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Specialization Society and Culture

Course outline, qualifications and competences

The master's programme Global Studies – Specialization Society and Culture deepens and expands the skills and abilities acquired in a previous programme, always with a focus on globalization and (sustainable) development. Key topics include poverty alleviation, education, climate and environmental protection, human rights, diversity and gender, peace and justice. In addition, students learn how to deal with empirical social research methods and problems from a socio-cultural and cultural perspective. In a compulsory internship independently organized by the students as well as in guided interdisciplinary training, the acquired knowledge is used and further developed. In addition, courses on general aspects of globalization and development such as diversity and gender issues, international relations and international trends, including an introduction to interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary ways of working, expand the interdisciplinary perspective. Human rights, diversity and gender, cultural and religious diversity, history and geography are treated as cross-sectional fields. Students learn to recognize, analyse and reflect on global contexts and to deal intensively with resultant problems on an interdisciplinary level. In addition, students acquire key competences and soft skills for the professional world, such as self-responsibility, conflict management, problem-solving skills and media literacy or intercultural competence.

Expected results

Graduates of the master's programme in Global Studies – Specialization Society and Culture are able to describe the effects of globalization on social, political and economic conditions as well as cultural and religious traditions, and to analyse social and cultural change processes and problems caused by globalization in a gender-critical way. They have the necessary competences to develop orientation principles and action models for solving social problems and conflicts such as xenophobia, integration or social inequality. In addition, graduates possess knowledge of social sciences and are familiar with methods of empirical social research, which enables them to analyse and process different tasks accordingly.


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Ulrike-Maria Gelbmann

Chairwoman Curricula Committee

Institute of Systems Sciences, Innovation and Sustainability Research,
Merangasse 18/II
8010 Graz

Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 7333
Mobile:+43 (0)664 75013290

Consultation hours are only possible by telephone or E-mail appointment at any time! (also online)

Klaudia Kramer

Coordination Office for Global Studies,
Merangasse 18/EG
8010 Graz

Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 1037

By arrangement by E-mail

GLOBAL STUDIES - Student Assistants Office

Merangasse 18/EG
8010 Graz

Mondays from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
(Except LV-free time)
As well as by arrangement by E-mail

Academic degree
Master of Arts „MA“

4 semester / 120 ECTS

Teaching language

Study identification number
UB 066 593

Overfaculty centres

Full time

Skill level
Master (2. study cycle)

Relevant Bachelor's degree or equivalent

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