)
- MJCV.00.002 Developing Social Enterprise (3 ECTS)
- SHRG.03.025 International Law (6 ECTS)
- P2EC.00.219 Globalisation and Competitiveness (6 ECTS)
5. Optional course module (6 ECTS)
The optional course module can be used to augment the elective course module or filled with just about anything on offer at the University of Tartu or elsewhere.
6. Mobility module (3-30 ECTS)
The aim of this module is to encourage and facilitate short- and long-term mobility. Students complete the module abroad at a foreign university or complete at least 3 ECTS in Estonia under the supervision of an international expert (e.g. a summer school). Specialisation module 2.1., practical training module, elective course module, and optional course module may be substituted with mobility module either partially or in full according to requirements set for the completion of these modules (details in the Study Information System).
7. MA thesis or MA project (30 ECTS or 15 + 15 ECTS)
During their first year of master studies, students opt for either a master’s thesis (30 ECTS) or a more practically oriented master’s project (15 ECTS), which is to be completed by the end of the fourth semester/second year of master studies. The MA project can be an exhibition, a publication, an educational programme, a film, a prototype of a product, a replica of an object – you name it.
Students who choose the master’s project are required to complete 15 ECTS worth of courses supporting its execution.
One credit point (1 ECTS) corresponds to 26 hours of studies (lectures, seminars, practice, homework or independent work, assessment of learning outcomes) performed by a student