Master’s degree in Humanities at AMEU Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis (ISH) offers students interdisciplinary and individualised approach towards successful education and provides a wide and deep knowledge of various fields of Humanities. The key support of the study are professors and mentors from different ranks of Slovenian academic elite and the best specialised Humanities library in Slovenia.
Study programme in Humanities educates intellectuals for argued socio-critical perspective on the processes and practices in society. Students of this programme gain great humanistic education, based on communication skills and self-gain, with which they recognise, interpret and manage knowledge systems and cultural, political and other social practices. The study programme is based on the theory of excellent scientific research and genuine curiosity, while studied research problems mostly concern current human/social needs.
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The concept of human sciences opens up an interdisciplinary approach within the field of second-level education, so that it offers a broad base of knowledge in the fields of humanities and encourages students towards an independent scientific research. Humanistic science is linking anthropological, philosophical and linguistic disciplines. The study programme is structured in a way that it utilises the horizontal and vertical connectivity content to the maximum. In the first year, students become familiar with the basic subjects (epistemology, anthropology of gender, historical anthropology and social communication and the media), while the content design of elective courses, which are available in both years, and coincides with the structural semantics of the above-mentioned basic subjects. Moreover, it allows the students to follow the specific nature of their study path. In the first year, students acquire the basics of humanistic knowledge and upgrade it in the second year, both through independent research as well as through educational processes, dictated by individually designed curriculum. The programme combines knowledge of humanities, arising from traditionalist schools and disciplines and, at the same time, follows contemporary science, which is based on critical perspective, innovative methods, approaches and perspectives: these are now widely seen as progress and actualisation of humanism.
ISH organises study of Humanities on the 2nd level (Master’s degree) as a meeting point of different disciplines, from which students acquire basic knowledge of the main fields of humanities: linguistics, public speaking, anthropology, historical anthropology, gender anthropology, philosophy, Balkan anthropology, theory of media and film, as well as transversal discipline of epistemology, which enables understanding of the concepts of humanism, classification of information, and developing argumentative tools, and links all subjects as a basic methodological framework. This way, the student obtains the basic ‘navigation tool’ for the professional exploration of the master’s study at the very start. At the same time, epistemology represents an introduction to the culture of the mentality, habits of thought, and opens access to basic scientific trends that have changed and shaped humanities. Humanities are not only interdisciplinary field, but also a way of life, behaviour, communication, enabling the understanding of the role of a citizen and citizen understanding of culture and education, and promoting and cultivating certain values by humanists personally lived from ancient times until today, in often ‘invisible’ continuity. Through the structure of subjects, students gain an insight into the immanent anthropology and history of intellectuals, which allows them to locate their place within the scientific fields after graduation. This does not signify isolation, but the opposite, the willingness to gain experiences and analysing them, through constant professional, field and practice-related accomplishes done under mentors supervision.
In the intersection of humanistic disciplines, which are entirely based on current discussions in the areas of theory and methodology, the student, with the help of tutors and mentors, chooses a process and starting point that best reflects his/hers individual interests.
- study program provides students with understanding and managing the most compelling epistemological systems knowledge and understanding/interpretation of the results of research, which is primarily focused on current human needs;
- widespread and in-depth study of disciplines and fields that are not or are barely represented at other Slovenian higher education institutions;
- organising study programme, which is interesting for students outside Slovenia, particularly from Central and Eastern Europe;
- study programme that educates young specialists into superior methodological and conceptual equipped professionals, who are capable of independent critical analysis of the concepts and phenomena, which are tied to a specific areas of humanistic science, covered by the study programme;
- as expected learning outcomes we consider graduates, evolved in highly self-reflective researchers, who have a critical attitude towards the material collected, while maintaining the ethics and sensitivity to the subject of research;
- ability to integrate the historical perspective, i.e. the ability to integrate historic problems into modern times;
- the expected learning outcomes of students are verified by means of continuous and systematic mentoring of students, through continuous verification of progress with literature study, with selection of research techniques, with permanent coordinating of activities, leading toward conceptual coherent research;
- real-time learning outcomes are verified with the help of seminars and in the context of preparation and application of the thesis topic.
- critical questioning of concepts from the perspective of social and cultural construction of reality, the attribution of actors, their reinterpretation; – management of innovative processes within scientific disciplines and understanding of the interdisciplinary methodological approaches;
- in-depth understanding of sociocultural phenomena in terms of processuality, meanings of cultural and social worlds in dialectics of space and time, and understanding of an individual and society;
- developed self-reflection in the process of learning, in relation to the selected material and ethical reflection;
- conquered conceptual framework needed to interpret social and cultural phenomena, to collect images of identity, promising perspectives, symbolic practices, identify meanings and backgrounds of social processes;
- understanding of social change, collective sense of reality, imaginary, symbolic formations, decompile meanings and iconography;
- learning skills are tested by exams, seminar papers, active participation, independent research work and master’s thesis.
Mandatory component of the programme in the first semester are two basic subjects (each is evaluated with 10 ECTS credit points (hereinafter CP)) and 2 elective subjects (each is evaluated with 5 credits), which are chosen by the student from a list of offered subjects.
- first basic subject (10 CP): Epistemology (various lecturers)
- second basic subject (10 CP): Social Communication and Media (various lecturers)
Two elective subjects:
- Introduction to Anthropology of Ancient Worlds (5 CP)
- Communication and Interpersonal Relations (5 CP)
- History of Electronic Media (5 CP)
- Philosophical Investigations: Theory of Future Subject (5CP)
Mandatory component of the programme in the second semester are two basic subjects and two elective subjects, which are chosen by the student from a list of offered subjects.
- first basic subject (10 CP): Historical Anthropology and Regional Studies (various lecturers)
- second basic subject (10 CP): Anthropology of Gender and Culture (various lecturers)
Two elective subjects:
- Feminist Theory (5 CP)
- Anthropology of Kinship (5 CP)
- Media Studies (5 CP)
- Psychoanalysis, Philosophy in Neuroscience (5CP)
- Philosophy and Literature (5CP)
Mandatory component of the programme in the third semester is a selection of six elective subjects, which are chosen by the student from a list of offered subjects.
Six elective subjects:
- Philosophy and Literature (5 CP)
- Introduction to Anthropology of the Balkans (5 CP)
- Anthropology of post-Socialism (5 CP)
- Analysis of Media and Public Speech (5 CP)
- New Media in Everyday Life (5 CP)
- Historical Anthropology of Art (5 CP)
- History of Feminism (5 CP)
The last, fourth semester, is entirely dedicated to the elaboration and defence of the master’s thesis (30 CP).
Master Programme is worth 120 ECTS.