Folkloristics and Applied Heritage Studies
Why this programme?
Heritage has emerged as a key category shaping the ways in which individuals, communities and regional as well as state-level actors relate to the past and imagine the future, while making and re-making themselves in the present. As more states worldwide join the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, the need grows for specialists capable of analysing cultural heritage and using it responsibly as a social and economic resource. Of vital importance for developing such competencies are folkloristic theories of tradition, performance and expressive culture.
The programme provides students with knowledge, skills and attitudes to:
- unpack the process of heritage production and the workings of tradition in the context of cultural diversity and change
- act as a mediator between different interest groups in the field of intangible cultural heritage
- recognise and ethically apply cultural heritage as a resource in the public and non-governmental sectors, crafts, product design, tourism and various other areas of life.
Why the University of Tartu?
The University of Tartu (UT) has what it takes to provide a broad, yet rigorous approach to cultural heritage and practices. Three UT units specialise in distinct aspects of this field: the Departments of Ethnology and Folklore, established in 1919, and the Department of Native Crafts of the UT Viljandi Culture Academy. The faculty to student ratio is excellent and students are given individual attention. International meetings, journals, guest lectures, exhibitions and cooperation with memory institutions and enterprises provide students ample opportunity to gain diverse hands-on experience and network. No tuition fee for most students!
The programme (120 ECTS) is designed to enable students to pursue their professional aspirations. Students take four core courses (30 ECTS), accompanied by MA seminars (12 ECTS), and choose to specialise either in the analysis of folklore and cultural heritage or in the study and application of the heritage of craft (15 ECTS). Students collaborate with the faculty to tailor the content of the optional course module (18 ECTS) and of practical training (9 ECTS) towards their chosen career path. An MA thesis or a more practically oriented MA project (30 ECTS) completes the programme.
Upon completing the programme, students have acquired valuable analytical, writing and communication skills as well as multifaceted practical experiences that they can apply in many areas in the public and non-governmental sectors as well as in business. This programme trains experts in folk culture who are knowledgeable about the functions and application opportunities of tangible and intangible cultural heritage and familiar with processes of cultural policy. Graduates are capable of guiding the development of the field and acting as mediators between communities, officials, enterprises, memory institutions and other participants in the process of heritage production. They are able to plan and carry out research and business projects pertaining to cultural heritage. As more states worldwide join the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, the need grows for such specialists capable of analysing cultural heritage and using it responsibly as a social and economic resource. Graduates also are qualified to continue their studies at doctoral level.
- Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore:
- Department of Ethnology
- University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy, Native Crafts Department
|Title||Folkloristics and Applied Heritage Studies|
|Level of study||Master's studies|
|Degree awarded||Master of Arts in Humanities|
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities, Institute of Cultural Research|
|Study form||Full-time regular studies|
|Tuition fee||3400 euros per year|
|Scholarships||tuition-waiver scholarships available on the programme|
"Being in Tartu and doing folklore studies changed my way of thinking. It is only there that I realized that folklorists do real work by going out and talking to people, dealing with real concerns and problems. They provide an opportunity for what often remains marginal, yet important to all of us, such as rumours and beliefs, to be heard. Few people can boast of doing what they love, but I definitely can. "
Anastasiya Astapova, PhD, Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore, University of Tartu