Master Culture, Communication and Globalization

Aalborg University

Application deadline: September intake: May 1; Non EU: Mar 15; Febryary intake: October 1; Non EU: August 15
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
Start date: September  2014, February  2015
Credits: 120 ECTS
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Description

An international two-year Master Degree Programme in English, focusing on communicative and cultural as well as social and political aspects of global processes in areas such as market communication, consumption, organizational dynamics, international relations, migration and ethnic relations.

If you are looking for a Master’s programme that does not only provide you with high-quality education with a strong international profile in the subjects central to the demands of today’s world but also trains you in solving the problems posed by these rapidly changing demands, consider the ‘Culture, Communication and Globalization’ programme.
If you are interested in having an active role in designing your personal academic profile and not only acquiring but also producing knowledge in the areas highly relevant to many contemporary professional settings, then you will appreciate interdisciplinary, problem-based learning which is a trademark of Aalborg University.
The ‘Culture, Communication and Globalization’ programme will provide you with an opportunity to gain MA academic credentials at a well-esteemed Scandinavian university in the egalitarian study tradition and multicultural student environment that will guarantee you enriching educational and social experiences.

Scandinavian teaching tradition and problem based learning

A trademark of the ‘Culture, Communication and Globalization’ programme (and Aalborg University) is its unique pedagogic model of teaching: the problem-based, project-organized model. During the semester this method is supported by courses, group work and project work that revolve around complex real-life problems which students investigate and try to find answers to in scientific manners.
In close dialogue with an academic supervisor you will select an area of interest, identify and formulate a problem that you will tackle in your project. Further on you will develop a theoretical and methodological framework for dealing with the issues in focus and carry out an independent exploration presented in a written report. This report will serve as the basis for an oral exam at the end of a semester.
Through this work you will not only study in depth a particular area relevant to your educational profile but will also acquire teamwork skills and the ability to work creatively which are in high-demand in professional situations and will give you a head start on the job market.

Tailor your own study programme

The MA in Culture, Communication and Globalization provides rich opportunity for creating a degree with a strong personal profile. The programme offers four streams of study:

  • Consumption and Market Communication
  • Organization and Leadership
  • International relations and the global order
  • International migration and ethnic relations.

You may choose to specialize in one of the study streams mentioned above by following the courses offered within the streams. You may also select and follow the courses across the streams designing a broader academic profile in the field of Culture, Communication and Globalization.

Internship and mobility stay opportunity

On your third semester of the programme, you can tailor your degree further by choosing an internship in Denmark or in another country. This would give you an opportunity to apply the knowledge that you gained through your courses in the hands-on experience of working in an international professional environment. Alternatively, you may choose to build upon already acquired knowledge by following for one semester another programme, at Aalborg University or at another university, specializing in your area of study.
Students are free to choose their area(s) of emphasis in tailoring their study programme to their own needs and desires. All classes are taught in English.

Contents

The four streams

Students may choose to create their own individual profile (a generalist profile), or specialize in one of the four streams of specialization:

  • Market and Consumption
  • Organization and Leadership
  • International Relations and the Global Order
  • International Migration and Ethnic Relations.

The first semester

Joint courses for all streams

  • Managing Multiculturalism
  • Globalization
  • Philosophy of Science and Methodology.

The Stream: Culture and Market Communication

  • The Internet and International Marketing Communication
  • Culture and Consumption.

The Stream: Organization and Leadership

  • Intercultural Competence in an Organizational Context
  • Organizational and Cultural Leadership

The Stream: International Relations and the Global Order

  • Conflicting Perspectives of North-South Relations
  • The United States and Global Politics

The Stream: International Migration and Ethnic Relations

  • Policies of Integration and Diversity
  • Migration and Globalization of the 21st Century.

Elective Courses for all streams

  • Chinese Area Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Oral Academic Communication.

Additional Courses for all streams

  • Project Based Learning (PBL)/Project Writing
  • Society, Politics and Internationalization
  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication.

Traineeship / study abroad

The ninth semester: Internship - or studies at another university

The ninth semester consists of an internship in an organisation or institution. The internship is undertaken either in Denmark or abroad and lasts for 3-6 months. As an integral part of a private company, a nonprofit organization or a public institution (e.g. ministries and municipalities), you will be working with strategic and analytical tasks. The internship must have an international and/or intercultural dimension.

Examples of internship placements

  • Amnesty International
  • UNESCO
  • Red Cross
  • Lego
  • Public organisations
  • Green Globe
  • Embassies all over the world
  • Arla Foods
  • Vestas
  • Torm
  • SIS Sprogrejser
  • Scandinavian Airlines Systems.

Studies at a university or research institute are also an option instead of the internship. If students choose studying at another university instead of the internship, they can do this in Denmark or abroad.
As this is a semester where all students are either in an internship or are studying at another university, there will be no lectures on the 9th semester of the CCG programme.

Requirements

Requirements for admission to the CCG Master's programme:

  • a completed Bachelor's degree in humanities or social sciences. Please note: eligibility will depend on the extent to which the degree falls within subjects relevant to the programme, as well as an assessment of academic performance
  • for Danish students, a minimum of B-level English language proficiency
  • for Non-Danish students, the offical language requirements are:
  • IELTS (academic test): minimum score: 6.5 or
  • TOEFL (paper-based): minimum score: 550 or
  • TOEFL (computer-based): minimum score: 230 or
  • TOEFL (internet-based): minimum score: 80 or
  • Cambridge ESOL: minimum score: C1

The test has to be less than two years old, otherwise we cannot accept it.

Native English speakers are usually exempted.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 80

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